Can you park on the beach? UK car rules explained

FINDING a place to park your car at the seaside during peak season can be a tough task.

But are you allowed to drive onto the sand and leave your car there? Find out here.

Every beach will have different rules when it comes to parking your car (Credit: Flickr/ Chris Ford)

Can you park on the beach?

The majority of beaches across the United Kingdom will NOT allow you to drive your vehicle onto the sand.

But there are a select few spots that will allow you to drive right onto the sand.

You are more likely to be able to park on the beaches that are car-friendly – including Black Rock Sands.

You can park on the large area of open sand at Black Rock – but you will have to pay for this privilege during peak season.

When you park on a beach, make sure you’re facing downhill as you may need the momentum.

When you arrive, make sure to check the road signs in the area that will instruct you where to park.

Failing that, the local council website should state the rules for each beach.

Is it safe to drive on the beach?

Drivers need to do their research before they decide to test out their skills on the seafront.

When driving on a beach, you should:

  • Keep your speed down
  • Be cautious of other beach users
  • Adjust your driving style to suit the sand
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times

How should I drive on the beach?

According to the RAC, you should travel at lower speeds in a lower gear while keeping your revs up.

This will help you maintain forward momentum.

The RAC also advise drivers to ‘let the stand steer your car’ to avoid getting stuck.

If you’re following another vehicle, make sure you leave a gap as stopping distances are different on sand.

TOP TIP: You can lower your tyre pressure to give them more surface area and therefore add traction.

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