If you want to take your Subaru Outback into Simpson Desert or another sandy part of the outback, you're likely to be happy with how this vehicle lives up to its name. However, you still need to bring the right accessories. Here's what you need:
1. Air Pump
Although the all-wheel drive of an Outback makes it relatively easy to get through sand, when the sand is deep, you may want a bit of extra help. In particular, consider reducing the air pressure in your tyres a bit. This increases the surface area of the tyres while also reducing the pressure. As a result, the tyres don't dig into the sand and spin through it. Rather, they almost walk through the sand. So that you can reduce the air and then refill it, you should have a battery-powered air pump. A hand-powered pump may work, but it takes a lot of time and effort.
2. Sand Ladder
A sand ladder gives your wheels traction if you get stuck in the sand. In lieu of a sand ladder, you can substitute a couple of beach towels. It may ruin the towels, but if you want to pack light and are willing to sacrifice your towels in the event of an emergency, they will work fine. Just throw them underneath the tyres to provide traction as you attempt to drive out of the sand.
3. Winch and a Friend
In cases where you are really stuck, you may need winch and a someone to help tow you out. To be on the safe side, especially if you are offroading, bring a buddy. If you have a friend with a Subaru Outback or another type of four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle, invite them to travel through the desert with you.
4. Full-Size Spare
The small spare tyres that come with many vehicles can work to drive a few kilometres through town to the repair shop. However, you have to drive your vehicle more slowly when these tyres are on, and the small size can make the vehicle less stable. To avoid those downfalls, load your Subaru Outback with a full-size spare. That way, if anything happens to one of your tyres, you don't have to end your journey early.
5. Base for Your Jack
In cases, where you're trying to change a tyre in the sand, your jack may sink into it and make it impossible to lift up your Outback. To prevent this, bring a base such as a piece of plywood. Place this under your jack when you need to use it.