Experienced off road drivers are fully aware of the correct recovery methods for their vehicles. But if you are new to the activity a few tips of what to avoid will go a long way towards gaining valuable knowledge in safe operations for recovery.
Top five no no’s for recovery operations …..
1, Using the Tow Ball
A common mistake that should never be an option. The tow ball although strong enough to tow up to 3.5ton is not designed for the snatching & shock loads of recovery work.
People have been seriously injured and even died due to the flying steel missile that can be created by this misuse of kit. Don’t be tempted.
2, Cable /Strap Dampener
It takes seconds to use, but so many people fail to bother during a recovery operation. The lack of a dampener can make a bad recovery turn in to a medical emergency.
Anything heavy that can be placed over the cable will do the job of dropping the whip action to the floor. Make up your own onsite if you carry a couple of empty sand bags in the back.
3, Correct Recovery Points
4×4 vehicles are usually surrounded by hooks & loops but not all are up to the job of a dead weight recovery situation.
Check your manufactures instructions for the points or have your own fitted to the front and rear of the vehicle as per required specifications.
4, Joining Straps.
When the situation requires straps to be joined, never use shackles. If a strap fails, once again you have an airborne steel missile heading somewhere. Link the straps together but put a stick, rag or newspaper between the hoops to stop the binding action.
As previously mentioned, remember to use a damper.
5, Tree Protector Strap.
If you are recovering and using a tree as an anchor, use a tree protection strap. The tree is helping you so respect your environment and help the tree by using the correct strap to prevent damage to the trunk.