An Introduction to 4×4 Vehicle Recovery Equipment
Due to the multiplicity of variables involved it is not possible to guarantee the success of the recovery, the safety of bystanders, participants or property. You should attend a professional recovery course and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions with regards to your equipment and vehicle.
General Safety Considerations
With all recoveries the following should apply:
- A standard tow bar or tow ball is unsuitable as a recovery point
- You should have suitable, professionally fitted recovery points to the front and rear of all vehicles involved in a recovery
- Follow equipment safety and usage instructions
- Assess the situation and where possible make the stuck vehicle easier to extract by digging if badly stuck in mud, or packing ruts with small rocks or branches
Keep all equipment in a single bag that is readily accessible. Never store wet and dirty equipment in a bag or mix it with other equipment such as tools or other supplies. The best bags are made of washable Cordura with eyelets to anchor gloves, breathable pockets for straps and drainage holes in the base. The bag should also have loops for shackles and inner side-wall pockets for items such as recovery blankets and links.