Being Prepared, Safety Gear, Recovery & Winching
Safety gear and being prepared is a must in the offroad sport. Many trails are very remote and things can change rapidly when exploring the vast land of this province.
Always carry personal items for your own comfort, safety and nourishment;
|Don’t get lost, consider these items
|Basic Replacement Parts
|Vehicle Tow Points
Recovery Gear (Basic)
- a recovery strap with closed loops (3 or 4 inches and about 20 to 30 feet long) DO NOT buy a tow strap!!!
- shackles (3/4 inch or bigger)
Recovery Gear (Advanced)
- Winch, minimum size of 8000lbs depending on vehicle size. (Ex, larger vehicle, larger winch)
- Tree Strap (A shorter strap for going around the base of a tree)
- Snatch Block (Pulley) something that fits your line and has the same rating as your winch
- Chain with hooks for anchoring off
- HI-Lift 48 to 60 inches (Can be used as a secondary winch or lifting device)
For your very own digital copy of a Warn winching guide click here, WARN_Guide_to_Safe_Winching
A few Safety tips
- Always stand clear of vehicles being recovered
- Never stand in-line with a winch cable under tension, if the cable breaks it becomes a deadly projectile.
- Do not touch the winch cable without wearing gloves or you will quickly learn the definition of “meat-hooks”.
- Whenever possible lay a coat or blanket across the cable near the center to dampen the recoil in case of a break.
- The winching vehicle should always have it’s hood up when winching. Protects the windshield and driver
- Always use a tree strap when winching to a tree to protect the tree from damage.
- Do not overdrive the winch, be aware of the limits of your winch. Keep your engine running at a high idle while winching to keep voltage up. Low voltage = high current which generates excessive heat that can damage your winch.