When stuck in a deep groove or mud, the unlucky vehicle has to be pulled out of this using the right kind of tow strap that won't snap, unhook, or break when stretched or when pulled to its limit. To help you safely tow a vehicle and properly use a strap, here are some things to keep in mind:
How can you find the right type of tow strap to use?
When the strap snaps or suddenly breaks in two, the metal hook or chain it's attached to may be thrown into the air. This may hit the windshield or windows and may break the glass. This can easily cause accidents or injuries. To find the right type of strap to use, always check the working load limit to make sure that it fits your towing and vehicle requirements.
Look for the sturdiest ropes or straps. Avoid those made of flimsy materials such as natural fiber. Also stay away from cheap ropes, which usually come with hooks and metal eyes. These ropes may not be safe to use on various towing situations and applications.
For vehicle recovery, snatch straps are used since they're designed for maximum pulling. Tow straps, on the other hand, are best used when pulling vehicles down the road, as these ropes don't have as much stretching ability as other types of strap. It's not a good idea to use chains in trying to recover a stuck or disabled vehicle because this can't be stretched and may suddenly break apart with too much force or pressure.
How can you ensure the proper and safe attachment of the tow strap?
Aside from using the right type of strap, you also have to make sure that you're using the right towing companion or equipment. For instance, you have to be sure that the hooks are properly mounted. D-ring adapters that match the hitch may also be used, as they serve as a good pulling point. The tow hook or D-ring that you'll use with the tow strap should be rated for the load capacity and other towing requirements. Although you may be tempted to do so, don't attach the strap to the steering rods, suspension, bumper, or axle of the vehicle in the absence of proper towing accessories.
Before you attach the strap, make the necessary inspections. Check the strap for frays, cuts, or any sign of damage or wear. Other towing equipment such as the hooks and rings should be checked for rust.
What's the best way to maintain the good condition of the strap?
Before you roll up the strap for storage, it has to be clean and dry. The dirt and mud on the strap can be removed through washing. Water should be sprayed horizontally so dirt and mud won't be pushed right into the rope or strap. This should be rinsed and dried completely and should be kept away from direct sunlight when stored.
How can you safely tow or pull a vehicle without breaking the strap?
The tow vehicle shouldn't move forward too fast or with too much force. It's better to do it nice and slow to prevent sudden tugs that can damage the tow strap and some parts of the vehicle. As much as possible, you don't want the disabled or stuck vehicle to lurch forward or lose control.