Re: Recovery strap hook locations
I would like to add my 2 cents worth from Australia, having been very involved with 4wd training for many years.....
A snatch strap for recovery is a brilliant tool and used correctly is amazing to see. Used incorrectly or in the wrong hands it is an extremely dangerous item. About 6 weeks ago in Western Australia a woman was killed when struck by a snatch strap that had broken from an improper mounting.
Understand these things as sort of like an elastic band, good quality ones are designed to stretch to 30% additional length. The strap breaking strain can be as high as 10,000kg so they are extremely strong.
A very quick description without all the safety bits in between....The way they are used is after fixing to the towing and stuck vehicle - the towing and stuck vehicle attempt to drive off together. Once the end of the strap is reached and depending on how stuck the vehicle is, then the strap will start to stretch as the towing vehicle loads up the strap, it then absorbs energy and will continue to do so as long as the tow vehicle continues forward and the stuck vehicle remains. End result should be that the stuck vehicle comes free as the energy required to unstick is reached in the strap. This happens very softly and is remarkable to witness.
There is a bit more to all this but as you can imagine someone without the correct knowlege and armed with heaps of horsepower and an incorrectly connected strap can and will be a lethal combination. Tremendous amounts of potential stored energy is involved.
If you value life and vehicle never let a strap be used on your vehicle unless correct anchor points on both vehicles and procedures are used. If you don't know how to use it - don't!!
Believe me, damage will result. Coroners have been involved.
Never just hook it over the tow ball.