Driving/Towing - Recovery Techniques
We explain how to use your 4WD recovery gear. It's essential to know safe and correct techniques before attempting to use any recovery equipment to rescue a 4WD.
We're checking out this pair of wheel-related alternatives to the electric winch.
The idea of using the vehicle's wheels as winches has appealed to many inventors over the years. Vehicle wheels have many times the power output of a small electric drum winch.
BUSH WINCH ON TEST - November 2015
A wheel mounted alternative to the electric winch.
This hub-winch design uses two drums - one for each opposite-side wheel and can be used going forward or rearwards. Each drum attaches to a rear wheel hub, using specially-shaped wheel nuts.
HAND WINCHING OPTIONS - September 2014
There's still a place for the reliable hand winch.
A hand winch can be used for vehicle recovery from virtually any stranding and using the right technique can reduce the required physical effort.
HOW STRONG DOES YOUR SNATCH STRAP NEED TO BE
We’ve been concerned for some time at the trend towards stronger and stronger snatch straps, because we felt that elasticity, not ultimate breaking strain, was the key to successful snatch strap performance. We’ve also long suspected that the loads involved in snatch strap recovery aren’t as great as most people seem to think.
IF YOU DON'T HAVE A WINCH
Some vehicles can't mount a winch, but they can still self-recover - February 2018
OTA checks out three different ways of getting your 4WD unstuck: sand ladders, Bog Outs and Trac Grabbers.
MAJOR BUSH REPAIRS
When things go really wrong...
Here are some ideas for diagnosing major mechanical problems and making bush repairs that should get you home.
MINOR BUSH REPAIRS
For sure, you'll be out in the scrub and you'll break, bend, puncture, lock-in, or lose something. The following hints may then be helpful.
One day, you'e gonna get caught...
Going bush without a recovery kit should be unthinkable, but many people don't take enough equipment.
REPAIRING FLAT TYRES IN THE BUSH - Updated July 2015
Sooner or later you'll get a flat.
The majority of bush travellers use tubeless tyres these days, so repairing them on the run is the main focus of this article; however, we’ve included a section at the end on tubed rubber.
People can get hurt winching. Do it right!
Winching a vehicle out of a bogging can be a satisfying experience, confirming your bush self-sufficiency, or it can be a disaster. Having the right gear and using it correctly are vital to safe winching.
SNATCH STRAP RECOVERY
This technique can go wrong very easily.
People can die or get seriously injured during snatch strap recoveries. OTA asked 4WD Off Road Driver Training’s Phil Poulter to demonstrate how to perform this operation correctly.
The alternative to heavy steel shackles - December 2016
We’ve been asked by many website visitors about the viability of soft shackles in 4WD recoveries, so we’ve been testing them for the past two years.
Pack only the tools you need.
Like many off-roaders we used to carry several toolboxes, with contents that would allow a major 4WD rebuild in the bush. However, experience over the past 30 years has taught us that we’re unlikely to do a major rebuild in the scrub.
These easy-fit recovery aids are excellent - February 2018
Trac Grabbers are designed to get you un-stuck when you find yourself in those wheel-spinning off-road moments.
WIRELESS WINCH CONTROLLER
Look, mum - no hands!
A winch controller that doesn’t ‘tie’ you to the vehicle is more convenient and safe.