Guidelines for Safe Utilization of Vehicle Recovery Snatch Straps



Recovery straps are manufactured from 100% nylon webbing that may stretch under load and recoil to almost its original length. The mixture from the recovery vehicle pull and also the tension within the strap results in a ‘snatching’ effect that may pull a stranded vehicle free of being bogged or not able to maneuver under its very own power. Always stick to safe operating procedures and guidelines. When utilized in compliance using these guidelines, vehicles might be retrieved with minimal chance of injuries to individuals or harm to vehicles and equipment.


1. Look into the strap and it is packaging for that mentioned Minimum Breaking Strength (MBS).

2. It’s suggested the minimum breaking strength from the strap ought to be between 2 and three occasions the vehicle’s gross vehicle mass (GVM) (the load from the vehicle and then any people, accessories and supplies) and

3. The strap should be suitable for the GVM from the lighter of these two vehicles utilized in the process of recovery.

4. Persons planning to make use of the strap should think about finishing a across the country recognised 4wd training program or speak to a 4wd club for comprehensive suggestions about the correct selection and utilisation of the strap.

5. The strap should not be employed for lifting or conventional towing.

6. Persons planning to make use of the strap must be sure that the strap isn’t broken and it is in functional condition.

7. The strap’s strength and stretch are reduced once the strap is saturated.

8. Something similar to a recovery damper, heavy bag or blanket should be draped within the strap during use to lessen any unintended rebound from the strap.

9. As the strap has been used, persons situated outdoors the cars active in the process of recovery must –

(A) be stored in a safe distance (suggested as a minimum of 1.5 occasions the size of the unstretched strap) from either from the vehicles active in the process of recovery and

(B) never situate themselves inside the road to the automobile performing the recovery.

‘WARNING – Always follow product instructions. You should properly attach the automobile recovery strap to an automobile. A typical tow ball or vehicle tie-lower point isn’t designed for this function and may lead to the strap or perhaps a vehicle component detaching from an automobile and striking and seriously injuring or killing an individual. Only attach the strap to some vehicle recovery point or device that’s suitably rated to be used using the strap. Mistreatment has formerly led to serious injuries and dying.’


1. Never make an effort to recover an automobile without all of the necessary equipment.

2. Just use equipment that’s correctly rated for that particular situation. If uncertain, avoid using it.

3. Never exceed the Minimum Breaking Strength (MBS) from the strap or even the Working Load Limit (WLL) of shackles.

4. Look at your vehicle manufacturer’s hands book for recovery point locations.

Choosing The Proper RECOVERY STRAP

It is crucial the properly rated strap can be used. A strap having a ‘too light’ breaking strength may break under load. A strap with ‘too heavy’ a breaking strength might not stretch correctly and much more stress is going to be put on the recovery points, possibly causing damage or injuries. The Minimum Breaking Strength (MBS) from the strap ought to be between 2 and three occasions the Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) from the lighter of these two vehicles utilized in the process of recovery. Remember that the recovery strap is going to be under greater load when the vehicle is bogged in dirt, sand or heavily loaded. When the GVM isn’t mentioned around the identification plate of the vehicle or its registration certificate it may be offered by the owner’s guide or in the vehicle manufacturer.


Just the persons active in the recovery ought to be either in from the vehicles. Ensure bystanders stay a secure distance away with a minimum of 1.5 occasions the size of the unstretched strap within the other direction. NEVER stand between vehicles connected with a recovery strap.

Get Yourself Ready For THE RECOVERY

Carefully measure the conditions from the stranded vehicle. Whether it has bottomed out, obvious underneath the vehicle body therefore it rests on its wheels. The recovery vehicle ought to be put into line (a maximum of 10° from the straight line) using the stranded vehicle, for whether forward or reverse recovery operation. Distance between vehicles ought to be 2-3 metres under the unstretched entire recovery strap. Establish agreed signals between your vehicle motorists, by radio (preferably), hands signals or vehicle horn.


Carefully inspect the recovery strap to find out that it’s in good shape. When the strap is wet, dirty, cut or chaffed, it won’t perform correctly. A wet strap might be 20% under strength, a broken strap may break. Do not let the strap in the future into with contact hot surfaces or sharp edges. Roll the strap out between your vehicles, ensuring there aren’t any twists or knots. Leave a couple of-3 metres slack between your vehicles. The joining of straps ought to be prevented whenever we can (Retailers carry different lengths of straps). NEVER Make Use Of A METAL Resist join two straps together – when the strap breaks it may be a lethal missile and cause harm or injuries.

Look at your vehicle manufacturer’s hands book for recovery point locations, or use properly rated and fitted aftermarket recovery points. Don’t Connect With A TOW BALL OR TIE Lower POINT. Connect recovery strap to recovery point for just about any recovery point requiring using a shackle to connect the strap, only use load rated shackles. Only connect with properly rated recovery points around the vehicles, with simply ‘Load Rated’ shackles. Load ratings are marked on shackles as WLL (Working Load Limit). Bow Shackles are appropriate for this function and really should be with a rating of least 3.25t. To properly tighten shackle pins, screw the pin until it seats then back away about ½ to at least one turn. Over tightening can lead to grabbed pins, because of the pressure exerted during recovery operations. To prevent an automobile being broken and person hurt, hang a appropriate recovery damper blanket within the recovery strap roughly halfway to soak up the recoil action of the strap should it break.

Indication: Check all connections again and obvious bystanders to some safe distance (a minimum of 1.5 occasions the size of the unstretched strap) aside from the recovery operation rather than within the type of recovery.


1. Prior to the recovery operation motorists must agree with the purpose that the stranded vehicle will be retrieved and also the signal (radio, hands signal or horn blast) when that time is arrived at.

2. With communications maintained between both vehicles, and recovery strap secure, the recovery vehicle should lightly accelerate, taking on the slack and proceeding at no quicker than 10-12kph. For the best results the stranded vehicle ought to be in first gear (or second Low), and also the driver should profit the recovery if you attempt they are driving out roughly 3 seconds from the time the recovery vehicle moves off.

3. When the vehicle isn’t retrieved around the first attempt, check underneath the stranded vehicle, again, for obstacles, reset the slack within the recovery strap and check out a bit more speed through the recovery vehicle.

4. NOTE: Excessive speed or continual jerking action although utilizing a recovery strap may lead to harm to the recovery point, chassis and drive type of both vehicles.

5. Once the stranded vehicle reaches the agreed point the motive force should advise and also the recovery vehicle should stop, then your stranded vehicle should stop.

6. Where proper utilization of a Recovery strap is not successful, make use of an appropriate sized recovery winch.

7. Don’t attempt to get rid of the strap until both vehicles are stationary and guaranteed.

NOTE: Recovery straps require rest periods between use to go back to their original length and capacity. Excessive pulls more than a short time may cause build-from heat and possible failure.

CAUTION: Always stick to the recovery strap Guidelines for safe use.

GENERAL Maintenance And Care

1. Never let your strap to rub against sharp or hot surfaces.

2. Avoid twists & kinks within the webbing.

3. Always coil your strap during storage.

4. Clean your strap in tepid to warm water having a mild detergent and permit to completely dry before storage.

5. Foreign material for example sand and grit can permanently damage the strap fibres.

6. Remember that a strap can lose as much as 20% of their strength when wet.

7. Inspect the whole period of any straps for nicks and cuts pre and post use. If broken, straps ought to be replaced.

8. Never make use of the strap like a lifting device.

9. Inspect shackles for damage. Pins which are difficult to turn claim that the shackle continues to be overstressed and really should get replaced.