A tow strap should not be used to recover or snatch a vehicle that is bogged. Traditionally vehicle tow straps are much less flexible and designed only to pull a load that freely moves. The straps’ inability to stretch can‘t absorb energy, which increases the likelihood that it will break. Using a tow strap with very little stretch for vehicle recovery is extremely unsafe!
It is very important the correctly rated strap is used. A strap with a ‘too light’ breaking strength may break under load. A strap with ‘too heavy’ a breaking strength may not stretch adequately and more stress will be placed on the recovery points, possibly causing damage or injury. The Minimum Breaking Load (MBL) of the strap should be between 2 and 3 times the Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of the ‘lighter’ of the two vehicles used in the recovery process. Be aware that the Recovery Strap will be under greater load if the vehicle is bogged in mud, sand or heavily loaded.
Only the drivers of the stranded and recovery vehicle should be in those vehicles. Nobody else should be in or on those vehicles.
Ensure bystanders stay at least 1.5 times the un-stretched strap length away, to the side of the line of recovery. NEVER stand between vehicles connected by a Recovery Strap.