New mandatory safety standard for snatch straps
The Queensland government has introduced a mandatory safety standard for the supply of motor vehicle recovery (snatch) straps effective from 1 April 2008. The prescribed safety standard specifies key product and safety information that must be supplied with every Snatch Strap.
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Articles on dangers of snatch straps
The following coroners report should act as a warning to those four wheel drivers who are ever involved in a snatch strap recovery. The report is about a fatality in Tasmania involving the use of a snatch strap. To read the article Click here
Improvisation and lateral thinking often comes into play when recovering yourself or another vehicle with the winch. Seldom are two 4WD recovery situations the same.
Eureka 4WD Training have a number of illustrations to show different types of rigging. Please note that for clarity the “Air Break” (Blanket) which should be placed over the winch cables has not been shown in these illustrations. They show rigging using an electric winch however the same principles apply to hand winches. When using a hand winch, where practicable, I try to set the rigging up so that I’m near the vehicle with the winch rather than at the other end of the cable.
Remember an electric winch is only designed to pull you forward and maybe a little to one side. The hand winch will pull you in any direction with the correct rigging. Most people are fine with a straight 1:1 pull but get a bit mixed up when a snatch block needs to be used. I always try to use a snatch block when I can as it’s less strain and gives you more control as it’s slower. A recovery is always going to have a potentially dangerous element attached to it. Keep all bystanders well clear.
The Diagrams of Winching Click here
There has been a very good article written by 4WD Action on beach driving. To read the article Click here
4 wheel drive articles
The Eyre Peninsula 4wd Club conducts its own in-house training for club members.
members assist each other in the knowledge of four wheel driving assistance in driving and recovery proceedures.
Whilst training is not mandatory we do find that most members are keen to undertake at least some basic training.
Of course you'll also be able to source advice on all sorts of vehicles, accessories, camping equipment and gain fantastic insight on places to visit and journeys to undertake.
DTU Training (DTU Members) is available in Adelaide if members wish.