4WD Recoveries; how to safely and easily recover a 4WD

There’s nothing more important when it comes to 4WDing than knowing how to recover yourself, and others in a way that is safe, efficient and easy. On this page, you’ll find everything you need to know about 4WD Recoveries, what gear to use and when, and how to avoid getting stuck in the first place. 

4WD Recoveries can be deadly

4WD Recovery Deaths in Australia

4WD recoveries are dangerous. The level of risk is so high that it’s killed more than a few Australians in the last two decades, and plenty more overseas. This post highlights some of the deaths in Australia that have taken place around 4WD recoveries, with the relevant news articles/posts to go with it.

Snatch straps

Techniques for safe 4WD recoveries

20 things you should never do in a 4WD recovery

Being bogged in your 4WD isn’t the most pleasant feeling, but there are plenty of ways to get yourself moving again. There’s nothing abnormal about being stuck; people recover bogged 4WD’s every day of the year.

Safe 4WD recovery

Tow balls in 4WD Recoveries can kill you

Another week, and more video’s on social media of people recovering 4WD’s using their tow balls. It sickens me to think that at any moment, another person could be killed because of a lack of knowledge, care and respect for 4WD recoveries.

Tow ball 4WD Recovery

4WD Recovery Forces and sizing recovery gear

Some time ago we had a structural engineer send in a very comprehensive article covering the forces involved in a 4WD recovery, and how you should best size your recovery gear. The information in this post is very detailed, and extremely interesting.

Snatch block and snatch ring MBS and SF

What’s the weakest link in your 4WD Recovery?

What if I told you that a large majority of 4WD recoveries done locally are not safe? Would you believe me? When you do a recovery in your 4WD, it’s good practice to take a second before going through with it to consider what the weakest link is. This way, you know what is most likely to go wrong, and you can act accordingly.

Snatch strap recovery

What’s the right order of 4WD Recoveries?

When you get stuck off road, what do you do? Do you reach around for the snatch strap, or tyre gauge, or just plant your foot on the accelerator?

Maxtrax 4x4

When should you use a Snatch Strap?

Last week, a 17 year old Sydney boy was hit in the back of the head when a 4WD recovery went badly wrong. He was in critical condition, and put in an induced coma. I don’t know exactly what happened, and will not speculate on it. I just wish him and his family all the best, and hope he recovers quickly.

Snatch straps in Brunswick

Where can you safely attach a shackle in a 4WD Recovery?

4WD recoveries generally involve a lot of force, and if something breaks it can do a lot of damage. There’s been more than a handful of people killed in Australia over the years when 4WD recoveries have gone wrong. One of the biggest risks in a 4WD recovery is that something metal breaks. If this happens, and its under tension (like a winch rope or snatch strap), its going to take off faster than you’ll be able to see.

4WD recovery points

4WD Recovery Points

The ultimate guide to 4WD recovery points

Recovery points on your 4WD need to be rated, and they need to be mounted properly. Here’s what you need to know

Load tested recovery point

Where can you buy recovery points from?

If you are wondering what options you have for 4WD recovery points, this post covers your options, and what you need to consider before buying them. Hot tip – they won’t all fit with your vehicle!

Rated recovery point

ARB Bull Bar Recovery Points don’t exist

ARB Bull bar recovery points

If you’ve got an ARB Bull Bar, you may have noticed the two holes in the plate at the front of the bar. Due to the design, you might easily mistake these as somewhere to put a shackle through for a 4WD recovery.

Please don’t.

Recovery Gear for your 4WD

Are Recovery Tracks essential?

There’s a lot of people travelling around with 4WD Recovery Tracks with them. The thing is though, are they actually needed, or is it just a symbol of 4WDing, and completely unnecessary? In this post, we take a look at it from our perspective.

Maxtrax being used twice

4WD Equaliser Straps; what’s the point?

4WD recoveries can involve a lot of force, and there’s a few ways you can manage and reduce this. One of the most well known is to use an equaliser strap, and to spread the load over your chassis.

Equaliser strap on an 80

4WD Recovery Kit; what do you need?

A 4WD Recovery Kit is one of the most important things that you can have in your 4WD. The number of people that I have pulled out from a boggy beach who don’t have any recovery gear is scary.

Before you even take your 4WD off the bitumen, you should have a basic 4WD Recovery Kit. Along with this, you need to know how to use it safely. Even the best recovery gear in the hands of someone with limited experience is going to be dangerous!

80 series rear

Do you need a winch on your 4WD?

Wondering if the extra cost, weight and servicing costs are worth it when you get a 4WD winch? Here’s what you need to know

Winching the tree

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  1. Hi Shayne,

    Thanks for the comment. A little more useful information, and less of the sales pitch and you’ll be on the right track for this audience. How much are they?

    All the best

  2. Shayne Knipe says:

    A good strop and shackle to use are the mongoose recovery strop and the
    Dongahys Soft Shackles. The Soft shackle are the perfect replacement for the traditional metal snap shackle and screw shackles. they will not shatter if broken as with metal shackles. Made from HMPE, Soft Shackles are a versatile tool with many applications.