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 Recovery Deaths in Australia

Snatch straps

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.


20 things you should never do in a 4WD recovery

Safe 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.



Tow balls in 4WD Recoveries can kill you

Tow ball 4WD Recovery

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.



4WD Recovery Forces and sizing recovery gear

Snatch block and snatch ring MBS and SFSome 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.




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.


The ultimate guide to 4WD recovery points

Load tested recovery point

When was the last time you got stuck? Have you ever had to use your recovery points? There’s a good chance you have (whether its to pull someone out, or get recovered!) at some stage. 4WD recoveries have gone pear shaped many times, and there are a number of things you can do to reduce the chance of something going wrong.

Recovery points on your 4WD need to be rated, and they need to be mounted properly.

Are Recovery Tracks essential?

Maxtrax being used twiceThere’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.


When should you use a Snatch Strap?

Snatch straps in Brunswick

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.


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

4WD recovery points

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 Equaliser Straps; what’s the point?

Equaliser strap on an 804WD 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.



4WD Recovery Kit; what do you need?

80 series rear

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!

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

Snatch strap 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.


What’s the right order of 4WD Recoveries?

Maxtrax 4x4

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?

Getting a bogged 4WD moving again is actually really simple, and safe when you take the time to do it correctly. I won’t dwell on safety too much, but there should be a conscious effort put into ensuring what you are doing is safe. There’s been too many people killed in Australia when 4WD recoveries have gone wrong

Where can you buy recovery points from?

Rated recovery pointIf 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!

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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.