With the winter snowfalls almost upon us, it’s time to rethink your strategy for getting your vehicle out of the snow should your truck get stuck. It’s important that you follow tried and
trusted winching techniques to ensure your own safety and to prevent damage to your truck.
Prevention is better than cure
Before the snows come in, take some time to survey any routes you may take off road during the winter months. Take note of stumps, rocks and ravines which may get covered by snow and could wreak havoc on your truck.
Always service your winch and check that it is securely attached and in good working order before heading out.
Dig out the snow around the tires so that it is easier for your truck to pull itself out.
Turn the wheel where possible so that the tires are pointing in the direction you wish the truck to go.
Use a tree strap if you intend to attach the winch to a tree. A tree strap will help to protect the tree and prevent damage to your winch cable or rope.
Start the truck and gently accelerate when you turn on the winch. Gentle acceleration will help ease the truck out of the snow and reduce the strain on your winch motor.
Decide beforehand where you will pull the truck out to. Ensure that your new parking spot is clear of snow and other debris.
Never hold the winch rope of cable as you could injure yourself. Stand well away from the winch when in use as a snapped cable can whip around and cause injury.
Consider using snow tires in places with heavy snowfall throughout the winter.
Electric recovery winches, including jeep winches and truck winches from trusted brands like Promark Offroad, Superwinch and Mile Marker. Cable or synthetic rope winches with up to 17,500lbs capacity.