At some point in time all drivers of 4x4’s have overestimated their vehicles abilities and got themselves in need of assistance in one form or another. We’ve all done it and I would even go so far as to say that if you’ve never got stuck, you’re not trying hard enough, or you’re very lucky! Often with some thought and some minor outside assistance the situation is easily rectified. However unless you are carrying some basic recovery equipment, the only thing you have to rely on is muscle power. Dependant on conditions this can often be successful as a first step. A shove here and there can sometimes be enough effort to move the stricken vehicle. But if it is insufficient and it often will be, you will need to call upon your basic recovery kit. And know how to use it effectively.
The purpose of the next section of this booklet is to familiarise you with the different types of recovery equipment that are available, show you when and how to use them effectively and to provoke thought about the different ways you could utilise all or some of your equipment in different circumstances, by showing you various techniques that can be applied to any given situation.
The emphasis will be on safety as the first rule of rescue is not to become a casualty yourself and the technical aspects such as the effort that will be required to move a stricken vehicle in different types of terrain. Using the correct equipment, safely and effectively will usually result in successful recoveries.