HOW TO: USING AN ELECTRIC WINCH
WINCHING INCORRECTLY CAN HAVE DEADLY CONSEQUENCES. HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO YOU GET HOME SAFELY.
Picture this: You’re out driving by yourself scouting out a new campsite you plan to visit with some friends and family in a couple of weeks. There are a few small rock ledges in your way, but you’ve driven them plenty of times before.
But this time you get the line slightly wrong and you’re high-sided, wheels spinning in the air, with no more forward momentum.
With no-one around it can be a pretty daunting experience, unless you have the most useful tool in the off-roaders arsenal – a winch.
With a basic recovery kit sitting on the back seat and a tree 30m away, a winch turns something that could be a disaster into a fiveminute delay.
The downside is that winching places tremendous loads not only on your recovery gear but also on your four-wheel drive. It’s a simple enough process but one that can have deadly consequences.
This month we’re looking at the dos and don’ts of 12V winching, and the fundamentals that will get you home safely.