WHEN IT HITS THE FAN

HOW TO ES­CAPE A WORLD OF HURT WHEN YOUR RE­COV­ERY GEAR BREAKS IN THE BUSH.

4 x 4 Australia - - 4x4 Techniques - WORDS AND PHO­TOS DANIEL EVERETT

THINGS can go wrong when you’re off-road­ing. It’s just the na­ture of the beast. Trav­el­ling in mod­i­fied four-wheel drives to the far cor­ners of one of the world’s most iso­lated coun­tries, and then driv­ing the wheels off the rigs means some­thing will even­tu­ally go wrong.

Your pre­pared­ness to act is the de­cid­ing fac­tor be­tween a lifeen­dan­ger­ing sit­u­a­tion and a quick re­cov­ery. Over the past 12 months we’ve run you through not only what re­cov­ery gear you should have in your 4x4 but the ins and outs of how to use it and how to im­pro­vise when you need to.

This is­sue we thought we’d take it to the ex­treme: What do you do when you’re in the thick of it and the gear you need fails? A busted winch, a failed snatch strap or a seized high-lift jack can all leave you stranded if you’re ill-pre­pared.

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