Never even consider snatching with a tow rope This ‘miff’ is intuitively accepted as true; some calculations would be required in order to provide confirmation though. In order to make the same calculations, a 16-ton tow rope is taken with a total assumed stretching length of 100 mm (some stretching will occur but will be very limited). Following the same approach as before yields a maximum rope force of 8.89 ton. However, assuming the same starting speed of 4.2 m/s and bringing it to a standstill within 100 mm would require a deceleration force of 221 000N or 22.5 ton to achieve! This merely implies that the rope’s stretch capacity is immediately exceeded, and the rope slammed tight (or something breaks before reaching the 22-ton force in the rope). The first observation has to be that the force on the tow bar is immediately horrific, with something sure to yield and break off. The force is in fact of such nature that any weak point in the chassis is at risk of breaking. With the stopping distance only 100 mm, the driver will by default experience a jaw-breaking backward jerk (even at such small speeds). Plotting the forces over the stretch distances clearly shows the more gradual rise in the 8-ton rope and the extreme rope snap for the tow rope.