When The Going Gets Tough!
In off-roading, everything usually goes fine until it doesn’t. Whether the terrain gets too tricky, trail gets too slick, or some kind of obstacle has you held up and unable to move, eventually it comes time for some sort of assistance. While wheeling with friends has the benefit of throwing a tow strap and quickly getting back on track, sometimes it’s necessary to go the extra mile and use a winch instead. When the time comes for a moment like this, it is imperative you know how to appropriately operate and care for the equipment. Once you’ve realized you’re not moving under your own momentum, it’s time to spring to action and set yourself up for a safe & effective self-recovery.
Once you’re in a spot where you can move under your own power, put the vehicle back in park and get to work putting your gear away, being sure to keep tension on the winch line as you spool it back into the winch. While it’s okay to rush this process on the trail, it’s good to then re-spool it cleanly at home.
The most important thing in self-recovery is to constantly be aware of your surroundings. Keep people away from the winch line while it’s under tension, listen for odd noises that might indicate an issue. In comparison to judging your terrain by resistance to the gas pedal, your winch likely has the capability to pull you through or over anything at all without much hesitation. The last thing you want to do is snag a brake line on a tree branch, drag a driveshaft over a boulder, or puncture a tire through the sidewall. Black Oak’s rock lights, light pods, and LED bars will make a world of a difference in ensuring you’re aware of every obstacle you’re up against while winching off-road!
Author Ryan Mckee - 2180 Miles