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Old 11-29-2015, 12:22 AM   #1
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2005 Outback Sport

Default recovery straps/shackles

So i go to school in Ohio, and the winters there are generally pretty rough, and i've witnessed quite a few people stuck on the side of the road. I have a recovery strap and some shackles in my cart, and i'm wondering...how much weight is feasible to pull for a recovery situation (i.e., stuck in snow on the side of the road)? I really don't want to try to pull more than my outback sport can handle, both for my safety and safety of others
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Old 11-29-2015, 04:43 AM   #2
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it depends on how stuck they are. You can tow out a semi that is barely stuck but you might not be able to tow out an old civic.

you need to judge these situations as they come up. You're likely not going to break anything if the road is snowy because you also won't have much grip and therefore less likely to break anything.

if you're not confident in what you're doing, don't do it.

also i'm not sure this really belongs in motorsports...
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Old 11-29-2015, 10:49 PM   #3
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Have the other driver put the car in Drive (or 1st gear) and give it just a bit of throttle when they feel your tug. It's surprising how easy most cars are to get back on the road, unless they've dug themselves into the snow/mud by spinning their wheels. Having said that, you don't want to stop immediately! Make sure that the other driver knows that when he/she is back on the road, they're to stop and unhook. Let them stop first!
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Old 11-30-2015, 08:25 AM   #4
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Word of warning. Hand them the end of the tow line and tell THEM to fasten it to a strong place on their car. If you fasten it to their car and rip off/bend/damage something they will instantly turn from appreciative to “You broke my car! You #$#@#@%, You ARE going to pay for it!”
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