Originally Posted by Box Rocket
You are not required to to do a full speed yank on someone just because it is designed to handle that.
This part is very important and often overlooked. Many, many recoveries can be performed by simply taking up all the slack slowly, THEN attempting to tug. If that isn't working, apply extra tugging force in gradual doses.
Another few pointers:
- Be aware of laws concerning vehicle recovery. A good bit of discussion on another forum was discussed here
- Many vehicles have no recovery points, especially cars. I, for one, hate Jeep Cherokees. These vehicles require what is known as a "J Hook". I simply refuse to help them any more because it has a high rate of ending in disaster.
- Your state may make it illegal for anyone but a tow truck to perform a recovery. I'm involved in SAR and we are not allowed to perform vehicle recoveries on anyone who is not in the unit.