Practicing tow strap safety should be one of your first steps when towing a vehicle, if not your first step.
Using caution and practicing safety when you are using a tow strap is vital. Let’s face it, this could be a very dangerous job if you don’t pay attention to what you are doing.
On average, I bet everyone, at some point or another, will end up needing their car, van, or truck towed somewhere. These people rely on you to do it correctly, which means you do it in a manner where you don’t hurt yourself, others or their car. For that reason, you need to know some basic tow strap safety tips and here we will go into just some of the basic, almost common sense tips. (Just because these tips may fall into the “common sense” category doesn’t mean that we should skip them. Sometimes the obvious is overlooked.)
Here is a basic list of tips that you should do before each tow:
- Inspect the tow strap for any damage.
- When attaching the strap, make sure that you do so around the appropriate area. Don’t skip a little loop just because it may be hard to get to.
- Remove anything from the vehicle that may cause damage to the tow strap. The last thing you want is to have a sharp piece of metal cutting into the strap in the middle of the tow.
- The break strength of the tow strap should double the weight of the vehicle. By doing so you get rid of any doubt as to whether or not the strap will hold. (OK, this is just a good rule of thumb, but I thought I would mention it anyway.)
If you follow these basic tips before you secure the vehicle, you should be in good shape. This way you cut out the possibility of something going wrong that could have been avoided in the first place. Happy towing!