The Road Ahead : December January 2009
torquing point WITH JOHN EWING RACQ VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES To join two snatch straps, take the end of strap A up through the eye of strap B. Snatch strap recovery T his edition, we bring you part 2 of our advisory story on snatch straps. Reach down through the eye of strap A and grab strap B behind the eye and lift it up through the eye of strap A. Continue pulling strap B’s entire length through. Pull the resulting joint tight with a rolled up magazine inserted across the joint between the two straps (see photo). This will prevent over- tightening, allowing the straps to be separated after use. Onlookers should not be in front, between or behind the vehicles and must be at least 1.5 times the strap length to one side of the operation. Agree on suitable signals between the vehicle drivers, with one driver directing the process. Watching over your loved ones Donate today Don’t use the big ‘run and jerk’ method. Steady momentum and strap elasticity will do the job. The recovery vehicle steadily accelerates forward at about 10-12 km/h. As the slack in the strap just takes up, the stricken vehicle’s driver also attempts to drive out of the bog. Be smooth, avoid wheel spin and don’t use excessive speed or continual jerking. Picking the right gears to use for both vehicles will need some judgement, but as a starting point, use fi rst gear for the recovery car and fi rst or reverse for the bogged vehicle, depending on direction of recovery. Vehicles with a transfer case should use 1st or 2nd low range. After three unsuccessful attempts, you might need to try other methods, such as winching. To ensure safe, effective recovery techniques are used, we recommend undertaking a suitably accredited off-road driver- training course. RACQ Driver Education offers a range of 4WD training courses which include vehicle recovery. For more information, call 3361 2382 or 1800 680 039. If you’d like some technical advice, visit racq.com or call RACQ’s Technical Advisory Service on 3666 9148. The RACQ Helicopter Rescue Network - CareFlight Rescue, CQ Rescue and Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service - fly more than 4000 missions every year and often mean the difference between life and death. Help them to continue saving lives by pledging a donation today. Please add: ®$5 ®$10 ® $20 or $ to my annual RACQ membership subscription renewal as my donation to RACQ-sponsored community helicopter rescue providers through the RACQ Charitable Trust Fund. Mail to: RACQ Charitable Trust Fund, Reply Paid 4, Springwood BC QLD 4127 First Name: Last Name: Address: Postcode Membership Number _/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/ Signed: Date: All pledged donations will be paid to RACQ Charitable Trust Fund on behalf of the sponsored community helicopter rescue providers. The RACQ Charitable Trust Fund is registered in Queensland as a charity and the RACQ Charitable Trust Fund has obtained the necessary endorsement from the Australian Taxation Office for donations to be tax deductible. Upon payment of the donation a receipt will be issued to you by the Trust Fund to claim on your tax return.
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