Investing in Aftermarket Recovery Products for Your Vehicle
All vehicle owners and operators know that a breakdown can occur anywhere and at any time. The problem, however, is that most people have a false sense of security that is inspired by their insurance coverage or vehicle warranty. When your insurance policy comes with roadside assistance, you may not think too much about investing in your vehicle recovery. Now imagine taking a trip to the boondocks for some natural adventures then ending up with your 4×4 stuck in the mud without cell phone reception or a recovery kit. Your only option may be to wait for another driver to pull you out. Depending on where you are, that may take hours or even the whole day/night.
Buying aftermarket recovery equipment for your vehicle allows you to stay prepared for any eventuality while on the road. It’s hard to predict when your car is going to experience trouble even if it’s in the best condition. Of course, if your car has been in use for several years, then having a recovery kit around is a must. Aftermarket recovery tools are great investments, especially when taking long trips because they increase the safety of your travel. Getting stuck in an unpopulated highway without a way to get help can be dangerous. However, with the right equipment, you can bail yourself out of common roadside troubles.
When looking to boost your vehicle recovery preparedness, you can get prepackaged kits or put one together yourself. Of course, make certain you know how every tool in your trunk works. Your recovery equipment is just a wasteful usage of space if you cannot operate it, so take the time to study each one. Here is an assortment of tools that will suit your vehicle recovery needs.
High Lift Jack
When you are stuck in mud or snow, a high lift jack is necessary for several situations. One, you can use it to lift the vehicle when installing a winch to pull it out. If your tires need changing in the middle of nowhere, a high lift jack is a handy tool to have around. In some circumstances, a high lift jack can function as a winch by using a tree stump or a large boulder as an anchor. You also need a jack when attaching recovery straps.
For offroaders, aftermarket bumpers are great additions to your recovery preparedness. These bumpers are designed to withstand trees, animal strikes, and rocks, which are common when venturing off the beaten path. You can choose to install a front or back bumper or both, depending on the driving you engage in. With an aftermarket bumper, you can also move your spare tire from under the vehicle to the back, which makes it less challenging to access when you need to use it, especially when it’s raining.
By far, the winch is the handiest tool you require for vehicle recovery. When off-roading on your lonesome, a winch is a must-have because you can move a stuck vehicle without a lot of help. Don’t get a winch without learning how to use one, though. Without the proper skills, you may end up hurting yourself. Although tempting, don’t settle for cheap winches. You can find an affordable winch kit that will not cause you trouble during recovery.
Two hooks are the other investments you should consider for your recovery. Some vehicles, particularly 4x4s come complete with tow hooks. However, some of them may not be big enough to support recovery straps. Your mechanic can tell you if the preinstalled hooks are suitable for your off-roading requirements. Two hooks are fitted at the front and back of the car frame to give the driver an anchor point during recovery.
This tool is designed to increase traction in your tires when stuck in sand, mud or snow. You place the nylon recovery board under the tires and drive on it. If your winching skills are lacking or you can’t afford it, then this tool is a viable substitute. Additionally, you can use your Maxtrax to shovel snow or mud from under the tires when stuck.
Most people carry ropes and chains when offroading in case they have to tow their vehicles. However, recovery straps will do a better job. Snatch straps are made specifically to pull your vehicle from a stationary position. They absorb energy and stretch, which allows you to pull the machine without struggling too much. Using material that is not right for vehicle recovery can cause serious physical injury or damage to your car. Ensure that your recovery straps are attached to the tow hooks on your vehicle. An ideal strap should be at least 2” wide and 3 to 4 times the weight of the car you intend to connect it to.
If the terrains you will be traveling through contain water bodies, then you may want to consider getting a snorkel for your car. When the nose of a vehicle enters deep water, it can take in the liquid, which will damage the engine. A snorkel lets air in through the roof of the car, thus preventing water intake.
Tire Repair Kit
Most of the roadside emergencies that drivers have to deal with involve tires. It is why car owners should have basic skills in changing and repairing tires. A tire repair kits is an excellent addition to your recovery tool. The contents of this kit may vary from one brand to the next, but you can expect necessities like rope plugs, valves, and dust caps. With this kit, you can patch up a busted tire until an expert can look at it.
Off Road Tires
To minimize the risks of your tires giving up on when on a trip to the countryside, get the appropriate types. Aftermarket multi-terrain tires can save your life and money. These products are designed to withstand the harshest weather, which reduces wear and tear when driving on rough terrains. Some aftermarket specialists have tires for each terrain- snow, mud or rocky. Ask your mechanic about the type of tires that best suit your vehicle.
It may seem obvious, but most drivers forget about getting jumper cables for their vehicles. When your battery dies, and you are stuck in the middle of a hailstorm, jumper cables are invaluable. Imagine another driver stopping to help in such a situation and then finding out you don’t have jumper cables. Even if your battery is completely dead, jump starting it can give you sufficient charge to get to the nearest mechanic.
Aftermarket recovery tools are worth every cent because they come in handy during vehicle emergencies. Regardless of how good your insurance coverage is, always be ready to conduct your own vehicle recovery. Whether you are an avid offroader or not, get a few basic aftermarket recovery pieces in your trunk for when they are needed.