After last week’s posting about the difference between tow straps and recovery straps, we got some questions from readers about the importance of the difference in the stretch and also about “dual purpose” tow and recovery straps.
Here’s here’s why you should NEVER use tow straps for recovery (skip to the 2-minute mark to see the damage):
Luckily, no one was hurt, but this is a clear illustration of the force that builds up during a recovery. The less stretch a strap has the more force that gets released during a break…meaning more damage caused to either a vehicle of a person.
You can imagine the potential devastation if there’s also a metal hook at the end of the tow strap (which is why SECURE Tow Straps have no hardware).
We don’t recommend using tow straps and recovery straps interchangeably.
Please share this post with all your friends so that they are fully aware of the dangers of using two straps for recovery purposes.