Recovery Point. What is it and what is it for?

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When people hear the word ‘recovery point’ they may immediately think about something related to computers, i.e. getting an operating system back to where it was before the system crashed. Having that happen is bad enough, but what’s being referred to here are factory-fitted or aftermarket purpose-built points that are chassis-mounted and designed for the sole purpose of being used as attachment points in a situation requiring recovery. We are NOT talking about a factory tie-down point – which is fitted under the vehicle by the manufacturer and has the sole purpose of securing a vehicle to the floor of a shipping container or transport vessel. A tie-down point is definitely not designed for (or capable of) enduring the forces exerted in a vehicle recovery. How many times people have made this mistake in the past and ended up damaging their vehicle, is not worth thinking about. You should now not make that same mistake.

Getting Out of a bad Situation

Should you have the misfortune to get your vehicle stuck somewhere and you need to recover it, you would need to do so by using the proper recovery points. Nobody wants to have their holiday or trip ruined by being stuck somewhere, and especially somewhere in the middle of nowhere! An experienced towing company would know where to look, but having such knowledge yourself in some dire situation, might make all the difference.

Is Your Chassis Sturdy and Safe?

All recovery points have to be soundly constructed, and fitted in such a way that they can’t fly off or spring apart if either a heavy, or Kinetic energy recovery rope is to be utilised. Such recoveries should be employed with the use of a ‘bridle’ which requires recovery points attached to, or in line with each chassis leg. The use of a ‘bridle’ halves the load on each towing point. This is very important, especially with older vehicles. So, making sure your chassis is in good shape is very important because over the years, mud, water and salt from off road driving or living in coastal areas can slowly deteriorate it, usually at the front or back, just where you are going to tow from, or be towed!

How do you Know What May Be Safe?

Well, in many cases, you simply have to trust that a recovery point is the best option you have.  After all, it has been designed with that sole purpose in mind. You may want to be extra wise and keep the number of a reliable and professional towing company on your phone, also. If you are in Western Australia, tow trucks from Perth’s Executive Towing Services provide a trustworthy, experienced and quality towing service, should you be in need. Having such a service at your fingertips, will allay any concerns you may have later during a trip.

Do Yourself a Favour

So why not do yourself a favour and check out as soon as possible, just where the recovery points are on your vehicle? If it’s not easy to see, try consulting your vehicle’s manual or check online just exactly where and how to locate the proper recovery points. Happy driving!