Always run your engine when using your winch. Running your winch on the battery alone will cause the battery voltage to drop and overheat the winch motor.
When airing up your tires with a 12v compressor, always have your engine running. When the compressor is running on your battery alone the voltage will drop and your compressor will overheat, damaging the compressor motor.
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When pulling a stuck or disabled vehicle with a tow strap, avoid pulling with the towing vehicle in reverse. Pulling in reverse applies most of the load on the towing vehicle’s weaker front axle. It often results in a broken front axle U-Joint.
When convoying on the highway, all vehicles should drive with their headlights on. They also should leave enough space between vehicles so vehicles wanting to pass from the rear can have room to duck in to the line if needed when traffic approaches.
Winches usually go long periods without use. Often years.
It’s a good idea to check your winch, from time to time, before it is needed to make sure it operates .
When you need a winch, you need it to work !
Since one doesn’t use their winch often, often the controller is put away somewhere and the owner has to try to find it “buried” somewhere in the back of their vehicle.
Usually, when you need a winch, you also need it quickly. Your winch controller should be conveniently available. When alone, I keep mine in the Passenger seat. When I have a passenger I keep it in a bag attached to the back of my driver’s seat where I can quickly get to it.