A self-recovery winch is an excellent tool to equip your vehicle with. Equally as important as the winch is knowing how to use it safely. Regardless of whether you are using steel cable or a synthetic rope, using a winch weight will make the process safer. Winch dampeners, such as the kind shown here from ARB (www.arbusa.com), are used as a draw-in point for if the cable or rope breaks. Something as simple as a floor mat or heavy jacket can even work in a pinch.