The most basic pull you can do with either a winch or a towstrap (or if you absolutely have to, a Hi-Lift-style jack) is the straight pull. Surprisingly, it’s pretty easy to screw this one up. Picking poor attachment points is probably the most common cause of problems when using a towstrap. Basically you want at least one safe and solid tow point per vehicle. For info on picking good attachment points, see the sidebar below. Also see how we added some dead weight to the winch cable. This will help absorb energy if something comes loose or the cable breaks. You can use a recovery bag (as shown), a heavy blanket, jacket, or a dedicated winch cable weight. Another rule is to keep bystanders far away from towstraps and winch cables when in use. Have them stand behind another vehicle.