Lay a heavy blanket, jacket, or dedicated dampener over steel winch cables. If the cable snaps under load it can help prevent it from whipping and injuring spectators or vehicles. Sometimes you’ll have to grind your cable into dirt, rocks, or debris. If possible, use a snatch-block to change the direction of pull to avoid the obstacles in the trail. If not, winch carefully and slowly and reposition for a better angle the first chance you get. If you’re using synthetic winch rope, make sure your abrasion sleeve is properly positioned to help prevent rope damage.