I was looking the other day at 1:1 tow straps but was a little confused by its rating. There is a working load and then the tensile strength 3 times larger. I was wondering how big of one I would need to safely pull a stuck vehicle. Is the working load rated at a dead lift strengh or a tow rating? Basically is a strap rated at a "working load" of 5000 lbs designed to dead lift or just tow a vehicle that weight?
I also know there is sometimes shock load when you try to pull a stuck vehicle. So if one were to use a full size SUV to pull another vehicle (upward of a similar full size truck/ suv) out of a ditch or buried in snow in the snow in the driveway what would be a safe rating to buy?
I am not too worried about myself. I spent a few years living and driving in northern Idaho, buy quality tires, and everything I own is 4WD or AWD. However most of everyone I know here is inexperienced in winter driving and have 2wd vehicles with highway tires. I am tired of digging or pushing out cars and/or running taxi for the duration of the snow and ice.