Here are a few good tips
Always hook up or in the safest direction if it breaks. I learned this from Nathaniel Miller. In the event the hook breaks, the force sends the hook and rope into the ground instead of into the air. The same applies if the hook is pointed left or right. I attach the hook the way I want it to break. Pointed at the ground or in the safest direction for example.
Leave the generic tow ropes with metal hooks at home.
Never use a trailer ball hitch as a recovery point (threaded into a 2" reciever using the pin through the fabric loop is fine). It doesn't make any sense but the forces involved will sheer the ball off turning it into a deadly projectile.
Never saddle a dead horse!
Replace worn or damaged straps, winch cable, etc. We tried to kill BVB this year with this strap. When it broke, it sounded like a gun shot and recoiled into the back window with an incredible amount of force