Backing Up 101

Posted in Blog, News  
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Backing up is an important task, and no we are not talking about backing up your computer (although you should do that too). Backing up a big truck can be intimidating, especially to new drivers. Some truck drivers catch on pretty quickly during their CDL training, but others need a little bit more time.

Here are a few pointers to help improve backing up:

  • Get out and look as much as you need to.
  • Put on your hazards well in advance prior to setting up for backing.
  • Pay attention to all sides of truck while setting up because cars will try to get by if there is room.
  • Before backing at speed, move slowly back for a few seconds. That way if any four wheelers are in your blind spot, they can move into your viewing area or out the way.
  • Never try to rush backing up, even if you are in a hurry. Better safe than sorry in this situation.
  • Don’t focus on the fear of messing up, just pay attention and be present.
  • Don’t get discouraged, this skill takes time and will require lots of practice.

Whether you picked up the skill rather quickly, or you still are working on it, backing up is a challenge for anyone. Always give yourself plenty of time, and remember that it will get easier.

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