Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, backing up over fifty feet of semi-trailer is no easy feat. Very few drivers will ever completely master backing up a semi-trailer (everyone has one of those days once in a while), but the following four tips combined with lots of practice can help to make it easier.
Watch Your Steering Wheel
A key point to keep in mind when backing up your truck is that you can look at your steering wheel to make it easier. If you haven’t heard of this trick, here is how it works:
Turn Off Distractions
Before beginning to backup, take a moment to turn off your stereo, phone, and CB. Limiting your distractions makes it easier to focus on backing up and avoiding collisions.
Use Your Mirrors
Your mirrors are there to help you backup, but only help if you use them. Make sure to use both mirrors and keep your eyes moving between them to avoid fixating on one over the other.
Avoid Backing Up
Okay, this one is a little bit of a cheat, but if backing up isn’t one of your strengths it makes sense to plan ahead and park in spaces you can pull through when possible. It will save you time and help avoid the risk of hitting something.
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