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Backing-Up Safe Techniques

  • In Reverse ,  Slow is good.
  • Easy does it” is good advice when backing up.
  • Slow is always safer – especially in reverse.
  • SIGHT-SIDE Backing is the safest technique! It gives greatest field of vision.
  1. Turn your steering wheel counterclockwise. Yes, this is a left turn – but in reverse.
  2. Look out the left side and use your right side mirrors. “Easy does it”
  3. When safe, use a helper outside the van to spot for you!
  4. Be alert for pedestrians and traffic
  5. Use 4-way flashers and tap horn as needed  
  6. STRAIGHT-BACK Backing  You must use your mirrors to guide your vehicle.
  7. When safe, use a helper outside the van to spot for you!

 

  • BLIND-SIDE Backing is the most dangerous, should be avoided. 
  • It causes your vehicle to move to the right and blocks your line of sight.
  • When in doubt, don’t back-up!

 

For related tips see:
Backing-Up  How to Prevent Accidents

Key Points

  • Slow is good when backing up.
  • Use a helper, WHEN SAFE to spot for you outside the van
  • Use Sight-side Backing as your first choice. (LEFT TURN)
  • Be alert for pedestrians and traffic
  • For extra safety use your 4-ways or tap your horn
  • When in doubt, don’t back-up!

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