Reversing a Heavy Vehicle can be a challenge at the best of times. Trying to reverse a B-Double into a finger dock or within a tight transport yard can put the pressure on, especially when there is an audience observing the show. Rigids and semis are somewhat easier to manoeuvrer backwards but there are common factors to avoid when reversing all heavy vehicle types.
There are some great articles providing tips when reversing, however the best thing to do is to try to avoid parking so that you have to reverse in the first place. But if you have to reverse, start by getting out and surveying the surrounding area for people, hazards and other obstacles you may not have seen. Remember to look up as well to check out overhanging branches, roofs, street light signs and other things you may not have noticed.
- Use your hazard lights and sound the horn to warn others of your intention to reverse;
- use your mirrors constantly;
- move slowly;
- if unsure, get out and have another look;
- if you are reversing on a street, be aware that the general public may do some amazing things so be aware and watch out for cars that weren’t there a minute ago.
So to avoid dints and scratches or more serious damage or injuries to others, practice reversing, practice safety and do it slowly. Safe driving