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Tip No: 8 - Backing Up
Before backing up, always check first to make sure the area behind is clear.

If you are backing in a straight line or on an angle to the right, turn your body and head to the right, but check left frequently if there is a possibility anything could be coming from that direction.

If you are backing on an angle to the left, turn your body and head to the left, checking right periodically. Remember, your front end will swing wide as you turn. Ensure there are no objects in its path.

Back slowly and DON'T rely solely on your rear-view mirror.

When a truck driver is backing up he has to use side mirrors. Even though they are very large mirrors, they still leave a big blind spot. So be patient and never cross behind a truck, which is preparing to back up.

Finally, avoid backing into a blind area without a guide.

This driving tip is from the Partners in Safety booklet, which was published by the Ontario Trucking Association.  Expert instructors of the DSAO have carefully vetted all of these tips.

  Driving Tips
  1-Training Counts
  2-Setting Out
  3-Driving in the Rain
  4-Passing Trucks
  5-Preventing Skids
  6-Handling Skids
  7-Defensive Driving
8-Backing Up
  9-Sharing The Road With A Truck
  10-Seat Belts
  11-Night Driving
  12-Braking
  13-Regular Maintenance
  14-Biking & Blading
  15-Expressway Driving
  16-Preparing For A Long Trip
  17-Long Distance Driving
  18-Highway Hypnosis
  19-Break Down
  20-Preparing For Winter
  21-The Survival Kit
  22-Winter Driving
  23-Getting Unstuck
  24-Courtesy And Common Sense

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