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• If it is not possible to have a guide,
   always check the area where you are
   reversing before beginning the move.
   Get out of the vehicle, walk behind it
   and visually check the area. Look for
   obstructions and clearance.
• If the reversing distance exceeds two
   vehicle lengths, stop, get out and
   visually recheck the areas behind,
   above, below and around the entire unit.
• Keep your foot off the throttle. You will
   rarely need to use it to start your unit
   reversing. Always select the lowest
   reverse gear available. Move very slowly
   and keep your right foot covering the
   brake pedal in case you need to stop
   quickly.

Here are some examples of hand signals.

STRAIGHT LINE REVERSING
Straight line is the easiest and safest form
of reversing. Reverse straight whenever
possible. Normally you will have a clear
view in both mirrors of the space that you
are reversing into.

90 DEGREE REVERSING, 
CLEAR SIDE (LEFT SIDE)

 
 
 

Reversing to the left provides a clear view in
the left mirror of the space you are reversing
into.

Start reversing and turn the steering wheel
to the right to move the trailer to the left.
Once the trailer is curving towards the space,
turn the steering wheel to the left and let the
tractor follow the trailer into the space.

When the trailer is in line with the parking
space, turn the steering wheel even more
to the left to straighten the tractor in relation
to the trailer. Slowly finish reversing into the
loading dock or parking space.

90 DEGREE REVERSING, 
BLIND SIDE (RIGHT SIDE)

 
 

 
CHAPTER FOUR                                                                             OPERATING CLASS 1 VEHICLES  51

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