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Reversing from the blind side uses
the same steps as clear side reversing.
However, it is harder to see where you are
going. Once the reversing has started, you
will mostly be using the right side mirror,
including the convex mirror.

You should stop often and get out of the
tractor to check your position.

This type of reversing is the most
difficult and also potentially the most
dangerous. Avoid it if you can.

Important information
for commercial
drivers

• When carrying logs on a vehicle, the
   overhanging logs may swing across the
   other traffic lanes when you turn. Try to
   let traffic behind pass before you make
   the turn.
• If a breakdown occurs on the highway,
   park the vehicle as soon as possible,
   in a safe position on the right side
   of the roadway.
• If the breakdown occurs on a
   highway, outside the limits of an urban
   municipality between sunrise and sunset
   (during the day), activate the emergency
   hazard lights. Place an approved
   warning device on the highway in line
   with the vehicle about 30 metres (about
   100 feet) in both front and reverse
   of the vehicle.
• If the breakdown occurs on a
   highway, outside the limits of an urban
   municipality between sunset and
   sunrise (in darkness), or anytime when
   there is not enough light to clearly see
   people or vehicles on a highway at a 

   distance of 150 metres, activate the
   emergency hazard lights. Place an
   approved warning device 75 metres
   (about 250 feet) in front of and behind
   the vehicle.
• If your truck is carrying explosives or
   flammable goods, you must stop before
   every uncontrolled railway crossing.
• When driving in urban areas (cities
   and towns), you must drive only on
   the routes specified for trucks and
   dangerous goods vehicles.
• If driving a vehicle that carries
   dangerous goods, you must comply
   with the federal and provincial laws
   describing how dangerous goods
   should be handled, stored and
   transported.

If a vehicle’s load reaches or extends
more than 1.5 metres beyond the rear of
the vehicle, the following is required:
• During daylight hours, a red flag, not
   less than 30 centimetres square, must
   be attached to the end of the extension.
• During nighttime hours, a red light must
   be attached to the end of the extension.

NOTE: If your truck or vehicle is carrying
 goods or commodities to the United
 States, and this is not something you
 do on a regular scheduled basis, you
 must contact either the Department of
 Transportation or the Department of
 Highways in each state where you will
 be travelling before starting your trip.
 Each state has different laws. Your trip
 will be faster and smoother if you obtain
 all the proper permits and documents
 before you go. 

52   A Commercial Driver’s Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing
 

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