In our monthly newsletter we usually give our owner operators tips about safety and the operation of their rigs and trailers.  We know that our owner operators are some of the best in the business but we never cease to remind them of the basics, such as these tips about backing up…


Before you do, stop, get out of your truck and size up the situation.  Be aware of all obstacles, parked vehicles, buildings and overhangs, protection posts, trash bins, utility poles, overhead wires, and people!  Plan your backing route carefully to avoid collisions with anything.  If necessary, find someone to be a spotter.  Be sure to put the spotter in a safe place with a sight line so you can see his signals clearly.  Make sure to agree on signals before starting back.  As the professional you are still responsible if there is an accident.  Let’s eliminate backing accidents by preparing properly!