Safe Backing of Tractor-Trailers

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Backing a large tractor-trailer is among the most difficult maneuvers a truck driver faces on a day-to-day basis. This is because there are a variety of hazards involved in backing and parking tractor-trailers that drivers need to be aware, including physical hazards, such as buildings and people, as well as danger zones around the tractor-trailer. To back up a tractor-trailer safely, drivers need to know what is required for each type of backing and make use of certain tools such as their mirrors, back-up sensors and cameras, and spotters. They also need to heed the rule of thumb: GOAL (get out and look). This course is designed to give drivers of tractor-trailers awareness of the hazards, including how backing accidents happen, and how to minimize these accidents. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by EnSafe Inc., a global professional services company focusing on engineering, environment, health and safety, and information technology. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.


  • recognize the skills required to safely execute any backing maneuvers
  • identify actions to take to minimize danger zone hazards when backing up
  • recognize concepts relating to trailer tail swing
  • identify actions to take when straight-line backing a tractor-trailer
  • identify actions to take when blind-side backing a tractor-trailer
  • identify actions to take when sight-side backing a tractor-trailer


  • Introduction to Backing Maneuvers
  • Danger Zones
  • Trailer Tail Swing
  • Backing Up