How to Back a Truck Up Using Mirrors

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Trucks may be larger than cars, but the same basic principle applies; be careful, go slow and use your mirrors. You have to be careful of a truck's length and make adjustments as you're backing up. Using your mirrors helps in keeping your alignment straight and in being able to tell the distance you are at from any vehicles behind you. Trucks come with both side mirrors and the rear view mirror. Optional mirrors are available and attach to the side mirrors for an additional viewing area. The driver's side mirror will often have a magnifier in the lower center portion of the mirror. This helps you see objects that may be difficult to see from a distance.

Walk around your truck to identify any obstacles to avoid and approximate their distance to the truck. If you're in an empty parking lot for practice, use this technique to get in the habit of seeing what is around you, especially in the "cone zone" where it is a blind spot.

Adjust your mirrors before you begin backing up the truck. You want to be able to see down the side of the truck. By looking in both mirrors you should have a good view of the distances on both sides to back up without hitting anything.

Start the ignition and place the gear shift in reverse. After checking your mirrors, begin backing up.

Gently step on the accelerator and begin looking over your shoulder and begin to back up the truck. Think about how you steer going forward; this is the same technique to use to back up a truck. The mirrors are a visual guide to keeping the truck straight.

Adjust your direction as needed when you check in your mirrors. This may take several attempts moving forward a bit and moving back a bit until you line up the truck in the space allowed.

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