JJ White Inc. Fleet Accident Prevention
JJ White’s Policy is to always position the vehicle so the first move is FORWARD
Backing into a Blind Area – This picture demonstrates how a “Backing Accident” occurs.
First – the driver did not back in first
Second – the vehicle parked next to him blocks the driver’s vision
Third – he is not using a Spotter to ensure the area is clear to back
Forth – mirrors offer ZERO help in this situation
Fifth – there is a huge “blind spot”
1) If you have to back, choose your parking spot carefully. Use of a Spotter is always the first approach
2) If a spotter is not available, then as you’re approaching the parking spot, slow down, and scan the spot for hazards such as power poles, bollards, hydrants, guy wires and adequate clearance to park – both width and depth. Doing this allows you to see the hazards that will be in your “blind spots” during backing. You may decide on another spot.
3) Back carefully into the spot by using a “driver’s side back” or “straight back” these provide maximum view.
4) Tap you horn when you back to alert pedestrians or cyclist who may walk or drive into your blind spot.
5) Back slowly, using all mirrors including the wide-angle mirrors. Remember there are blind spots.
Rules for Backing Up
Rule #1: DON’T BACK! Never back unless it is absolutely necessary. Seek a spot where backing is not needed when possible. Always use a Spotter
Rule #2: IF YOU MUST BACK, Visually scan the area before starting your back.
Rule #3: Back First. Once you know area is clear, begin your back immediately.
Rule #4: Tap Horn & Check Mirrors. While backing, tap your horn, check all mirrors.
Rule #5: Minimize Back. Reduce backing distance; leave a margin, there’s no reason to back up 6 inches from an object.
Rule #6: Back at Controlled Speed. No faster than a walk. This gives you time to react.
Rule #7: When in doubt, Get Out and Look.