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A driver’s field of vision is very limited when backing up a vehicle. Blind spots are the areas around the vehicle that cannot be seen by either looking directly with your eyes or by using your mirrors. Blind spots will vary from vehicle to vehicle, but generally they are to the:
The field of vision may also be blocked or obstructed by part of the vehicle (e.g., a structural post, the hood or back/trunk, or the overall height of the vehicle), the load (e.g., gravel, dirt, boxes, or cargo), poorly placed or damaged mirrors, or poor visibility due to weather (e.g., fog, rain, darkness).
A driver’s field of vision is very limited when backing up a vehicle. The safest way to back up is to not need to back up at all. Try to:
Whenever you move your vehicle from a parked position, do a circle check. Check for hazards:
Combine the circle check with an inspection of the vehicle’s condition. Report problems or existing damage to the supervisor or employer.
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