Backing with a Trailer. When backing a car, straight
truck or bus you turn the top of the steering wheel toward the direction
you want to go. When backing a trailer, you turn the steering wheel
in the opposite direction. Once the trailer starts to turn, you
must turn the wheel the other way to follow the trailer. Whenever
you back with a trailer, try to position your vehicle so you can
back in a straight line. If you must back on a curved path, back
to the driverís side so you can see.
Back slowly. This will let you make corrections before you get
too far off course.
Use the mirrors. The mirrors will help you see whether the trailer
is drifting to one side or the other.
Correct drift immediately. As soon as you see the trailer getting
off the proper path, correct it by turning the top of the steering
wheel in the direction of the drift.
Pull forward. When backing a trailer, make pull-ups
to reposition your vehicle as needed.
1. Why should you back toward the driver's side?
2. What is a pull-up?
3. If stopped on a hill, how can you start moving without rolling
4. When backing, why is it important to use a helper?
5. What's the most important hand signal that you and the helper
should agree on?