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Reversing Safely

Driving Safety Tips
Even the most proficient drivers need help reversing their vehicles in difficult circumstances. So here are some of our top tips for safer reversing.

Before you start reversing
• Is your route free from obstructions? If it is blocked, can you access
  by another route?
• Are other workers and/or pedestrians clear of where you need to be?
• Complete a ground level and overhead check for any obstructions. 
  Ask yourself “Will my vehicle fit in here?”
• If you cannot see behind, get down from your cab and check before reversing
• Alert other workers and/or pedestrians and put on your hazard warning lights, or sound your horn

When you are reversing
• Use the help of a trained signaller (a ‘banksman’), whose job it is to keep the reversing area free of pedestrians, and to guide drivers. If you need help, it’s always better to ask than risk having an accident
• When using a banksman, make sure you understand their signals before starting the reversing manoeuvre. If you lose sight of him/her, stop immediately
• It’s much easier to reverse into a gap than out of it into flowing traffic. When delivering, complete your reversing manoeuvre as soon as you arrive at your destination.
• If there are guidelines on the floor, use them to position your vehicle accurately
• Reverse slowly and with caution, minimising the distance. Be prepared to stop instantly
• If the view in your mirrors becomes obstructed, or you’re unsure of distances, stop, get out of your vehicle and check access before continuing the manoeuvre

Almost 60%of commercial vehicle accidents damage occurs when a reversing manoeuvre is undertaken - and we're not just talking about damage to vehicles and proprty; people can be injured too. In fact, nearly 25% of all deaths involving vehicles at work occur during reversing. But, with a little bit of extra care, we1can all do something to reduce these frighening figures.

General Safety Tips
In organisations where Health & Safety at work is a priority, you're likely to find some of the following safety provisions in place to help you reverse safely, but you still need to remaid alert.

Site Safety
• One-way systems that remove the need for reversing
• Specific routes to minimise the need for reversing where it is unavoidable
• Fixed mirrors installed to increase visibility, and stops such as barriers
  or buffers at loading bays
• Barriers or wheel stops used where vehicles reverse up to structures or edges

Vehicle Safety Devices
• External side-mounted & rear-view mirrors
• Refractive lenses fitted to rear-view mirrors or CCTV systems to help 
  drivers see behind the vehicle
• Reversing alarms fitted – either audible alarms or flashing lights
• ‘Sensing’ or ‘trip’ systems to warn the driver or stop   the vehicle when
  an obstruction is detected close to, or comes into contact with, the vehicle


This imformation is prepared as a guide only and should not be taken as an authoritive document. Whilst every effort is made to ensure
 the accuracy of the information, Driver Hire Group Services Ltd, its associated companies and Franchisees accept no liability for any errors or omissions. Pie chart data from 



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