1.) Watch others as they back. You'll almost learn more from watching than from doing.
2.) Easy on the clutch. When you first let it out, it will sort of "surge" the truck back. The truck will then mellow out and go nice and slow. Unless you really need to stop and get your bearings, try to back with the clutch all the way out. It'll save a lot of wear and tear on your leg, not to mention wear & tear on the clutch itself. When a clutch gets hot, it tends to get "jumpy" and that makes it that much harder.
3.) If you have ANY doubt about where something is (or isn't) behind you, Get Out and Look. Make that a habit right now.
4.) You will learn nothing if you don't try.
5.) Roll your window down.
6.) Make sure your mirrors are adjusted correctly and that they are CLEAN. If they're not adjusted right, you won't back very well. Period. If they're dirty, you're just making it harder on yourself because light on dirt creates glare and makes it tough to see.
7.) Turn the AM/FM and/or CB radio off. You need to be able to concentrate.
8.) Finally, be patient with yourself. This is NOT a skill that a person learns overnight! In fact, many drivers spend YEARS developing and fine-tuning their backing skills. It's a learning process that never ends.
9.) People will often watch you back. Try not to let that make you nervous.
10.) Back at idle speed -- don't use the throttle.
11.) If you are at the shipper's/receiver's dock and are woken up and told to back into a spot, give yourself just a minute before you put it in gear and go. You may even want to get out of the truck for a second and get awakened. When you've been snoozing and all of the sudden you're awakened, it's hard to get all powers of concentration back to the real world.
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Why not "fix" that bad set up or back by going forward instead of back???? It's much easier to fix it by pulling ahead than by backing... if it's done right.
Here are two examples of situations that would use pull-ups as a remedy instead of backing...