Since heavy-truck drivers cannot see what is directly behind their vehicles, reversing is always dangerous ("Truck runs over 2 workers at worksite"; Nov 4).
Drivers, especially of large vehicles, should follow these steps to prevent accidents:
- Inspect the intended path. Drivers should get out and walk around the vehicle, as well as check the clearance of the path the vehicle will take.
- Use a helper. As the driver cannot see behind him, and there are blind spots, a helper can check the path for safe clearance.
- Use hazard lights and the horn. Periodic taps on the horn can warn those in the vicinity of a reversing vehicle.
- Reverse slowly. Let the vehicle roll backwards, and avoid using the accelerator, where possible.