Safe Backing

Vehicle backing incidents remain high among the causes of workplace incidents, resulting in increases to work time losses; vehicle O&M costs and loss of transportation availability.  Statistically, vehicle backing collisions have a lower rate of worker injury than other vehicle related incidents; however, they produce almost 50% of reportable vehicle events.  Safe Backing training can significantly reduce the frequency and costliness of these occurrences.

Safe Backing training begins with a classroom portion to introduce safe backing tactics, reinvigorate good driver attitudes and to update workers on the capabilities and limitations of safe backing technologies.  All training points from this program expand on, or reinforce, elements found in our Defensive Driver Course (DDC) and other Arctic Response driver programs.  Candidates then move to the practical phase of training, where we aim to maximize the time and coaching students receive “behind the wheel”.  For this portion of training the candidates are broken into groups of three per vehicle, rotating between driving, observing and assisting.  The candidates are mentored through a series of closed track exercises and evaluated using consistent and comprehensive evaluation tools.  A training summary of each candidate is provided to the employer, which quantifies competencies or the need for additional training.

Course Content:

  • Safe backing tactics
  • New vehicle backing and obstacle sensing technologies
  • Preparing the vehicle
  • Identifying blind spots
  • Identifying turn points and reference points
  • Sustained straight backing
  • Backing through various types of turns
  • Using a ground guide
  • Backing on hills
  • Backing in congested areas
  • Judging rear of vehicle clearance

This program is often combined with our Utility Trailer Towing program


Course Duration: 1.5 hours classroom; a minimum of 1.5 hours of “behind the wheel” time per candidate