Objective: To prevent start-up/back-up accidents by anticipating the hazards involved and knowing how to safely control them.

Description: During a typical start-up/back-up situation, a vehicle has been parked for a long enough time to allow pedestrians and other vehicles to approach and rest within a few feet of the parked vehicle. Starting up forward, backward, or steering left or right from a stopped position can create an unexpected hazard for both the driver and bystanders.

Questions for Management:

  1. Are drivers aware of different types of hazards that may arise during start-up/back-up?
  2. Do drivers take time to walk around their vehicles and look under vehicles checking for people, vehicles, or other objects, which may obstruct their start-up/back-up path?
  3. What do you do to encourage drivers to make a walk-around check?
  4. Are vehicles provided with adequate mirrors?

Maintenance Checks:

  • Check for proper mirror adjustment.
  • Check for broken mirrors and loose mountings.
  • Check for proper tail light, brake light, and turn signal function.
  • Check for proper function of horn and back-up warning signal (if so equipped).

Driving Tips:

  • Before start-up or back up, walk around vehicle and look underneath to ensure you have safe clearance for start-up.
  • Do not forget to check blind area on right and in front as well.
  • After your walk-around check, do not delay in moving vehicle. Do not allow time for another hazard to approach.
  • Check mirrors for proper adjustment frequently.
  • Start up slowly at first to allow other vehicles and pedestrians, who may have unexpectedly approached, to safely move away.
  • Tap horn in congested areas or recruit a signalman.
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