Backing a Large Vehicle in to a Parking Space
Driving a large vehicle is very different from an average sized car, and manoeuvring it can be difficult without training due to the sheer size of the vehicle. Reversing a large vehicle in to a parking space can be especially difficult, and precautions must be made to not hit another vehicle, third party property or pedestrian. Here are some tips for backing a large vehicle in to a parking space:
- Use a reverse camera – Using a HGV reversing camera is very useful when driving a large vehicle, especially when backing in to a parking space. The camera is mounted on the back of the vehicle and the screen on the dashboard will show the driver everything that is behind the vehicle, preventing a range of minor and major accidents. The camera will also provide a clear view of the parking space and help with the manoeuvring needed to park.
- Understand mechanics – Large vehicles that are one piece or have the cab attached will be easier to reverse as they are driven similarly to cars except they require more space depending on the size. Vehicles with separate cabs or trailers attached are more complicated, as the back part of the vehicle will turn the opposite way to the steering wheel. This usually requires some practice to understand and get used to.
- Techniques – There are a number of techniques that can be used to back a large vehicle in to a parking space such as parallel, straight back and offset back parking.