Parking a semi-truck can be challenging, even for the most experienced drivers. Obviously, the easiest way to park your truck is to find a spot where you can pull in directly. However, finding these premium spaces is not always possible, depending upon your driving schedule and what time you are ready to call it a day.
An alternative is to find a spot where you can pull in straight, right behind another truck, although you may want to ask the other driver when they plan on leaving; otherwise, you could have to back up to get out of the spot. Aside from these types of parking spaces, there can be times when you will need to back your truck into a parking space.
Before backing up, it is a good idea to get out of the truck and do a visual inspection of what is behind you. Make note of the location of other trucks, vehicles, and objects you could accidently hit. To make backing up easier, consider upgrading your truck interior accessories to include a backup camera.
When it is not possible to do a “straight-back” parking maneuver, you may be required to do an “off-set-back,” “alley dock,” or parallel park. Again, check your surroundings before backing up. Because these types of maneuvers require turning the trailer and truck, take your time and allow proper clearance for wide turns.
If a spot looks like it will be too tight, and it will not be easy to back into, then try to find a different location to park, if possible. If not, it never hurts to ask another trucker to serve as a spotter and let you know if you are getting too close to an object or another truck.
It is also a good idea to practice different parking maneuvers whenever you have the opportunity. Find a big, empty parking lot to practice in and consider using plastic traffic cones to gauge your performance. For backup cameras for your truck, truck seats, and other accessories, contact Suburban Seating & Safety at (844) SAS.SEAT (844-727-7328) today!