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You’re parked in a safe setting, have your mirrors set, and understand the theory of how this should work, so let’s put it into practice. One final piece of advice: This is not
a high-speed maneuver. Slow and steady is the rule, just like
when you’re steering your boat to the dock.
1. Pull the boat trailer up so there’s plenty of room on all sides
of both your vehicle and the boat, your wheels are straight,
and the vehicle and trailer are in alignment.
2. Check both side mirrors for any obstructions around the
truck and trailer.
3. After you shift into reverse, grip the wheel with one hand
at 6 o’clock and gently put your foot on the gas. By keeping
the vehicle’s wheels straight, the trailer should move more or
less in a straight line. Watch the trailer and vehicle as well as
your surroundings by alternating your glance between both
4. If the trailer begins to drift, move your hand in the oppo-
site direction to correct it. (The amount your turn the wheel
depends on the correction that’s needed, so turn the wheel
slowly, a little at a time.) As soon as the trailer responds,
bring the wheels back to center and slowly continue backing
in a straight line, making small corrections as needed.
is crucial to successful backing in
any situation. The key is remem-
bering that when you have a
trailer in tow, the back of the
trailer will move in the opposite direc-
tion to that of your vehicle.
So, for example, if you shift your
vehicle into reverse, turn your steering
wheel clockwise, and put your foot on
the gas, the back of your vehicle will
go to the right as usual, but the back of
the trailer will go left. In other words,
if your hands are on the wheel at the
9-and- 3 position, you must turn the
steering wheel in the opposite direction
that you want your trailer to go.
A no-fail tip is to grasp the wheel
(palm down) with one hand at 6 o’clock
(bottom of the wheel). From this position, if you want the trailer to go left,
move your hand to the left (clockwise).
If you want the trailer to go right, move
your hand right (counterclockwise).
A well-executed backing
to be proud of,
your moment to
be a hero. The
way to make
that routine is
Try backing up
in multiple settings and from multiple
angles to teach your brain and body how
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