05 Right Turn, Back & Dock Tractor-Trailer

Performance Skill Standard:

Conditions of Performance:

  • Given a typical tractor-trailer, a load, a route or direction to right turn, back, and a place to park the rig…

Statement of Work to be performed:

  • …The driver will right turn, back and dock the tractor-trailer.

Performance Criteria:

  • Back trailer on performance test to acceptable criteria on range and street with at least three 100′ backs to within 6″ of dock.
  • Back and park in restricted area within appropriate tolerance.
  • Back in straight and curved lines within appropriate tolerances.
  • Park at alley docks, in jackknife and parallel positions.
  • Right turn within 6 inches of Corner or Marker.

Performance Elements and Assessment Criteria:

  • Get out and check dock area for obstructions, position, and paths.
  • Judge path and clearances of trailer.
  • Activate warning flashers prior to moving into reverse gear. Tap horn periodically if tractor does not have a back-up alarm. (Keep window open and radio off.)
  • Position vehicle correctly before beginning a backing/docking maneuver.
  • Use appropriate spotter with clear signals, as necessary.
  • Execute reverse steering of an articulated vehicle.
  • Back slowly (using idle speed) in straight and curved lines.
  • Perform serpentine backing slowly and using idle speed.
  • Back into restricted space.
  • Constantly check when backing -look in mirrors; watch for things that could tilt trailer; watch for overhead obstructions; watch behind tractor tires.
  • Pull up and start over when necessary.
  • Park trailer in jackknife and parallel positions.
  • Parallel park rig.
  • Right Turn maneuver requires that you come as close as possible to the marker or comer without hitting.