Signals When Backing up

We’ve got a question from a reader about signals when backing up. It’s actually a good question.

Q: When I back up, what kind of signal do I have to use? 

The answer to this very perplexing question about signals when backing up is this: It’s the same as when you are going forward!

That way, the other road users around you may better understand where you plan to go.

turn signals when reversing

Just going straight? don’t signal.

When you are backing to the right, signal right.

backing to the left, signal left.

“…And make sure that your backup lights work! They signal everyone that you are going to back up.”

If you need to learn more about driving backwards and parking, refer to the Parking and Reversing category section on this blog.

There are so many articles we’ve written about backing and parking. My favorite one is the Reversing a Car – the Ultimate Guide.

You can also learn about very fun things such as Parallel Parking, Reverse Stall Parking, & How to Park Your Car on a Hill Safely.

In addition, it’s good to also Park Your Car in the Right Gear so that it doesn’t roll away down a hill without you. Who knew someone could write so many articles about driving and parking a car? Oh yeah, me. :lol:

These articles and many others – such as this rather epic collection of Road Test Tips – can also be helpful if you’re trying to teach someone how to drive. My sister even told me so.


Carmen became a driving instructor at the age of 22 in North Vancouver, Canada. She enjoys writing as much as driving, and hopes you have found this website helpful.

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