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.
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.
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. 😆
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 C. is the founder of DrivingInstructorBlog.com After becoming an ICBC-GLP (Graduated Licensing Program) driving instructor at the age of 22, she worked for about 8 years teaching driving lessons in beautiful North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
In 2012 she decided to pour her knowledge into a website and share this information with the world! 🌎 She no longer teaches, but enjoys writing and maintaining this blog, creating abstract art when inspired, and photography.