Get Out And Look — Scenarios Where GOAL Benefits Truckers


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Get Out And Look

Don't let this happen to you.

Get Out And Look, or GOAL, is a phrase in the trucking industry that is used in speech and theory often, but not enough in actuality. Let’s look at some of the times where getting out and looking would benefit you:

  1. When backing into a blind side situation in an area where you cannot see the area behind your truck due to the offset of the trailer and tractor. It’s better to get out and look than explain why you hit something in the way.
  2. When backing into any dock area, you need to continually check behind the trailer. If you lose sight of your doors, they could come loose, and if they swing around, you could damage the trailer.
  3. When backing under or driving under a prospective low clearance area, pull up close to the object of concern. Stop, get out and look, and verify that heights are what they say they are. Don’t peel off the top of your trailer!

Why do so many drivers simply refuse to get out and look, even though they know better?

Unfortunately the biggest reason for not getting out and looking is simply laziness. A lazy driver doesn’t want to get out and walk around the unit to ensure safety.

The next one is the overconfident driver. They think that they are good enough of a driver to have no need to get out of the truck. Let me just say this — it does not matter how good of a driver you are. If you can’t see, you can’t see. Only bad things happen when backing blindly.

Why is it important to teach the skill of get out and look in the beginning of a driver’s CDL training?

If you start out doing things right, then it’s just easier to continue to do them right. The first shortcut a driver takes seems to always make it easier to continue down that road. This can cost your carrier thousands of dollars in repairs and/or property damage. Start out right and don’t take shortcuts in training and you will create a safe driver.

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