Truck and trailer reversing and jackknifing

Reversing with a trailer or reversing a B-train is a skill useful for every class 5 driver, especially those working in quarries, logging, stock transport and linehaul. Drivers that struggle with this skill waste valuable time and can risk damaging the truck; 25% of truck damage is caused while reversing because it's difficult to judge distance, and the blind spots are large.

Why do a trailer reversing online course?

  • Learn the theory online, then take your smartphone out to the cab and put it into practice, minimising the risk of damage
  • Truck and trailer reversing doesn't often get taught as part of a class 5 course, so acquiring the skills becomes difficult
  • Get tips and tricks from our experienced trainers.

What will you learn?

  • The swept path, off-tracking and swing out
  • Blind spots and how to minimise them
  • Setting your truck up for the most risk-free reversing path
  • Reversing in a straight line
  • Reversing around a corner
  • Serpentine reversing
  • Jackknifing and lazy jackknifing

Who is this course for?

  • Class 4 drivers looking to make the step up to class 5
  • Drivers who have only driven a semitrailer and want to get other types of work
  • Yard team
  • Supervisors


What happens when you pass the course? You get a certificate of completion.

What training does this complement? Trailer coupling training is an excellent course to pair with Pre-trip inspection, Trailer coupling and uncoupling, and Heavy vehicle load security.

Is there any instructor-led training? This course is online-only, but we can help coordinate in-cab training for your drivers in selected locations.


  • You will need one course licence per person taking the course - you can't use one licence for multiple drivers
  • It helps if you have access to a truck and trailer to practice
  • You will need a computer, smartphone or tablet with internet access to take the theory training

Set up is free whether you are purchasing one course licence or a hundred course licences.

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$35.00 + GST per person ($40.25)


Certificate of Completion


Approximately 0.75 hours


Full access for 6 months

Course provided by TR Driver Training

TR Driver Training and DT Driver Training are New Zealand's largest suppliers of vehicle and machinery training and instruction

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