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Front and rear

Show Your Rear or Full Frontal Exposure

By Greg Huggins
Posted Oct 24th 2016 11:32AM

Which do you prefer? Full frontal exposure or show your rear?

Showing your rear has it’s advantages, but do you really want to expose your backside?

Personally I have always preferred full frontal exposure. It seems that long gone are the days when full frontal exposure was the norm, nowadays it seems that most prefer to show their rear.

I can see the advantages of showing your rear, but I also consider the disadvantages of such exposure.

When you decide it is time to park for the night, which do you prefer?

When I came into this business, it was normal to back into a parking spot (full frontal exposure). That is just how it was done. It seems that once services such as IdleAire became readily available, pulling in (and showing your rear) started to become more common. Even in parking areas where no services such as IdleAire were available.

Backing in, as I was taught so long ago, has many advantages. If you are are backing into a parking spot where your back doors will be near another truck’s back doors, it adds security by not allowing either truck’s rear doors to be opened by would be thieves. If you are perimeter parking, backing in will many times put your rear doors near a fence, brush trees or wall which also adds to the security factor. Also backing in will allow you to leave your parking spot easier when the time comes to go and you find that other trucks have parked on both sides of you. And lastly, backing in gives you more practice backing, something many of the new drivers could use more practice doing anyway.

Pulling into a parking spot may be easier at times, but can be harder to get out of later. I know some drivers say they prefer to show their rear and pull in because it will keep their cab away from the noise of a neighboring truck that may be idling. Or maybe they are parking next to a reefer unit, or they have a refer and would like to keep it away from their fellow drivers. Showing your rear by pulling in can also help to keep exhaust from other trucks away from your cab depending on the wind. Another new bonus of showing your rear is that with all the new drivers around, it can help keep the front of your truck intact. This is a HUGE bonus. If someone is going to back into my truck, I would much more prefer they hit the back as opposed to the front. Even considering this last advantage, I still prefer to back in, I guess old habits can be hard to break.

So, what is your preference?

Full frontal exposure(back in)?

Showing your rear (pull in)?

See you down the road,


The only source of knowledge is experience.

- Albert Einstein


  • teamcaffee - October 25, 2016
    We have done both and like you we prefer to back in. In the summer time often the sun dictates which way we park to help keep the truck cool.
  • Greg - October 25, 2016
    The sun and other weather conditions are factors, but pulling into a spot always makes me worry about my mirrors being hit when someone backs in next to me. And then there is the blind backing out...

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