Driving a Rental Truck Like a Pro
Tips for driving a rental truck, straight from our experts! Many customers call Moving Ahead Services to hire our labor and/or drivers for their move. That is a great way to save time and be budget conscious during your relocation! If you opt to do labor only and need to drive your own rental truck, these tips are for you!
Getting to know, and getting to drive your rental truck well are two completely different stories! Let us illustrate..
Tips for Driving a Rental Truck
Selecting your truck / Getting to know your truck
- Try to get a newer truck! (Better maintenance, bluetooth or I phone jack, etc etc)
- Make sure you learn how to properly start the truck, put it in gear, lights, etc – before leaving the rental spot
- You have a governor! It’s going to be a slow ride
- Check your clearance height!!
- Check your insurance. If you have to, opt for the extra coverage for theft / damage.
Let us tell you, trucks most definitely hit bridges and drive-through awnings! They also can be difficult to operate if you do not understand the basics – this is not your normal car! It is also crucial to push for a newer truck – If your Penske, Uhaul etc breaks down on the side of the road, you could be stuck for hours. Then when a new truck shows up, it is your responsibility to trans load your belongings.
Safety tips for driving a rental truck
- Pack the truck properly – Weight must be distributed evenly!
- Passing distance
- Signs for truck directions / different road rules
- Brake easy
- Backing up / ground guide
- WIDE, slow turns
Remember, you are in a large and dangerous machine. You must take care to protect yourself and others on the roads! Operating your moving truck safety is critical. You cannot simply think of it as driving a vehicle!
- More money will be spent on more expensive fuel (often diesel!)
- Longer travel time
- Parking considerations for food and/or overnight stays
- Weigh stations may be required