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Driving a Moving Truck...what you should know
 
So you've decided to take matters into your own hands and move yourself. Congratulations! But, have you ever driven a truck before? There are a few things to keep in mind before starting out on the road. The most important thing to remember is that a truck needs more space and time to react than your personal vehicle does.
 
  • TURNS

    . You will need to make wider turns.
  • CLEARANCE

    . Know how tall your truck is and be alert to bridges, underpasses and canopies at gas stations, hotels, banks and drive-thrus.
  • CLEARANCE

    . Know how tall your truck is and be alert to bridges, underpasses and canopies at gas stations, hotels, banks and drive-thrus.
  • STOPS

    . Trucks need more time to stop than cars. Brake early and don't tailgate.
  • BACKING UP

    . Don't do it if you don't have to. When necessary, have someone outside the truck to guide you. Unhitch anything you are towing before attempting to back up.
  • GET TO KNOW YOUR TRUCK

    . Familiarize yourself with the truck before driving it. Adjust the seat and mirrors. Know the location of all controls and switches, including lights, turn signals, windshield wipers and the horn. Then, go for a test drive. You might want to start in an empty parking lot to get a feel for how the truck handles.
  • OBEY ALL TRAFFIC LAWS

    . Use your turn signals, control your speed, use headlights, pass with care and buckle your seatbelt.
  • KNOW YOUR COVERAGES

    . Make sure you understand how much coverage your current insurance policy covers for truck damage, bodily injury, and cargo damage. Policies often do not cover your truck rental as they do for car rentals. It is always wise to shop around for car insurance quotes prior to doing a cross country trip to make sure your auto insurance policy has ample coverage for a Moving truck as well.
 
Allow for plenty of time, get enough rest and stay on your toes. When you arrive at the rental location, ask your Moving Services dealer any remaining questions you may have about your rental experience. Above all, enjoy the drive because once you get there…it's time to UNPACK!
 
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