As you are moving home you probably need to rent a truck to ensure that you can get all of your belongings from your old home to your new one as efficiently as possible. Driving a truck is very different than driving a car. You will need to make sure that you are prepared to drive something that is much larger and heavier than you’re used to.
1. Always wear a seatbelt
This applies to all vehicles, however, as the cab of a truck is unfamiliar and larger than you are used to it can be easy to forget to wear the seatbelt. Also, make a quick check of the other safety features of the car and make sure that all of your passengers are buckled in as well.
2. Be aware of the clearance
The trucks from typical car rental companies will probably be a considerably taller than the vehicle that you are used to driving. Because of this, you need to be sure that the truck will be able to fit under any bridges, enter garages and successfully pass under anything.
Keep an eye out for road signs warning you of low clearances, and be aware of anything that will not be clearly marked. Wires, balconies, tree branches and other objects could cause damage to the rental vehicle.
3. Avoid distracted driving
You will already be dealing with a few more variables than you’re used to when driving a truck. The larger size and heavier load will require all of your attention to manage. If you absolutely need to look at your phone, then do so when you are fully stopped and the engine is off.
4. Slow down as you approach turns
Until you get a feel for the truck, you should make sure that you are giving yourself enough room to slow down. When the truck is fully loaded with all of your possessions it will e much heavier and have much more momentum. As such, you will need a greater distance to slow down and change direction.
5. Don’t let anyone travel in the back of the truck
You should not allow anyone to be in the back of the truck when it is moving. This can be very dangerous should any of the items in the back move during transit. In the case of an accident, they will not be protected in the same way you are in the cab. It is also illegal to do this.
6. Take extra care in adverse weather conditions
You should only ever drive any vehicle in weather that you are confident driving in. You should avoid driving in bad weather if possible, especially if this is your first time driving a truck.
7. Plan your route
You should do this even if you are familiar with the route you’re about to take. This can help you to avoid any roads that are too narrow or ones that have any low clearance bridges. You will also be much more relaxed if you know that way that you’re going as you will have a lot to think about as it is.
Ideally, you should have a friend map read for you in the passenger seat so that you can focus on driving the vehicle.
8. Secure the contents of the truck
You need to so all that you can to ensure that the contents of the truck are not moving around while in transit. Also, you should do your best to ensure that the contents of the truck are evenly distributed by weight and one side is not heavier than another.