3 Things to Remember When Driving a Moving Truck
Contributed by Moving Insider. So, you’ve rented your moving truck, mapped out the route to your new home, and even planned rest stops along the way. As long as you have a valid driver’s license, you are ready to take to the road, right? Well, not so fast. Before you begin your journey, take note of the tips in this post.
These are three things that can easily be forgotten when you drive a moving truck, so don’t let it happen to you.
1. Moving trucks are larger than your normal car.
While it’s plain to see that your moving truck rental is larger than your everyday commuter, you need to remind yourself of the difference in handling that comes with the larger size. For example, you will need to make wider turns than usual, you will need to keep an eye on the lines in the road and constantly check that you are maintaining a straight path between them, and you must allow for extra space when changing lanes. If you let yourself get too complacent when driving the truck, you might forget just how big it indeed is.
2. Your loaded truck is very heavy.
An empty moving truck is heavy, yes. But, load that moving truck with everything but the kitchen sink, and you have a completely different driving experience. The extra weight of the loaded moving truck will cause you to both accelerate and decelerate slower. So, zipping away once the stoplight turns green is not an option. You will also need to plan for extra stopping time. Slow down, and increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you in case you need to stop suddenly. Finally, heavier vehicles take more fuel to power. As a result, you’ll want to budget carefully for the cost of fuel, because it may be more than you initially expect.
3. Clearance is now a concern.
When driving our everyday cars, we rarely think about the overhead clearance of things like overpasses, tunnels, drive-through’s and awnings; usually they are high enough not to be an issue. With your moving truck, this is one of the most important things to be aware of and is easy to forget. Learn the clearance of your moving truck before you go. U-Haul moving trucks, for example, have the clearance height listed behind the driver’s seat, so that it’s visible in the rear view mirror. When in doubt, consult the equipment information, either online or at your rental location. By remembering the tips above, you will be well on your way to a safe moving day journey.