Posted on August 11th, 2011 by Cristine Busser
There is nothing quite like the satisfaction of completing a move on your own. With enough friends and enough pizza to go around, disassembling furniture, lifting boxes and safely loading the moving truck is definitely an achievable task. However, when it comes to operating the moving truck to your next destination, MovingCost.com recommends you take extra caution in this final stage of the moving process. Here are a few tips to ensure that, even when the friends are gone, you finish your self-service relocation strong by knowing just how to drive a moving truck like a professional.
Preliminary Tasks for a Prepared Driver
Before you step into the driver’s seat, you need to be aware of what to expect on the road. Map out your route ahead of time to be sure the truck has access to all of the roads and bridges you will come across, otherwise you will need to find an alternate route. Ask the rental company what kind of gas the truck requires, as well as the height and width of the truck so you will always know whether you can drive under certain bridges, utilize drive-thru services or properly pull in front of a hotel. Then, upon entrance into the cabin, be sure to adjust your mirrors (remember: You will not have a rear view mirror) and familiarize yourself with all of the switches and gauges.
Cautionary Steps to Protect the Truck and Your Wallet
The rules for renting a moving truck are very clear: You damage the truck, you pay for the damages. Following basic truck driving etiquette can easily help you to avoid said consequences. Therefore, when parking the truck, seek out parking areas with “drive-through” parking available so you won’t have to back out of a space. If you must back out, ask someone to guide you through it. Be sure to always use turning signals while driving, and leave the truck enough space with every turn to avoid hitting the curb. Finally, remember to follow basic truck signs that communicate lane restrictions, overhead clearance and weigh stations requirements.
Necessary Instructions to Keep Yourself and Fellow Drivers Safe
Above all else, keeping yourself and drivers sharing the road with you safe is the most important goal while operating a moving truck. A truck is much heavier than your normal-sized vehicle, so tailgating should be out of the question. Remain at least two car lengths behind the vehicle in front of you, to be sure you have enough room to brake. Do not use passing lanes or choose to pass on hills or curves. Also, avoid passing a vehicle that is driving faster than 40 miles per hour if you can. Finally, take special precaution when approaching an intersection. Act as if you are a pedestrian crossing a road, looking left, right and then left again before crossing.
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