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Moving? Tips for Driving a Rental Truck


Rental trucks come in handy on certain occasions, such as when children go off to college or get their own apartment, as well as when you want to save money on your own moving expenses. While moving truck companies are convenient, it is important to be cautious before climbing behind the wheel. Driving a truck or large van is far different than driving an automobile, and inexperience could make truck accidents more likely to occur. The following outlines some basic tips to help protect you and others on the road, along with information about insurance issues.

Tips for Driving a Rental Truck

You can generally walk into any rental truck company and, without any special licensing or driver training, ride off behind the wheel of a 26 foot truck or hailing a bulky trailer. Unfortunately, not being aware of the way a truck operates or how it handles both packed and unpacked could put you at risk for truck accidents, resulting in potentially serious injuries. Penske Truck Rental offers the following tips to help ensure you stay safe on the road:

  • Pay attention to the signs pertaining to trucks, such as weight limits and overhead clearances.
  • Realize that in driving a larger vehicle, you will need additional room for changing lanes and making turns.
  • Give yourself and other drivers plenty of space in traffic and avoid tailgating. The larger the truck, the more time you will need for braking.
  • Be aware of blind spots, which are on all sides of your truck. Look over your shoulder in addition to relying on rear view mirrors.
  • Set the emergency brake every time you park and look for spaces that you can pull through, rather than having to back in or out.

Keep in mind that the way you load your truck plays a factor in your safety and preventing truck accidents and injuries. Avoid overloading, having loose items that could move around, and make sure each side of the truck is equally balanced.

Insurance in the Event of Truck Accidents

Trucking companies often offer insurance as part of your agreement, which can end up being rather expensive. Do you need to buy this insurance? It depends. Nationwide advises that when making your truck rental plans, contact your insurer to see if you are covered. Rental coverage may be included as part of any supplemental riders you have on your policy, or you may be able to add it for a lower cost through your own insurer, rather than the moving truck company. If you plan on using a credit card to pay, check to see if they provide coverage as well.

In the event a truck accident does occur, or if another driver hits you while driving a rental, treat it the same as any other type of accident. Notify law enforcement, exchange personal, vehicle, and insurance information, and contact Gregg Wexler at the Wexler Law Firm, P.A. Our West Palm Beach truck accident attorney can advise you of the best course of action and the types of compensation you may be entitled to. Call or contact us online to request a consultation.


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