3 Helpful Tips for Renting a Moving Truck

Moving can be as stressful as it is exciting. The prospect of a fresh start and new opportunities mixed with the stress of selling your home, buying a new home, and packing and transporting all of your belongings makes for a crazy season of life. Take some of the stress out of the move by renting a moving truck from Value Van & Car Rental. Our 15-foot trucks should be able to transport your belongings in 1 or 2 trips, and our unlimited miles policy will eliminate some of the hassle of moving. Here are a few tips for renting a moving truck that will be helpful to remember as moving day approaches.

Tips for Renting a Moving Truck

1. Safe Driving

Box trucks can be tricky to drive if you are not used to them. There are a few things you need to keep in mind if you’re a box truck rookie:

  • Familiarize yourself with the truck and all of the specifics. Prior to departure, adjust your mirrors and seats, and get comfortable with the light switches, turn signals, and windshield wipers.
  • Be prepared to drive slowly, make wide turns, and keep a healthy distance from cars in front of you.
  • Try to stay on main roads when driving the moving truck. Avoid winding and narrow roads. 
  • Be cognizant of bridges, underpasses, and drive-thrus. You don’t want to get stuck under a bridge and damage the truck!

2. Insurance

Supplemental moving truck insurance is a good idea if you are driving the truck a long distance. Often, this insurance is not very expensive and can be a real lifesaver should something unexpected happen on the road. Even scrapes and scratches on a box truck can result in significant personal liability, if uninsured.

3. Efficient Packing

When packing the truck, be sure to secure large furniture and tie down loose boxes. Furniture and valuable boxes can be easily damaged if not appropriately secured. Many moving trucks are supplied with bungie cords and furniture blankets to further protect your belongings.

In addition to our moving truck rental options, we also the largest selection of passenger vans in New Jersey as well as car, SUV, and production van rentals. Call Value Van & Car Rental today at (908) 851-9595 for all your rental needs in Newark, Jersey City, and beyond.