How to Safely Drive a Rental Box Truck

If you are trying to save money during your move while also safely transporting your belongings, consider renting a box truck instead of hiring movers. You’ll be handling the heavy lifting of the move yourself, and you will also be responsible for driving the truck between locations. This can be a tough job even for experienced drivers. You don’t want to risk damaging the truck, or injuring yourself or your passengers. If you have never driven a box truck, your friends at Value Van & Car Rental recommend taking these safety precautions.

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Do an Inspection

Before renting a box truck, do a thorough inspection of the truck. Check the tires, the signals, the lights, and the mirrors, to be sure the truck is in good shape. Take note of any existing interior or exterior damage so that you are not blamed for it later. Often, you can request the newest truck available to reduce the likelihood of any issues.

Be Aware of the Road

If the weather is bad, be prepared to drive more slowly and cautiously. If the roads are wet or icy, you will need to stay a greater distance behind the cars in front of you. Be sure to drive at least 10 mph less than the speed limit and plan for your trip to take longer so that you won’t be rushed.

Take Turns Slowly

If you get a flat tire or need to brake suddenly for any reason, don’t slam on the brakes as this may cause you to lose control of the truck. Instead, pull over slowly and gradually. When turning, be sure to make wide and slow turns to avoid hitting other vehicles or overturning the truck.

Make moving easy and stress-free by renting a box truck that can fit all of your belongings, including your awkwardly shaped furniture. At Value Van & Car Rental, our trucks are high quality, provide lots of space, and come with unlimited miles. Contact us today at (908) 851-9595 for your rental needs in Newark, NJ, and the surrounding areas.