Dos And Don'ts To Help You Keep On Truckin'
North American Precis Syndicate
Driving off with all your worldy goods in the back of a rental truck can be more than a move, it can be an adventure. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Picture this: You’re at the wheel of a real truck,
driving down the highway, with everything you own in the back.
That’s not just some escapist fantasy. It’s a great way to
save time and money the next time you move. It can also be a grand adventure.
Take the scenic route; fit a little “me time” in along the way.
Become a tourist for a few days; experience national landmarks or visit
long-lost relatives; let your relocation be a bit of a vacation. If you make
your move an adventure, you can arrive at your destination more refreshed and
To further reduce stress, follow these dos and don’ts:
Do plan ahead. When planning
your trip, take into account the time of day you intend to travel and likely
traffic patterns. Always leave lots of extra time and be aware of possible
bottlenecks along the way.
Don’t pack problems. Most
truck rental agreements say something like the language from the U.S.
Department of Transportation that prohibits the “carrying or hauling of
explosives and other dangerous articles.” That means you can’t
pack paint, chemicals and cleaning materials, flammable solvents, propane,
gasoline and the like. Check with your rental agent if you’re not sure
about a particular item.
Do know about the “NO”
zone. Trucks also have big blind spots, what the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration calls the “No-Zone.” You should know where these
areas are, especially when changing lanes or coming to a stop.
Don’t load the truck
until you know how to drive it. Take a practice ride first. Make sure you can
find and understand the use of all the truck’s switches and gauges.
Adjust the seat and side mirrors so they match your height and comfort zone.
Do be extra vigilant. “Trucks
are taller, wider and may weigh up to 10 times more than the average car,”
explained Don Mikes, senior vice president−rental, Penske.
Don’t neglect to get
insurance. “Most insurance and credit card companies won’t cover
truck rentals under existing policies,” Mikes added. If your insurance
company is among them, consider signing up for additional coverage options to
protect yourself and your belongings. You may feel more confident knowing
that his company offers free 24/7 emergency roadside assistance.
You can find other moving facts and tips at www.PenskeTruckRental.com and
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