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Driving a Rental Truck: Basics You Need to Know

Driving a rental truck

  1. Driving a Rental Can Be Intimidating
  2. Don't Let It Get to You
  3. Rental Truck Driving for Local Moves
  4. Rental Truck Driving for Long Distance Moves
  5. Alternatives to Driving a Truck

1. Driving a Rental Can Be Intimidating

These days, it is not too uncommon for people to rent moving trucks when moving. It is a far cheaper alternative than hiring a full service moving company. However, what many people do not realize is that driving a large moving truck is nothing like driving a car. While the general operations are the same, the similarities stop there. One of the only ways that you can get over the frustration and anxiety of driving a large truck is to not let it get to you. Once you get behind the wheel and actually start operating the vehicle, you will learn that it is not as hard as you thought it was. It's like riding a bike for the first time.

2. Don't Let It Get to You

Most people fear that they will not be able to drive the vehicle because of the lack of a rearview mirror. While this is a completely understandable fear, rest assured that there will be plenty of view of what is happening behind you. This is thanks to large, over-compensative side mirrors. While this reassurance may help some people get over their fear of driving a large truck, others have different reasons why they cannot drive the trucks. For some, they just do not want to deal with the risk of operating a vehicle that large. For others, they do not like to go long distances. This is where the question of “can movers drive my rental truck?” comes up.

3. Rental Truck Driving for Local Moves

Most movers are more than willing to drive rental trucks. However, you should look for a company that specializes in this type of service. A normal moving company may be less likely to offer it because their men usually rely on the company trucks as their only form of transportation. If you do find a company that will operate your rental truck, then you will be required to do a few things. You will have to purchase physical damage coverage from the rental company. You will also have to add the mover to the rental contract as a driver of the vehicle. So, the movers will have to meet with you at the rental truck location.

4. Rental Truck Driving Long Distance Moves

You will not be able to find a mover that will drive your rental truck long distance. This is because of the unfamiliarity of the concept of movers who want to drive rental trucks across state lines. Moving Authority contacted the Department of Transportation in almost every state in the country. In almost every scenario, the situation was deemed illegal because there were no specific laws that addressed it. There were no states that said a mover driving a rental truck was legal. Most state laws said that the driver was for ‘hire’, which made things much more difficult when considering the strict laws that are already in place for movers. Thus, Moving Authority does not work with companies who offer this as one of their services. However, we are in strong belief that there will soon be rules in place to address this scenario and make it easier for people to save money during their move.

5. Rental Truck Driver Alternatives

Family and friends can be a good alternative to hiring someone to drive your rental truck. There are a lot of benefits to getting the help of one of your friends as opposed to hiring someone to drive your rental truck. First of all, this is one of the only legal ways to get your goods across state lines in a rental truck above the law. It is also much cheaper to do this. While you will still have to spend some money to cover the expenses of driving the truck, you won’t have to shell out large sums of money for a driver. There are a lot of benefits to using your own driver for the job.

Driving a Rental Truck Can Be Challenging

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