Moving can be an exciting time. The prospect of a new beginning in a new home can be a welcomed breath of fresh air. However, the cost of hiring movers and the potential of damaged personal treasurers can put a damper on an otherwise pleasant experience. If you’re interested in protecting your personal items, having flexibility in your start and finish date, and saving some money, call Empire Rent A Car today and rent a moving truck. Before you get started, remember these three helpful tips for renting a moving truck.

Tips for Renting a Moving Truck

1. Driving Your Truck

If you’ve never driven a large truck before, it can be tricky. 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.
  • Avoid winding and narrow roads. Try to stay on main roads when driving the moving truck.
  • Be cognizant of bridges, underpasses, and drive-thrus. You don’t want to get stuck under a bridge and damage the truck!

2. Insurance

If you’re planning on driving the moving truck a long distance, consider purchasing supplemental moving truck insurance. Most insurance isn’t terribly expensive and can be a lifesaver. Even scrapes and scratches on a box truck can result in significant personal liability if uninsured.

3. Packing the Truck

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. 

To get a quote on an affordable moving truck rental, contact Empire Rent A Car today at (718) 353-6848, or book online. We have convenient locations throughout NYC, including Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and the Bronx. Let us help you make your move as smooth as possible.