Some people think that driving is driving – regardless of the vehicle. Those who have driven vehicles other than cars, however, know very differently. This is particularly applicable where moving trucks are concerned. Some vehicles are “operated” rather than simply being driven. This applies to large trucks.
Safe truck driving guidelines can help prevent accidents. Good habits behind the wheel let other drivers know of your intentions, making the roads safer. Let’s take a look at some of the basics to driving moving trucks and other large vehicles.
Keeping It Simple – The Basics
Many of these are common sense, but the basics are as follows:
- Buckle up – always use your seatbelt.
- Every 2 to 3 hours, stop for a rest.
- Try not to drive alone – take turns.
- Because they take more room to stop, when driving a truck, never tailgate.
- Maneuvering a truck requires a lot of room – use your mirrors.
- Use your turn signals and obey all traffic lights and signs.
- Before turning or crossing a street, use caution at intersections.
- Some road signs pertain specifically to trucks. Heed them!
Rules for Passing Other Vehicles
When a truck passes another vehicle, the following should be kept in mind:
- On an interstate highway, never drive (constantly) in the passing lane. Only use the passing lane when necessary.
- On curves or hills, never pass.
- If a vehicle is moving at 40 mph or faster, do not attempt to pass it.
Advice for Parking
When parking a moving truck remember the following:
- Park where you can see the vehicle when at restaurants and road stops.
- Padlock safety chains for any towing devices, lock all doors, and park in well-lit areas when at hotels.
- Avoid backing up if you can, and always search for drive through parking spaces. If backing up is a necessity, have someone assist you from the rear/side.
- When parking on a hill, make sure that your wheels are turned the correct direction.
- Every time you park, set the emergency brake.
Tips for Saving Fuel
With fuel prices all over the place, it’s good to save fuel wherever you can. Follow these tips:
- To avoid the possible theft of your fuel, park in a secure, well-lit area.
- Don’t operate at the truck’s governed maximum speed.
- When approaching a stop, ease off the accelerator. This will also present less opportunity for your cargo to shift.
- Gradually work your way up to your desired speed.
- Obey speed limits and drive cautiously.
Most moving companies will not take on the responsibility of moving a pet. If, on the other hand, you are driving your own moving truck (such as with a rental), follow these suggestions to make the move easier on you and your pets:
- Plan ahead by checking out hotels and motels that are pet friendly if you are going to have to stay overnight somewhere during your trip.
- Make sure that water and food are in abundance for your pet.
- Is a mild sedative recommended by your vet for the move?
- Never leave the pet unattended in a trailer or in the truck.
- Have your pet microchipped and have an ID tag on their collar with your cell phone number.
- When walking your pet outside the truck, use a leash.
- Do not carry a pet in the back of a truck or in a trailer. Have it in the truck cab with you (secured in a carrier or harnessed into a safety belt).
- Make sure to unpack your pet’s belongings as soon you arrive at your new home. This will help them adjust more quickly.
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