|Driving a Rental Truck|
Today's rental trucks drive like big cars. They have automatic transmission, a comfortable cab, a radio, and lots of mirrors for seeing things.
Of course, you may have no inclination or desire to drive your truck. You've done enough work already. Hire to have the driving done if you want. Or delegate it to a trusted family member, relative, or friend. Or hire a professional driver.
I wasn't able to fly back to Iowa for our move to Oregon a few years ago, so we paid airfare and a few bucks to a nephew with truck driving experience. He was glad for the cash and the vacation.
If you do decide to borrow or rent a truck and drive it yourself, talk to the owner and/or read any literature from the rental company. Ask if there are any special quirks you should know about. One family learned the hard way that the parking brakes on the truck they borrowed held only if a foot was on the brake pedal when the parking brake was applied. Take a test drive. Practice backing up. Learn to use the side mirrors. Find the spare tire.
Professional drivers may log a million miles or more between tickets and may drive five million miles or more without an accident. That's safe driving. Here are some of the tips they pass on to you: