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Intimidated By Driving A Box Truck? Use These Strategies To Feel More Confident

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If you're getting ready to move homes and you're the do-it-yourself type, you might be considering renting a box truck instead of hiring a moving crew. This plan should work well, but you may feel a little uneasy as your rental date approaches if you're not overly confident with your ability to drive a big vehicle. While you can browse some online tutorials and ask questions when you pick up the box truck, there are a number of other strategies that you can adopt to help boost your confidence so that you're feeling calm when you're behind the wheel. Here are some ideas.

Book Your Truck For An Off-Peak Time

If you're able to be flexible with your moving day, you may find that it's worthwhile to book the box truck for an off-peak time. You'll understand the traffic density in your city and be able to respond accordingly. For example, traffic is quieter in many cities on Sunday mornings. This means that if you can pick up the truck Sunday morning, you'll be dealing with fewer other vehicles sharing the road with you, which may make you more comfortable in the driver's seat. If possible, try to stay away from busy days — in many cities, traffic is heavier Monday through Friday.

Sign Up A Secondary Driver

Even if you're the one renting the box truck for your move, you may have the option of adding a second driver to the rental contract. Think of someone who will be helping you with your move and who has experience driving larger vehicles, and then add him or her to the contract when you pick up the vehicle. (You'll likely need the person present so that his or her driver's license can be copied.) This person can then take the wheel when you're feeling overwhelmed, which may be the case when you need to back into a driveway, for example.

Recruit A Copilot

Having a person in the passenger seat of the box truck can also make you feel more confident. This person isn't just there to provide moral support, though. He or she can help with checking your blind spot on the passenger side and relaying information to you. If you need to make a right turn or change lanes to the right, for example, this person's set of eyes will be valuable. Additionally, he or she can hop out and help you back up when needed. Check out this website for more information on truck rentals.