Moving duirng the winter brings extra challenges when driving a rental truck.
Familiarize yourselg with the truck- adjust the mirrors, know how the heater, defroster & wipers work. practice maneuvering it
Wait out the bad weather- It is extremely difficult to operate any vehicle on snow and ice covered roads and especially one you are not used to.
Be Aware STOPPING takes LONGER- A 16 foot rental truck requires up to 3 times more distance to stop on a slick road than on a dry road. Always leave extra stopping space between your moving truck and vehicles around you
Clear snow and ice-before you take to the road. Clear the mirrors, the headlights (I usually forget this on my jeep)and tail lights. Remove any excess snow on the roof and hood.
Know your blind spots- Trucks have different and larger blind spots. Learn where they are and pay extra attention to then when changing lanes or coming to a stop. for more info go to www.sharetheroadsafely.org.
Let the anti lock brakes do their job - Anti lock brakes work best when constant and firm pressure is applied to the brake pedal. This pressure should prevent brake lock up and loss of steering. Do NOT pump the antilock brakes as with older cars.
Watch your speed – Slow down on slick roads. Give yourself plent of time to safely reach your new home.
Pack Essential Items – Be sure to bring along extra drinks, snacks, blankets for warmth and ESPECIALLY a FULLY CHARGED cell phone.
Rest Up – Get a good nights sleep before you take to the road