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Published: Wednesday, 6/20/2007

Safe Driving Tips for Do-It-Yourself Movers

(ARA) - Moving anything can be a big job. And, driving the rental truck can look daunting at first. To ease your mind, Penske Truck Rental offers a few helpful tips:

Familiarize yourself with the truck's switches and gauges, be sure to note if the gas tank is on the driver or passenger side. Properly adjust the side mirrors for maximum visibility. Give yourself enough time -- you may even want to pick up your truck a day early.

With proper planning, moving on your own can be done safely and quickly. With proper planning, moving on your own can be done safely and quickly.

Be aware of bridges, tree limbs and low overhangs like canopies at service stations, fast food eateries and drive-up ATMs. Keep in mind that since the recommended maximum speed for a loaded truck is 45 miles per hour be extra cautious when passing other vehicles.

"Trucks are taller, wider and may weigh up to 10 times more than the average car. We want our customers to be safe and to realize greater overhead and side clearances and stopping distances are needed when traveling, especially when the truck is loaded," stated Art Vallely, senior vice president -- rentals, Penske Truck Leasing.

"Most insurance and credit card companies won't cover truck rentals under existing policies," Vallely said. If your insurance company is among them, consider signing up for additional coverage options to protect you and your belongings. Options like a limited damage waiver relieves the renter of any loss or damage to the truck or towing equipment, regardless of fault. Also worth considering are cargo, supplemental liability, personal accident and towing insurance. Courtesy of ARAcontent

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