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10 Rental Driving Tips

Before getting behind the wheel of your rental truck, use these tips from Penske Truck Rental to help get you from point A to point B without the worry.

1. Use the right fuel.

Check under the visor or on the decal near the fuel tank cap to see if your vehicle needs gas or diesel.

2. Check the weather.

Consider travel conditions, pack an emergency kit and obey local travel restrictions during severe storms.

3. Adjust your mirrors.

Make sure you can see the road around you and behind you. Use your mirrors to back up slowly. If someone is with you, ask them to guide you from a safe position outside the truck.

4. Know your vehicle height.

It's posted on the windshield and the corner radius of the vehicle box. Be sure you can clear overpasses, tree limbs, wires and drive-thru canopies.

5. Drive smart.

Allow for more turning area. Be sure the road is clear before changing lanes. See the owner’s manual as needed. And don’t speed.

6. Avoid tailgating.

Trucks and vans weigh more than cars and need more time to stop. Keep four car lengths behind other vehicles.

7. Know local, state and federal rules or municipal, provincial and federal rules.

Your vehicle may be subject to weigh station requirements. Every state/province is different, but Penske Truck Rental advises customers to stop at weigh stations, which are based on GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) over 10,000 pounds. Be aware of restrictions in areas marked “no trucks.” Find any legal documents that you may need behind the driver’s seat.

8. Secure your vehicle.

Close all doors properly. For trucks, turn the rear cargo door latch clockwise to lock and counterclockwise to open. For vans, close the left door, followed by the right. Be sure not to lock your keys in the vehicle.

9. Keep passengers inside the cab.

Do not allow passengers to ride inside the back of the truck, even if you’re planning to drive slowly or a short distance. Passengers should only ride in the truck cab.

10. Download the Penske app.

Get roadside service plus more tips and information.

Ready to make your next move? Penske Truck Rental offers unlimited miles on all one-way truck rentals, discounts for AAA members, college students and members of the military as well as packing supplies and 24/7 roadside assistance. Are you ready to make a reservation? Visit the Penske Truck Rental website for more information.

By Nicole Forktus