Car rental and truck rental companies offer drivers of passenger cars trucks they can rent for moves and home projects. Some of these trucks are large vehicles that can transport everything in a 3-4 bedroom house. While they’re available for rental and while motorists assume they’re safe, these trucks can increase the risk of car accidents in a few ways:
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Back to the Dorms: Moving Truck Safety
At this time of year in Miami and across south Florida, many students are heading back to college and this can mean hiring a truck to get everything into a dorm. For younger drivers, especially, trying to operate a big rental truck can be a danger. These larger vehicles have many blind spots and may be harder to maneuver than passenger vehicles, increasing the risk of a truck accident in Miami or your community. In addition, rental trucks see plenty of use and this wear and tear can impact performance.
If you are heading to college or have a child moving into dorms, you’ll want to use these tips to keep everyone safe:
Moving Truck Tips for Students
Many students are moving into dorms at this time of year, or moving into off-campus housing before their first classes start. In many college towns, both moving trucks and parking spots can be at a premium. If you are moving in Miami or any town with a college, there are a few ways to ensure moving day is a little safer:
1) Try to move on less busy days.
Moving This Summer? Stay Safe with Moving Trucks
At this time of year, many families decide to move to or from Hollywood and southern Florida. Summer is an ideal time to move because the kids are home from school and can settle into the new home before school begins again in the fall. It’s also a great idea to enjoy your new home for the summer.
If you’re moving, however, you will need to deal with moving trucks – and these can easily become a problem. Moving truck accidents in Hollywood and southern Florida can be serious collisions causing severe injuries. If you’re moving, there are several steps you will want to take to ensure you stay safe:
Renovating your House this Summer? How Rental Trucks Can Play a Role in Your Summer Safety
At this time of year, many homeowners in Hollywood and across South Florida decide to take on some renovation projects. Whether you’re building a deck, setting up a barbecue area, or renovating the interior of your home, you may be tempted to rent a truck to haul building materials from your local lumberyard or home hardware store. In fact, many big-box hardware stores and home renovation stores allow you to rent a cube van or truck for a few hours (0r longer) to get your purchases home.
There’s only one problem: truck accidents in Hollywood and across South Florida are very common. They may be even more of a risk for you if delivery trucks you rent aren’t properly maintained or if you’re not used to driving a truck. If you’re renovating this summer, here are a few things to keep in mind if you need to rent a larger vehicle:
Underpasses Pose a Danger for Rental Trucks in Hollywood and South Florida
All trucks have a clearance height and commercial truck drivers are carefully trained to ensure they know how to respect these limits. Unfortunately, if you rent a truck for moving day or to complete some renovations on your home, you may not have this training. This could put you at risk.
Each year, around the country people are injured and trucks sustain serious damage because drivers attempt to driver under train bridges, pedestrian overhead walkways, underpasses, and other obstacles that don’t offer enough clearance. When a too-high truck tries to squeeze under an underpass or an overhang that’s too low, the top of the truck can literally be sheared off or seriously damaged. In some cases, vehicles get stuck.
Helping Your Child Move into Dorms Safely
If your child is headed to college this fall, they may be excited about moving into their off-campus apartment or their dorm rooms. However, moving day can be quite chaotic, especially on busy Florida campuses where many other college students are also moving in. There are extra pedestrians around, students with cars, and rental trucks all converging in what is usually a small space, increasing the odds of a serious truck or car accident.
There are several ways that you can make moving day a little easier for your child:
Moving? Here’s what You Need to Know about Moving Trucks
At this time of year, many moving companies report a busy season. College students are moving into their dorm rooms and many families are taking advantage of the final few weekends to move before the start of the school season.
If you’re moving this year, you may be thinking about renting a moving truck or moving trailer. While this can be an economical way to move house, it also poses some dangers. Each year, families are seriously injured or even killed in moving truck accidents in Hollywood and Florida.
Getting Larger Purchases Home During the Holidays
This time of year is one of the busiest retail periods of the year. Many of us are shopping for holiday gifts, decor, and other items. Stores try to lure us into their doors with special sales. If you are buying large items that need to be transported by truck, however, you can’t just be focusing on sale prices. You also need to make sure that you can get home safely with your purchase. There are a few options in order to do this:
1) Use store delivery services.
One of your best options is to use a delivery service provided by the store. Many stores offer free delivery or are willing to deliver larger items such as furniture to your home for a price. If you are going with this option, make sure that you find out about warranties and guarantees. If the item arrives damaged, will you be able to get compensation for the damage?
Packing A Moving Truck To Make It Safer
Moving truck accidents in Hialeah and other communities lead to devastating accidents each year. Unfortunately, these types of collisions can be especially common at this time of year, as this tends to be a busy season for movers and moving truck rentals. Most safety experts agree that hiring movers or at least moving truck drivers is safer than trying to move yourself. This is because most people simply don’t have the experience and skills to handle a large moving truck with many blind spots. If movers are not an option for you, however, you may be able to minimize your risks by packing your moving truck. To do that, be sure to use these tips:
1) Use boxes, aiming to keep boxes the same size.
Using boxes rather than keeping items loose or using bags helps keep possessions from moving around. Using uniformly-sized boxes also makes the boxes easier to stack so that the load can be distributed evenly. Keeping your truck packed evenly and weight distributed evenly is important in helping you maintain control of the truck so that you can prevent a traffic collision.
2) Use padding on fragile items and large items that cannot be boxed.
This helps prevent your furniture and other items from being damaged, but can also help prevent injuries. A broken mirror or framed picture can create broken glass on the floor of your moving truck and during a busy move this can be a serious hazard.