When it comes to driving any vehicle, always remember safety first before anything.
Driving a truck or van requires extra care and safety. Although truck hire is a great way to save money, driving a truck is a very big responsibility. Transporting your belongings in a truck by yourself can be the most challenging part of a DIY move.
When you hire a moving van, reckless and unsafe driving can lead to damages that will cost you more money. The following tips will guide you on how to drive a van hire safely:
Know The Road Rules
If you are new in New Zealand, it is important to know that everyone drives on the left side of the road. This may seem unfamiliar to you at first but once you get in the habit of keeping left, you will get the hang of it eventually.
Keep your seatbelts on always. Before you start the vehicle, ensure that everyone has their seatbelt on. It is your responsibility as the driver is to get everyone to their destination safely and to do that, everyone must observe all safety rules including yourself. Failure to obey these rules could cost you a fine if you are caught by authorities.
Make sure that you know all the road rules before you drive a truck.
Speed limits are there for a reason and you must respect them. When you’re driving a truck, you are expected to drive slowly and carefully. Most accidents and mishaps that happen while driving a truck are usually a result of driving above the speed limit. Always remember to observe speed limits in each city.
Drive safe and limit your speed especially when you are driving through curves, corners, high traffic areas, narrow streets, or turning into parking lots and driveways, or backing out.
Always maintain a safe distance when you drive a van, especially when you are driving uphill. Unlike regular cars, trucks take a longer time to come to a complete stop because they are heavier. Keeping a safe distance between yourself and the cars around you is very important.
When you drive a truck, make sure you watch out for your blind spots. This will help you navigate high-traffic areas better and avoid any accidents or road mishaps.
It is also important to take breaks when you need to, especially when the weather condition is not favorable for the drive. Taking breaks keeps your mind alert and energizes you to get back on the road again.
Before renting a van or truck, ensure that you have these tips in mind. They will help you stay safe, prepared, and careful throughout the trip.
Are you looking for a truck or van hire in Auckland? Auckland Vehicle Rentals can provide you with a variety of options to suit your preference. Contact us today.