Plan Your Move

Loaded moving truck
1. Plan
Use our planning timeline and moving tips to prepare for a smooth move.
Go to Plan
2. Pack
The packing hacks and packing checklist you need to know for moving.
Go to Pack
3. Load
Get your belongings and vehicle to your destination safely with helpful instructions.
Go to Load
4. Drive
What are the best guidelines for safe truck driving? You’re about to find out.
Go to Drive

Loading & Towing

Penske wants to keep you and your belongings safe during your move. Use our tips and instructions to find out how to load a moving truck properly and safely tow your car with our towing equipment.

Get To Know Your Truck

  • Pick up your rental truck the day or evening before you move.
  • Penske professionals will get you familiarized with your vehicle.
  • Get comfortable with the truck's switches and gauges.
  • Adjust your mirrors. Remember, you won't have a direct rearview mirror.
  • If vehicle size is not written on the truck, ask your rental agent. Trucks need greater overhead and side clearance, so be alert for low bridges, tree limbs and canopies.

Know Where You're Heading

  • Check directions before leaving. Penske reps can help you get driving directions at pickup.
  • Check the weather. At pickup, have your Penske rep check the weather along your route.

Get Loading Help

  • When loading and unloading, bend your knees and lift with your legs, not your back.
  • Put the heaviest items on the truck first.

Tip: If there are stairs at your destination, unload enough items to allow you to move the heaviest items first, before you get tired.

  • Have friends help unload at your destination.
Green Tip: Get rid of things before your move. If you don't need it, don't haul it. The EPA claims that transporting an extra 100 pounds in your vehicle can reduce fuel mileage by 1–2%. See how Penske does their part to support sustainable moving.