Navigate Your Winter Do-It-Yourself Move
February 19, 2021
Snowflakes falling on trees often create picture-postcard winterscapes, but snow and ice-covered roadways can also make driving hazardous for Penske Truck Rental's do-it-yourself movers.
In a winter season that has gripped most of the country, packing a healthy dose of preparation before you start your move is even more crucial.
With your safety in mind, Penske Truck Rental has assembled a few winter driving safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Central Reservation's Moving Advisors are trained to offer winter driving safety tips for renters whose moves take them into areas experiencing winter weather. We have assembled some of their suggestions.
One of the first major hurdles is adjusting to the difference in driving a rental truck compared to another type of vehicle, such as cars. Trucks take longer to stop and are not as low to the ground as personal vehicles.
When you slide into the driver's seat, make sure to take a few minutes to let the truck warm up before starting your journey.
Movers traveling through mountain passes or northern states may be required to have tire chains available in the event of a snow or ice storm, so it is a good idea to have them on hand.
There are also special considerations you should take when driving a diesel-powered truck in cold weather.
You should always park your truck out of the wind and remember to turn off all lights to allow batteries to maintain a full charge. Cold weather decreases the battery output.
In the unlikely event of an equipment malfunction, Penske 24/7 Roadside Assistance is available to help.
It's not too late to plan your winter move. Penske Truck Rental offers free 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 "Move Ahead" Staff
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