To help make winter moves and drives smooth, we offer these safety tips.

Want more guidelines for safe truck driving? Read about driving a truck.

Before you hit the road ...

  • Check weather sources before your move to help you plan out your trip. When traveling, listen to local radio stations for the forecast.
  • Make sure you have a snowbrush and ice scraper in your truck during your move to remove snow and ice from all windows, lights, hood and roof.
  • Stock your vehicle with basic supplies like warm clothing, blankets, flashlights, extra food, bottled water, road flares and a first aid kid. Sunglasses help cut glare from snow.
  • Have extra help so you spend less time in the cold.
  • Any trucks travelling through mountain passes and northern states may be required to have tire chains available in case of a snow or ice storm. Tire chains are not provided with truck rentals.

While driving ...

  • Drive a truck slower than you would drive a car — especially in bad weather.
  • Leave extra room between the truck and the vehicle in front of you. Trucks require even more time and room to stop in bad weather.
  • Don't force too much power on the drive wheels; this can cause you to lose traction when driving in the snow and result in a side skid.
  • Use extra caution when traveling across bridges and overpasses. They freeze before the road.
  • Keep your tank full; a half-full tank can lead to water condensation in the fuel line.
  • Be aware of wind conditions and load weight.
  • Vision can be hindered when driving during a bright, sunny day and the surroundings are snow covered. Wear sunglasses to reduce glare and improve vision.

Driving a Diesel in Cold Weather ...

  • Follow these cold weather tips when you're behind the wheel of our diesel rental trucks.
  • Always park your truck out of the wind.
  • When refueling, seek a station that treats their fuel with a cold weather additive.
  • Turn off all lights to allow batteries to maintain a full charge. Cold weather decreases the battery output.
  • If the temperature is below 10 degrees Fahrenheit, repeat the "wait to start" process three to four times before starting the engine.

Want more guidelines for safe truck driving? Read about driving a truck.