If you are moving any considerable distance, you can save a lot of money by renting a moving truck rather than hiring a full-service moving company. However, you might want to think twice before you drive that rental truck yourself. There are some very real benefits of hiring a professional rental truck driver.
1. The professionals know how to handle such a large vehicle.
Even if you regularly drive a pickup truck, driving a rental moving truck is a much different endeavor. And if you normally drive a compact car or an SUV, driving a rental truck will be even more different. You have to turn differently, start braking a lot earlier, and know how to look when merging lanes. This can be tough to master on the go. When you hire a professional, they already have these skills, saving you the headache and worry of having to learn.
2. You don't have to plan the route.
When driving a large vehicle, it is really important to take time to plan the route. You have to ensure you do not accidentally take a road with any low bridges the vehicle can't fit under or with a weight limit that the truck exceeds. When you do not regularly drive a large vehicle, doing this work can be really tough. A professional, on the other hand, will likely have apps they can use and a GPS app designed just for use with large, heavy vehicles like rental trucks.
3. You can do other things while the driver is driving,
Moving is a really busy endeavor. You have so much to do, from packing to calling utility companies. Some of these tasks, like calling utility companies, are not exactly things you can hire someone to do for you. Driving the rental truck is, though. You can leave the driving to a driver, giving you more time to tackle tasks that truly only you are equipped to handle.
4. Your items will be safer.
Since you are a novice at driving a large truck, your chances of taking a turn too sharply and sending items hurling across the truck are higher. You're at a greater risk of a crash, too. A professional driver will be able to drive the truck more smoothly and will be less likely to crash. This helps protect your things, which of course is very important when everything you own is in the back of a truck.