I began life as a delivery boy.
Well, after actually being delivered at the hospital, I basically went right to work as a delivery boy for my dad’s business.
I didn’t deliver pizzas like most young people; I delivered mattresses, because my dad owned a mattress company.
My point in mentioning this is that I became more familiar with driving a 24-foot box truck than I did with the ’84 Accord I used to get to and from work.
I quickly learned that right turns need to be as wide as possible and low-hanging branches can punch right through the box.
These are things that people who have never driven a large truck might not think about, yet every day moving companies happily hand out keys to people who have never driven anything bigger than a Miata.
This topic came to mind because of a Facebook meme that made me laugh, but makes a very good point.
That said, here are tips for driving a large truck:
- Begin braking sooner, particularly when you have a load.
- Make wider right turns. Begin your turn when a little more than half of your truck has passed the radius point of your turn.
- You accelerate about as fast as a cabbage, so plan ahead.
- Know the height of your truck, and keep your eyes up!
- Your truck box is probably wider than the cab, so drive in the center of the lane.
- Make sure you adjust all your mirrors before you begin driving.
- Take your time when backing up. If possible, have someone stand and guide you. There’s no rear-view mirror, so go slow and watch your side mirrors.
Have you ever driven a large moving truck?