Before my first time driving a 26 foot moving truck

Excitement can be one of the first emotions when you are behind the wheel of a 26-foot truck!

Alison, coming through, 10-4, over. I’ve got to admit, my first time driving a 26-foot moving truck made me feel like a ‘truck driver’; all I needed was my radio and trucker hat. If anyone were to give me the ‘honk your horn’ signal, I’d surely respond with a big honk, honk. But, these were not not always my emotions or thoughts as I began to get in the cab of the moving truck- especially one that is 26 feet. I have always felt a little intimidated by being behind the wheel of a large truck. I’ve driven a truck as small as a Chevy S-10 and a truck as large as a Dodge Ram, but nothing compares to having 26 extra feet of truck behind you! Before you begin your drive, I want to share a few tips for you to consider before hitting the open road or driving across town.


Safety First

Fasten your seat belt

Wearing your seat belt is a must. Safety first!

Much like any vehicle you drive, you must always fasten your seat belt. It is the law and no matter how small or large the vehicle you drive, it is always recommend. The small trucks or cargo vans are only equipped with two bucket seats, both equipped with seat belts. Larger trucks are able to seat three people, both equipped with air bags and seat belts. If you have infants, then they should not be seated in the front. If you are moving with a large family there is an alternative of moving your belongings with portable storage containers.

Check your Mirrors

In this case, you do not have to check the rear view mirror but always check your side mirrors. After all, these are your eyes for what is behind you, beside you and helpful when making turns.

Be Patient

As much as we feel like we are King or Queen of the road, behind the wheel of a moving truck, remember that you are not in a race. You may have a sudden urge to say, “let’s see how fast this thing can go,” but this should not be an option. Not only are you and your passenger in the cab of the truck, but so are your personal belongings. So, if you happen to get a few honks about driving much slower than everyone else, don’t worry, you will arrive to your destination.

Using side mirror.

Use your side mirrors to prepare you for your turn.

Making Turns

So, you’ve mastered driving on straight roadways entirely. Next, you need to make a turn. The pressure is on, but not to worry- you can do it! When you begin to make your turn, make sure you have enough space to turn, not only at the corner of the turn but also for the cars passing next to you. If you hit the curb, it’s alright, you are one step closer to mastering turning. If you have a trailer attached to your truck, which is approximately an additional 12 feet, the same rules apply. Having enough room and enough space when merging in between lanes.

Height Clearance

Sometimes we are in so much of a hurry during a move that we hardly have time to sit down and eat. So, we often choosing fast food as an option. One thing to remember is the height clearance. The moving truck is not recommended to go in the drive thru. The best suggestion is to park the truck and go inside. After all, returning a truck that looks like it was peeled back like a can of spam is not a good look. There are several stickers in place as a constant reminder.

Completing your first time driving a moving truck.

After you complete your first time driving a moving truck, the feeling of accomplishment is amazing!

Have Confidence

Last, but certainly not least, like everything else- you have to have confidence in yourself and believe you can do it. Nervousness can be one of the most common emotions to have at the thought of you being behind the wheel of a massive truck. But, as you begin your drive and remember these tips, it will be smooth sailing as you get the hang of it. The moving truck can be fun to drive and rides gentle enough that it almost feel as if it is not 26-feet long. Once you complete your move and conquering your first time driving a moving truck, you can do anything! At least that was the feeling that I had when completing and a sigh of relief. Just follow these tips and you will be on your way to your next destination.

Have you driven a moving truck? How was your first time driving a 26 foot moving truck? What was your first thought? Tell us how you first accomplished your move in the comment section below.

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34 Responses to “My First Time Driving a 26 Foot Moving Truck”

  1. QueenEsther says:

    How much does a 26 foot truck weigh

  2. Pierre says:

    Can you tell me what the exact height clearance was? The website makes it look like 11′, but then they tell you that 12′ are needed. My loading dock has a limit of 11’9″, so I’m curious.


    how much are you asking for a 26 feet truck for sale please read my note

    • Alison A says:

      Hello Patrick! Great question and thanks for your inquiry. For any questions regarding the cost for purchasing a used truck, can be found here.

  4. marco says:

    What is the gas mileage on the open highway?

  5. Nick says:

    Hi. Can I fit the tall height of my 26 foot UHAUL truck under a standard gas station roof to fill up? I don’t have any truck stops near me and want to go to a normal gas station. Thanks.

    • Paige E says:

      Hi Nick, each gas station is differenct, but normally can accomadate taller vehciles. You’ll want to keep an eye on the cleaence level which is normally posted at every gas station. For specifics of the 26′ truck you visit here.

  6. Rick berger says:

    Do we have to stop at weigh stations?

  7. Kristi says:

    Are Uhaul trucks front wheel drive or all wheel drive or?

  8. Mauricia Rose Lehman says:

    I have a steep driveway, and challenging turn around, can a 26 ft truck do this, or back up? Concerned

    • Alison A says:

      Mauricia, our 26′ truck can back up however we would recommend loading/unloading at the bottom of the driveway. It may be a longer walk to load/unload but we do offer our moving supplies to help make your move easier.

      • Mauricia Rose Lehman says:

        My driveway is to long to park at the bottom & schlepp it all down.. Will truck be ok to pull forward up then back down loaded or back up unloaded & drive down straight loaded?

  9. dixon says:

    CDL need to driver 26 ft truck

    • Alison A says:

      Dixon, U-Haul trucks are not considered commercial vehicles. As long as you are 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license, you are able to rent.

  10. Desiree says:

    I’ve never driven a Uhaul EVER and Im really nervous…I’ve only driven cars…My first experience is coming next week. It’s not a 26ft its a 15ft…smaller I know but the same tips do apply…Thanks for posting this!!

  11. Dave says:

    What is the “avg” MPG you may get with 20′ and towing a car, we want to use this guesstimate in order to plan for the trip. We also estimate the avg speed for us include stops about 57m/hr.

    • Paige E says:

      Hi Dave, the estimated MPG for a 20′ truck is 10MPG. Although, there are many factors that can fall into place such as how much the truck is loaded and what type of vehicle is being towed.

      • P fox says:

        They shouldn’t in anyway rent any type of big moving box trucks or car trailers to someone who doesn’t poses a CDL license, unless you have never taken a road test with a big vehicle you should never ever be able to rent one of these trucks without experience!! For instance, a tow truck driver must have a towing endorsement to tow, but someone with a regular license can rent a big box truck and tow a vehical behind it with no experience?

  12. Mary says:

    We have rented a 26′ truck Will there be room in the front seat for our dog

  13. Cristian.U says:

    are all 26 foot trucks automatic?

  14. I’m moving 2 provinces away approx.15 hrs. drive first time on my own in a rental truck. I’ll leave 5 a.m. Am I crazy?

    • Paige E says:

      Maddy, that sounds like quite a distance to go in one day! I have driven 16 hours in a day, and personally, I wouldn’t do it again. You will most likely get pretty tired which can lower your responsiveness when driving, which is especially bad when you’re driving a large truck that is unfamiliar to you. I wouldn’t say you’re crazy, but I would highly recommend breaking the trip up into a two day journey. Hope this helps.

  15. Stephen says:

    what is the gross vehicle weight of the 26 foot truck?

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