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Old 05-15-2016, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Out West
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I've driven for a living, and you never stop learning - please do not drive a U-Haul after not driving for a decade. That is not the time to learn how to drive. Yeah, you can get some lessons in enough to pass your driving test, but that is NOT the same thing as being out there, driving a big truck/van filled with everything you own, on the freeways in places you aren't familiar with.

Driving slow is not the best answer as you can cause MORE accidents by being overly cautious than by going faster. You not only need to learn how to read other drivers again, and anticipate lights, and know about bridges and overpasses and if your U-Haul will fit under them despite the height written on the sign as you approach the bridge/overpass, you also have to deal with how different driving a loaded truck/van feels compared to an empty car.

You also have to deal with the fact that no one will want to let you over, and you don't have the skills to get over when you need to.

You also have to deal with driving in the rain or wind - it is different in larger trucks.

If you don't have experience driving, deciding to pick it up again while moving in a U-Haul is one of the last choices you should make. Either ship your stuff, hire a moving van, or have someone drive the U-Haul for you.

Do not take this the wrong way, but I would not want to be out on the roads with someone who is driving a loaded U-Haul when they haven't driven in 10 years. You're putting you and everyone else at risk.
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Old 05-16-2016, 08:35 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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NO, NOT ONE BIT.

Uhaul type, box trucks take twice as long to stop, can barely get out of their own way, they are wider than most vehicles, they have horrible blind spots, they don't turn as well (so you need more experience just to know how to turn); and everybody knows it.
they do but i would imagine that OP would be driving cautiously. most new and returning drivers drive over-carefully in my experiences. also most of her driving will be highway or long streets.

the blind spots are compensated by the dual mirrors.

i still maintain my position on the size of the vehicle commanding respect.
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Old 05-17-2016, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Austin
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I drove a truck in an earlier life. And I have driven UHaul trucks hundreds of miles on multiple occasions. They are not the same as driving a car and as mentioned earlier, they're uncomfortable and slow. If you must drive, fit everything into a van. Rent an empty one and practice to make sure that's what you want. But if you can afford it, ship everything. Then you won't have to worry about where to park in NYC when you get there.
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Old 05-17-2016, 02:25 PM
 
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they do but i would imagine that OP would be driving cautiously. most new and returning drivers drive over-carefully in my experiences. also most of her driving will be highway or long streets.

the blind spots are compensated by the dual mirrors.

i still maintain my position on the size of the vehicle commanding respect.
A Uhaul simply cannot be handled like a car. More mass, greater stopping distance, greater turning radius, etc. not to mention the issue of judging distance in tight parking. And how the **** is someone who hasn't driven in 10 years supposed to change lanes in NYC traffic in a uhaul? ()x10
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Old 05-17-2016, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I have been driving for decades and have driven a big u-haul across the US twice. I would never, under any circumstances, consider myself qualified to drive that u-haul in NYC. Did you know that's how many professional drivers feel too? Many companies instruct the OTR drivers to park the rig and wait for a local driver.
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Old 05-19-2016, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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OP, if you decide to do this, elect to BUY THE INSURANCE.
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Old 06-09-2016, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Northeast US
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So, how did the move go, timlee?

(I was almost about to chime in with everybody else on the dangers of driving in the city with an unfamiliar, unwieldy, unparkable vehicle but I realized it's too late to give advice for how to handle something that happened last month.....)
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Old 06-09-2016, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Savannah, GA
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If the OP doesn't come back to reply, does that mean things have not gone as planned...?
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