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Hiring a truck is the most economically convenient way to move house, transport furniture, or other cargo. You can get the best deal to rent a truck from our friendly Alpha Team. Our moving trucks have high storage capacity and can handle a haul of up to a 2 bedroom apartment.
Renting a truck for your move or quick DIY project has never been easier or cheaper. With prices from $55* per day, you get the best value to drive in comfort with highly-maintained trucks. Your driving safety is our concern so our trucks are regularly inspected and maintained. You'll be driving a truck with low KMS usage and responsive controls. Our truck fleet features air-conditioned cabs with stereo. Your drive will be a breeze with power steering, 4 cylinder engines, and automatic transmission. This means you can secure a truck with just an automatic car licence. The storage cab is equipped with a hydraulic lift to make loading/unloading cargo easy and save you from heavy-lifting. Your furniture and cargo will be locked, safe and protected from the weather.
Your regular car will be different from our moving trucks. Get familiar with the new vehicle before you start the engine. Adjust the side mirrors to get as much rear visibility as possible. Get accustomed to the parking breaks, gear shift, turn signals, lights, wipers and other features. You don't want to be scrambling for controls and buttons while you're on the road.
Parallel parking is probably a piece of cake for you, even with just 100mm to spare. A moving truck is not as simple. Every vehicle has a blind spot so don't rely on mirrors alone. Get help when backing, and/or walk around behind the truck to make sure there are no kids, people, obstructions or anything that could get bumped. You'll want about a meter of room behind the truck for the ramp to load and unload your cargo. Do not leave the ramp extended when the truck is in motion. Turn the wheels toward the curb when facing downhill and away from the curb when facing uphill when you park. This adds resistance to prevent sliding. Be sure to set the shift selector into park and secure the parking brake.
Keep the cargo weight evenly distributed in the truck by loading the heaviest items first in the front and on the floor. Load the lighter loads above the heavier items and on the floor. A moving dolly will help you with items like refrigerators, laundry machines, bookcases, and even piles of boxes. Use ropes or ties to secure the loose and partial items. Packing small items in box containers will make storing and hauling easier. Use bubble wrap, padded blankets and tie downs to keep your fragile breakables from getting broken. Be sure to lock the cargo door and that the loading ramp is properly latched. Do not load items on the outside of the truck.
It's understandable you'll want to get into your new home as quickly as possible, but speeding in a moving truck isn't just against the law, it's downright dangerous. Your best bet is to drive at the minimum speed limit in highways or well below the maximum limits in the CBDs. These are especially true when driving in rain, snow, and strong winds. While Alpha trucks are well-maintained, extreme weather conditions can mock any well oiled machine.
Moving trucks do not handle like everyday cars. You'll need more room to turn to avoid getting on sidewalks, or worse, hitting another car. Your rented truck will need wide turns regardless of your speed. Use your turn signals and check your side mirrors. Make sure there's no vehicle driving through on the side when you make your turn.
You should avoid tailgating when driving your own car. This is especially truer with moving trucks. While the brakes in Alpha trucks are well kept, you'll want as much brake distance to slow down and stop with the heavy load you are carrying. It's a matter of safety and courtesy. The car in front of you may also be intimidated with a large vehicle bearing down on them.
Even if you own a large SUV, you've ignored head clearance signs when driving. Most vehicles don't come close when driving under bridges, into tunnels or parking garages. Our trucks are approximately 2.0 meters high. Keep an eye out for low clearance restrictions. You don't want to bump your head.
Driving a moving truck will be a different road experience. On the road, you'll need plenty of care and attention. Avoid having to multi-task your drive. Plan your route ahead of time. Use Satellite Navigation (GPS) that Alpha provides if you've not driven to the location before. You could also follow a car who knows the way. This lets you focus on the road when handling a vehicle that you may not be familiar with.
Whether your moving house or transporting cargo for your business, renting a truck from Alpha is a the cheapest way to do it. Booking a truck hire is as simple; fill out our three-step reservation form, wait for confirmation, and then head to our depot to get your truck. Please also check out our Specials page to see truck rental and car hire promos available.