Commercial Truck Rentals – What a Frightening Concept
As I was riding on my way from my hometown of Norfolk, Virginia to Richmond, Virginia for a Virginia Trial Lawyers Association meeting the other day I rode past a big box truck which was marked as an Enterprise rent-a-truck. Obviously the person behind the wheel of that rent-a-truck might be an experienced commercial truck driver with a CDL, but I wonder. Commercial trucks are much harder to handle than passenger cars or even pickup trucks. They are less maneuverable and require much more time to brake.
The turning radius on a big commercial box truck is far different than on a smaller vehicle. What if the guy driving that rent-a-truck is not experienced at all in handling a commercial truck? I don’t know what rules and regulations Enterprise has in leasing out those kinds of trucks but it still scares me driving next to one.
In today’s mobile society people are always moving from one town to the next in search of a better job or moving in with a different person or going to school in a different town than where their family is. You see these U-Haul and other rental vehicles all the time. It’s certainly a service that is needed to be able to allow people to have on a limited time basis a bigger vehicle to move their possessions around. But I suspect that there are more crashes involved in rental vehicles per mile driven than otherwise.
I don’t actually have statistics to back that up but it just seems to me that when you see that person driving a big rental vehicle that they often seem unsure of what they’re doing because they’re not familiar with this new much bigger vehicle that they are borrowing for a short period of time.