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Tips On Making That Back-To-College Move

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - As the new academic year approaches, college students  everywhere will start preparing for their trip back to school.

Whether you are a freshman making the journey into a dorm for the first  time or a graduating senior with an apartment, here are some tips to help  ensure a smooth, easy and affordable move from the experts at Penske Truck  Rental:

• Select the Truck That Fits Your Needs. Most college students  choose the 12- or 16-foot truck for moving into a college dorm or efficiency  apartment.

• Reserve Now. Fall is peak moving time for students and family, so  it’s best to reserve early. You should reserve your rental truck and  order any moving accessories at least two weeks in advance. At Penske, a  reservation guarantees that a truck will be available.

• Using Accessories Can Make a Difference. Boxes, packing tape,  Bubble Wrap, moving blankets and hand trucks are essential moving tools. Look  to pack electronic items in their original cartons, and reinforce the bottoms  of all boxes with extra tape for support.

• Pack it Right. Load the heaviest items on the truck first. And to  avoid injury, always bend your knees and lift with your legs, never your  back. Better yet, get a friend to help with any heavy lifting.

• Driver Safety and Security. To ensure a smooth moving day, pick up  your truck a day early and practice driving it. Trucks are taller, wider, heavier and require more stopping distance than cars. When  traveling, park in well-lit areas and padlock the rear door.

In the unlikely event of a breakdown, Penske offers around-the-clock  emergency roadside assistance every day.

• Buddy Up. Sharing the ride with a friend can help to defer some of  your truck rental costs and provide some extra help with your boxes.

• Use Discounts. When attempting to defray moving costs, every  little bit helps. Look for discounts that may be available through various  memberships. For example, Penske Truck Rental is the exclusive truck rental  partner of AAA and offers AAA members a discount.

• Make Sure Things Are in Easy Reach. Finally, before you leave,  create a travel bag for moving day to keep important paperwork, credit cards,  identification, clothes, drinks and snacks close at hand.

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