U-Haul recognizes that the socioeconomic impact of our business can be significant.
Truck and Trailer Sharing
All businesses should be held accountable for conducting themselves in a responsible manner, vis-a-vis planet Earth. From its inception, U-Haul has recognized this. We define rentals as “division of use and specialization of ownership.” The rental concept is one of careful management of the Earth’s resources, while making these resources available to the Earth’s inhabitants. Done well, rentals enhance sustainability.
-E.J. Shoen, Chairman of the Board of AMERCO
Research shows that drivers tend to plan their trips carefully and drive less when they pay for mileage and rental hours. Truck sharing refers to truck rental services intended to substitute for private truck ownership.
At U-Haul, truck sharing is one of our core sustainable business practices that allows individuals to access a fleet of trucks that is larger than what they could access on an individual basis. It makes occasional use of a moving truck affordable, while providing an incentive to minimize driving and rely on alternative travel options (e.g. public transportation) as much as possible.
Over time, each U-Haul truck placed in a local community helps keep 19 personally owned, large capacity vehicles (LCVs); pickups, SUVs, and vans off the road. Fewer vehicles on the road means less traffic congestion, less pollution, less fuel burned and cleaner air to breathe.
If you are driving a car or if your moving truck is filled to capacity, hitch up a U-Haul cargo trailer. Trailers reduce the environmental impact of moving because they do not emit CO2 or other greenhouse gasses. Built with recyclable materials, many U-Haul trailers are still on the road 30-40 years after they were built. U-Haul trailers’ aerodynamic design helps optimize the fuel efficiency of the towing vehicle.
Trailers have been instrumental in the increased mobility of North Americans since the end of WWII. Inexpensive rentals enable people to move to new homes, new jobs, new opportunities. Van-line movers were available to those with money, but not to the average person. So it is logical that trailers, a relatively simple product to construct, became the Conestoga wagon of postwar America. Trailers continue to be one of the most vital tools American families use. Today we see trailers used for everything from moving households, to transporting recreational and landscaping equipment, to extra cargo space for vacations. U-Haul continues to supply customers with quality products at low costs that everyone can afford.
Shared use of U-Haul trailers reduces the cost for users and reduces the need to build new trailers, which makes for a win-win-win situation, environmentally, socially and economically.