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
From everyday household tasks like reusing and recycling cardboard boxes to large-scale initiatives like nationwide water conservation campaigns, doing more with less is a fundamental practice for sustainability. With truck and trailer sharing at the center of our business, U-Haul has utilized this key sustainable practice to become the leader in do-it-yourself moving.
Truck sharing refers to truck rental services intended to substitute for private truck ownership. At U-Haul, truck sharing 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 such as public transportation as much as possible. Research shows that drivers tend to plan their trips carefully and drive less when they pay for mileage and usage hours.
Over time, each U-Haul truck placed in a local community serves as a potential substitute for 19 personally-owned SUVs and pickups off the road. Fewer vehicles on the road means less traffic congestion, less pollution, less fuel burned and cleaner air to breathe—and now, U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 extends the opportunity for these benefits to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learn more about U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 by watching the video below or clicking here.
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.
The safety of our customers is a top priority at U-Haul. You can learn about safe trailering in the videos below: