How to Prevent Overhead Damage

overhead damageU-Haul moving trucks are designed to be mover-friendly, but driving one can be a new experience. While moving trucks are intended to be safe and protective vehicles for movers, accidents can happen. One common mistake that drivers make is underestimating the height of their truck. Something as ordinary as driving through a tunnel, under a railroad track, across covered bridges or even through a fast food drive-thru can become disastrous if you’re unaware of such restrictions. These mistakes can be costly to the renter if not covered properly by damage protection. Safemove® Plus is an affordable coverage program that relieves drivers of responsibility for overhead damage to U-Haul equipment.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

U-Haul provides moving trucks of many sizes and for every type of move; trucks run from a pick-up truck all the way up to a 26’ truck that stands 12 feet high. If the overhead clearance is not posted, don’t guess. Step out of the truck and make sure that it will clear any obstruction. Pay attention to road signs and be aware of your surroundings.

Extra Protection

Safemove® Plus provides all of the benefits of Safemove®…and then some! Nobody expects to be in an accident, but with Safemove® Plus, rest assured knowing that you will receive cargo protection, medical and life coverage and a damage waiver that will protect you from financial responsibility for damages caused to the rental equipment.

SafeMove® Plus Coverage

  • overhead damageDamage Waiver: Frees you of responsibility for ANY “accidental” damage to the rental truck and no deductible.
  • Cargo Coverage: Covers damage to your goods from a collision, fire, windstorm and overturn of the rental truck; up to $25,000 of coverage for One-way rentals and up to $15,000 for In-town rentals; minimal $100 deductible.
  • Medical and Life Coverage: Provides you and your passengers with up to $1,000 of coverage toward medical bills in case of an accident and life coverage in case of a fatality; Lessee loss of life up to $25,000 and passenger loss of life up to $15,000.
  • Supplemental Liability Insurance: $1,000,000 for property damage, bodily injury or lawsuits brought forward by third parties not involved in the rental; no out-of-pocket costs; no increased premiums and no deductible.

Don’t assume you’re covered! Most auto insurance policies do not typically cover rental equipment.

There’s an App for That!

The great thing about today’s technology is that there’s virtually an app for every topic. Overhead damage is no different. provides an effective Low Clearance Alert System for the United States and Canada and is used by many professional drivers.

This software provides the largest set of low clearance alerts throughout the US and Canada, route planning customized to the height of your vehicle and audible alerts.

This technology is available to download to many GPS devices, Android and IOS devices, Built-in Vehicle Navigation systems and mapping software, such as Google maps.

Do you have any tips for avoiding low clearances? Leave them in the comments below and make sure you add Safemove® Plus to your next moving rental!