Make It A Safe Trip

From familiarising yourself with your rental truck to knowing how to deal with driving fatigue, you'll find this list of tips useful on your next move. We encourage you to print this page and review it shortly before hitting the road.

Truck Safety Tips:

Know the Controls

Locate and try out the windshield wipers, lights, heat and air conditioning controls, radio and turn signals. Familiarise yourself with the gauges, controls, warning lights and buzzers that surround you.

Check Fluids

Always use the correct type of fuel for your truck and check all fluid levels, including oil, windshield wiper, transmission and brake fluids. Check them repeatedly throughout your trip. Your Budget representative will show you how.

Drive Comfortably

Adjust the seat and steering wheel to the proper height and angle.

Adjust Your Mirrors

The passenger-side mirror will be your only good viewing source for the left side of the vehicle. Adjust the mirrors so that you can readily see either side of the truck and the lanes beside you.

Fasten Your Safety Belt

Review Truck Manuals

Review the Truck Starting Procedures and Emergency Procedures in your truck's manual.

Practice First

Practice driving your truck in an empty parking lot before you begin your trip. The stripes make perfect guides for practicing backing, turning, stopping and parking.

Take Turns Slow And Wide

Trucks need more room to turn than cars. Taking corners too fast can cause your payload to shift and possibly cause damage. On exit turns and highway off ramps, slow down to a speed that feels slightly too slow.

Brake Early

Trucks need more stopping distance than cars, especially when loaded. Stay back from the vehicle in front of you by at least one vehicle length for every 5 KPH. Watch the traffic ahead of you. The height of the truck gives you a better view of the road; use it to anticipate and react to approaching traffic conditions.

Pass With Care

Trucks take longer to accelerate, so allow yourself more time and room when pulling into traffic.

Back Up Carefully

Don't back up if you don't have to. If you do, ask someone to guide you from outside the truck. Your Budget representative will show you everything you need to know about safely operating your truck.

Watch For Low Clearances

Trucks are tall, so pay close attention to potential overhead hazards, such as low branches, roof overhangs, low bridges or tunnels (watch for posted road signs), drive-through restaurants, banks, hotels, motels, covered petrol stations and even your own house.

If you are unsure of the clearance, get out of the truck and look, or ask someone outside to guide you. Ask your Budget representative for the specific overhead clearance your vehicle requires. And remember to allow extra time for unexpected delays or detours.

Our Staff Are Here To Help

If you are unsure about any features of your truck, ask our friendly staff. They will be happy to help.

For general information on safe driving in New Zealand and what to do in the case of an accident, refer to Driving in New Zealand.

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Estimated Totals

The ‘Estimated Total’ displayed on your reservation includes; base daily rate, taxes, coupon discounts, and surcharges. Items such as credit/debit card transaction fees and petrol are NOT included in the Estimated Total.

Please Note: The Estimated Total is subject to change based upon exchange rates at the time of rental.

Payment / Credit Card Policies

Payment of the rental must be made by credit card and the credit card holder must be present when the vehicle is collected.

When you collect your vehicle a pre-authorisation will be made on your credit card for the estimated value of the rental and any applicable security bond. Provided the vehicle is returned undamaged and no additional charges apply (e.g. fuel), the pre-authorisation is cancelled.

Budget accepts American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa.

Debit Cards are accepted provided that the card displays the Visa or Mastercard logo, has been issued by a bank, has the customer’s name and card number on the card, and the funds are being debited from a cheque/current account. Prepaid and Reloadable debit cards and gift cards, as well as Travel Cards and EFTPOS cards are not accepted.

Insurance Coverage

Standard Motor Vehicle Insurance (MVI) is mandatory on all Budget leisure rentals and included in the rate.

Optional Budget Driver & Passenger Protection can be purchased for NZ$30* (plus GST) per day. The purchase of this optional insurance package reduces the renter’s liability to NZ$500.00* (plus GST) for all vehicle groups. In addition, Budget Driver & Passenger Protection provides cover for personal injury.

If Budget Driver & Passenger Protection is not purchased, the Renter will be liable for an amount ranging from NZ$3000.00* (plus GST) to NZ$3750.00* (plus GST), depending on the vehicle group rented.

*Applicable to standard leisure rentals; subject to change.

Corporate Bookings

If you are making a corporate reservation using a BCD or Fastbreak number, please check your company’s rates and insurance coverage before booking. Standard Motor Vehicle Insurance is mandatory on all Budget leisure rentals, but corporate rates and insurance coverages may differ.

Additional Drivers

All additional drivers must meet the same minimum age & drivers license requirements as the renter. All additional drivers must be present at the start of the rental. If the additional drivers are not present at time of rental pick-up, they must present themselves to a Budget rental location at their earliest convenience to complete the Additional Driver Form.

Vehicle Type

Vehicles displayed on the website are for demonstration purposes only. Brands and models may vary by location and all vehicles are subject to availability at the time of rental.

Licence Requirements

You must present a full and valid, unrestricted, Driver’s Licence at the time of rental. Licences issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by an International Driver’s Licence.

GPS Navigation

Budget holds your GPS request with your reservation, however we cannot guarantee availability.

Please Note: If the drop off / return location is not within the same city as the pick-up / renting location, a one-way GPS drop off charge of NZ$50.00 (plus GST) may apply to the rental. This is in addition to any one way charges that may apply for the rental of the vehicle.

One way rentals to non participating locations are subject to availability.

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