How to Pack your Car for Moving

If you’re moving any time soon using your own vehicle for the move, there’s a few items that you need to pay attention to in order to pack your car correctly – with emphasis on efficiency and space management. In this blog post, I’ll list some organizational factors to consider that will help you get your vehicle on the road with zero problems.

Inspect your Car

Before you pack your car for the move, inspect it carefully. When you show the movers your car, inspect it together, marking down any damages like dents or scratches – after your car arrives at your location, inspect the car again to see if any damages incurred during the ride.

 

Clean out your whole vehicle

During the move there shouldn’t be any loose luggage falling around your car – which could get damaged, or cause damage to your car. Remove all items from your car that can be moved around like detachable radios or antennas – if there’s any loose items inside the truck, make sure to notify the moving company first.

 

The shorter the distance, the easier the move

If you’re just moving across town, you can technically prepare and drive you car by yourself. Choose your essential luggage and pack the car – if your family or friends are coming along for the ride, make sure to allocate enough room for your luggage. Since shorter drives are easier, you could stop along the way to get food or to take breaks – this can save you time and energy in short distance moves, rather than worrying about public transportation.

Shipping your Car in Cross Country Moves

These take somewhat more time and effort, and can be greatly expedited by having your car shipped or hiring a driver. If you ship your car, it will be protected from any damage that it could incur during the trip, from mud to nasty weather. Shipping cars offers options from open to closed containers, open containers are cheaper but closed containers are more safe. If you have an expensive car, a closed container is the better option.

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How to Safely Drive a Rental Moving Truck

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Although renting a moving truck might save you some money, it’s a major responsibility to drive. You’re transporting both your material livelihood – all your possessions – but your own body and possibly your family’s – on a huge, clunky, heavy vehicle. Maintaining a safe drive should be your number one priority. While you don’t need specific certification to rent out a moving truck, you should take certain precautions if you’ve never driven a truck in the past. In this blog post, I’ll give you some essential safety steps to follow when you’re driving a moving truck in order to get you, and your possessions, to your new place completely safely.

Inspect the Truck

Before you even start driving, check the truck’s tires, if it’s signals and lights are working properly, and if it’s mirrors are intact and properly aligned – you need to ensure that the truck is in working condition and proper shape to drive. If there is any damage to the truck’s inside or outside make sure to take photos of it and document it prior to your ride so you don’t get charged for it later on.

 

Keep Distance from Other Cars

By keeping a safe distance from other vehicles on the road, you’re ensuring your safety – it’s even more of an essential need when you’re driving a truck rather than a smaller vehicle, since the added weight of trucks make them slower to come to a total standstill. Make sure to maintain at least double the distance you would from other vehicles when you’re driving a sedan or smaller car – just to be safe.

 

Be extra careful in bad weather

When it’s raining, snowing, or the streets are otherwise slick with water or ice, it’s essential to drive with even more of a distance between your truck and other vehicles, and to drive at least 10 miles per hour under the speed limit.

 

Pay attention to Loading

Every truck has a certain weight limit that should not ever be surpassed. Find out the truck’s recommended GAWR and GVWR in order to figure out how much weight can go onto the truck.

 

Brake Carefully

Let’s say your truck gets a flat tire, or you need to stop short for some reason – never just slam down on the brakes. Slow the truck at more of a gradual pace and pull over to the side of the road. If you break suddenly, it can make you dangerously lose control of the truck.

 

Turn Carefully

Keep in mind that due to added size and weight, a truck is going to need much more driving space then a smaller car when it turns – don’t forget this when you drive; allow wide space for turns.

 

Keep a Safe Speed

The typical safe rule is to drive a truck at half the speed of which you’d drive a car – this is extra important for people that only rent trucks and don’t have the experience to know how driving a large truck feels. Slow and steady wins the race!

 

Take Periodic Breaks

If you’re making a long distance move, don’t drive for a period of time exceeding ten hours. Professional working truck drivers aren’t supposed to drive for more than eleven hours a day and typically rental truck companies shorten the duration to ten just to be safe. Take breaks of at least thirty minutes after eight hours of driving – this will ensure that your alertness and energy is sharp. You don’t ever want to be tired or slightly drowsy behind the wheel of a truck.

 

Pay attention to the Schedule

Unless it’s calibrated specifically for trucks, a GPS isn’t going to give you totally accurate information – since you’re driving more slowly than you would be with a regular car, you should give yourself twice the time that the GPS or map application estimates – just to be safe.

If you follow the above rules, any amateur driver can safely drive a rental moving truck to any new location.

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Moving Schedule Logistics

 

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If you’re preparing to move with some advance time, it’s best to do so with a handy amount of preparation. In this blog post I’ll list some essential considerations to pay attention to which will help make your move much more efficient and pleasant – study them before you pick your moving day!

What’s your budget?

If you want to accomplish your move by spending as little cash as possible, you’re going to need to schedule your move on a slower moving day. As a general rule, weekends are the most busy, and incur the highest rates – this also applies to the 1st and the 15th of the month when most people get paid. As another general rule, September through the middle of May is generally a slower, and cheaper moving month. So if you can, schedule your move on a weekday during these months.

What time of day do you want to  move?

The idea of moving as early in the morning as possible appeals to many people. The reasoning is that once the truck is loaded and prepared, the rush hour traffic will have already been completed. This still might not make morning an ideal time for you. Let’s say you have a school bus stop in front of your building – you certainly don’t want the truck to be scheduled to arrive until after all the waiting children are gone. Let’s say you live above a store or restaurant that  gets a regular truck shipment in the morning – you don’t want to block their entry with a moving truck, which can cause stress and cost time. Daily timing should be a major factor in scheduling your move.

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