Proper Moving Driving Techniques

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Proper Moving Driving Techniques

Here’s our guide to safe moving truck driving. If you’re driving your own truck make sure to adhere to these rules – and any professional moving driver should absolutely do so to.

 

Essential Moving Truck Rules

  • Wear a seatbelt at all times
  • Stop every two to three hours to take a rest – don’t let yourself get fatigued.
  • Take turns driving if you can.
  • Don’t tailgate- ever. Trucks require a larger amount of room, and a longer amount of time to stop, Keep around an entire car length between you and any vehicles to your front or back.
  • Always follow any traffic lights or signs, and use your turn signals vigilantly.
  • Stop to check left, right, and left again at all intersections.
  • Be aware of any truck-specific road signs.
  • Don’t make sudden stops or turns.
  • Use your truck’s mirrors – be aware that trucks require longer turning time, and more room to turn.

 

Passing

  • Don’t pass on any sort of curves or hills.
  • Don’t use the passing lane on any sort of major interstate parkway or highwya.
  • Don’t pass any vehicle that’s moving faster than forty miles per hour.

Parking

  • Park within eyesight at any road stops.
  • Park in brightly lit spots when staying at hotels and make sure all doors are locked – including the safety chain that attaches the truck and the towing device.
  • Activate your emergency brake whenever parking.
  • Turn the wheel away from the curve when the truck is facing uphill, and toward the curb when it’s facing downhill.
  • Look for parking spaces where you can drive straight through and try not to back up if you can. If you have to, have someone direct you from behind and to the side.

 

Energy and Fuel

  • Drive with an abundance of caution according to the local speed limit.
  • Slowly build up acceleration to your choice of speed, don’t speed up rapidly.
  • When you’re stopping, slowly lower the acceleration.
  • Try not to drive at the trucks’s set speed limit.

 

Pet Safety

  • Keep all pets in the main truck cab with you, inside any sort of normal pet crate or harness.
  • Make sure the pet has an ID tag on their collar with a phone number.
  • Don’t ever leave your pet inside the truck.
  • If your pet gets overheated, take it to an air conditioned area and put them inside a tub of cool water, or rub them down with wet cool cloths or towels.
  • Make sure your pet has enough water and food.
  • Make sure to unpack your pet’s belongings as soon as you arrive at your new location to make it much easier for them to adjust to the change in location by having familiar objects around them.

 

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