It’s an important detail to consider as you plan a do-it-yourself apartment move: can I drive the moving truck?
Will mayhem be the result?
For me, personally, I would suspect the latter, and some of you may feel that way, too.
A moving truck – at least a larger-sized one — is likely the largest vehicle the typical driver would have an opportunity to command.
So, in deciding whether to go with a professional move or a self-service one, movers really must determine their comfort level with driving this kind of vehicle.
Consider these questions and tips to help make up your mind.
In a real way, the amount of stuff you have to transport from one place to another determines the size moving truck you’d need to rent. Smaller is better, or, at least, easier to drive.
Truck rental companies offer a variety of truck sizes. To save money and to make your drive easier, rent the smallest one that will accommodate your move. If you’re moving locally and can make multiple trips, again, consider a smaller vehicle, which should drive more like a large SUV than an 18-wheeler.
It’s a good idea to reserve your preferred moving dates in advance to pin down the size truck you’ll feel most comfortable driving.
Safe driving is the order of the day. After all, the goal is to avoid an accident!
Does thinking about any of these tips make you sweat?
Ensure you’ve packed your moving truck with safety in mind. You’ll want to position and secure your things so that items don’t move too much in transit. This protects both your belongings and yourself, when you open the truck doors at the end of the trip!
Inclement weather conditions for your drive could have a real effect on your safety and comfort level. Follow the weather conditions for your trip closely. Allow extra time if the drive is treacherous.
Ensure you have a clear understanding of the route you’ll take, before you begin. It’s great to use your cellphone or a GPS device for directions, but also have a paper map and a hard copy of the directions on hand, in case you lose signal strength en route.
If you will be driving in unfamiliar territory, be prepared to make a few wrong turns without getting flustered! It’s also great if you can take turns driving with a buddy, especially for a long trip.
As a driver, are you able to stay vigilant and adapt quickly – say, before you and a truck wind up in a compromised position…say, a ditch?
Before you commit to the drive, it’s best to take a gut check. If your instincts scream “danger,” keep in mind that there are options even with self-service moves. Some companies, for instance, offer the services of professional drivers whose only role is to get the vehicle from the origination point to its destination.
Of course, using your own personal “best driver” skills should help reduce the stress level.
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