Unless it is your every day job, odds are you have never driven a truck as large as the one that you just loaded every single possession you have into. No pressure there; don’t worry. Driving that truck around is not nearly as hard as it might look. Here are some tips from your Newmarket movers to get the truck from your old home to your new home in one piece.
Plan Out Your Route
Driving a moving truck is hard. Driving a moving truck on roads that you don’t know is harder. Driving a moving truck, on roads that you don’t know, trying to follow directions on your GPS is asking for an accident. This is why it pays off to plan out your route ahead of time.
A day or two before your move sit down and plan out just how you are going to take your moving truck to your new home. Try to stick to major highways and roads if you can. The smaller the road, the more difficult it is going to be to get the truck down it.
If you have time and it isn’t too time consuming, take a day and drive your route in your car before taking the truck. This can be a great help in getting a feel for how you should get the truck there.
Get Outside Help
No, we don’t mean hire a truck driver. Have people who are outside of the truck directing you on where to go. This can be helpful when trying to maneuver into place to start loading or unloading. If you are going to try to back into a parking lot or driveway, having a spotter can be critical in protecting an innocent mailbox or pedestrian from a large moving van.
With all of the distractions available to drivers, it is easy to lose focus on the task at hand. While mistakes are easy to recover from in your car, that isn’t the case with a large moving truck. Turn your phone off, set the radio once and focus on the drive.
If you start to feel tired or your judgment slipping, then pull over. It is perfectly natural for you to be tired on moving day; you have a lot going on. Trying to drive a large truck while you are fatigued is going to be nearly impossible. Get out, walk around and grab a drink to help wake you up. If you are on your own, you might want to grab a quick nap at a truck stop if you feel safe doing so. Caffeine or a light meal could also help you to fight off the tired feelings and get back to concentrating on the road.
Why drive the truck yourself when you can have the Newmarket movers at Bradford Moving do the driving for you? Contact us today for a quote on your short or long distance move.