Once you decide to move your house or business, you should explore all available transportation options.
A moving van is very convenient for small relocations – college moves, moving to a dorm, moving smaller offices or tiny, one-bedroom apartments. Whether you want to perform a self-move at your own pace or have a professional drive your moving vehicle, you will be able to find a variety of services that moving companies offer.
Managing a moving van on the road is different from driving a car. Although self-moves seem cost-effective, you should be well-informed about all hidden costs and potential risks you might incur on the road. Take some time to prepare yourself for what you may come upon on the road.
How to perform a self move and drive a moving van in NYC
Driving a moving van means that you are responsible for your family’s safety and security of your belongings. Whether you are driving a huge moving truck or a moving van you should take precautions and all necessary measures to keep everything under control.
Traffic laws and regulations may vary from one city or state to another, so you need to be well-informed about your upcoming road trip and anticipate the possible difficulties that may arise.
If you have some doubts and fears, knowing that you can always turn to a professional driver is a huge relief. Companies that are renting moving vans and other vehicles usually offer experienced drivers and many other additional services.
Guidelines for safe moving van driving
– You as a driver and other people in the van should wear seat belts while on the road. Also, if you are moving with a baby, make sure his/her car seat is properly installed as well.
– Avoid talking on the phone or texting while driving. This rule applies to the regular, everyday traffic situation as well.
– Respect speed limits on the road as well as traffic signs and lights. Driving on unfamiliar roads can be very challenging even for the most experienced drivers. Knowing the local traffic laws will help you boost your confidence and reduce the stress level.
– Have the map in front of you and even better, familiarize yourself with the route before you hit the road.
– Be patient and calm in unexpected traffic situations (road under construction, landslide, bad weather conditions, animals on the road,…).
– Consult your doctor and find out whether you are able to drive if you are taking medication that might affect your driving skills.
– Maintain safe distance between your moving van and the vehicle in front of you and avoid tailgating, since vans have a longer stopping distance.
– Take a break if you are exhausted and sleepy rather than putting your family and possessions at risk. Also, if possible take turns driving. If not, make stops regularly to freshen up and relax and get ready for new challenges that may appear on the road.
– Be mindful of the size of the moving van, especially when you are trying to park the van or when you are approaching the bridge.
– Adjust seat position and interior and exterior mirrors in order to improve visibility and avoid blind-spot issues.
– Handling an empty moving van is different from driving a loaded moving vehicle. You can drive around empty and loaded moving van just to feel the difference and to familiarize yourself with the controls.
– Arrange for an easily accessible parking space in front of your current and new property. Your real estate agent or building manager will inform you about the possible regulations and restrictions and where you are allowed to park the van. Those restrictions may vary a lot depending on the New York City neighborhood you are moving to.