How To Prepare Yourself If Moving The Car By Yourself
You have loaded almost everything into the moving truck and sent them on their way. Now it’s time to load the valuables and yourself into the car and follow the truck to your new home. Moving the car yourself is not only fun but also very affordable compared to shipping. It’s also a great way to carry your valuables and fragile stuff safely. Here is how you can prepare yourself for the long journey ahead if you are driving the car across state lines by yourself:
Familiarize yourself with route
If the route you are going to take is not very familiar, it is good to take a second look at it so you don’t get lost. Set your car GPS to guide you to the new location and take time to look at a map or something that shows the road. Ask someone who knows how that road is in terms of terrain so there will be no surprises.
Final service to the car
By the time you are moving, your car should have been fully serviced a week earlier. However, make sure you take a final look at the oil, water, tires and brakes to ensure everything is in order. Pass by the gas station to fill the tank and check the tire pressure before you set off.
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A very big number of accidents are caused by drivers who were too tired and sleepy to be driving. Resting and getting enough sleep before driving long distance is crucial so you can focus on the road. Most of the packing should be done a few days before the big day so you can have a good night sleep the day before your move.
One advantage of taking your own car is that you can do anything you want in there. Pack a suitcase of essentials like towel, toiletries, change of clothes, slippers and chargers for your phone. Everything you need right away including keys should be packed in that small suitcase. Ensure that the phone and flashlight are fully charged in case of an emergency.
Pack snacks and drinks
You can be sure that you will get hungry and very thirsty along the way. Since it’s a waste of time and money to keep stopping on the way to eat, make simple snacks like sandwiches, hotdogs or sausages that you can be able to eat as you drive. Have a bottle of water and soda for rehydration and keeping your blood sugar up.
Get some entertainment
Being alone on such a long trip can be excruciatingly boring and it can even make you doze off. Some good lively music that you can sing along to when you are driving will help you to stay awake and alert so you don’t cause an accident.
Moving the car by yourself can be fun or very boring and frustrating. With enough preparation, you can pull off an easy and entertaining ride even if you are alone.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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