How to Prepare Yourself to Move a Car when Driving it to a New City/State
Driving the car yourself is sometimes the best and cheapest method to transport it when you are moving to a new location. This mostly works if your new destination is not too far away from your previous place and if it’s a good time of the year to drive. However, it’s important to know that driving is no easy task and one should prepare accordingly for the trip. Here are some of the things you should do to have a successful drive;
Don’t just get up one morning and start driving to another state without knowing what to expect. It’s important to plan ahead and do some research on what you will find on the way, pit stops, motels and petrol stations.
When you take the time to plan ahead, it’s easy to enjoy the trip and not miss out on anything.
Stock up on food and drinks
You will need plenty of energy when driving miles and miles away. Stocking up on enough food, snacks and drinks is very wise to ensure your body has enough fuel to drive and stay strong throughout the entire period. While you may find restaurants along the way, carrying your own food and snacks saves you time and money.
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Get a co-driver
Depending on how far the new place is, you may want to find yourself a co-driver to help you. Not only will the person come in handy when you need to rest but it’s also good to have some company to talk to throughout the trip.
Service the car
The last thing you want is a car breaking down on you when you are in the middle of nowhere. Take some time to take the car to the shop for some checkup and fill the tank with fuel. Be sure to check everything from fluids, tires and even wipers.
Get enough sleep and rest
It cannot be emphasized enough that driving when tired and sleepy is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Get enough sleep and ample rest the day before so you will be fresh and ready to drive for a long time. If you feel tired, plan for some stops along the way and book into a motel to sleep at night instead of driving non-stop.
Get your documents in order
Moving across the state is not like driving to the mall across the street. There are strict laws that govern the roads and especially the state lines. Before you get in the car and drive away, be sure that your insurance is up to date, you have your license and registration with you and that everything is in order.
Driving your car to a new city means that all the burden and responsibility is on you unlike hiring a shipping company. Be sure to comply with all the laws and prepare accordingly so you can have a smooth trip.
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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