Many, if not most, Lock Up Self Storage facilities offer the use of their moving truck with every new lease. This can be a real time and money saver when moving your valuables into your self storage unit. It’s just another perk to using The Lock Up. In case you’ve never driven a truck like this and/or have never packed a truck like this, here are some tips on both so that your experience using a Lock Up Self Storage move in truck a good one.
Packing the Truck
There is definitely a technique you want to keep in mind when packing items into a Lock Up move in truck, or any other vehicle for that matter. The most important thing to do is to make sure you distribute all the large and heavy items evenly. In other words, you don’t want to have all the weight concentrated in one area of the truck. This will create instability during your drive. Having all of the weight packed in last will make the truck back heavy and could potentially cause you to lose control when making a sharp turn. If you take the time to load in heavy and bulky items first, then pack smaller, lighter items around that base, you’ll create a much safer moving environment both for you and for your items.
Another thing to keep an eye on is that you don’t build a mountain of items inside the truck if you don’t have enough stuff to support it. If you don’t have enough to fill the truck completely, you should strive to pack all your items so they’re level. If you pile everything high and close to the back wall of the truck, it will most likely all tumble over when you go up a hill or press the gas.
Just remember: low and even. You want your pile of items to be as low as possible and have the weight distributed evenly.
Driving the Truck
The first thing you should do is become familiar with the truck and adjust all mirrors to suit you. You don’t want to be doing these things while driving.
When driving, stay in the slow lane. This way you won’t have to get over in order to make an exit. It will also enable you to drive a little slower than you normally would. Remember that you’re driving a big vehicle with lots of extra weight in it…these conditions mean that it takes more time and distance to come to a stop. And because of this, be sure to keep a good distance between yourself and the car ahead of you.
Taking turns can be tricky too. The turning radius on a moving truck is much lower than that of a sedan, so you’ll likely have to take corners a little wider than usual so that you don’t ride up on the curb.
Keep all these things in mind and you and your valuables will arrive at your Lock Up Self Storage unit safe and sound.
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