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Preparing Your Car for Moving Day

May 21, 2020 | Moving Guides & Tips

Even if your car isn’t taking all of your stuff from one place to another during your move, it’s most definitely taking you, your family, your pets and your plants. It’s important to make sure your vehicle is up-to-date on maintenance before moving day.

From packing up boxes to entertaining the kids, there will most likely be a lot to do and a lot of distractions on moving day—don’t let your car be one of them.

What maintenance will your car need before a big move?

You don’t want to find out that your car isn’t working on the morning of your move. Make sure your vehicle has received the following maintenance leading up to the big day:

  • An oil change. Moving puts a lot of strain on a vehicle. Even with help from a moving truck, your car will be handling more weight than it’s used to. This additional strain on your car can exacerbate existing issues. New oil will help everything operate more smoothly.
  • A general tune up. Your car needs check-ups just like you do. Bring your vehicle in to have someone check everything on your car from the engine to the windshield wipers.
  • A carwash. This won’t just make your car look better, it’ll make you feel Treating yourself to something like a car wash before you move will give you a simple emotional boost.

How can you best protect your car from damage on moving day?

Protecting your car from damage on moving day is as simple as planning ahead. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and prepare accordingly. Are you moving on a day where there is a risk of icy roads? Put chains on your tires. Is it going to be especially rainy? Make sure your headlights and brights are working properly.

Another way to protect your car is to drive it yourself; nobody knows your car better than you do. Keeping control over your own vehicle will allow you to better protect it. Plus, this will give you a safe, familiar refuge while everything else around you is moving full-tilt.

What are some moving day car-care tips?

There are certain considerations you should make on moving day to make things easier on yourself. Make sure your car’s gas tank is full, the tires are filled with air, and that any trash or unnecessary items have been cleaned out.

You should also make sure you’re using your car strategically. Pack the things you’re going to want immediate access to in your vehicle instead of in the moving truck. If you’re traveling with a pet, make sure there’s a comfortable space for them within your car. This is especially true for longer moves where your furry friend will be confined for hours.

It’s crucial to have your car in working order whether you’re moving a short or long distance. It’s an easy way to relieve yourself from additional moving day stress. For additional help with your next move, call the team at Bekins. We have the packing and moving solutions available to simplify even the most complicated of moves.

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