Tips To Avoid Overloading Your Car During A Cross-Country Move

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A cross-country move can be a stressful process. Packing your belongings is one of the most common stressors. One common mistake that people make during a cross-country move is overloading their cars, which can create an unsafe driving situation and end up costing far more than it should in repair or rental fees.

Let’s explore how to safely load your car for optimal capacity without compromising safety.

Risks Of Overloading Your Car

Here are just a few of the risks associated with driving a vehicle that is overloaded:

  • Your visibility can be hindered due to the height of your load.
  • Overloading your car can cause increased braking distances.
  • It can be difficult to navigate corners safely.
  • The additional weight on an already-strained vehicle can cause wear and tear on tires, brakes, suspension, engine components, and more.
  • The additional weight also increases your fuel consumption and adds to your moving costs.

Tips For Safely Loading A Car For A Cross-Country Move

Follow these tips to safely load your car and stay within the weight limits:

Spread The Weight Evenly

Make sure to spread out the weight evenly across all available compartments. If possible, try to keep heavier items on the floor or secured inside a container. This is important because it helps reduce the risk of dangerous instability.

Secure Your Load

Before hitting the road, make sure all items are securely fastened in place. Anything that is not secured properly can become hazardous during transport. Make sure all boxes and furniture are securely tied down using rope or bungee cords. Tie-downs are a great option, especially if you are loading items to the roof of your car.

Check Your Car’s Weight Limit

Before loading your vehicle, familiarize yourself with the maximum load capacity for your make and model. This helps you understand how much can be safely loaded into your car before you start packing. Don’t load more than your care can handle, as you’ll only be putting the vehicle and yourself at risk.

Pack Lightweight Items

Packing lightweight items such as pillows, duvets, and blankets can help you to spread the load safely. These items are also easier to secure in place and take up less space than heavier objects, like furniture and books.

Hire A Professional Mover

If you’re still concerned about the weight of your cargo, why not consider hiring a professional moving company for your cross-country move? They will have the experience and know-how to safely load and transport your belongings. Plus, they’ll be able to help you with packing up all fragile items, making sure they get from Point A to Point B in one piece. You’ll be able to drive to your new home in a more relaxed and comfortable manner, not having to make room for your guitar, boxes of books, or your child’s collection of stuffed teddies.

Simplify Your Cross-Country Move With Allegiance Van Lines

Allegiance Van Lines provides extensive long-distance moving services, from packing and loading to delivering your goods safely to their destination. Our experienced professionals will take care of every detail for you, giving you peace of mind and confidence that your move will be handled professionally and efficiently.

If you’re planning a cross-country move and want to ensure your car doesn’t get overloaded, contact us today for information on our services. Call an experienced member of the team at (561) 210-5120 or get a free cross-country move quote today.