Moving at any time of year can be stressful, but it can be even tougher when you have to drive during the winter months. From snow on the ground to bitter cold temperatures, driving during the winter comes with its own set of challenges.
The weather can be unpredictable in winter; it’s clear one day and then dumping down rain or snow the next. In addition, you may have to deal with wind, hail, or other wild weather. In the weeks leading up to your drive, keep a close eye on forecasts and potential conditions.
If there is a large storm coming through on the day you plan to move, you may wish to contact your movers or truck rental company and reschedule. This may not be possible for you, but with their lighter workload in winter, this shouldn’t create too much of a problem for the vendor. After all, they don’t want to be out in that blizzard any more than you do!
Don’t wait until moving day to start packing up your belongings. The sooner you start, the easier it will be for everyone involved.
Renting a moving container, like a BigSteelBox, can be a great help in this situation. BigSteelBoxes are made of steel, not aluminium like other brands of portable storage units, so they won’t buckle, cave or shift under the weight of heavy snow. They’re also leak-proof and rodent-proof, keeping your belongings safe and dry regardless of the weather.
Before you start loading anything into the truck, car or storage container, create a safe environment.
Winter weather conditions can make driving more dangerous than in summer, spring or fall. Before you start loading anything into the truck, car or storage container, take care to create a safe environment.
Shovel away any snow, making sure to create a wide path to allow for moving large furniture from your house. Also, ensure that your walkways are free of ice. Using a de-icer or anti-icer on your steps and sidewalks is a good solution. The last thing you want is to slip and fall causing injury or breaking any fragile items.
You might also want to consider creating shelter along exposed areas. Large party tents and tarps create excellent coverage from rain, but if you’re dealing with snow, make sure to use something that can withstand the weight, or that has an angle to slide the buildup off.