Tips for driving a removal lorry, full of boxes and belongings
When transporting the contents of your home from one place to another, you will often find yourself renting a removals lorry to help lighten the load, however, knowing how to safely drive a removals lorry so that neither you, nor your precious cargo is damaged en-route. When packing cardboard packing boxes, it is important to remember to place your heaviest cargo, such as sofas and chairs, equally over all four tyres of your removal lorry, this will ensure that your lorry is able to keep all four tyres planted and fixed to the ground, as an excess of weight to one side could cause you and your lorry to tip when turning sharp corners.
With your heaviest cargo equally spread, you can then begin add your cardboard boxes for moving into the lorry, ensuring an equal coverage, too many boxes near the front, and you could lose traction on the back tyres, too many boxes far back, and you risk severely impeding the stability of the lorries back end, causing your back end to step out dangerously into the road when turning, should you need to add additional weight , adding to the back of the truck rather than the front will provide more control to the lorry, and prevent the lorry swerving out of control When packing your cardboard boxes for moving house, cover the floor before you begin to stack boxes, as stacking these boxes increases their chances of falling whilst in transit, damaging not only the box that falls, but the boxes that it falls on. Cardboard boxes for packing should be loaded into the lorry safely and slowly, using your knees rather than your back to lift the boxes, so as to not permanently damage your back, an issue with is commonly seen in house moving, or situations where a lot of items need to be moved quickly. Once all your parcels are in the back of your lorry, ensure that the back door has been secured; most Lorries employ two levers to keep the door shut, ensure these levers are in the down position. Cargo carried in the back of a lorry is sure to move and bump around naturally as the trip gets underway; ensure that heavier boxes are tied down and affixed to the bed of the lorry, as unsecured loads in the back of a lorry can cause trouble with corners, as the cargo will all move to one side, causing your lorry to lose balance and potentially tip over.