Moving day has finally come — however it’s a little bit harder to say goodbye this time. That’s because you’re not just moving across town or a few cities away. Moving out of state puts you hours or even sometimes days away from your previous home.
Not to worry though, in many cases, cross country and cross-town moves are similar. They both require you to pack up all of your belongings and load them in a moving truck. They also both require you to do the reverse task at the end. The driving in the middle is the only real difference, and when crossing state lines there are a few rules of the road to keep in mind while driving.
Hands-free/Cell Phone Laws
With multiple states passing different regulations in regards to talking on the phone while driving, it’s important to keep rules straight so that you don’t encounter any legal trouble on your move. While we here at Moving Insider believe that no one should talk or text while behind the wheel of a moving truck, or any vehicle for that matter, we recognize that some people choose to do so.
If you do need to make a phone call or send a text, we recommend pulling over when it’s safe to do so or letting a passenger take care of the job for you. If this isn’t possible, keep in mind that once you cross state lines, those laws become the ones you must follow. States don’t always post signs that show the laws either, so be cautious and do a little research ahead of time. Crossing six states means that you could possibly encounter six different laws.
Legality of Radar Detectors
Many drivers like to use radar detectors to stay alert while on the move. Whether you’re in a personal vehicle or a moving truck, it’s important to realize that once you cross state lines those radar detectors might not be legal. After you’ve planned out your trip and know what states you will be going through, research online and find out the laws.
Left Hand Turns
Left-hand turns are another thing that changes from state to state. What I’m talking about here is pulling out into the intersection to make a left-hand turn and then completing the turn as the light turns yellow and possibly red. In some states this is legal — other states it will earn you a ticket. Like mentioned above, figure out what states you’ll be driving through and then do some extra research.
Spending a lot of time on the interstate means you’re bound to pass a handful of weigh stations. Which brings up the question, “Do I need to stop at these?”
As a general rule of thumb, U-Haul moving trucks carrying household goods do not need to stop at weigh stations, because they are not being used for commercial moves. However, some states do require that all trucks stop — so if in doubt, stop.
U-Box Storage Containers & Moving Help
If all of the above items seems like too much to worry about — or rather you don’t feel like driving for hours and hours three days in a row, leave the work to Moving Help® or pack your items in a U-Box container and enjoy the scenery from high above the clouds from the comfort of an airplane. Moving Helpers can drive the truck for you and U-Box moving containers can be ordered for door to door delivery.
Have you ever done a cross-country move? What has your experience been? Do you have any tips that you can share with us? Let us know in the comments below.