Parking a moving truck takes skill and confidence in your driving abilities. If you've never parked a moving truck before, these tips can help.
- Watch out for the ramp. Backing the truck into your driveway is often best because it allows you to get as close to your home as possible, which saves time spent walking boxes out of the truck and into the house. Before backing the truck into the driveway and parking it, leave enough room for the truck and the ramp. The length of the moving ramp may vary depending on the size of the truck.
- Avoid steep inclines. Your truck's bumper can get stuck on a driveway with a steep incline, especially after loading takes place, because the truck will sit lower to the ground. If this happens, contact the company that rented you the vehicle. Try to avoid parking on steep inclines when at all possible.
Parking in a Lot
- Underground lots can be problematic. Underground parking lots have height limits, often have only small parking spaces available, and generally include a steep hill to enter and exit the parking area. Check ahead of time with your apartment owner or condo association before attempting to drive a truck--even a small moving truck--into an underground lot.
- Obtain permission from your landlord or condo association. Even if you're parking above ground, many landlords and condo associations require you to obtain permission in advance of parking a large truck on the lot.
Parking in the Street
- Check the street cleaning days. If you're parking on a quiet residential street, you may not have problems finding a parking space, but you could have a conflict with street cleaning days.
- Get a permit when needed. Street parking in big cities is often restricted or tightly controlled. Contact your city's Department of Transportation or look on your city's website to find out if there are restrictions or permits required for parking a commercial vehicle on city streets. Do this a few weeks ahead of time, just in case the permit has a mandatory approval period.
Working with professional movers will ensure that you don't have to worry about parking your moving truck at all. Your movers will take care of the logistics, and if they need anything from you (like a parking permit), they'll let you know. If you're on your own parking your moving truck, then these tips can help. For more information about how to park your moving truck, speak with the company that rented you the vehicle.