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October 26, 2022

Tips for staying safe when moving at night

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Who would think of moving late at night? Well, the truth is, some people have no choice, but to travel at night. There are numerous reasons why. Some find it easier, and some just don’t have time in the day, etc. For now, we will give you tips for staying safe when moving at night.

Pack a bag of essentials

Moving is generally stressful and made worse if you are moving on a busy, summer weekend. Now imagine adding a late-night move to that. That’s one thing you need to be prepared for because moving at night requires you to be more cautious and vigilant.

These are the 7 tips on how to stay safe at night:

  • Be cautious
  • Check the weather
  • Stay on roads with proper lighting
  • Avoid shortcuts
  • Ask for help
  • Wear appropriate clothing
  • Stock up on essentials
  • Hire a professional moving company

Be cautious

This is the first thing you have to do when moving at night. You have to be aware of your surroundings and take extra precautions when moving things into the truck. Also, when walking back and forth to the house. If you can, have someone help you, or have the outdoor lights on. This is to help you see what and how you’re packing the truck.

Check the weather

Being aware of the weather will help better prepare you for any conditions on the night of the move. We understand that the weather could change, but a slight idea will help. Checking the weather will also help you when preparing clothes and shoes you’ll be wearing on the day.

Stay on roads with proper lighting

It is important to stay on roads with good lighting so you can see where you’re going. Make sure to get enough sleep during the day before you start driving. If you’re too tired and are unable to drive, ask for help or start driving after you’ve had enough rest.

Proper lighting is crucial so the road is clear, and the lights will make you more alert.

Avoid shortcuts

We all want to reach our destination as quickly as possible. More so after a hectic day of packing and loading a truck with boxes and furniture. Taking a shortcut may seem like a good idea, but it is not recommended. Especially if you aren’t familiar with the roads. It could be dangerous, or perhaps lead you to a dead-end road, or a completely difficult location to get out of. 

Avoid shortcuts if you aren't familiar with the area

Think of it this way. Imagine taking a shortcut while driving a truck and getting stuck on a low bridge because your GPS didn't detect it. That would be the worst-case scenario, and you may need road assistance, taking even more time out of your journey.

We say this to alert you that shortcuts aren’t always a good idea if you aren’t familiar with the area.

Ask for help

If you’re unable to drive late at night all by yourself, ask for help from family and friends. Remember that you can’t always do things by yourself, and the more help you have, the easier it will be.

Ask for help well in advance so your friends or family can avail themselves on the night of your move. You can switch driving and make sure that both of you get enough rest to drive. If you’re doing a long-distance move, it would be best to take a break and get some sleep at a hotel. Getting enough rest will help you feel energized and ready to tackle the next day.

Wear appropriate clothing

Wearing the correct clothes, especially late at night, is very important. It would be best to wear reflective clothing so you're visible when moving boxes and furniture into the truck. Nonslip shoes are also a great idea. 

Wear light, easy-to-move-around clothes. Also, make sure you’re comfortable during the trip to your destination.

Stock up on essentials

This is to help you avoid making numerous stops to get water, snacks, or other necessities while on the road. It is also a safety issue. You want to try to avoid stopping to save time. Pack all the essentials for you and the whole family, and any pets that you have. 

Pack your bag of essentials early so you don't forget anything important. 

Hire a professional moving company

This will help make the move a little less stressful. Ensure your moving company can move you at the requested time. You have to ask questions and see if your moving company provides all the necessary moving services that you need before you hire them.

Another great tip is to use a company that is familiar with the area you’re moving to. This will make you less anxious. 


Staying safe when moving should be your priority, whether you're moving late at night, or not. Moving requires a lot of planning and preparation. You should pack everything on time and be ready when the time comes. Wear appropriate clothes, ask for help to make the trip easier for you, and take as many breaks as you need.

It is important to remember to get enough sleep, as you’ll have to drive all night. Be well rested, and have all the essentials ready when you start driving.

Ready to move?

Capital City Movers makes every move possible without having you feeling stressed. Contact us for a free quote at (718) 619-4881, and visit our website for more information on our services. 


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