Moving Day: Prepping Your Car

prepping your carIf you’re moving across Louisiana – or across the country – it is of the utmost importance that you make it to point B. It may be the last thing on your mind when it comes time to move, but your car might need a little TLC before you strike off into the distance.

The procedure for making sure your car is ready for a lengthy road trip varies drastically depending upon how old it is.

Newer Cars

For the most part, if you are current on your maintenance and oil changes, you shouldn’t have much to worry about. Most newer cars have a roadside assistance package, and are kept in ship-shape by the dealer, and can make it up to 5000 miles between oil changes. Regardless, It is critical to visually inspect your tires, blinkers, lights, and break lights before driving — regardless of the age of the car. You should be road ready.

Used and Older Cars

Depending on your local climate, older cars can make it up to 3000 miles before needing an oil change. Even if you aren’t due for an oil change, it doesn’t hurt to double check your oil level. Pop the hood, pull out the dip stick, wipe it clean with a clean cloth, then replace it. Pull the dipstick back out and see if the level is near the “F” or “FULL” notch. If it is there, and isn’t looking too terribly black, you should be all set.

If the oil is relatively “clean,” but it is a halfway between the “F” and the “L” mark on your dipstick, you need to add oil. Check your owners manual to be sure you are using the right oil, and add about a half-quart at a time until the dipstick shows the oil is at the “F” mark. DO NOT OVERFILL OIL.

If you are close to the 3000 mile mark since your last oil change, and the oil looks black and goopy, it is more than worth it to pay the $30 for an oil change. Driving long distances on low or bad oil can cause irreparable damage to your car, and even leave you stranded.

Before driving, you should also double check your wiper fluid with a quick visual inspection of the overflow portion of the tank. Pull out your transmission fluid dipstick, but don’t whip it like you would the oil dipstick. Simply look for the reddish colored fluid to be at the “F” or full notch, then replace it. Most of the other critical fluids can be checked visually through clear plastic overflow containers that will actually say “HIGH” or “FULL” where the fluid levels should be.

Whatever you do, don’t open the radiator after you have driven your car. Be sure to give it at least forty-five minutes to cool, unless you would like to send a boiling geyser into the air, potentially injuring yourself and others. Besides, in most cars you can also see that there is some radiator fluid/anti-freeze in the overflow tank without touching the cap.

Always inspect tires, brake lights, head lights, and blinkers before driving. It could save your life.

In older cars, it also helps to stay in tune with the engine during a long drive. Pay close attention for vibrations and loud, irregular engine noises. If you pull over to inspect the car before a problem is allowed to fester, it can often save you money in repairs.

Either way, be safe out there!

Baton Rouge Professional Moving Services

Baton Rouge Professional Moving ServicesAtmosphere Movers serves the Baton Rouge area with pride. Our skilled movers can tackle any job, even one that includes collectables and antiques. We’ve got specially trained crews capable of getting the job done, leaving you to focus on relocating and moving in, rather than worrying about your belongings.

In Baton Rouge, professional moving services are what we provide ourselves on. Return customers, and those with specialized items have been relying on us to get the job done right, hassle free. Even those who need someone to pack and unpack for them can expect top notch service.

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Moving 101: The New Neighbors

Things have changed. It may be far removed from reality to expect your neighbor’s wife to show up, apron draped over her dress, with a plate of warm chocolate chip cookies. But moving 101that doesn’t change the curiosity that your new neighbors will have for you and your family as you settle in.

Most people who have lived on a particular street for many years feel a sense of ownership. It’s their neighborhood, and they like things the way they are. They say that good fences make good neighbors, but it seems a friendly wave and smile can work wonders, too.

Taking an extra moment to say hello, and to introduce yourself can break the ice, and help you and your family feel welcomed. If you have children, sometimes they will do it for you. Younger kids will sometimes jump right in and start playing with each other, which is another great way to work in a handshake with a parent to plant the seed of friendliness.

If you feel like going the extra mile, you could have a barbecue and invite all of the people in the immediate area–maybe two house in each direction. Sadly, in today’s world, that approach may be a little overbearing, so you will have to feel it out first.

Either way, once the moving trucks have cleared out, you can find your way into the social scheme of the neighborhood with a little tact, and a lot of smile.

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Moving: A Great Time To Consolidate

consolidateDuring your move, the sound of tape being pulled off of rolls, the ruffling of cardboard boxes, and the crunch of packing materials fills the house.

Moving is many things; exciting, refreshing, nerve-wracking, exhausting. In addition to all of the mixed emotions, it also gives you a chance to clean out your closet .. of odds and ends we don’t use, of course!

With that said, you might find something you absolutely cherish that you haven’t thought of in a while. This is precisely why the experience will remind of what you really need, versus what you are holding onto for one reason or another.

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