Moving is a complicated business, often requiring you to hire moving vans, purchase plane tickets, ship cars, rent cars, and even beg help from family members. It’s no wonder, then, that some find it easier to hitch a ride with the moving van driver than coordinate transportation on their own. After all, the moving van is heading the same place as you anyway, right?

While we wish we could offer a ride to everyone who’s struggling with transportation issues, most policies don’t allow for it. Here’s why:

> Any move that takes more than one day or move over state lines will require overnight stays and possible temporary storage of your belongings. In these instances, it is impossible for you to ride with the driver, as he/she will be making their own plans for the long-trip journey and cannot be responsible for your safety.

> Moves with multiple movers helping out (which happens most of the time) means that the truck’s cab might already be full. Even if there is room for you, they might not feel comfortable having you ride with them.

> Riding in the back of the truck (with your belongings) is not only unsafe, but it violates insurance policies. We understand wanting to keep an eye on your things this way, but it goes against almost all moving policies to have a passenger in the back.

> In fact, insurance is the number one reason why we decline most requests to ride with the moving van. In order to keep everyone safe—fiscally and physically—it’s best for you to make your own transportation arrangements.

> Individual moving agents working under the Allied name all have their own practices and policies. They get the final word on all issues related to liability, safety, and regulation.

Of course, this doesn’t mean we aren’t willing to help you out with your transportation issues. You should always contact your moving agent for more information specific to your situation and location.

See the article from Allied Blog