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Re: Driving a Uhaul. Need advice please.
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I second the motion on going at 4 am. Besides reducing the stress, it's the coolest feeling to drive through the empty NYC streets like you own them.


This is SO true. Anytime I happen to be driving into the city at a really early time, I am always amazed at how cool and desolate it feels in some areas of Manhattan. Driving through Chinatown or Little Italy at 5 AM is downright eerie.

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I second the motion on going at 4 am. Besides reducing the stress, it's the coolest feeling to drive through the empty NYC streets like you own them.

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I've made the trip before from Bay Ridge to JC a few years ago. Absolutely use the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. It's more expensive but by far the shortest route. It's worth the money to decrease the stress and time on the roads in traffic.

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Yeah, the morning was just a suggestion obviously.

The goal is to skip peak traffic hours. Also, I apologize, if you're moving TO the JSQ house with a driveway, who cares when you go? You've got a driveway waiting for you! Your life is a bed of roses!

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You can use google maps to plan best day and time based on typical traffic. Select typical traffic at the bottom of the map, and move the day/time sliders.


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Obviously put a big-ass lock on the rear door.

If you can, back the truck up right against a wall for the night.
A local business, maybe a gas station, would probably let you use their space overnight if you ask nicely and explain the reason for asking. Good luck with your move-

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good point about loading the night before. the only thing I'm scared about is packing all my worldly belongings in a truck and having it vulnerable in the driveway. the new house is in journal square and there are definitely some sketchy dudes walking around. wish it was an enclosed driveway.


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also remember that you are in a truck not a car when exiting. I forgot once, took a small step and fell for what seemed like 3 minutes of me in the air lol lol lol. good luck

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The earlier you do this, the less stressful your life will be. It would honestly be worth it to pay for the extra day just to be able to load the truck at night in JSQ, then get up at 3 or 4 and drive in with no traffic/parking issues. By the time anybody is even waking up, you'll already be unloaded.

Everybody is more lenient before the sun comes up.

Source: I make deliveries and pick ups in the city often. At 5am, you can park wherever you want. At 7am, every doorman, cab driver, and cop are screaming at you to move.


This. Sage advice. Just don't park the Uhaul overnight on the street unattended or you'll get a boot and a nice ticket. Learned that my first night in JC a lonnnggggggg time ago.

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The earlier you do this, the less stressful your life will be. It would honestly be worth it to pay for the extra day just to be able to load the truck at night in JSQ, then get up at 3 or 4 and drive in with no traffic/parking issues. By the time anybody is even waking up, you'll already be unloaded.

Everybody is more lenient before the sun comes up.

Source: I make deliveries and pick ups in the city often. At 5am, you can park wherever you want. At 7am, every doorman, cab driver, and cop are screaming at you to move.

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Great, thanks so much. Very helpful.

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Hi,

I'll be driving a 14-foot Uhaul from Journal Square to Red Hook, Brooklyn next Friday. I've been searching on the internet for best possible driving routes but am getting conflicting advice.

Can you drive a 14-foot Uhaul through the Holland Tunnel or not? I'm more of a timid driver so would really love not to drive all the way up to the George Washington Bridge if I don't have to.

Anyone have advice for the best/easiest routes to get to Brooklyn? Thanks for your help!


Here is all the information you need: http://www.panynj.gov/bridges-tunnels ... traffic-restrictions.html

In short, you are OK to drive a U-Haul through the Holland Tunnel. But, from experience, I can tell you that you will likely be asked to pull to the side so they can peek inside. The cops are pretty nice and they will try to get this done quickly, as they don't want to foul up traffic any more than it already may be. As for getting into BK with your U-Haul, if you want fastest and easiest, consider paying the additional toll and go via the Battery Tunnel. It will dump you right in Red Hook. EASY. Or, if you want/need to save money, then go over the Manhattan Bridge, but it will take longer and it can get stressful when driving a large truck. I have done it and it is fine, but you mentioned being a timid driver. Good luck.

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Hi,

I'll be driving a 14-foot Uhaul from Journal Square to Red Hook, Brooklyn next Friday. I've been searching on the internet for best possible driving routes but am getting conflicting advice.

Can you drive a 14-foot Uhaul through the Holland Tunnel or not? I'm more of a timid driver so would really love not to drive all the way up to the George Washington Bridge if I don't have to.

Anyone have advice for the best/easiest routes to get to Brooklyn? Thanks for your help!

Posted on: 2016/2/16 11:34
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