Weekly auto column, with moving tips, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.

Tip of the Week

Whether you're moving out of a just-the-basics apartment or a large family home, one of the tools you'll probably need is a moving truck. Because they've been serving customers on the move for more than 40 years, the experts at Penske Truck Rental have a few tips to get you started:

- Packing prep. Tackle packing bit by bit. By starting early, you'll avoid the stress that comes with rushing. If you're concerned you'll need a certain item that you're packing, pack it and leave the box open. It's a lot easier to tape up boxes on moving day than it is to frantically pack at the last moment. Buy sturdy boxes in a variety of sizes, along with foam and bubble wrap to protect your fragile items, a good supply of packing tape and bold markers for labeling boxes. On the big day, moving blankets and hand trucks will make the experience more enjoyable - be sure you've got them on hand.

- Lighten your load. As you start planning your move, you should also consider planning a moving sale. While packing, set aside a designated space or boxes for items you can sell. A good rule of thumb -- if you haven't used it in the last year, it can probably go. If there are unsold items, donate them to a local charity that needs what you need to get rid of.

- Mark and group. Label the outside of your boxes as you pack. First, list the room that the items belong in, and, if you want more detail, you can list an overview of what's in the box. As you move, keep the boxes for each room together as much as possible.

- Get trucking. For people moving across town, it's exhausting to make multiple trips between their old and new homes. For those moving across country, it's an impossibility. In either scenario, renting a moving truck will make the process easier and faster. Reserve at least two weeks in advance to avoid getting stuck without transportation.

- Pack smart. Load the heaviest items on the truck first. When you've got a sturdy base of the heaviest items, you can start stacking on top. This is when it's handy to have a list on the outside of the box, detailing its contents. If you have friends and family helping you, they'll know not to set books on top of your china.

- ARA

The List

The Chevrolet Corvette first rolled off the assembly line on June 30, 1953. Here are the models over the years:

- C1: 1953–1962
- C2: 1963–1967
- C3: 1968-1982
- C4: 1983-1996
- C5: 1997-2004
- C6: 2005-present

Did You Know

AAA predicts Fourth of July weekend travel will be up 17.1 percent from 2009.

Car Q&A

Q: I own a 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass with 92,000 miles. I recently had a tune-up that cost $400 plus ignition coil, $48. Now the wipers only work when the directional is on for a left turn. What could be the problem?

A: The problem will lie in the wiper/directional switch. You will have to have the technician check all the connections before replacing any parts.

- Junior Damato, Talking Cars columnist

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