Auto Transport Tips: Watch the Weather
If you’ve ever driven through a heavy rainstorm or the first onset of a blizzard, you can understand some of the dangers that Mother Nature can pose to interstate travelers. Dangerous weather can strike almost anywhere in the country – in the world, really, but for the purposes of this blog post we’re going to stick to the United States here – and when it comes to having a vehicle shipped it can play a crucial role in the prices you pay and the services that you receive. Some areas see less severe weather than others, but from the Great Lakes to the shores of Florida, from New England to the Pacific Northwest, the weather is always a factor, and one that you would do well to understand a bit better.
During the late spring and into the summer tends to be some of the best times to ship a vehicle, at least in terms of the weather being nice and not having any detrimental impact on your shipment. The sun is shining in most areas, even the colder regions in the north, and while temperatures can get high during the summer it’s more the cold weather and the bizarre weather systems that take the most toll on car shipping trucks. Summer is also the busiest season in the industry, which usually means there are a lot more auto transport trucks on the road (as some take the winter off) as there are usually a lot more customers on the road.
During the fall, hurricanes can have a severe impact on shipments up and down the east coast, especially in Florida. Hurricanes and tropical storms can bring a lot of problems for auto transporters, so if there’s news about a possible hurricane or tropical storm hitting an area that they frequently travel through, chances are they’re going to redirect their routes to avoid the storm. Hurricanes and tropical storms bring with them high winds that can whip debris around and cause potential damage to their trucks or the vehicles that they are transporting, after all, which gives them incentive to alter their routes.
Of course, during the winter months is when the snow and ice tend to come down across many parts of the country, particularly the northern and central areas. New England, the Great Lakes and the northern Great Plains, including the Dakotas, see a lot of snow that can cause serious disruptions. Snow and ice are not fun for auto transporters to drive through, and while the snow doesn’t bring the winds like hurricanes do, it does bring dangerous driving conditions nonetheless. Usually auto shippers will charge more to run routes that are prone to bad weather, and it can take longer to find a carrier and long for them to arrive due to the variability of weather conditions.
You should take a minute to fill out our free online auto transport quote request form, because when you do, you’ll receive multiple free car shipping quotes in your email inbox from top-rated auto transportation companies completely free of charge. Once you have your quotes, not only can you compare those companies against one another, including their prices and services, you can also discuss your shipment with one of their representatives by giving them a call. They can explain more about the weather in your pickup and delivery locations and how that will affect your shipment and much more. If you have more general questions, or need some help getting your free quotes, don’t hesitate to give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our own live agents.