Houston 4 New Infrastructure Projects Will Help Make Houston Car Shipping EasierIf you’ve ever driven around the Houston area, you know that traffic there sucks. It’s really not surprising, considering how big Houston is, but still, traffic sucks. And when it comes to Houston car shipping services, traffic can slow things down tremendously and make it difficult for carriers to get to their customers.

But the city is looking at new infrastructure projects that should help relieve traffic congestion in and around the city. And it’s needed. I-45, for instance, is the second-deadliest interstate in the entire United States, and ranks 1st for drunk driving accidents. It is also the sixth-most congestion in Texas.

Then there’s I-10, the fifth-most congested highway in the state. I-10 carriers a ton of car transport traffic. They’re looking at widening a major section to three lanes each way, which should help ease congestion.

How will Houston car shipping be easier?

Right now, construction will likely set back some routes. Auto shippers don’t like congestion, but by the end of 2018 most of the projects around Houston should be done. This will make Houston car shipping easier by allowing easier access for car transporters.

Ease of access is important when it comes to car transportation prices, routes and interest from carriers. Now, Houston is one of the most popular auto shipping markets in the entire U.S. and certainly in the southern part of the country. So making it easier for Houston car shipping carriers to get to and from the city will yield better, faster service to and from the area.

And there’s a lot of projects coming. In addition to I-10, I-45 will see a widening, and the I-610 loop will see itself elevated and with added express lanes. Considering the loop is the most congested freeway route in Texas, this is probably a good thing.

With these new additions and expansions, carriers should have an easier time getting into the area. Not only will this lower transit times, it could also help lower prices.

And it won’t be only around Houston. I-45 connects to the Woodlands, a major suburb of Houston and a popular car shipping location. The I-610 loop pulls in traffic from nearby Sugar Land, Pearland and Pasadena, funneling it into and around Houston. Widening that loop will help more carriers move through those suburbs more quickly, which should reduce transit times and costs as well.

Can I still get Houston car shipping quotes and services?

Of course! Construction will take time, and not all projects have been started yet, though some have. So right now the entire Houston area is seeing heavy construction which can impact car shipping services. But if you’re interested in Houston car shipping quotes, or quotes to really anywhere in the Houston area, don’t be afraid to fill out our free quote form.

It really is free, you know. Not only is it free, but you’ll get multiple free quotes emailed to you from top-rated auto transporters within minutes. We know they’re top-rated because we check them for it. We only want to work with the best because you deserve the best. Each company you get a quote from will be fully licensed and bonded and only work with top-rated, insured carriers. If you have questions or concerns, you can also contact us any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.

The southern United States, in particular the Gulf Coast states, may experience some tornadoes. These tornadoes will likely make southern car shipping services more difficult to find and book.

The southern U.S. right now is a hotbed of car transportation activity. Many people are moving to and around the region, as it is one of the few devoid of snow and ice. However, tornadoes are almost worse, from a car transport perspective. Great way to ring in the new year, right?

What to expect with southern car shipping services right now

Right now, affected areas include east Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Their neighbors could also experience problems, as well.

Right now – as of this writing, anyway – they’re only tornado watches. Tornadoes have not been seen yet, but they’re certainly possible.

Major cities that might see tornadoes include New Orleans, Little Rock, Tallahassee and Atlanta, among many other smaller communities. Tornadoes can rip entire towns apart and make it impossible to traverse.

This is a big problem. We’ve been watching the progress of several winter storms, but those typically affect the north and northeast. Tornadoes typically affect the Midwest, but southern car shipping rarely sees such problems.

The video embedded at the top shows the devastation a single tornado can cause. That video was taken in late November 2016 when tornadoes ripped through northern Alabama. Though rare, it’s not unheard of to see tornadoes in that region.

When it comes to southern car shipping services, expect delays and diversions of routes through affected areas. Most auto shipping carriers will be unable to get to or from areas that have been hit by tornadoes. Not only that, but many carriers will actively avoid areas with tornado warnings. Nothing worse than losing an entire load to a massive wind funnel, after all.

Luckily, tornadoes often don’t strike the major cities of the southern U.S. This warning may turn out to be nothing – or it could cause widespread devastation. For now, make sure to keep in close contact with your agent if your vehicle is in transit. Expect delays in pickup if you are waiting for a carrier to pickup or transport a vehicle through the southern U.S.

Can I still get quotes for southern car shipping services?

Of course you can! Keep in mind that quotes may be a bit different right now through affected areas. However, you can still get free quotes for southern car shipping services any time. Just fill out our free quote form, and you’ll get multiple free quotes emailed to you from top auto transporters. We clear each one for dependability and reliability and make sure they’re fully licensed and bonded. More importantly, we make sure they use only top-rated carriers who are fully insured. If you have questions or concerns, you can also contact one of our agents any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.

 

San Diego 2 300x193 Car Transport from San Diego to Seattle

San Diego is one of the largest cities in California. Seattle is easily the largest city in Washington State. And car transport from San Diego to Seattle is about as popular as you might think. Maybe even more popular than you think, if you don’t think it’s very popular. Okay, so there’s only a modicum of demand from San Diego to Seattle, but both of those cities are popular car transportation locations. So even if you’re not shipping from San Diego proper, carriers are still willing to run routes to Seattle. In fact, it’s perhaps the most popular shipping location in the entire Pacific Northwest.

What to know about car transport from San Diego to Seattle

Well, as we mentioned, San Diego to Seattle may not see a lot of traffic among customers, but carriers run it nearly every day. San Diego and Seattle are two incredibly popular shipping locations on the west coast, after all. Carriers like routes to and from popular shipping locations. That’s not surprising – carriers like to go where customers are? No way!

But still, San Diego is a very popular car shipping location for several reasons. For one, it’s quite large. Two, there’s a huge naval presence there, and sailors are often relocating both to and from the city. Seattle is the same way, though its major port is primarily civilian. Third, the two of them are easily accessible via Interstate 5, one of the main north-south routes in the western U.S.

This is perhaps the biggest boon for car transport from San Diego to Seattle. Carriers can easily start in San Diego, head north up I-5 (passing through other major cities like Los Angeles, Sacramento and Portland), stop in Seattle, and then head east. This is great news because it makes car transport from San Diego to Seattle a lot easier to find and book at a reasonable rate. More importantly, it sees plenty of traffic, which helps to lower prices, even if there’s not much demand from San Diego to Seattle proper.

Can I get quotes for car transport from San Diego to Seattle?

Interested in car transport from San Diego to Seattle? If so, make sure to fill out our free quote form. It shouldn’t take more than a minute and will get you quotes from the best in the industry. We know they’re among the best, too, because we make sure they’re among the best. It’s part of our job and our service to you. We make sure they’re licensed and bonded and work with only top-rated carriers. This way, you know you’ll be in good hands from pickup to delivery. You can read more about both San Diego and Seattle via our Auto Shipping Cities section, and we suggest you do. If you have questions, or need help in any way, contact us any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our agents.

Carrier 1 The Day to Day Worries of a Car Transport DriverWhen you ship a car, chances are you don’t really think about the day to day worries of your car transport driver. And that’s okay, sort of. It’s a part of being a consumer or a customer – you just expect that they’re going to do their job. Some of us may have more empathy for them than others, but really, shipping cars is a thankless job.

That’s why today we’re going to break from tradition a bit and focus on what a car transport driver actually worries about. With any luck, we can shed some light on why they take freight they do, why they work the way they do, and why they charge what they do.

The worry of a car transport driver

It wears on you.”

That’s what David Green, a long time driver and trainer at Werner Logistics says. And Danny Smith, of Big G Express, says, “you’re sitting there worrying…I have a mortgage payment and insurance payment to make, and I’m not sitting here making any money.”

They’re referring to “detention,” the downtime that a carrier has to face. And while those two don’t actually ship cars, they share the same basic worries that a car transport driver does. Detention is a major worry because carriers make money by hauling freight, simple as that.

But it does go beyond that. Respect for truckers is down too, particularly fleet drivers. The auto transport industry has more independent owner-operators than fleets, but they still exist. Among fleets, lack of respect can result in lower retention rates for companies and less hires overall. Fewer drivers at a given company can force existing drivers to work more hours. Also, the idea that drivers have to work for a manager or president who often has never sat in a long-haul truck can also make for worse working conditions.

That’s all here or there, though. Among owner-operators like many auto transport drivers, regulations play a factor in driver dissatisfaction and worry. Many carriers cite regulations as making it harder for them to work and make money. This is, in fact, one of the main worries of a car transport driver.

Others cite time away from family and friends as a reason they worry. Still others cite lack of money.

What customers can do to help their car transport drivers

Unfortunately, as a customer, there’s not much you can do about your driver being away from family or the regulations they drive under. And that’s okay. It’s not like you can single handedly take on all the problems that the industry faces, after all.

But you can make things easier for your carrier.

Firstly, being nice any time you interact with them is a big plus. Do what you can to help when they ask and stay out of their way when they need you to. Have your payment ready to go at delivery (if you’re paying COD). Make sure your car is clean on the inside and that there are no prohibited items in your vehicle. Work with your car transport driver to find a suitable area for pickup and delivery if your pickup or delivery address is inaccessible.

Make yourself available during your pickup window. Don’t place a lot of restrictions on your carrier especially when it comes to pickup and delivery windows. Those are hard enough to maintain and any changes to them can seriously screw with a carrier’s schedule. Mostly, just be cognizant of what a driver has to go through on a day to day basis. Long hours, long days, often driving hard to meet deadlines – it wears on you.

If you’re interested in shipping a car, make sure to fill out our free auto shipping quote request form. It won’t take more than a minute or two and will net you multiple free quotes from top-rated auto shippers. They work with top-rated car transport carrier companies and can get you the services that you need. We make sure all those shippers are fully licensed and bonded, and they make sure their carriers are fully licensed and insured. Questions? Concerns? Comments? Give us a call any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417 to speak to an agent.

Minneapolis 2 Auto Shipping from Minneapolis to JacksonvilleMinneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota. Jacksonville is the largest in Florida. Is it surprising, then, that auto shipping from Minneapolis to Jacksonville is fairly common? Well, if you’ve never shipped a car before it may be a bit surprising, I suppose. But regardless, they’re two popular car shipping locations in the U.S. As such, shipping a car from one to the other should not be difficult, and we at American Auto Shipping can help you find it.

What to know about auto shipping from Minneapolis to Jacksonville

For starters, the route is a popular snowbird route. We know, we’ve focused quite a bit on snowbird auto shipping routes recently, but that’s because we’re still in the depths of the snowbird season. It’s shifting though, and right now is probably the best time to find a carrier heading south.

Jacksonville is one of the most popular snowbird car transport locations in Florida. Well, not Jacksonville proper, but rather its many suburbs. Don’t get me wrong – Jacksonville does see plenty of traffic. It’s the largest city in Florida, after all. But its bedroom cities around it tend to be more popular among snowbirds. This is because of their size and their penchant for being well-equipped for retirees.

You should expect auto transportation prices from Minneapolis to Jacksonville to be comparable to other routes of a similar distance. This is especially true in the summer and early fall when those routes are more easily accessible. Minneapolis sees a lot of snow and ice in the winter months, which can slow down routes and cause diversions which can cost additional money.

This means that you’ll want to speak to an agent about winter transportation from Minneapolis to Jacksonville. That being said, it shouldn’t be hard to do. Both cities sit along major interstate highways, and it’s easy enough to get from one to the next. Auto transporters can easily hit other major markets on the way as well, which reduces your overall costs. For more information, speak to an agent about auto shipping from Minneapolis to Jacksonville.

Can I get quotes for auto shipping from Minneapolis to Jacksonville?

Interested in auto shipping from Minneapolis to Jacksonville? If so, make sure to fill out our free quote form. It shouldn’t take more than a minute and will get you quotes from the best in the industry. We know they’re among the best, too, because we make sure they’re among the best. It’s part of our job and our service to you. We make sure they’re licensed and bonded and work with only top-rated carriers. This way, you know you’ll be in good hands from pickup to delivery. You can read more about both Minneapolis and Jacksonville via our Auto Shipping Cities section, and we suggest you do. If you have questions, or need help in any way, contact us any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our agents.