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.

W.S. Europa Interstate Closures Make Midwest Auto Transport HarderWinter Storm Europa came over the holiday weekend, bringing with it lots of snow and ice for the Midwest. This is just the latest winter storm to rock the region and likely won’t be the last. But it has made Midwest auto transport services harder to find and complete for carriers.

Snow in North Dakota, particularly along I-94, has already reached 10 inches or more in some places. Some highways, including stretches of I-94, have actually been closed down due to the bad weather. This can and will lead to delays in pickup and delivery in the region.

Europa is the latest in a string of winter storms that have rocked the northern United States from Washington to Minnesota to New England. Snow and ice have paralyzed parts of the country, leaving many auto shipping carriers stranded or forced to divert to other routes.

How hard are Midwest auto transport services right now?

Well this depends on where your carrier is traveling. I-90 and I-94 are getting the brunt of the closures, it seems, as well as I-29. In fact, NDDOT has said that no travel is advised on most state highways and interstate highways as well.

This is a massive problem for the state. There is not a single road that does not have some kind of travel advisory on it, and the DOT is warning everyone. This includes truckers.

Luckily, there aren’t a lot of trucks in the Dakotas right now due to a lack of demand. In the past week only about five people have requested quotes to or from the state through American Auto Shipping. This means that there’s just not a lot of people going there.

So how drastic is it, really? Well, even though Midwest auto transport services aren’t in high demand right there, it will likely impact other routes.

We don’t have numbers for the trucks on the road right now, but I-94 and I-90 see a lot of traffic. It’s also one of the only east-west interstates through Minneapolis, which is a major car transport location. It’s not as popular now, but it also connects Minneapolis to Chicago, which is really popular.

What about other major cities in the Midwest?

Chicago hasn’t seen a ton of snow…yet. Mostly because Europa hasn’t hit them yet, according to Weather.com. There’s a warm front moving in front of the storm that’s bringing unusually warm weather to areas that are going to be hit by Europa. New England is going to get hit hard, it seems. But we just don’t know for sure.

We recommend you keep an eye on the weather reports at weather.com. They can tell you more about weather along the route you need to ship your vehicle along. You can and should speak to an agent as well, as they can get direct information from the carrier on the road. And keep your bookmark to our blog and check back every day for more information about weather, auto transport conditions, and more.

And don’t forget free car shipping quotes with American Auto Shipping!

As always, you can and should fill out our free auto shipping quote request form if you need to ship your car. We get you free quotes from top auto shippers free of charge. They can answer questions, give feedback and advice, and get your vehicle shipped when you need it. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.

Holidays 1 Safer Roads Makes Holiday Auto Transportation EasierEvery holiday season, millions of people take to the roads to visit friends and family. Starting with Thanksgiving and running all the way through the new year, the holidays are always one of the most unsafe times on the road. And holiday auto transportation services are no exception.

Fatalities spike during the holidays, and experts are expecting even more this year. Despite more education, road fatalities spiked in the first half of 2016. While we don’t have numbers on auto transport-related incidents, we can safely assume that those numbers are up as well. It’s a shame, as safer roads often make holiday auto transportation easier and faster.

Why are the roads so unsafe? Should I avoid holiday auto transportation services?

There are a few different reasons (well, speculations) as to why the roads are more unsafe this year. Well, there are a lot of people on the road, for one. These include older drivers, younger drivers, and more impaired drivers as well. Auto shipping companies have strict rules they have to follow that are far more restrictive than those that regular people have to abide by.

Another potential cause is the lack of major infrastructure improvements. We’ve talked about how infrastructure spending delays and cuts have led to more problems for motorists. Be it in San Francisco, Kansas, Florida, or somewhere else, a lack of infrastructure improvements keeps roads unsafe. This can make it harder to find holiday auto transportation services, too.

If you are looking for holiday auto transportation, don’t let this fear stop you from shipping. However, you should keep in mind that holiday shipping can take longer due to higher demand and also the fact that carriers like to stay close to their families during the holiday season.

What are some popular holiday auto transportation routes?

Well, routes down south from the northern areas tend to be popular during the holiday season. This is especially true for snowbird routes. New England to Florida, the Great Lakes to Arizona, those are major holiday routes. But really, any route that doesn’t see a lot of wintry weather is going to be more popular.

But the chance of diversions is going to be higher, too. Diversions are when a carrier has to take a different route in order to complete a shipment. This often happens due to inclement weather shutting down established routes. Heavy traffic, especially vehicle accidents, can do it too. But really any route will be a popular holiday auto transportation route so long as the price is right. This is why it’s important to get different quotes from different shippers to transport your vehicle.

Luckily, we can help you there. Simply fill out our free quote request form and get free quotes from top companies emailed to you within about an hour. They’re completely free and come from some of the best shippers in the industry. We clear each and every one for dependability and reliability and that includes making sure they’re fully licensed and bonded. Do you have questions or concerns? You can contact one of our agents any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417. They can answer questions, help you get your quotes, and much more.

Tampa FL 1 Auto Transport from Manchester to TampaManchester is the largest city in New Hampshire. Tampa is the third-largest city in Florida. One of them is far more popular of a vehicle shipping destination than the other (we’ll give you a hint: it’s Tampa). But auto transport from Manchester to Tampa is fairly easy to find at certain times of the year. And the reason is pretty cool.

Snowbirds.

Auto transport from Manchester to Tampa is definitely a snowbird route. It doesn’t see a lot of traffic during most times of the year, but Manchester sits close to Boston and that one does see plenty of traffic. So carriers are in the area throughout the year. During the summer and early fall, it seems that there’s more traffic out of the area, which is great when it comes to shipping down to Tampa.

What to expect with auto transport from Manchester to Tampa

You should expect relatively comparable prices when shipping out of Manchester, which is good news. Manchester doesn’t see a lot of demand, so prices do tend to be on the higher side. They have to be, so carriers can make the money they need to keep their trucks fueled and maintained. You may be able to save some cash – and also increase interest from carriers – by moving your pickup location down to Boston. As a larger city, it naturally has more auto transportation demand.

There’s less to say about Tampa that hasn’t already been said. It’s a major city on the west coast of Florida, and it sees plenty of demand. So shipping south to Tampa is easy. Many carriers will simply travel down Interstate 95 until they hit Jacksonville. From there many will pass through Orlando and then Tampa before heading back up north along I-75.

Of course, another options so to take I-95 all the way down to Miami and then take Alligator Alley west to Tampa. This is a bit more expensive, as the route west to Tampa is a major toll route. Now, that being said, a carrier’s route will affect your price, but it will also affect the price that every other customer pays as well. It will also likely affect transit times. Make sure to speak to an agent – and your carrier – if you are concerned about the route.

Can I get quotes for auto transport from Manchester to Tampa?

Interested in auto transport from Manchester to Tampa? 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 Manchester and Tampa 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.