Norfolk 1 Hampton Roads Auto Transport May Get a bit EasierThe people in charge of governing Hampton Roads have decided to put politics aside and use some pragmatism for once. And it could make Hampton Roads auto transport services – already popular in the industry – even easier.

Last year, $9 billion worth of local transportation and logistics projects were submitted to the state. However, only $1 billion worth of funding was available.

Of course, this is an issue, and one that has long been mired in partisan politics. However, both the Virginia General Assembly and governor Terry McAuliffe have reached a middle ground.

The idea is called SMART SCALE and will use data and facts to prioritize transportation and infrastructure funding for future projects. It is designed to prioritize projects that generate the most benefit for the money used.

It’s already being used to expand I-64 between Hampton and Norfolk into a six-lane highway. More importantly, it also covers a new water crossing and the Army Corps of Engineers has already tentatively approved it.

How this affects Hampton Roads auto transport services

Well, for starters, more lanes on a major highway through the region is important. It allows for more traffic and should help ease commutes and congestion. This is great for car transporters because it tends to result in faster transit times.

The new lanes will be managed, though. The idea is to use tolls in some of the new lanes depending on the vehicle. For instance, buses and other HOV’s will be able to bypass the tolls. This is in an effort to cut down on traffic along I-64.

And for auto transport carriers this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. With more lanes, auto shippers can travel more freely through the metropolitan area. Considering how popular Hampton Roads auto transport services are, this is going to be a big thing for customers as well.

The transition to a larger highway shouldn’t take too long – experts are expecting it to be complete by fall 2017. More importantly, it shouldn’t cost too much, which is great for taxpayers.

And auto shippers will be able to get to more areas at a faster clip. This makes things cheaper and faster for Hampton Roads auto transport services.

How to get quotes for Hampton Roads auto transport

If you’re interested in shipping to or from Hampton Roads, make sure to fill out our free form. Chesapeake, Hampton, Norfolk, and even tiny towns that sit outside the main hub are all fair game. If you fill out our free auto shipping quote form you’ll get free quotes emailed to you from top auto shippers. We clear them for dependability and reliability and also make sure they’re fully licensed and bonded. If you have questions or concerns, you can also contact us any time at 800-930-7417. Our agents can help you get your quotes, answer questions and give advice on getting the most out of your shipment.

Carrier 1 Daimer Trucks Recalls New Freightliner, Highlights Dangers of Car Shipping TrucksDaimler Trucks North America (DTNA) is recalling 863 Freightliner trucks that use certain types of Goodyear Tires.

The affected trucks include model year 2017 Freightliner Cascadia, Business Class M2, and 122SD trucks manufactured in 2016 from Jan. 24 to Oct. 10, and equipped with Goodyear G399A LHS 295/75R22.5 Load Range G tires.

Whether this will affect auto transportation companies and their trucks, however, remains to be seen. If you are a driver affected by the recall, you have options.

The recall is expected to start January 6th, and DTNA will be notifying owners where they can take their rigs to get inspected.

Owners may contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712. DTNA’s number for this recall is FL-728.

The dangers of car shipping trucks

The recall first started with Goodyear back in October, but then it was a voluntary recall. Now, however, DTNA is going to be making it mandatory for anyone with those tires.

Faulty tires on long-haul trucks can lead to serious problems, especially for auto shippers. Shredded or blown tires can cause unsafe conditions and can lead to loss of loads.

The dangers of car shipping trucks are well-known, but tires can pose serious hazards. Blowouts can harm other drivers on the road and can lead to loss of control for a carrier.

Naturally, this is dangerous when the car shipper is on the road traveling at high speeds .If you are on the road with a car transport truck, always make sure to give them a wide berth. Commercial drivers have advanced training and know how to handle their trucks in that situation, but they cannot do everything by themselves. They need clear space in the case of blowouts.

Surprisingly, blowouts are relatively common in long-haul trucking. While we don’t have numbers on hand, anecdotal evidence is plenty to understand the dangers of car shipping trucks – and any long-haul truck, for that matter.

What to do if your car shipping truck has a blowout

If your carrier’s truck has a tire blowout, chances are your pickup or delivery window will be delayed. That is, until the tire is replaced. How long that will take depends on a number of factors, notably the carrier’s expertise and how close they are to civilization. Maintenance is important for auto shipping carriers and the drivers of them. They work hard to make sure their trucks are always in top shape.

However, accidents happen. If a blowout occurs while your vehicle is in transit, the carrier will notify your agent. They in turn will notify you. From there, you can discuss your options with them. If it is bad, a new truck may be needed, but that’s relatively rare.

How to get quotes to ship a car

Remember, blowouts are quite rare and the dangers of car shipping trucks are rather low. That said, if you’re interested in getting quotes to ship a car, fill out our free quote form. It won’t take more than a minute or two and will net you free quotes from some of the best shipping companies in the industry. We clear all of them for dependability and reliability and that includes making sure they’re fully licensed and bonded. Questions? Concerns? Give us a call any time at 800-930-7417 to speak to a live agent. They can answer questions, give advice, and help you get your free quotes today.

Pierre SD 1 Transportation Funding Halt Could Mean Auto Shipping DelaysLast December, Congress approved an infrastructure spending bill designed to kick in spring 2017. However, that spending has been put on hold thanks to a short-term spending bill.

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) bill was supposed to give the Highway Trust Fund $2.4 billion starting in 2017. However, a continuing resolution (CR) passed by the House will continue 2016’s spending limits into fiscal 2017.

This has people in construction and transportation frustrated. States that were depending on that FAST money may have to cut construction projects and approve less when the spring construction season starts.

Essentially, the CR will decrease infrastructure spending through the spring of 2017. This will likely lead to fewer construction projects designed to improve America’s rapidly-deteriorating infrastructure.

How will this funding halt result in auto shipping delays?

Construction projects already slow down transportation and logistics along major corridors, including car shipping. And while there’s no statement on where that FAST money would have gone, we can take a few guesses.

There are many auto shipping and car transport corridors throughout the United States. Crumbling interstate highways can make for more treacherous shipments. More importantly, pot holes, downed bridges, and closed lanes can make for slower transportation services and can create more diversions in routes.

Some could argue that auto shipping delays will actually be less, as there will be less construction projects slowing down vital routes.

This is certainly an argument, to be sure. However, crumbling infrastructure can lead to route closures and diversions. While construction zones aren’t fun to drive through, they shouldn’t shave too much time off a shipment. Having to divert because of route closures is a different thing entirely.

Auto shippers like routes that they can run quickly, and even if there’s construction, it’s still generally faster.

Can I get auto transport quotes still?

Of course! The delay in FAST funds won’t affect your auto transport quotes or your ability to get them. If you’re interested in auto shipping quotes, fill out our free quote form. If you do, you’ll get multiple free quotes emailed to you within about an hour. This way, you can compare prices and services of top auto transporters. They can give you more specific information about your route and conditions along it. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us any time at 800-930-7417.

Portland OR 3 Expect Delays in Auto Shipping in the Portland Metro Area This WeekAuto shipping in the Portland metro area this week may be harder to find thanks to a winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service (NWS).

The NWS is expecting 2-4 inches of snow to come Thursday. In addition, ice – up to a quarter of an inch – is expected Thursday night. This weather advisory affects the entire Portland metro area as well as northwestern Oregon and southwestern Washington State.

How can weather can delays in auto shipping to the Portland metro area?

Snow is an auto shippers’ worst enemy.  Well, maybe not their worst enemy, but it’s dangerous for carriers nonetheless. Around the Portland metro area, main routes such as Interstate 5 and I-205 tend to see plenty of traffic, and this can help keep the snow at bay. However, if accumulation is rapid, routes can get shut down fast.

I-5 is already known for its congestion around the I-5 bridge. Snow and ice can make this even worse. This can result in carriers getting stuck for hours on end, especially if there are accidents on the road.

Accidents caused by snow and ice aren’t uncommon. Take a look at this video – it’s as if people forget how to drive in snow! Jokes aside, snow is a much different beast, especially if it’s covering ice on the road.

Portland and much of the Pacific Northwest is known more for its ice than snow – as a PNWer, I know this full well. Ice is a major problem for auto shippers too, particularly black ice.

Can I do anything about delays in auto shipping to the Portland metro area?

When it comes to snow and ice, sadly, there’s little you can do other than wait it out. Luckily, around here it’s not usually so bad. Snow and ice is relatively uncommon during most seasons, and many times there’s only one major snowstorm that brings temperatures that low.

However, this year is a different story, and you need to be prepared. If you’ve yet to book your shipment, it may not be a bad idea to wait a few days. This can give the Portland metro area a chance to thaw. If your vehicle is in transit through the Portland metro area, we recommend you speak to an agent about your shipment. If it has to be picked up, you should expect some delays until carriers know for sure the roads are clear.

On getting quotes for auto shipping to the Portland metro area

If you’re interested in auto shipping to the Portland metro area, make sure to fill out our free quote form. It won’t take more than a minute but it will net you free quotes from top auto transportation companies. It is completely free and we make sure each company is fully licensed and bonded. More importantly, we make sure they use only fully insured carriers as well. This way, you’ll be in good hands from start to finish. If you have questions or concerns, be it about shipping to the Portland metro area or otherwise, give us a call. You can contact an agent any time at 800-930-7417.

Jacksonville 1 300x201 Car Shipping from Jacksonville to Fort WorthJacksonville is the largest city in Florida. Fort Worth is the fifth-largest in Texas. However, both are major auto shipping hubs in their respective states, and car shipping from Jacksonville to Fort Worth should be easy to find. Auto transporters like big cities because of the plethora of customers, of course. Location is everything when it comes to shipping cars, after all. What’s interesting is that, in terms of volume, Jacksonville isn’t as popular a location as Miami, and yet Fort Worth sees more traffic than places like San Antonio, which is decidedly larger. However, car shipping from Jacksonville to Fort Worth is still popular because those are popular car transportation locations in the U.S.

What to expect with car shipping from Jacksonville to Fort Worth

The nice thing about car shipping from Jacksonville to Fort Worth is the fact that they’re both in the southern U.S. This means that weather, especially in the fall and winter, won’t affect your shipment much at all. In the summer months, the heat can cause carriers to shy away from the area, but that’s rare. As both cities are major cities in their states, and popular auto transport locations no less, they attract a lot of carriers. This helps keep prices lower and transit times faster, on the whole.

What really helps keep car shipping from Jacksonville to Fort Worth easy to find is ease of access. Car transport carriers want to run routes to and from big cities, this is known. But another major factor is ease of access, notably from interstate highways. Jacksonville sits right along both I-95 and I-10. Fort Worth sits along I-20. So carriers don’t have direct access from one to the next, but there’s a lot of ways around that. Carriers could go northwest through Atlanta and hit I-20 there. Or, they could stay on I-10 heading west and then catch I-49 near Opelousas, Louisiana, and then catch I-20 near Shreveport. Or, they could go further west on I-10, hit Houston, and then go north on I-45. But regardless, it shouldn’t cost much or take too long.

Can I get quotes for car shipping from Jacksonville to Fort Worth?

Interested in car shipping from Jacksonville to Fort Worth? 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 Jacksonville and Fort Worth 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.