Heat Wave May Make Northwest Car Shipping Tougher
The Pacific Northwest, and parts of California, are experiencing a major heat wave this week. And by heat wave, we’re talking record-breaking heat. For instance, it’s supposed to be 108 degrees in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday – and the record is 107. Naturally, this is going to make Pacific Northwest car shipping a bit tougher for some carriers.
And it’s not just the Pacific Northwest, either. Parts of California, especially the northern areas, are expected to see triple-digits as well. It’s supposed to be 116 degrees in Redding, and 107 in Fresno. That’s really hot.
How the heat wave might affect Northwest car shipping companies
Most auto transporters today can handle the heat fairly well. And really, most of the time, when we discuss severe weather impact car shipping services we’re talking about snow and ice and traffic issues and mudslides. But a heatwave? Heatwaves suck, sure, but air conditioning and some proper planning tend to be all it takes.
Well, for a car shipper, that’s not always the case. A lot of more modern rigs have the technology and the cooling systems to handle high temperatures, but it’s still a strain on their trucks. Remember, a car transport truck is not like a regular car. It may run on internal combustion, but that’s really where the similarities end. Auto shipping trucks run hotter, and often for much longer. They require more extensive cooling systems to handle the huge engines that they run on.
If a car transport truck has something wrong with the radiator or the cooling system in general, it may not be noticeable until a heat wave strikes. So trucks that operate in more cooler climates, like the PNW, may not necessarily be equipped to handle a heat wave of that magnitude.
How this might affect your Northwest car shipping services
If a truck isn’t equipped to handle such high temperatures, it could lead to lost driving days. It could lead to overheating, which would put a truck out of commission until the weather cools. This can lead to delays in pickup, transit and delivery for their customers.
Of course, most modern trucks aren’t going to have that kind of mechanical issue. Auto shippers may traverse the country on a daily basis, but they still have to maintain their trucks. Heat waves aren’t as bad for business as winter storms, luckily, but for a few shippers they could grind business to a halt until things cool down. Luckily, it’s the summer shipping season, which is the busiest.
If a carrier can’t handle the temperatures, they do have some other options other than stopping and waiting for the weather to cool. They could contact another truck in their fleet, or contract with another carrier company in the area to handle the rest of the shipment for their customers. Most carriers don’t want to do that, as it leads to lost revenue. But it’s still good customer service.
If your carrier informs you that their trucks can’t handle the heat, make sure to talk to them about your options. They can give you more concise information about what they’re experiencing than what we can here. And most won’t have issues, as we said. But it’s still something to keep in mind.
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At the end of the day, the weather is the weather, and if it affects car shipping services, oh well. if you’re interested in shipping a car, make sure to fill out our free auto transportation quote request form. It’s free and easy, won’t take more than a minute or two, and will net you free quotes from some of the best shippers in the industry. We clear all of them for dependability and reliability and make sure they’re fully licensed and bonded. If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us any time, toll-free, at 800-930-7417.