How do Shippers Deal With Severe Weather?
It’s storming outside right now, so what better time to discuss severe weather and the automobile shipping industry than right now on our blog post? I’m watching the rain come down, listening to the flood warnings, and I think: “how would a car shipping carrier deal with flood warnings and flooding and other severe weather?” It may be a pretty stupid questions to the majority of people out there, but for those of us in the car transport industry it’s kind of important. How does a car carrier deal with flooding and other severe weather? Do they simply drive though it and hope things are okay? Do they avoid the route, change it, come back later? Well, the answers are a bit surprising.
Most carriers – unsurprisingly, to some – will simply avoid any area that’s dealing with severe weather, including things like snow and ice. Really, it makes sense – they can’t afford to pay for damages to multiple vehicles on their truck should they get damaged by the inclement weather, and while heavy rains aren’t usually a big deal, flooding is. Flooded areas will almost always be heavily avoided by car transporters, which means that if your vehicle is in transit to an area that got hit by a big flood, you’re either stuck without your vehicle or you’re going to have to go far out of the way for pickup and delivery. I’m not sure what the policies would be in terms of payment – whether or not they would charge more for pickup or delivery services – but they shouldn’t be too different than what you were scheduled to pay. It’s not like you control the weather.
The same goes for just about any type of inclement weather. Snow and ice are generally the biggest pains because they’re so common during the winter months and can completely shut down a route. Northern areas are more expensive to ship to and from during the winter months for precisely this reason. Tornado warnings effectively make an area a ghost town among car carriers. Same with hurricanes, tsunamis, and locust attacks (we’re assuming, but then again it’s been a long time since a biblical plague was unleashed, so that’s probably pretty low on a carrier’s list of potential disasters to prepare for). Most of the time a carrier will just reroute and then work with their customers to get vehicles picked up and delivered. It may take more time, but it’s better than losing your vehicle to a flood or having it irreparably damaged by a tornado or hurricane.
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