Inclement Weather and Auto Transport: A Guide to How it all WorksMother nature can be a cruel mistress sometimes. From hurricanes to blizzards, tornadoes and thunderstorms, there’s a lot of different types of storms out there that can have an impact on your auto transportation experience. The United States is a big country, with lots of different regions that all have their own weather patterns and unique geography that can have serious effects on the weather in the region. If you’re moving to a completely different part of the country that you’ve never lived in before and need car transportation services to get your vehicle there, we highly recommend doing some research on the local climate – this will not only better prepare you for the different weather patterns you likely will experience but it will also clue you in on some of the different ways your car shipment could be affected by inclement weather.

Northern areas of the U.S. are prone to snowy weather starting in the fall and extending all through winter and into early spring. Wintry conditions can cause problems for auto transport carriers as snow is difficult to drive a huge truck that’s carrying hundreds of thousands of dollars of cargo through. In the extreme northern reaches,  particularly New England and the Great Lakes regions, snow and ice is a fairly common occurrence, so many trucking companies that run routes through the area on a regular basis understand how to handle their normal winter weather, but that doesn’t stop them from raising prices during the winter months. Even though they know how to handle the normal winter conditions of many northern areas, there’s still a lot of risk driving that large a truck through those conditions. This goes the same for areas like North and South Dakota, Montana, anywhere near the Canadian border, really.

The Pacific Northwest sees a lot of rain but inclement weather-wise there are only a few times when major snowstorms hit during the winter months. Heavy rains can cause flooding in many smaller areas of the northwest, which depending on when and where they hit can disrupt transportation routes and make it more difficult for shippers to get into or out of the area. It doesn’t help that its geographical isolation hinders transportation of vehicles there already. You’ll likely find that shipping to or from western Washington and Oregon will be easier than eastern Washington or Oregon due to the fact that the Cascade Mountains force all the rain to drop on the western half, but the eastern half gets most of the big snows which can cause problems. It’s generally easier to get into the Pacific Northwest by way of California, which is something your transporter might do particularly if you’re shipping from northern areas of the country.

The southeast, of course, is known for hurricanes. Hurricanes can devastate entire regions, and there were few more devastating to the southern U.S. than 2005’s Hurricane Katrina which not only dealt billions in damages across the Gulf Coast but also caused auto transportation services in and out of the affected area to be completely grounded, as it were, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in cancellations across the entire industry. There are few storms more destructive than a hurricane and they can cause delays that can drag on for weeks. If you’re shipping from the southeast or to the southern U.S. during hurricane season (typically late summer to late fall) you may want to keep an eye on the weather reports, just in case. This can also clue you into price hikes during those seasons – typically carriers will charge more to go to regions that see heavy storms or harsh weather. Tornadoes, though devastating, usually only cause problems after they’ve touched down, but because of how quickly they show up then disappear, unless an auto transporter gets caught up in one that forms over his truck you probably won’t have any problems shipping to or from areas prone to tornado touchdowns. After a tornado hits is likely when transport prices will be affected, more often than not.

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