West Coast Auto Shipping May Get Tough This Weekend
In what’s shaping up to be a pretty bizarre start to the summer shipping season (though it’s still not quite summer), auto shipping through the Rockies and possibly the Cascades may get more difficult. This is thanks to some brand-new snow that’s coming in the latter parts of the week.
But wait. It’s June, isn’t it?
Yes. But turns out that there’s a new cold front coming off the west coast. It’s rather odd for the season – even weather.com agrees – and west coast auto shipping is going to get tougher. Now, luckily it’s only in elevations above 5,000 feet – at least, that’s what the forecast is calling for. So we’re not going to see any stoppages along any major routes that don’t go through the mountains.
But that being said, it can still affect east-west travel, including west coast auto shipping services from the east.
What to expect from west coast auto shipping services this weekend
For the vast majority of car shipping customers, this isn’t really that big of news. It won’t affect very many routes, if at all – but there are areas that it might. Especially in the passes of Colorado and Washington – and definitely the latter. Snows can close passes if it accumulates enough, and passes through the Cascade Mountains can cut off Seattle and the Puget Sound area from anywhere east.
That’s problematic for a lot of auto transport carriers right now.
You see, a lot of the popular routes right now are east-west routes, thanks to the warmer weather. But when things like this happen, it can make it harder for carriers to run along those routes. Delays may happen due to the passes being impassible, for instance. This cuts into a carrier’s wallet. They could divert, but that could end up being hundreds of miles out of the way, which will affect your pickup or delivery windows.
And that’s just part of it. Now, as mentioned earlier, most north-south routes are going to be fine. When it comes to snowfronts in the higher elevations, truckers that routinely go along them tend to know how to handle a bit of snow. So even then it may not matter. And it shouldn’t affect major north-south routes at all, as there aren’t really any that carriers use that run along the mountains. So that’s another plus.
On the whole, this really isn’t something to worry about unless you have a car going through Colorado. You can talk to an agent to confirm the carrier’s itinerary, though it will depend on the carrier and the agent as well. Most companies have some way to track your vehicle, though, so it shouldn’t be that big of a deal.
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