Take a deep breath. And, exhale. It’s that time of year again. The air is slowly getting cooler, the days are getting shorter and it’s finally time for you to hightail it back to school. It was nice being home and all, but freedom awaits you on the other side! The only bad part? You wanted so much freedom you decided to go to school completely on the other side of the country.
Worst. Road trip. Ever.
That drive back to school is not only brutal, it’s so unnecessary. Why? Because you can have a car shipping company transport your car for you. It’s true. They will come to your home, load it onto a transport truck and ship it on out to your location at school. The skeptics might be thinking it costs entirely too much, but how much money do you think you spend driving back on your own?
You have to pay for gas, have money for food along the way, and if you are a safe driver, you’ll stop and rest after several hours. That means you’ll be paying for a hotel, too. So, your parents may be paying for all of that. OK, but why not have them put that money towards a car shipment instead?
Still not convinced? Here are three reasons you should ship your car back to school rather than drive it yourself.
1. It’s Safer
Driving long distance can be really fun, but only if you have the time to really take your time. If you are driving back to school, chances are you are looking to go straight there as fast as you can. Unfortunately, long-distance driving requires a good amount of rest and if you’re driving on your own that can be very difficult. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that falling asleep while driving is responsible for at least 100,000 car crashes, 40,000 injuries, and 1,550 fatalities each year. Fatigued driving is actually the reason the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently changed the HOS regulations for truck drivers.
So unless you have a partner to drive with, or intend on resting every eight hours or so, shipping your car is the safer option. (We actually had a customer that shipped their car strictly because it was dangerous to drive himself. You can read his story here.)
2. You Love Your Car
If you have a new car, then driving it long distance probably won’t be a very large factor. However, how many college students do you see with brand new cars? We’d like to wager not many. Driving long distance not only adds extra miles to your vehicle, but it puts a lot of wear and tear on it as well. When you ship your vehicle instead of driving it, you save yourself the hundreds of miles and can drive your trusty vehicle around campus a little longer.
3. It’s Easier
Let’s be honest here, would you rather drive or fly? You may say drive if you are going on a road trip with a ton of friends on spring break, or if you planned on stopping at different places along the way. But in general, it’s much easier to fly instead of drive. Not only that, but it’s much faster. Even just a 500 mile trip takes about seven hours to drive. If you decided to ship your car back to school and fly instead, you could leave much earlier- or later- than planned.
If you decided to leave earlier, you could get there ahead of time, set your apartment or dorm up and have your vehicle delivered a day or two after you arrive. On the other hand, you could leave later and spend some extra time with the family you moved so far away from.
All in all, shipping your car back to school sounds like a much more desirable option, doesn’t it? And it doesn’t automatically mean you have to spend more money. In fact, you can use our shipping calculator now to see how much it would cost to ship your car back to school.
Do you think you would ship a car back to school? Let us know in the comments section below!