Whether you are wrapped up around an open fire, or lucky enough to be in a climate where shorts are an acceptable form of clothing this year, you should know that not all seasons are created equal in the eyes of a trucker. With that in mind, let’s explore the dos and don’ts of shipping during the winter season, and how doing a little bit of extra planning will save you a lot of headache
For those of you up North like us, you know when you should and shouldn’t drive in the icier months. A couple of snowflakes? No problem. Ice storm or blizzard? Better pack up because we aren’t going anywhere today. While snow is great for skiing or building snowmen, cars do not fair so well on the icy slopes. Now imagine that instead of your 3000 pound prius, you are driving a ten ton truck with another ten tons in trailer and cargo pushing from behind. Are you starting to get the picture?
With all of this in mind, here are the general rules of thumb if you are planning a car transport this winter season.
Truckers don’t like driving in the colder climates
You might be thinking to yourself, “Isn’t that their job? To drive?” While the answer to this question might be yes, you also have to consider that the majority of truckers are owner operators. This means that they get to choose where they drive, how they drive, and when they drive. Knowing that driving up North this time of year can lead to severe delays and bad road conditions, you can imagine that most of them will choose to stick to sunnier climates.
What this means for you is simple. There are less trucker’s driving in or out of the northern states, so any vehicles going to or from the North are going to run into lower supply of truckers and thus higher wait times to get on a truck, and usually at a higher cost. It’s not impossible to get your vehicle shipped from Chicago to New York, but it’s almost definitely going to take a bit longer.
Check the weather
I’m not talking about the weather outside your front door either. Look ahead along the most probable route for your trucker and see what kind of weather is in store for him along the way. Are you shipping from San Francisco to Chicago, and there’s going to be a blizzard in Denver two days after you car is picked up? You may want to rethink your timing on this one. The best case scenario is that your car gets picked up on time, but the trucker gets delayed for 3 or 4 days because they can’t drive through the blizzard.
Your vehicle will be dirty
Again, those of you that are familiar with icy climates are also familiar with the road conditions. This includes all of that lovely salt that gets spread around to prevent your car from sliding into the nearest frozen lake. While we aren’t talking about 3 months of caked on salt from driving on the roads every day, there is nothing the trucker can do on an open trailer to prevent all of that wonderful road slush from getting on your car. While it shouldn’t damage the paint or anything of that nature on newer cars, your vehicle is not going to be bright and shiny when it gets to you.
If you are shipping a classic car or a brand new car that you really don’t want to be dirty the first time you get your hands on it, we strongly suggest looking into our enclosed auto transport options around this time of year. If you are expecting bad weather along the route and you just don’t have the time to delay your shipment a couple of days, we also strongly suggest enclosed trailers to make sure your vehicle isn’t exposed to the harsh elements in the event of delays.
The sunny side of things
The winter months aren’t bad for everyone. If you are shipping your car along a southern route, then rejoice! You are in for smooth sailing and the lowest rates of the year. The truckers that aren’t driving up North have to go somewhere, and that somewhere is usually a much needed vacation in the warmer climates down South. This means an abundance of truckers all trying to fill up their trailers and get back on the road, and for you this means low rates and plenty of options.
Whatever your reason for shipping a car, it usually isn’t stress-free. We understand all of this can be a lot to take in, and that’s why we have professional transport agents here at Montway 7 days a week, 365 days a year to answer any questions you might have. If you have a date and travel plans in mind, give us a call and we will give you all the advice you need and answer any questions you might have.
Don’t let transporting your beautiful car be another stressful item in a long list of things you need to get done. Give us a call and let us show you why we have a Peace of Mind Guarantee. No matter where you are going, we will make sure your car gets there safe and sound.
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