You might not initially think that traffic has much of anything to do with the cost of shipping a car, but it does. It actually has a considerable effect on a couple of variables which directly impact the final price of auto transport.
Fuel is an important factor in the cost of car shipping. Without any traffic an auto carrier will burn a very large amount of fuel due to the distance it is driving and the overall weight of the truck due to all the cars it is carrying plus its own weight. When a carrier is sitting in traffic, it is still burning fuel but not really moving anywhere.
Thus, it will cost more in fuel to ship your car along a route where there is a considerable amount of traffic congestion.
Traffic will likely improve in the future as advancements in technology will help ease congestion. However, it will not be a huge difference anytime soon.
It will still be years before roads and highways are completely redesigned to completely maximize traffic flow. However, there are other advances that help lessen traffic congestion. Crowd sourced GPS traffic apps like Waze help drivers avoid the most congested routes when driving thus causing slightly less traffic along those routes.
There are also more options becoming available as far as public transportation, ride-share apps and carpooling. All of these things help to alleviate traffic because they all reduce the total number of drivers on the road.
There are also technologies like adaptive traffic signals which have sensors that can tell if one side of traffic has no or very few cars. Then it can change the lights based on which side of traffic has more congestion. These will become more widely used in the near future.
Drones could actually help lessen traffic in the future as well. They could actually be used to complete some tasks that normally require workers in trucks to get on the roads to do. This includes things like power-line inspections and repairs, meter-reading and more.
There isn’t anything that you can do personally to lower the added cost of car shipping related to traffic. However, you can lower the overall cost of your car shipment by using the following tips:
The cost of car shipping is impacted considerably by the amount of traffic that your driver hits on his way to deliver your car. This is something that will always affect the general prices of auto transport.
The best thing you can do to keep your car shipping cost down is to properly plan your shipment in advanced. This way you can easily have the time to compare quotes and all of your shipping options.