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Less Traffic Could Mean Lower Car Shipping Rates. Here’s How…

7 Oct , 2019  

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How traffic affects the cost of car shipping
What is the outlook for traffic in the near future?
Tips to help keep your car shipping cost down
Conclusion

How traffic affects the cost of car shipping

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.

 

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What is the outlook for traffic in the near future?

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.

 

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Tips to help keep your car shipping cost down

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:

    • Ship during less busy times of the year – Auto transport costs constantly fluctuate. This is because there are several things that directly affect the cost of car shipping. These include but are not limited to current fuel prices, carrier availability, and the time of the year you are shipping your car. The time of year that you ship your vehicle directly affects cost because during busier times of the year price will increase to meet the demand. The “busy seasons” for car shipping tend to be the spring and summer, so try and ship your car during the fall or winter to save a few bucks.

 

    • Opt for less additional shipping options – There are several options that you will have for shipping your car. These include top load transport, enclosed transport, and expedited shipping. These all add extra fees to the cost of your shipment. If you want to avoid these fees, choose a regularly scheduled open-air transport for your shipment.

 

    • Compare quotes – It is always good to shop around. Shipping your car is no different. Any reputable carrier will offer you a free quote. Get quotes from any carrier that you might be considering. Then you can compare the options and choose what works best for you.

 

    • Ship terminal to terminal – When shipping your car, you will have the choice of door-to-door transport or driving your car to a terminal or central hub and then picking it up from another one. Choosing to ship terminal to terminal is less convenient but it will help you save money on the direct cost of car shipping.

 

  • Schedule your car shipment in advanced – It can help you save some money if you don’t schedule your car shipment last minute. The further in advanced that you schedule it, the better off you will be.

 

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Conclusion

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.

 

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Vlad Oatis-Porter is originally from mother Russia. He works as a freelance journalist for various publishing companies and devours anything tech and car related. He has been a long standing contributor to Team Carwitter and helps keep the site viable.