Car technologies are designed to make driving easier and simpler. However, the sights and sounds of technology can be distracting—and can even cause an accident. This article will cover the important question of, “How much is too much?” so you stay as safe and sound on the road as ever before.
GPS Navigation Touchscreens
More cars than ever before are being built with GPS navigation touchscreens to make driving easier. The screen looks exactly like a regular computer screen with an operating system and installed software. Instead of using a mouse, you touch buttons on the screen to make various commands, such as typing in an address or changing the route. When using a touchscreen, don’t take your eyes away from the road. The most common cause of accident occurs through distracted driving, so find a time to adjust your navigation system before you start driving.
Some televisions are built into certain models of cars, while other sets are sold separately and must be installed. Most in-car TVs are not made for the driver to watch; however, drivers can easily tune into a program by sound. Listening to the sounds of a TV program is likely to distract their attention. So, wherever the television is placed, be mindful that even listening to what’s on the TV can cause accidents.
In-car satellite radios provide more listening options than standard AM and FM radio. There are hundreds of stations to choose from, including talk radio, news and entertainment, and podcasts. Channel surfing is just as distracting as texting or talking on the phone, and can cause a catastrophic accident, in the same way driving under the influence can.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Honest Answers to Your Car Shipping Questions
Yes, we always ask for your specific pickup and delivery addresses, if the carrier can get right to the addresses you provide, they will. If the addresses that you give us are not safely accessible for a Multi-car carrier, however, you will need to make arrangements with the driver to meet at a nearby location where the carrier can safely get in and out.
People do it all the time (rarely for free) but the official answer is no.
Not what you wanted to hear, we know, but that is the honest answer.
We are not licensed to broker the shipment of household goods and, likewise, no car carrier that operates in the USA is licensed to transport them from state to state either. Despite what you might be being told by other car shipping companies you may speak with.
Remember, at the end of the day we're all salespeople, and the true answer to this question is not a great selling point.
You will hear a lot of companies tell you that you can put up to 100 pounds of items in the trunk, but that is not entirely true. That fact is that items of that amount are fairly common and the department of transportation is probably not going to split hairs and fine the trucker over items of that amount, provided they are not over their weight limit. They could fine them, however, if they see a vehicle stuffed full of personal items so the car carrier will most likely try to negotiate something with you to cover themselves against any costs they could incur. It's not something we can build into your contract though.
We have a short and helpful video on this topic in our user videos.
Only in rare cases and car carriers will usually charge a premium to make it happen.
All dates given by car carriers are typically estimates and projections.
For this reason (and to keep your cost down) we ask that you build in some flexibility and give us the earliest possible date you would be WILLING to release the vehicle, even though it may not be your preferred date.
We'll put you in direct contact with your car carrier and the driver will also typically call you the afternoon or evening before your pick up and delivery (they won't just show up unannounced, and if they do we want to hear about it). However, car carriers are out on the road battling traffic, weather and any number of other factors that can and do throw them off of their pickup and delivery projections from time to time.
If the projected dates we give you come and you are unable to make contact with your carrier, please call our office immediately so that we may help resolve the situation.
The average transit time from pick up to delivery on any vehicle going coast to coast will average 7 to 10 days. From there you can figure your transit time based on how far your vehicle is traveling, i.e. from either coast to the Midwest might average 3-7 days.
Even better, we do not even ask for payment until we have you confirmed for pickup by a safe, reliable, fully insured, direct car carrier. If for any reason you do not ship your car with the carrier that we arrange for you, there is no fee.
The fees paid directly to the carrier however, (in most cases, their fees are not paid until your vehicle is delivered) are not directly controlled by us, so any requests for a refund of the carrier's portion would need to be addressed with the carrier directly.
Of course! And you are always backed by our Damage Free Guarantee policy.
Part of what you pay us for is to verify that the car carrier that we put you on is covered by the proper amount of insurance and that everything is up to date.
There is never any additional cost to you for this coverage, and their insurance is always primary.