Driving your car across the country may seem like the cheapest and easiest way to get it there, but that doesn’t mean it's the best option. At first glance, road trips can be a lot of fun, but they can also be dangerous and expensive. While it may seem easy enough to drive several hours each day, stop for dinner, and grab a hotel for the night, driving across the country is much riskier and more strenuous than one might expect. There are many things that you should consider before embarking on a cross country drive. Here are some of the most common challenges you might encounter while driving across the country.
Driving requires your utmost attention and a well-rested brain. For someone who isn’t used to driving long distances, you might not realize how tiring a long-distance drive can actually be and this puts you at a greater risk of having an accident. Road conditions, weather, and the stress associated with driving can all make you drowsy. Even if you’ve had a good night’s sleep you can still fall into a trance-like state when driving for long stretches on the road.
While navigation is as easy as speaking into your phone these days, that doesn’t mean it is always accurate. Even today, there are times when your technology can fail you. If your drive through a dead zone with little to no reception or your phone battery dies, you are out of luck. Not to mention, new roads, detours, and construction may not always be detected on your navigation system. While technological advances have certainly made traveling easier, you still run the risk of getting lost, missing an exit, or making a wrong turn when you are traveling across the country.
It’s everyone’s worst nightmare when they are traveling but car trouble is inevitable from time to time. You never know when you might get a flat tire, your check engine light comes on, or your battery dies while you stop for lunch. Having car trouble when you are in another city or on a highway road can present a number of challenges and it’s a headache no one wants to deal with.
When you have been driving for hours on end you are bound to get antsy to get to your destination. This may cause you to speed up a bit more. In some cases, you might not even realize you are speeding because it's easy to daydream and miss speed limit signs along the highway. Whatever the reason, getting a speeding ticket in another state can be a costly mistake and a huge inconvenience.
Hotels are Booked
You may think you can just drive along and stop for the night when you get tired, but there’s no guarantee that you will find a hotel close by with vacancies. The last thing you want is to be exhausted from driving all day only to find that every hotel you stop at is booked for the night.
No matter what time of year you are traveling, there is always a risk of dealing with bad weather. Whether it’s ice and snow in the winter, heavy rain, or even strong winds, driving in bad weather can be both treacherous and exhausting.
Just like you can’t predict the weather, you can’t predict when you might get caught in a traffic jam. Whether it’s caused by an accident, construction, or some other issue, traffic jams can be extremely frustrating. Not only can they make for a much longer day, but they can also present significant challenges if you start experiencing car trouble or you are in need of gas.
With so many possibilities of things that can go wrong, it’s a much safer option to have your car shipped with a trusted and reliable car shipping company. In addition to the stress, dangers, and exhaustion of driving across the country, you also have to consider the expenses associated with gas, food, lodging, and car maintenance. In many cases, it can cost almost as much to drive yourself as it would to have your car shipped. If you are in a situation where you need to transport your car across the country, consider the advantages of auto shipping. Not only does it prevent you from putting miles and wear and tear on your vehicle, but it can be the safest option for you as well.
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.