According To Carriers These Are The Worst Places To Ship A Car
We have previously discussed some of the most prominent (and least popular) locations for car transportation. We have discussed which cities get the most traffic and which don't. We've also discussed the reasons for it, and why customers travel to these places and do what they want. One thing that we haven’t touched upon is the areas that carriers can’t travel to.
There are many, however. The easiest way to find them is to check out the top spots for freight-truck congestion. This doesn't only apply to auto shippers. It also applies to truckers in all industries. They share some common traits, such as the fact they transport goods for others. According to the American Transportation Research Institute, these are the worst places for cars to be shipped. The complete Top 100 list can be viewed here.
We are revealing that the Top-100 list is actually the Top-100 Worst Bottlenecks of America. These bottlenecks can have a negative effect on car shipping companies, so many will try to avoid them if they are possible. Although it is impossible to avoid all bottlenecks, you can get a general idea of the challenges that car shipping carriers face when traveling.
The ATRI ranked the Top 5 Worst Places for Car Shipping.
#5 - I-71/I-75 interchange, Cincinnati (OH)
I-71 and I-75 join right in Cincinnati, before crossing into Covington (Kentucky). You can actually see them merge or diverge if you are heading north. It's not surprising at all, but you can see the impact it has on delays and backups.
#4 - I-65, I-64/I-71 Louisville, KY
If you don't know the route, another intersection is in the east-south-central area. It's the place where I-64 and I-65 meet up. Even then, even experienced auto shippers may have trouble navigating the maze that is this interchange. Have a look on Google Maps and see it for yourself. It's not surprising, considering that it flows into downtown Louisville.
#3 - I-290 at I-90/I-94 in Chicago, IL
Is it surprising that Chicago is included on this list? This intersection is right in Downtown Chicago, where I-290 meets I-90/I-94. It is already difficult enough for people to get around downtown, but adding a bottleneck like this makes it even more difficult. You can also see how many people live in Chicago and how many commute to work on interstates.
#2 - I-95, SR 4, Fort Lee NJ
Finally, a New Jersey intersection. We were actually surprised that New York and New Jersey weren't the worst places to ship cars, given how bad traffic is. This one isn't surprising. I-95 and SR 4 are connected just west of New Jersey Turnpike. This naturally causes bottlenecks due to tolls. I-95 is heavily tolled in the New York/New Jersey region, which can cause auto shipping costs to rise for many. Due to the bottleneck at Turnpike's entrance, shipping can take longer.
Now, let's move on to #1...
#1 - I-285 at I-85 in Atlanta, GA
Ha! Bet you didn't expect Atlanta to be at the top of this list. It is quite the opposite of what you might expect. One could even call it ironic. This intersection is visible via Google Maps . It is also known as "Spaghetti Junction." However, its real name is The Tom Moreland Interchange. It is not located in Atlanta but in the northeast. This intersection is still the worst for auto shippers in America. It is just one of seven Atlanta interchanges that made ATRI's Top-100 list of worst bottlenecks.
It's pretty crazy, right?
These areas are not dangerous for auto transporters. They can and will still deliver cars. These bottlenecks are found in the Atlanta and New Jersey areas, which are the most popular shipping destinations in those respective regions. If you are wondering why your car is taking so long to arrive at you, consider these bottlenecks.
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