Posted on 01/16/23

How The Weather Affects Shipping A Vehicle

How The Weather Affects Shipping A Vehicle

The Northeast's recent blizzard raised the question of how weather affects shipping cars.

Evidently, if you're shipping a car from the Northeast this week your shipment will be delayed while roads are cleared and vehicles are excavated.

Weather can have a significant impact on the shipping process of a vehicle, affecting both the safety and logistics of the operation. While most shipping companies have contingency plans in place to handle inclement weather, it's important for customers to be aware of how weather can affect their vehicle shipping, so they can make informed decisions about when to schedule their shipment.

  1. Road closures: Inclement weather can cause roads to close, making it difficult or impossible for trucking companies to deliver vehicles. This can lead to delays and added costs for shipping.

  2. Damage to vehicles: Extreme temperatures, high winds, and heavy precipitation can damage vehicles in transit, especially if they are not properly loaded or protected.

  3. Safety concerns: Weather conditions can create safety hazards for truck drivers and other shipping personnel, such as icy roads, flash floods, and high winds. This can lead to delays as carriers take extra precautions or even halt operations until conditions improve.

  4. Air transport: Weather can also impact air travel, causing flight cancellations and delays, which can affect the shipping of vehicles that are transported by air.

  5. Port operations: Weather can also affect the operations of ports and terminals, causing delays and cancellations of shipping vessels. This can be caused by bad weather during the voyage or by weather conditions at the port of arrival or departure.

  6. Extra precautions: Carriers may take extra precautions for the vehicles, such as covering them with tarp or using specialized equipment to prevent damages from bad weather.

It's not only winter that can cause problems with shipping cars. Many weather conditions can disrupt shipping, including heavy rains or hailstorms, wildfires, tornadoes, and other extreme weather.

Car carrier companies, particularly the best ones, will always keep an eye on weather reports when planning routes for their trucks. A company does not want to send their truck, loaded with you and eight to nine others' personal assets, into the middle of a storm.

What does all this mean?

It means being patient and understanding that car drivers will not only be concerned about safety but also that they may experience delays just like the rest of us.

Believe me, there are many carriers who would love to pick up and deliver in the Northeast this week. But they, like everyone else, are stuck in a holding pattern.

It is possible to avoid such situations by doubling down on global warming.

To minimize the impact of weather on shipping a vehicle, carriers and logistics companies will often have contingency plans in place, such as routing shipments around closed roads or re-scheduling deliveries to avoid dangerous weather conditions. It's important to communicate with your carrier and keep track of weather forecasts to anticipate any potential disruptions and make necessary arrangements. Also, is important to have the vehicle inspected to document the vehicle's condition before shipping, and to ensure that all necessary paperwork and documents are in order.