Posted on 06/14/22

How The Weather Can Affect Shipping

How The Weather Can Affect Shipping

The weather can have a significant impact on the shipping process, both in terms of safety and logistics. Here are a few ways that weather can affect shipping:

Road closures

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

Damage to goods

Extreme temperatures, high winds, and heavy precipitation can damage goods in transit, especially if they are not properly packaged or protected.

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.

Air transport

Weather can also impact air travel, causing flight cancellations and delays, which can affect the shipping of goods that are transported by air.

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.

Weather and Travel in Major Metro Areas

Each year there are 5,760,000 car accidents. 22% of these are weather-related (1,259,000). Most of these crashes occur during rain (46%) and wet pavement (73%). Crashing during snow storms can also lead to 17% of all vehicle accidents. Icy roads are responsible for 13% of all accidents. Snowy and slushy roads result in 14%. Fog is responsible for 3% of all accidents.

Weather-related crashes account for 16% of fatalities, 19% of injury-related crashes, and 23% of property damage. Weather conditions can dramatically reduce speed on freeways and decrease the effectiveness of traffic signal timing programs. Heavy snow can reduce speed by 5-40 percent.

How the Weather Influences Productivity

Weather can result from high maintenance costs incurred by traffic management agencies Winter road agencies, emergency management agencies, law enforcement agencies, and commercial vehicle operators (CVOs).

Winter road maintenance accounts for 20% of DOT maintenance budgets. Snow and ice control is a major expense for both local and state agencies.

Weather-related congestion causes truck companies to lose 32.6 billion hours annually. Weather in the 20 largest cities with the most truck traffic accounts for 12% of the delay in vehicle hours. Truck-related delays cost an average of 2.2 billion to 3.6 million dollars annually.
What can I do to avoid delays in my auto shipping

Wondering how weather and accidents on distant interstates can affect you? We are always aware of these facts when shipping cars and will keep you informed about the status of your delivery. You can save money by being aware of the weather conditions. You can plan ahead to make sure you have more time to drive your car in bad weather or to find an alternative route. You can drive more safely and stress-free if you are aware of the weather.

These are just a few of the many things you will learn about logistics companies. We must always be aware of road conditions that could affect the hundreds of cars we ship each day.