Winter Auto Transporting Tips

A massive pileup involving 43 vehicles along a mile stretch of I-75 in Detroit, Michigan. A total of 12 separate crashes involving cars, trucks, SUVs, semis, tractor trailers, and auto haulers caused the southbound lanes to be shut down. Mangled metal, crushed glass, jackknifed trailers and overturned vehicles littered the highway.

Driving conditions on this blustery day were unsafe. High winds, blinding snow squalls, and icy roads caused extremely poor visibility on the highways all across Michigan and the Midwest. A similar crash was reported in Indianapolis, causing I-70 to be shut down for several hours with more than 40 vehicles involved.

The Detroit crash happened along a busy section of highway that travels through an industrial area. Many tankers and haulers carrying heavy loads were involved in the crash, including two car carriers. It has not been reported if the vehicles on the auto hauler were damaged in the crash.

This Got Us Thinking…

When making decisions about shipping your car, it is important to make sure you ask the right questions. Many people feel lost and don’t know where to start when trying to decide if they should drive or just ship their vehicle. Here are a few tips to help guide you through the process.

What’s the Route?

Make sure you are aware of the route your driver will take. This will help you stay abreast of the weather advisories in the area. This is especially important when your vehicle is on an open carrier. Your car will be exposed to the weather and the elements of dirt, dust, rain, hail, sleet, snow, etc. If you are worried about damage to your vehicle, you can always ask the driver to drop your vehicle at a local terminal.

Is the Carrier Licensed, Bonded, and Insured?

Make sure the carrier you hire is insured. This is not only important to protect your vehicle but also will help weed out the irresponsible and inexperienced haulers. Be sure that the hauler will cover all or a portion of the cost if your vehicle is damaged due to a highway crash or any other unforeseen events.

What is the Carrier’s Experience?

Make sure the carrier is familiar with and has experience transporting the make/model car you are entrusting them with. Many classic and collector cars are not able to be bolted or tied down. It is important that you de-brief the driver with specifics about your precious cargo. In the event of crash or pile up on the highway the driver will be better able to protect your vehicle from damage.

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