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How to Ship a Car in the Winter?

How to Ship a Car in the Winter?

A number of scientists have confirmed global warming. However, winter is also a confirmed cold fact across the US! If you were expecting to reside in the tropics by now, it might not be the time just yet. Heavy snow and ice storms continue to hit many states. And if for some fun in the snow is the most awaited time of the year, for others, winter is quite a challenge. Especially for your car.

How to Ship Your Car in The Winter?

Your biggest mistake when shipping your car would be to opt for the shipping offer with the lowest price. Moving companies enjoy higher demands prior and right after the winter season thanks to snowbirds. There are numerous requests companies can choose from, so they go with the highest payers. If you are not willing to pay more, your car may not be transported when you need it. Little tricks that put clients off, we know. This is why you need to choose a shipping company that is transparent and eager to guide you through each step of the shipping process.

The biggest obstacle for snowbirds when they start moving is the long distance. And this can be a huge problem during the winter season. With the shorter daylight hours and bad road conditions, even 300 miles can be a nightmare. Shipping your vehicle can save you the trouble – you don’t want to start your warm winter under pressure, do you?

Imagine the journey from Indiana to Arizona – driving in a snowstorm in December and driving back in a blizzard in April… The best part about hiring a shipping company is that they can take care of your car not only on the way south but on the way back, too. All you have to do is find a reliable partner that you can trust with your car. If you are a snowbird, you are probably already planning your trip to the southern states. If this is your first time shipping your car, make sure you check our snowbird routes and tips for successful car transport.

 

How to move during the winter?

It’s not always that moving is a nightmare. Some people find it quite refreshing. They use it as an excuse to get rid of the things they don’t need, pack the rest in boxes, and head somewhere new. Moving is fun, that’s true. Winter is not the best season to be relocating. Moving in winter has its charm for sure – Christmas lights everywhere, snowmen cheering from people’s yards. But if you get distracted for a second, the winter roads could play a trick on you.

 

Plan everything in advance

That’s why you need to keep your eyes on the road and be completely sure you have everything well planned out in advance. Get your vehicle ready early on! Load up on winter travel tools. A shovel, tow rope, and a bag of sand could save you in the worst of times. Stocking up on food and warm clothes is your next priority. Checking up the weather forecast once in a while is a must. If it doesn’t look good, better cancel the whole trip and trust a professional instead. Corsia Logistics’ co-owner Mrs. Atanasova had to move several times already and can share a few tips for a successful winter move.

The worst idea of all would be deciding to drive a moving truck. A big no-no. If you are one of those people who love to engage in DIY projects, we understand. But a DIY move is not a project for the winter months. Leave trailer hauling to the professionals. Turn packing into a fun DIY activity instead and get the whole family working together to jolly Christmas tunes.

Moving is a big step for your family, especially for your kids. It is your duty to make this family experience as easy as you can. Driving to your new home in winter conditions would be another stressful task. You wouldn’t want to put your family through the stress of driving in snow and icy weather.

Should you hire a professional auto transporter to ship your car in the winter?

Apart from checking stressful driving off your moving list, hiring a professional auto transporter will give you more quality time with your family. Sometimes, if you are lucky enough, you might get a lower price for getting your car transported. Moving companies are not as busy in the middle of the winter season so they may be open to giving you a better price.

Sometimes, if you are lucky, you might get a lower price to ship your car. Moving companies are not as busy in the middle of the winter season, so they may be open to giving you a better deal.

Request your free, no-obligation car shipping quote today

Love is in the winter air!

So many wonderful things about winter pop up in my mind. The first snowflake that clings outside the office window. The Christmas tree in the living room and the hours we spend together with our families decorating it. Even picking the right buttons for the snowman in the yard! All these little things make winter cozy and warm.

Even if you are not a fan of snow and holidays, winter has one great advantage. It can turn into summer in a matter of hours! And we don’t mean sudden weather changes, even though these keep on happening more and more. What we have in mind is the large variety of warm cities that you can head to for the winter! Whether it’s a spa week in Phoenix, a Rodeo festival in Houston, or the endless pool parties in Miami, winter in the south has it all. Too good to even think about it. How easy is it to get excited about driving in winter conditions?  Not so much. Unless someone gives you a new BMW for Christmas!

Winter driving presents you and your car with a number of challenges. Cold weather will test your vehicle’s mechanical limits. And icy roads will put to test your driving skills. Be prepared!

 

Your vehicle is not a fan of winter

When the snow season hits, drivers must adapt to the new conditions. It’s almost like learning to drive all over again. The roads are unfamiliar, and your car is no longer your best friend. Stressing over your driving is the only thing that your mind does as soon as you leave the house.

The first day of snow is fun, though, right? Yes, for kids only. Because there’s never a single driver, who’s prepared for the first days of winter. There aren’t enough vehicle features and accessories to make you feel completely secure during winter. For one thing, days are shorter, and this immediately leaves you with fewer hours of daylight driving. Usually, either your trip to work in the morning or the one back home at the end of the day will be in the darkness.  Even daytime driving is not as safe because the glare from the snow can blind you. So how do you even plan your trips? Are winter tires and sunglasses the solution?

The most visible effect of winter weather is the condition of the roads. The U.S. Department of Transportation published a list of the possible impacts weather has on roads and driving conditions.

weather impacts on roads, traffic and operational decisions
Source: Department of Transportation

Often, drivers are in a hurry, so they either don’t think about road conditions or become nervous and stiff behind the wheel. This leads to an increase in incidents and traffic congestion. No one likes being stuck in a traffic jam. Add the freezing weather and stuffy nose to it. It doesn’t get any better, does it?

 

What is the biggest issue with winter driving?

The biggest issue is the amount of effort it requires to stay safe. Being on the road in winter calls for increased attention and the ability to adapt quickly. It’s not only that your car is not as stable and secure on slippery roads. If you maintain good control of your vehicle, there is no guarantee everyone else will. If you slow down, it doesn’t necessarily mean that other drivers will do the same. Keep your eyes wide open 100% of the time.

 

Ice and snow, take it slow!

This should be your mantra on the roads during winter. You have to ease on the brakes, put light pressure on the gas, and drive defensively. Not only that, but your preparation has to start much sooner than the moment you hit the road. Here are some tips on prepping your car for winter in case you insist on driving. Even if it’s just to the grocery store:

  • Check up on your battery
    If you have a weak battery, this is not the time to ignore it. Driving in winter takes up a bigger electrical load that might come harsh on your vehicle. Always keep the battery and terminals clean to ensure good connections, and keep the battery fully charged. Be sure to check the battery’s fluid level as well as the voltage regulator.
  • Get a good warm-up
    Cold weather makes it harder for vehicles to start. Some people think that warming up their car in winter is a waste of gas. Yet, a fully warmed-up engine is a more efficient engine. Plus, taking off in a car that hasn’t warmed up is quite dangerous. Icy windshield compromises visibility.
  • Be prepared for anything
    Winter is the trickiest season of all. It can surprise you with anything at any moment. It’s sunny in one city, and 20 miles down the road it is already snowing. You and your car have to be ready to face anything. Make sure you pack a blanket and a few warm clothes before taking off. A windshield scraper, jumper cables, and a flashlight are just as essential!

What happens once you get behind the wheel?

Once you get behind the wheel, all you need to remember is your winter mantra. “Ice and snow, take it slow”. But somehow it seems like the trouble of getting ready for your winter road trip overshadows the pleasure of driving. It seems like there are too many things to keep in mind. Shipping your car instead can save you the stress of winterizing your vehicle. No matter how much you love driving, there are some occasions when it is better not to get behind the wheel. These occasions often relate to times when your mind is occupied with something more important than driving. One of these events is moving to a new home.

If you were about to hit the road but started reconsidering, we’d be happy to help you make the best decision. Whether you need to ship your car to another state or across the country, our logistics experts will gladly answer all your questions and guide you through every step of the process.

Drop us a line via our online chat or call us at (818) 850-5258, or request your free, no-obligation car shipping quote today

We also encourage you to check out the information we have on our blog and browse through our Questions section. Thank you!

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