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Avoid the Hazards of Driving Your Car Across Country

What's in this article?
  1. Factor In The Hazards
  2. Consider The Mileage
  3. What Is Your Time Worth?
  4. Shipping Options
Driving Your Car Across Country

We know the comforts of living in a community for a long period of time. We know what it is like to be set in our ways. We have a short commute to work. Stores are easily accessible. Recreational activities are close by. Everything we need is convenient to where we have chosen to live. But sometimes work opportunities come up that make relocating to another part of the country too good of an opportunity to turn down.

So, the decision is made. The move is eminent. Long distance movers have been hired to get your household full of furniture and possession from point A to point B. But what about your car? Does it make more sense to risk the hazards of the open road to drive your car across country to your new home, or to let the experts do the job and hire a professional car transportation company?

Factor in the Hazards

When you contract with a professional transportation company, your workload is pretty limited. Once you prepare your car for shipment, your job is done. You don’t have to worry about a thing other than claiming your vehicle at the other end of the journey.

By comparison, when you drive your car across country, you put you and your vehicle at risk. You may face road construction, multi-car pileups, oil spills, flat tires, inclement weather, and a host of other travel woes. And, what if one of these hazards impacts your car and something goes wrong? Do you really want to have to try to find a qualified and affordable mechanic along the sprawling highways?

Another huge hazard to consider when driving across country is human fatigue. Logging hours behind the wheel will wear your down both physically and mentally. You won’t be as sharp, and this increases your chance of being in an accident.

In addition to avoiding the hazards of cross country driving, there are other factors that go into a decision to drive your car or have it professionally transported.

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Consider the Mileage

While statistics show that Americans are traveling more by road for family visits and vacations, the emphasis is definitely on short trips. Driving a car for a cross country move is a lot more stressful than one might think. You’ll want to consider several factors to see if it makes more sense to drive your car across country or hire an expert transportation company like A-1 Auto Transport.

One of the first things you’ll want to calculate when making a decision to drive or ship your car across country is the distance of the move.

A move from New York to Los Angeles entails navigating 2,800 miles of road. That’s a lot of miles to put on your car in one trip. According to, factoring an average gas price of $2.89 per gallon, the fuel expense for a trip of that distance would be under $350. But we all know the costs of driving are more than just for fuel. There’s also parking fees, road tolls, meals and lodging, and vehicle maintenance. Taking into account that the depreciation on your vehicle gets impacted with each and every mile, driving your car across country is not necessarily the most economical decision.

What is your Time Worth?

After calculating the mileage of the move, the next thing you will want to figure out is the time the journey will take. While you can keep a racecar pace going and get from one end of the country to the other in a few days, typically a cross country drive takes about a week. This allows for rest stops for the drivers. Driver safety considerations like taking rest stops is paramount for the welfare of everyone on the road. 

While it would be lovely to make your drive into a mini vacation with stops at all the historical landmarks and tourist sites, do you have the freedom in your schedule to make those kinds of stops? If you have kids, is it going to be prohibitive to take them out of school for that length of time? If you use your time off from work to drive your car across country, are you going to have time for unpacking and getting your things organized and put away?

If you only have limited time available for your move, it may make more sense to ship your vehicle. 

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Shipping Options

If you decide that shipping your vehicle makes more sense than driving, you’ll want to make sure you use a transportation company that is fully licensed, bonded, and insured.

Automobile transportation companies typically offer a wide range of shipping options. These various shipping options can include:

When it comes to cross country vehicle transportation, open air transport is the most economical shipping option. However, it does leave the vehicle open to some weather and road hazards. 

By contrast, with a hard sided enclosed carrier, the vehicle is safely protected from all travel and weather conditions.  For most vehicles, enclosed transport is just enough pampering to keep your vehicle happy on its way to your new home.

With Luxury/High End service, auto transporters offer additional precautions that include:

  • Air ride suspension to prevent “chucking.”
  • Wall and floor mounted brackets for a secure fit.
  • Use of a hydraulic lift gate for loading and unloading.
  • Drip guards to prevent potential leaks.

Door to Door transport is the most convenient shipping option. You vehicle is picked up from your home on one end of the journey and delivered to your new home at the other end of your journey.

Moving from one state to another can be a stressful thing, even when the move is a positive one. Don’t let the hazards of road travel become an albatross hanging round your neck. 

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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