Auto transport is usually a safe process, with the chances of anything going wrong being quite low. Nonetheless, even though auto transport is generally safe, there are some important auto transport safety tips that you should be aware of, especially if you've never been through the process before. Check them out:
Clear Out Any Valuables.
Before the auto transport carrier loads your car onto the transport trailer, you need to make sure that you clear out any valuables that may still be inside. Some of the key places to look are:
- The trunk.
- The glove compartment.
- Underneath and on the sides of the seats.
- Seat pockets.
- The center console.
Clearing out the valuables in your car is a case of “better safe than sorry.” Otherwise, it will be hard to prove to the auto transport carrier that something was inside of your car when it was originally picked up.
Stay Clear When It's Being Loaded On and Off.
The auto transport driver is an expert on how to safely load your vehicle on and off the trailer, whether it's an enclosed trailer, an open trailer, or a flatbed truck. For your own safety, it's best to stay away from your vehicle and the trailer during this process.
You do not want to be standing directly in front of or behind the vehicle, just in case something goes wrong. It only takes a split second for the momentum and weight of a car to cause serious bodily harm to you should it ram into you with any major force. Instead, it's recommended that you stand off to the side at least five feet away.
Let the Auto Transport Carrier Know of Any Issues.
If there are any issues with your vehicle, you have to be forthcoming about them. It's best to let the auto transport carrier know of them ahead of time, which A-1 Auto Transport will certainly do. Some of the vehicle issues that can put both your car and the driver at risk are:
- Brake issues.
- Electrical issues.
- Leakage issues.
- Mechanical issues.
For example, if your car leaks gas, this can be extremely dangerous during the transportation process because of its flammable nature. Keep in mind that a gas leak is one of the main causes of all vehicle fires.
The Driver Will Take Care of the Rest
Besides following the above tips, as well as preparing your vehicle based upon the instructions provided to you by the auto transport carrier, the driver will make sure to follow various safety protocols. Getting your vehicle from point A to point B as safely as possible without any issues benefits everyone involved.
At A-1 Auto Transport, we pride ourselves on always informing our customers about the best safety tips that they can follow. Make sure to contact us today for your free quote!
Written By:Joe Webster
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.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.