Every year approximately 40 million or 14% of the US population move because of weather conditions, job opportunities, schooling or affordability. While some are quite fine driving long hours from state to state others are torn between driving and shipping their car. Are you among this moving population and wondering if car shipping or driving makes more sense? I’m pretty sure that by the end of this article you would have a definite answer.
Things to Consider When Driving Across State
Driving across the state might sound fun and exciting, I mean, who doesn’t love a good road trip? Before you pack your bags, load up the car with your wife and kids, here are a few things you should probably consider:
Time: Depending on the distance to be traveled, driving across the state can be quite a time to consume and last anywhere from a day to a week (if you’re going coast to coast). For the working class, this may not be the best decision. Do you really want to spend your entire week of driving from one State to the next? For example, driving from Oregon to Florida is approximately 45 hours depending on speed and that’s if you drive constantly without breaks. Throw in a few bathroom breaks, rest stops and you’re looking at maybe 5 days!
Cost: Let’s put pen to paper. So you’ve decided to drive because you want to save on money but do you really save and how much is it? When driving across the state you first have to consider the cost to fill and refill your tank. It could cost anywhere from $50-$80 to fill a Toyota Prius for 1000 miles. Driving from Oregon to Florida is 2934 miles. That’s almost 3 Tanks of gas, plus accommodations for 3 or more nights and let’s toss in food. All of those little expenses would end up costing you the same or even more than shipping. Still think it’s cheaper?
Safety: Driver Fatigue leads to thousands of motor vehicle accidents yearly in the US. Fatigue happens naturally but when you’re behind the wheel it becomes quite literally life-threatening placing other drivers or families in your cross-hairs.
Should You Ship Your Car Instead
Ok, so you now know that depending on where your destination is, driving may not be the best means of getting your vehicle there. What do you do? Here are a few considerations when it comes to shipping your car.
Time Considerations: Shipping your car from one State to next can save hours or Days while keeping you on track to meet your appointments. You can also ship your car ahead of your travel time so it means you at your destination, no hitch, no delays.
Cost: Shipping your car would cost you the same amount of money or less as it does to drive, with the added benefit of getting there faster and in more convenience. To find out more about the cost to ship your vehicle, whether it be a car, boat, motorcycle, or RV by using a Car Shipping Calculator.
Safety: With car shipping, you are less prone to road accidents that result from drunk drivers, driver fatigue, or any other unforeseen occurrences on the road.