Moving a Car Interstate during the COVID-19 Lockdown?
COVID-19 is having a huge impact on our daily lives wherever you live and while restrictions are in place with regards to domestic and nonessential travel in Australia, there are still occasions when people need to move their cars.
With all the conflicting information available online, knowing whether it’s safe to drive can be confusing.
If you need to transport a vehicle across the country and you’re wondering whether it’s better to ship it or drive it, this article will help you come to the best decision.
Should you drive a car across the country during COVID-19?
If you’re wondering whether it’s safer to drive or transport a car let’s see if we can make the decision easier.
A road trip might seem like a fun thing to do at any other time but during the crisis you could be putting yourself at considerable risk.
Long hours on the road can involve many stops; fuel, food and the occasional, unplanned toilet break.
Every stop you make means you’re potentially coming into contact with other people; increasing the risk of catching the virus.
For long trips, you’ll also struggle to find accommodation as many places will be closed. Sleeping in your car is no fun at all and means every day, you’ll be more and more tired which is not safe for driving.
Can I find someone to drive my car across the country?
Hiring someone to drive your car interstate might be an option in normal circumstances but during the coronavirus and its associated constraints this type of operation has restricted service.
You might think about asking a friend or family member, but would you really want to put them at increased risk of catching the coronavirus because you need to move a car?
In reality, the thought that you could have someone drive the car for you is really a moot point because of the many restrictions and border lockdowns in place by many of the country’s states.
According to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, the effects of these border restrictions on heavy vehicle drivers is substantially lower and that means it is much, much easier to arrange for your vehicle to be transport commercially than it will be to do it yourself.
Door-to-door transport services during the COVID-19 crisis
We’re all being advised to stay at home and self-isolate as much as possible.
If you’re wondering whether to ship or drive a car interstate, door-to-door transport is a much safer option because your vehicle can be picked up and delivered to a location of your choice.
As long as it’s safe and legal to do so, your vehicle can be picked up from outside your home and this means you don’t have to put yourself at risk by coming into contact with other people.
The carrier that collects your vehicle will take all the necessary precautions to eliminate the risk of spreading the virus.
Other benefits of door-to-door transport services include:
Easy and convenient to arrange
In these worrying times, there’s nothing more convenient (and safer!) than having your car picked up and delivered to your door. You don’t have to travel long distances to a terminal or come into contact with many other people.
A road trip can take a huge amount of time and the situation across Australia is constantly changing as new restrictions and rules are put in place because of the virus.
Choosing to have your car transported usually means it will arrive at its destination quicker and safer than if you were to drive it yourself.
You get to choose pick-up and delivery locations that suit your needs. As long as it’s safe and legal to do so, the carrier will get as close as they possibly can.
At this time, it’s best to contact the car transport companies directly. If you need your car shipped as soon as possible, speak with the transport company directly for a customised quote
One final benefit worth mentioning is that you can elect a third party to be there when your car is delivered. It might be a friend, family member, or colleague. As long as they’re over 18 years of age and you trust them.
It’s much safer for you and those around you if you stay at home and let a trustworthy vehicle transport company ship your car.
The entire automotive transport industry continues to be affected by COVID-19, however, everyone in the industry is doing their best to keep the auto transport wheels moving.