What is a transportation service?
You have probably heard of long distance transportation services. You may have even seen websites that advertise these transportation and driving services and you’ve wondered about them. These transportation services are of two types: one kind of transportation service provides drivers who will drive your own car cross-country with your possessions in them; another kind of transportation service provides both car and driver in order to transport property or people, or both.
Who uses a transportation service?
Long distance transportation services are usually recommended for senior citizens. They may have medical or physical conditions that render them unable to withstand the stress of travel through mass transportation such as buses, trains and airplanes; and they may be unable to drive their own cars cross-country. It is also recommended for persons with disabilities who may have needs which require frequent stops for rest, hygiene or medication. It has been used for when families move from one part of the country to another: the family flies to their new place of residence while their belongings are transported cross-country by licensed drivers who deliver their stuff at the doorstep of their new home. It is also used by pet owners to transport their beloved pets when they move houses as pets often suffer from motion sickness when transported in the cargo hold of trains, airplanes or buses.
Some long distance taxi services often just carry people from one place to another. These long distance transportation services offer to drive the passenger’s own car or, the taxi services provide top-of the line vehicles from which the passenger or customer can choose. Their drivers are professionally trained (some even know CPR) and often know points of interest along the route. They can act as tour guides and help the passenger make most of the cross-country trip so that he can visit tourist spots. All of our drivers have been screened with a background check, and are verified safe, defensive drivers.
Some of these services offer purely cargo transport. They will pick up your belongings from anywhere in the country (from your home, an airport or storage facility) and deliver them to your doorstep or any other point in the country. The drivers can usually be asked not only to transport cargo but pets as well and they can be relied upon to feed and tend to the pets’ needs while on the road.
Cost of long distance transportation services
In determining the cost of transportation services the distance to be traveled is considered primarily as this determines the number of days of travel as well as fuel and toll way costs. They also consider the time of year when the service is availed of: transportation during winter is more costly as the drivers may encounter inclement weather conditions. The type of vehicle to be driven for the passenger also affects costs. Driving light vehicles such as cars and SUVs do not require special licenses but driving commercial vehicles will mean a higher professional fee for the driver who has a commercial license. It is best to ask for a quote from the transportation service provider.
Reliability of long distance taxi services
Most cars and vehicles used by these services have GPS such that you can track the exact location of the vehicle carrying your pet or belongings. Drivers who carry persons are often required to check-in via email or SMS with the client’s relatives and with their company at pre-determined times of the day or night. The driver’s cell phone number or email address is often provided so that when they stop traveling for the day, the driver may be contacted. Most long distance taxi services also insist that travel insurance for passengers and cargo be purchased by the client.
Long distance taxi services and long distance transportation services have been around for a long time. They have built up a client base. They are registered businesses whose practices and track record are documented. They are reliable and they provide a safe travel alternative when you cannot drive yourself to your destination cross country.