The state of Louisiana is located in the Deep South region of the United States. Bordering the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana is home to several major port cities, particularly New Orleans, the largest city in the state in terms of total population. Louisiana itself is the 31st largest state in total area and also ranks 25th in terms of total population and 24th in population density. These metrics are important in gauging the popularity of a state in terms of auto transportation, primarily population density as it’s a good way to tell which states have large metropolitan areas, or otherwise areas where a lot of people are living in close proximity.
There are two main east-west interstates that run through Louisiana. The Interstate Highway System is the main network of roads in the U.S. that auto transporters like to run their routes on, as they pass through a lot more major metro areas than the old U.S. Route system or the various state-operated highways strewn about the country. I-20 runs through the northern part of the state, servicing Shreveport and other areas, while I-10 runs through the southern areas, notably Lake Charles and New Orleans. These interstates are some of the most heavily traveled east-west interstates, particularly during the winter months when snow and ice causes delays and dangerous driving conditions throughout the northern states. I-10, indeed, is one of the most popular east-west interstates as it connects major cities such as Jacksonville, Tallahassee, New Orleans, Dallas, Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Los Angeles together along one main route.
Louisiana also has two north-south interstates that service various areas of the state. I-49 runs south from Shreveport to Lafayette, while I-55 runs north from New Orleans into southern Mississippi. These interstates are incredibly useful for auto transporters, particularly I-49 as it’s a great way to get from Shreveport to New Orleans. Auto shippers utilize I-55 a lot, as it passes through several major metro areas in Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, and Illinois, before finally terminating in Chicago. Indeed, I-55 is one of the primary routes to get from Chicago down to New Orleans and other areas of Louisiana and helps auto transporters connect to major east-west interstates further north.
Though the interstates help to lower auto transport costs, the fact of the matter is that auto shipping carriers prefer running routes through heavily-traveled and highly populated areas. Cities such as Shreveport, New Orleans and Lake Charles will likely be cheaper and easier to ship vehicles to or from as they are major dots on the map, not just hole-in-the-wall towns that no one’s ever heard of. Car shippers go where the people are, and if all the people are in large cities, they’re going to run routes to and from large cities. Keep that in mind when it comes to transporting your vehicle to or from Louisiana, though of course you can get door-to-door services from anywhere, to anywhere in the state, as long as you have the time and money for it.