Atlanta, Georgia is one of the fastest growing cities in the southeastern United States. In fact, the city is one of the fastest growing in the country. Because Atlanta is a hub for international corporations and a variety of industries, it seems like there are always people moving to the peachy city.
Sure, Atlanta and its surrounding areas have a lot to offer – the Atlanta Braves, the Coca Cola Company, sweet Georgia peaches, and an amazingly diverse culture – but before you move, you should probably get the lowdown on the little things. Like the traffic situation.
You may have heard that driving in Atlanta can be a real nightmare, so if you’re moving in the Atlanta area you might want to keep some of these tips in mind:
• Try not to travel during rush hour. In Atlanta, morning rush hour is from 6:30 to 10:30. In the afternoons, it’s 3:30 to 7:00 PM.
• Atlanta can get hot, even in the winter months. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Take frequent rest breaks and stay cool!
• Don’t start the move without the essentials – work gloves, snacks, cell phone, and beverages.
• Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of street signs that say “Peachtree.” It’s a very common street name in the area. There are 117 different roads with the word “Peachtree” in their names, so be careful.
• I-285 is always packed with traffic. This highway is known as the Perimeter and it’s a good idea if you can avoid it during the move. Some people refer to the I-285 loop and “The 285 Race Track” because of the speed at which cars move.