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Old 06-22-2016, 06:12 PM   #11
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Driving to FL in February

I live in Atlanta. Our traffic is a piece of cake - one of those pieces of cake your grandma used to make with real lard - that blocks up all your arteries .

Seriously, if you are coming down I75 at ANY time of day take I285 around town (We call this The Perimeter Highway). Do not go straight through town unless you want to visit one of our tourists attractions.
I285 around the west side is not usually that bad even during rush hour. Don't take I285 around the east side if you can help it.
However, if you want to camp near Atlanta, consider Stone Mountain State Park which is on the east side.



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Old 06-22-2016, 07:19 PM   #12
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your main hazard is ice storms. Hit Charlotte or Atlanta in one and you will wish you stayed home. The traffic just comes to a total stop.

We came into Charlotte and at the SC line we knew things would be bad . Within the first mile into NC the plow ( probably one of the few in the area) was in the ditch.

Winter driving here is a piece of cake ( northern New England) as there is plenty of snow and ice clearing equipment. Not so down south an inch will paralyze for a day. Here 24 inches..half an hour and we are good to go.
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Kim,
Sorry you passed through the area during one of the ice storms.
But statistically we only have an ice storm or snow once every two years. And then they rarely last more than a day or two. So the chance of getting caught in one is very slim.

That is also why our governments don't have much equipment to deal with it. It just isn't a good use of tax dollars.


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Old 06-23-2016, 07:16 AM   #14
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Sorry you passed through the area during one of the ice storms.
But statistically we only have an ice storm or snow once every two years. And then they rarely last more than a day or two. So the chance of getting caught in one is very slim.

That is also why our governments don't have much equipment to deal with it. It just isn't a good use of tax dollars.


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Totally understand why there is not more snow removal equipment but from Maine to Florida is some 1500 miles. During about half of the year we have gone down there is some sort of snow event south of Washington. Typically we head down 81 to 77 and catch 95 near Charleston where things are more tropical


The point is that in February we reserve an extra day at the first stop just in case we are late to that first destination. That way we can still do what we want and a layover day is always welcome if we get there on time.
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Old 06-23-2016, 06:14 PM   #15
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Seriously, if you are coming down I75 at ANY time of day take I285 around town (We call this The Perimeter Highway). Do not go straight through town unless you want to visit one of our tourists attractions.


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When coming from Knoxville going to Florida we always time ATL to miss rush hour and go straight thru town. Guess I've been lucky as it's always been pretty easy. Seems like going around 285 (either way) adds about an extra 10,000 miles to the trip. I love the fact about no trucks thru town.

I also use the HOV lane but did get pointed at by a state trooper one day. I guess you can't pull a trailer in that lane? Not sure why but he acted like I should move out of it. I didn't move out of it and just took off and left me alone. I don't think he really wanted to stop me on a busy interstate.
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I also use the HOV lane but did get pointed at by a state trooper one day. I guess you can't pull a trailer in that lane? Not sure why but he acted like I should move out of it.
I can't find anything to support that. If you have two occupants, you can use it. I don't see any mention of any type of vehicle that is prohibited - but the sites GA DOT and State - might not include them. Dunno.
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We now have two types of HOV lanes in the Atlanta area. Most are still 2 or more passenger lanes but in I85 north of Atlanta the HOV lanes are toll and you have to have a PeachPass transponder (FL, SC and a few other States transponders work too by joint agreement).
Assuming you were on I75 I don't know why a trouper would have pointed at you unless he/she felt you were not going fast enough and backing up the lane.


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No, it wasn't a speed issue for sure. I guess I don't know but he was sure wanting me to move out of the HOV lane. Had I moved over he probably would have got me for crossing the solid line. I don't know but I didn't lose much sleep over it either.


I guess this was before the change to a toll lane. That must be fairly recent? Or maybe it's been longer than I think since I've driven thru ATL.
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The toll lanes have been there for a few years - but are only on I85 north of Atlanta at present- although they keep talking about building more.


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The state parks in the Northern portion of Florida and Southeast Georgia usually have plenty of openings in February. The parks on the beaches in West Florida to the East Beaches from Daytona South to the Keys usually book early. Like what was post above you can forget the Keys they book up a year in advance.

Crooked River state park in Southeast Georgia is nice. Note to remember we only have two seasons in the Deep South, A very long summer and a very short winter. The mosquito is the state bird for both states.

I would try to avoid Atlanta if possible, if you must travel through early morning 5-6 am or late evening after 7pm, all bets are off for Friday afternoon. Even the 285 bypass will be at a standstill on Fridays after 2pm.

There are some very good traffic apps that will update on Atlanta traffic. On Friday traffic will be backed up an hour North of Atlanta to almost Macon on South I75.

Most of I75 Is not bad travel with the exception of Atlanta. I would get on I16 East just below Macon and travel over to I95 South, if you plan on going to Jacksonville.
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