First time through Atlanta

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by AdolfSheckelstein, Dec 9, 2019.

  1. AdolfSheckelstein

    AdolfSheckelstein Bobtail Member

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    I have to drive through Atlanta for the first time and I hear it can be a nightmare. Is there anything I should know about it? I heard something about not driving through the loop or something. What does that mean? Is there traffic all day? I’m driving from Amarillo tx to savannah Georgia, is there a way to avoid Atlanta without adding a lot of miles and time? Any tips would be much appreciated
     
  2. qbertsrevenge

    qbertsrevenge Light Load Member

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    I drove through Atlanta in either morning or afternoon rush hour traffic every working day for a year. Just know which lane you need to be in and get there a couple miles ahead of time, expect drivers to do the stupidest thing possible and you'll be just fine. The worst traffic is from about 6:30-9:30am in the morning and 3:30pm-7pm in the evening. Good luck, be safe driver.
     
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  3. Brandonpdx

    Brandonpdx Road Train Member

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    Yeah stay on the 285 loop unless you actually have to make a stop inside it. Unbelievable but they are known to ticket through trucks using the interstate routes inside the loop. Seems ridiculous to me but true.
     
  4. AdolfSheckelstein

    AdolfSheckelstein Bobtail Member

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    Ok thanks guys. As long as I stay on the loop I won’t get a ticket right?
     
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  5. Atlanta trucker

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    I don’t think it’s that bad but ya it’s not open road easy breezy ... there is the 285 loop that goes all the way AROUND Atlanta not through Atlanta. It’s 62 miles from start to finish. Just jump on that and you will be ok. Inside the loop simply means you are going strait through Atlanta not AROUND it on that 285 loop. It will be I 20 east to 285 south to the I 75 south and then down to Macon GA where you will catch the 16 south all the way to Savanah.
     
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  6. AdolfSheckelstein

    AdolfSheckelstein Bobtail Member

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    Right on thanks for the info
     
  7. Swedish Chef

    Swedish Chef Heavy Load Member

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    Trucks are not allowed to drive inside of the 285 beltway. Stay on 285. Unfortunately, Amarillo to Savannah does require a pass through in Atlanta, but you’ll be coming in from 20 east to 75 south, which is one of the easier, less traffic snarled corridors in Atlanta. Try to pass though between 10:00 and 13:00 if you can.
     
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  8. Just passing by

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    While on 285 do not travel on the left lane. Trucks must use two right lanes. Or you might get a tkt.
     
  9. Atlanta trucker

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    10-4 good buddy
     
  10. Harry Flashman

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    I think the only way to avoid it is to stay on 40 to Asheville, NC. Then 26S to 95S. Adds about 190 miles. Probably not worth it.

    Try to time your driving to come through Atlanta at Nighttime if you aren't solar powered.
     
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