4 Signs to Recognize Aggressive Drivers

Whether you’re a new or seasoned driver, chances are that you’ve experienced road rage either firsthand or from someone passing by. Road rage is a dangerous and explosive situation, and should be avoided when possible. Be safe and learn how to recognize and stay clear of road rage by being familiar with these signs and tips.

  • Erratic Driving
    • If you see another driver weaving in and out of lanes, using rude gestures, and engaging in tailgating, this may be an angry and/or stressed driver. A driver in this state of mind may not pay attention to safety while trying to get ahead of the other cars. They may refuse to signal and will exceed the speed limit, placing you in danger.
  • Aggressive Behavior
    • Is a driver yelling at you from their vehicle’s window? Are they revving the engine while looking at you or trying to get your attention with gestures? If so, that driver is angry and may be on the verge of a road rage incident. Getting this angry while driving may lead to more aggressive behaviors like cutting you off in traffic, forcing cars off the road, or worse.
  • Using the Horn Inappropriately
    • The horn is an important tool for alerting drivers to a variety of situations.; however, someone who uses it excessively and simply because they are angry is to be avoided on the road. 
  • Being Obstructive to Traffic
    • A driver who is overly angry may try to block other drivers who he/she perceives as being in the wrong. This driver may refuse to let you pass, slow down to a dangerous degree, or even force drivers off the road. 

If you see any of these red flags from a driver, do your best to get away from them. It’s vital to keep yourself calm and not respond to their actions. Reciprocating their actions  will only make them more angry. Let them pass you if possible. If you are unable to get away from this driver in traffic, pull over. But never, ever get out of your vehicle while this is happening.

For more tips on staying safe on the road, be sure check back often. For information on transportation and mobility efforts in Perimeter center, visit PCIDs.

5 Tips on Driving in Atlanta

If you are not familiar with driving in a large metropolitan city, Atlanta may surprise you. Because it has grown so quickly over the last several years, you need to be prepared to know how to drive in traffic. Whether you’re driving or taking MARTA, always plan to give yourself extra time to get to your Atlanta locations on time and safely.

  • Update Your GPS
    • Because Atlanta has a fairly warm climate year round, road construction takes place all year. Before you travel, update your GPS to the latest information to make sure you know which areas to avoid during high traffic periods. If you’re heading to tourist attractions, it is also a good idea to be aware of which attractions are near construction areas so you can visit during low-traffic periods. You can also call the Atlanta Convention & Visitor’s Bureau for additional construction information.
  • Plan Ahead
    • Planning for any trip will help alleviate mistakes such as arriving at tourist attractions when they are closed or during a members-only event. You should also include extra travel time if you are coming from outside the city or even from one end of the city to another. Rush hour or the time before and after large events will also slow down traffic. It is a good idea to plan each day efficiently by visiting neighboring attractions together.
  • Use Public Transportation
    • Look for buses, shuttles, and/or ride services to get from one location to another in the city, especially if you are not familiar with city driving. You can relax and enjoy the ride while an experienced driver gets you where you need to go. For more information, visit Perimeter Connects.
  • Far Right Lanes are Exit Only
    • In Atlanta, the far right lanes are generally for exit only; therefore try to stay in the middle highway lanes as you travel through the city. If you are insecure about highway travel in areas of high traffic, then see #3.
  • Take Advantage of Southern Hospitality
    • Atlanta is known for its southern hospitality. Ask hotel staff, restaurant employees, or even people on the street for suggestions as to directions or attractions to visit. They are used to driving in the city and know the best way to get around.
  • For more tips on driving in Atlanta, be sure check back often. For information on transportation and mobility efforts in Perimeter center, visit PCIDs.



Top 5 Places to See the Atlanta Skyline (and the Highways That Will Get You There)

Atlanta is a bustling city filled with a wide variety of fun and exciting tourist attractions and sights. Getting a good view of the Atlanta skyline is a must when trying to experience all the city has to offer. Not to mention, the skyline makes for a stunning picture. Here are five of some of the best places for you to view Atlanta’s incredible skyline.

  • Jackson Street Bridge
    • Atlanta’s best known bridge sits above Freedom Parkway and is famous for positions to take breathtaking photographs of the skyline. Whether you visit during the day or at night, you’re guaranteed a beautiful shot. You can access the bridge from Jackson Street or the Freedom Parkway.
  • Sundial Restaurant, Bar and View
    • Located at 210 Peachtree St NW (top of Westin Peachtree Plaza), the Sundial Restaurant features delicious dining accompanied by stunning views. Access the city center from I-85 or I-20 depending on where you are coming from. This restaurant is a bit pricey, but worth it for the lovely view, great food, and excellent service.
  • Skyview Atlanta
    • View Atlanta from the top of this giant ferris wheel all four seasons for a unique sense of the city. Enjoy the thrill of the ferris wheel ride while getting a chance to see the entire city. Located in Centennial Park, 168 Luckie St NW (Centennial Olympic Park Dr). You can access this attraction from I-85.
  • Lake Clara Meer
    • The southeast side of Lake Clara Meer at Piedmont Park near Charles Allen Drive offers a beautiful view of midtown Atlanta. You can visit year round to see the seasons in this great city. Get to Lake Clara Meer via I-85 and 14th Street NE.
  • Oakland Cemetery/Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House
    • For another view, visit Oakland Cemetery and Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House at 685 11th St NW for lovely photographic opportunities. Find unique, breathtaking views of Atlanta from the rooftops. You can find these attractions via I-85 and Memorial Drive SE.
  • For more tips on getting in and around Atlanta, be sure check back often. For information on transportation and mobility efforts in Perimeter center, visit PCIDs.

Six Lifehacks for Your Car

In Atlanta, the average commuter spends 42 hours in traffic per year. That’s not including drive-time without traffic or road trips out of the city. It’s safe to say we spend a lot of time in the car, and because it’s a car, you likely won’t have all of the conveniences of your home (unless you’re lucky enough to be in an RV). Read below for six lifehacks to make your life a bit easier while on the road.

  • Hacks on keeping your car’s interior clean

    • Cupcake Liners: The next time you are in your car, look over to the console and take a peek into your cup holders. Odds are, there is an array of items down there, including change, gum wrappers, and maybe even a soda spill. A simple hack to keep this area of your car clean is to place large cupcake liners into each cup holder. This way, the cupcake liners catch all the trash and clean up is a breeze—just remove and replace the liners.
    • Cereal Containers: Let’s face it, how many times has your backseat served as the makeshift trashcan while driving? Instead of throwing trash in the backseat to stay there for several days (or weeks), simply buy a reusable cereal container that comfortably fits in your car and line it with a small trash bag. This way, you can securely close the container and avoid any spillage or unwanted smells.
  • Hacks on food in the car

    • Seat Heaters: If you’re getting take-out, you’ll probably want to keep it warm on the way home. If your car has seat warmers, place the food in the passenger seat and turn on the seat warmer. This creates an instant warming oven for your food!
    • Bungee Cords: After loading the trunk up with groceries, you’re likely to hear a thud and a few clanks with the milk carton turning over and the produce running away every time you hit the brakes or make a turn. To save the bread and eggs from getting squished, place a bungee cord in the trunk by finding two places to anchor the ends. Simply hang your grocery bags by the handles on the cord and it will save you from all those thuds and clanks on the ride home.
  • Hacks on parking your car in a garage

    • Tennis Balls: Have you ever pulled into your garage and perhaps didn’t stop far enough back/hit the garage wall in front of you? To save you from this small one-person fender bender, measure out how far back you’d like to park and hang a tennis ball from the garage ceiling so that it touches your windshield. This way, when you pull in, you will always know when to hit the brakes and have the perfect park every time. All you’ll need is a few hooks, a tennis ball, and some fishing wire.
    • Pool Noodles: To protect your doors from hitting the garage wall when you get out of the car, secure a pool noodle at the level where your car door would make contact with a few nuts and bolts on the garage wall. This will prevent damage to the wall as well as the car door.

For more driving tips and hacks, be sure to follow PCIDs development of the 285@400 project, a project designed to improve safety and better traffic flow at the I-285/SR 400 interchange.





The Science Behind Traffic Slow-Downs

As an Atlanta driver, you are likely to experience traffic slow-downs throughout the city. Whether it’s down Clairemont heading to Decatur, in the heart of the downtown connector, or around the perimeter, traffic is inevitable and especially worse at rush hour.

The term “rush hour” was first used to describe daily peak times of traffic congestion in the 1890s. It was originally considered a literal 60-minute hour in most cases where the demand for space on the roads is greater than what is available. In the 1890s, this would have been a surplus of horse-drawn carriages. Today’s commuters in cars, trucks, and SUVs know that it can last much longer than just one hour, but what makes traffic slow-downs occur? Read below on a few theories behind traffic slow-downs:

  • The Butterfly Effect
    • This mathematical theory claims that small disturbances, like a driver changing lanes, can create a sequence of events that slows down drivers even after the lane change has been completed.
  • Invisible Waves
    • This theory claims that an invisible wave of congestion is created when the initial issue forces several rows of cars to stop. Those stopped cars cause others behind them to stop, creating a ripple effect. The jam will not dissipate unless everyone is able to move at the same pace at once, which will likely never happen in practice due to driver reaction-time and varying speeds of drivers.
  • Tragedy of Commons
    • This is based on an economic theory that claims most jams are caused by opportunity cost. Since a majority of roads are free to use, people use them as much as they like and whenever they like, which causes congestion on the roads.

While these theories explain why traffic slow-downs happen, there are several measurements transportation agencies can take to combat traffic jams. Ramp signaling, which are traffic signals placed on entrance ramps, create space between merging cars onto the highway. This prevents highways from becoming saturated too quickly.

Other ways to combat traffic issues are being implemented in PCIDs’ development of the 285@400 project, a project designed to improve safety and better traffic flow at the I-285/SR 400 interchange. This includes construction of barrier-separated collector distributor lanes along I-285 and SR 400 to help reduce weaving, merging, and accelerating/decelerating issues, a way to mitigate the butterfly effect around the Perimeter Center. With new flyover bridges and expanded lanes, there is more roadway to accommodate Atlanta’s growing number of vehicles on the highway. For more traffic information, follow the 285@400 project!




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