Newbies - Geographic Anomolies

Areas: West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida
Cities: Atlanta, Miami

Southern hospitality was born in these states. Here you'll find hills with cattle, country stores and good cooking (like grits, cornbread and sweet tater pie). You can cruise along the Blue Ridge Parkway, soak in the hot springs, visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial, or tour Epcot and Disney World.

You will encounter many steep grades and turns in the southeast as you drive in the Appalachian Mountains. Have your jake brakes and coolant system in good working order. Passing through the Carolinas on I-77 requires heavy breaking. Some parts of I-40 are so treacherous you will not be allowed to go more than 35 mph.

In the wintertime, any roads in these higher elevations can become slick and snow covered. Many of the southern states do not have the equipment to keep them clear during bad weather. Use caution. You may also encounter dangerous, dense fog with temperature changes. Sometimes it's better to pull off for a while.

Though truck traffic is very heavy through Virginia, especially on I-81, there is little parking unless you stop early. Sometimes rest areas only let trucks stop for two hours at a time. This can really mess you up if you've met your driving quota for the day.

As you head into Georgia, stay in the right lane. They have severe fines and speeders are caught quickly.

Florida is very tough on trucks. Because of drug traffic, officials check for drugs often along 1-95. Also along the Florida/Georgia line, especially where I-10 crosses I-75 and I-95, you'll find police practically border-to-border looking for drugs and fugitives. Toe the line, do what they ask and keep a respectful attitude.

More truck stops are needed in Florida. Most charge for overnight parking unless you buy a certain amount of fuel, and they have tollbooths you have to cross to get in and out. You'll also find high-speed weigh stations in this state. If you're light, you'll be directed back to the road; if you're heavy, you'll be directed in.

Alabama is an easy state to drive in. The roads are fair, except for I-65. There are few or no weigh stations so it's smooth going.

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