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Winter Weather Driving Safety

It’s starting feel a lot like … winter!

Temperatures are beginning to drop, so it is important to prepare yourself for the wintry weather conditions. Inclement weather can cause a delay or other issues in regards to your travel plans. Therefore, it is helpful to familiarize yourself with safety tips and precautions before planning your commute.

Before you head out on the road, make sure that your car is in great shape. To avoid freezing, check your anti-freeze and thermostat. Also, check the functionality of your brakes, windshield wipers, tires and other important features within your car. It is ideal to get a routine check on your car before or at the beginning of each winter.

While driving in winter weather conditions, plan smart by leaving your destination ahead of time. Allowing yourself more than enough time to travel will give you the time to drive with caution and to beat heavy traffic.

Before driving, be aware of potentially icy areas, sleet and freezing rains. Knowing the weather conditions beforehand will help you determine the best plan of action for your commute. If you cannot avoid driving in icy or snowy areas, take it slow. Refrain from speeding and driving in close proximities to other vehicles.

In the case of an extreme emergency, it is always best to have a winter driving safety kit that is easy to locate in your vehicle. In your kit, you should have items such as a flash light, blankets, a first-aid kit, bottled water, nonperishable food items, jumper cables, etc. Be sure to also have a spare tire available along with a tire repair kit.

Ride Xpress to help eliminate the risk of weather-related car issues. Letting Xpress take the wheel, will ensure a safe and fast ride to your place of employment in Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead or Perimeter Center.

Always remember to use safe and smart driving practices during the cold winter months, so that you can fully enjoy the holiday season!

Holiday Travel in the City with Xpress

During the holiday season, Atlanta is the place to be if you want to experience the true magic of Christmas! The city beams with Christmas lights as people fill the streets spreading their holiday cheer. In such a radiant city, there is always something for the entire family to enjoy, especially during this time of year. Whether you are into ice skating or sightseeing, you will find some holiday fun in the city!

After Xpress takes you home for the Holidays this Friday, be sure to check out what Atlanta has to offer:

Garden Lights, Holiday Lights at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Explore a million lights and beautiful displays in the garden for their annual Christmas light exhibition which will continue until January 7, 2017. Tickets can be purchased here.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia

If you’re looking for a thrilling holiday experience, visit Georgia’s most famous amusement park which will be decorated for the holiday season. Tickets can be purchased here.

Skate Atlantic Station 2016

For all of the ice-skating lovers, Atlanta’s largest outdoor skating rink is now open and will continue until Valentine’s Day. Tickets can be purchased at the venue. For more info, visit skateatlanticstation.com.

Festival of the Season at the Georgia Aquarium

To experience an underwater winter wonderland, visit this fun festival and enjoy multiple family-friendly, holiday events from now until January 1, 2017. To explore the different events and purchase tickets, visit georgiaaquarium.org.

Ice Rink and the Holiday in Lights at Centennial Olympic Park

Atlantic Station isn’t the only place that offers ice skating! Come to the heart of Downtown Atlanta and have some fun at the Centennial Ice Rink while also enjoying the beautiful holiday lights. Tickets for the ice rink can be purchased here.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at the Center for Puppetry Arts

If you’re into live performances, catch Atlanta’s most talented puppets as they present their very own rendition of this classic television special. Showing times will continue until December 31. Tickets can be purchased here.

If you attend any holiday events in Atlanta this season, tweet us your pics at @XpressGA!

Can Traffic and Relaxation Go Together?

Of course traffic is NOT in any way related to relaxation for most.  However, some are able to find ways to soothe themselves in an otherwise stress inducing setting.  Some of these tactics are outlined below:

Practice Gratitude

Make a concerted effort to think of all the things that you are grateful for.  You might be able to appreciate the fact that you have a job, great co-workers, loved ones, friends, or simply be thankful for the privilege of seeing another day.

Drink Green Tea

Green tea contains an amino acid that not only provides its’ unique flavor, but also promotes relaxation. Although many turn to caffeinated coffee for their morning boost, but this beverage choice can actually contribute to your stress response.  Therefore, green tea is a better overall option for your health and sanity.

Listen to Music

If you drive alone (or even with a tolerant passenger), your car is the perfect place to enjoy the sounds of your favorite songs.  As long as you keep your eyes on the road and watch out for hazards, music is the perfect means for taking your mind off of stressful things and uplifting your mood.

Breathe Deeply

Breathing exercises can do a body good.  Inhaling through your nose for a count of four and exhaling through your mouth for a count of four helps to calm the nervous system and ultimately reduce stress.

Labor Day Weekend: September 2-7, 2016

It’s going to be an extremely busy weekend in Atlanta for Labor Day Weekend. This Thursday and Friday, we are expecting an increased traffic volume during the afternoon commutes.
Although we will make every effort to adhere to regularly scheduled times, please anticipate potential delays. Please check Twitter.com/XpressGa to follow Twitter for updates or sign up for the myXpress app to get service alerts. Learn more about Labor Day Festivities:

Dragon Con
9/4-7
Fantasy and sci-fi geeks take over downtown Atlanta each year at Dragon Con. And the multimedia pop culture convention isn’t just for gamers—it also celebrates art, comics, music, and film.

AJC Decatur Book Festival
9/4-5
The 10th annual festival has book signings, readings, and lectures by more than 600 authors, including keynote speakers Erica Jong and Roxane Gay.

Art in the Park
9/5-7
A Marietta tradition since the mid-1980s, this free event features a chalk art display, artist’s market, and a children’s art alley.

Black Gay Pride
9/2-7
Expect dancing, karaoke, block parties, film screenings, poetry slams, and more at this weeklong event.

Fireworks at Stone Mountain
9/4-6

Stone Mountain Park puts on a special laser-and-fireworks show dedicated to “everyday working heroes” every night of the weekend.

Georgia Aquarium
9/5-7
The world’s largest aquarium is open during special hours for Labor Day weekend, so you can watch sea creatures swim by until 11:00 p.m.

Sky High Balloon Festival
9/4-6
Hop in the basket for a ride (or check out the evening “balloon glow”) at Callaway Gardens.

The Atlanta Weekender
9/3-6
Lovers of soul, house, and Afrobeat music flock to this 4th annual DJ festival in the Old Fourth Ward.

House in the Park
9/6
Head to the Grant Park pavilions for this free dance party with live DJs.

Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game
9/5
The Auburn Tigers face the Louisville Cardinals at the Georgia Dome.

Big Peach Sizzler 10K
9/7
This year’s race is dedicated to raising awareness about cystic fibrosis. Be sure to pace yourself—there’s a party at the end.

Midtown Restaurant Week
9/5-13
Find special dining deals at spots like Bantam and Biddy, Bellwoods Social House, Cooks and Soldiers, Community Smith, The Pig and the Pearl, Ecco, and more.

Caribbean Jerk Festival and Family Fun Day
9/6
Come for the mouth-watering food, stay for the music acts (including 1990s hit reggae performer Maxi Priest).

Beer and Whiskey Fest
9/6
The charity event benefiting the PATH Foundation features premium booze and live tunes.

Pay-as-you-exit to get out of town faster

This September 6, Xpress is getting more convenient.  We are implementing a new fare collection method on our routes (NOTE: this change does not apply to Route 408). Customers will pay for their trip in the afternoons before exiting the bus at the park-and-ride lots. Why? This change allows you to board the bus faster in the afternoon and keep the buses from getting delayed along their routes.

Customers will still pay with the same method as they do currently (i.e. tap Breeze card, pay cash, use fare product); you will just make your payment as you exit the coach.

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