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Fetch Truck Rental now available in Peachtree Corners

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve opened our second truck rental location in Peachtree Corners!

At Fetch, we’re focused on providing the most convenient and seamless experience for our customers. Many of our customers are located near the Peachtree Industrial area, and we’ve been searching for a location that could support Fetch.

We’ve partnered with the team at Prototype Prime to make this happen. (If you’re a startup in north Atlanta, definitely check them out.)

If you’re in the surrounding areas such as Norcross, Duluth, Johns Creek or Doraville, we’re just a hop, skip and jump away.

Check out our updated locations page to find our Peachtree Corners (and other) locations. All of our cargo vans and pickup trucks are now available to rent at any of these locations. We hope to see you soon!

8′ Pickup Trucks Now Available

The Fetch team picking up one of our new trucks

Need to make a quick run to pick up some landscaping supplies for a weekend project? Need to move a sofa?

Fetch now has 8′ pick up trucks available to rent! Like all Fetch vehicles, these trucks are clean, easy to drive, and optimized to help you transport your things. Our 8′ trucks include features such as:

  • Automatic transmission
  • Seating for 3 people
  • Extended 8′ bed

Rent an 8′ pickup truck today with Fetch. (Or, book any of our other vans/trucks.)

Fetch Holiday Hours

At Fetch, we wish you and yours the happiest of holidays this year. We’re delighted to help you with your holiday shopping and transportation needs this holiday season.

Fetch will generally be open during the holiday season, with limited hours during specific holidays. If you have any special needs, please do contact us, and we’ll do our best to accommodate your request.

December 24: Closing at 12 p.m.

December 25: Closed all day

Dec 31: Closing at 12 p.m.

January 1: Closed all day

We look forward seeing you throughout the rest of 2016 and in the new year. Happy Holidays!

The Moment When — Episode 02: Jeff Hilimire

I’ve known Jeff Hilimire for 6 years. He was our lead investor and advisor at PlacePunch in 2010, and he’s always been available to help Chris and I whenever we need to talk.

I’m thrilled that Jeff agreed to share his story for The Moment When. If you’re not familiar with Jeff’s work, he’s been at the forefront of digital marketing, mobile and social since starting his first agency, Spunlogic, in the late 1990s.

Jeff’s story is truly one of grit and perseverance. At one point, Jeff was $90,000 in debt with Spunlogic. I have to believe that kind of debt would cause most founders to quit and find a job to start paying off that debt.

But Jeff didn’t quit. He re-oriented his company and found a way to make it work. Listen to his complete story below.

High Roof Cargo Vans Now Available

High roof cargo vans are now available

We’re delighted to share that we’ve added a new class of vehicles to our rental fleet: 9′ High Roof Cargo Vans. These are the largest vans available in our fleet, and they are ideal for moving apartments, furniture, and extra large deliveries.

Our High Roof Cargo Vans pack 323 cubic feet of cargo space and are tall enough to stand up in. Unlike traditional box trucks, these vans provide plenty of space but are aerodynamic and easy to drive in the city or on the highway.

Our High Roof vans are available now, and like all Fetch rentals, they include free pre-paid gas and free insurance. Rent your moving van now with Fetch.

The Moment When

Every entrepreneur faces the moment: nothing is working, and it feels like everything is stacked against you. You have a decision. Should you give up and cut your losses, or do you push through and find a way to make your company work?

In a world of blogs and conferences celebrating the most recent overnight success, these are the tales that aren’t often told.

We’re launching a new podcast, “The Moment When,” that explores these stories. How do you find the strength to carry on and make your company a success when all logic says you have no shot? What does it really take to make your company a success?

In our first episode, I’m delighted to share an interview with my close friend Bill Nussey.

Bill shares some great stories ranging from being a (very) young entrepreneur, starting his second business in college, joining the prestigious Greylock venture-capital firm, and then running several venture-backed companies.

Bill shares his experiences with these different companies, and talks about a few moments when the odds were stacked against him, and how he was able to rally a team to dig their way out.

Best Places to Live in Atlanta: A Ranking Based on Data

Where’s the best place to live? ITP? OTP? Which Atlanta neighborhoods are great for being able to walk to dinner? What if you need great public schools for your family?

While there’s no perfect place in Atlanta that fits everyone, there are certain characteristics that most people look for when moving to an area. We’ve taken those characteristics, measured them for Atlanta’s most popular neighborhoods, and we’ve created our own list of the best places to live in Atlanta.

What are the criteria we used to evaluate each neighborhood? We examined each neighborhood’s:

· Walkability
· Crime rate
· Public schools
· Housing costs
· Commute time

We evenly weighted all of these criteria to calculate the best places to live in Atlanta.

Which neighborhoods did we rank? While Atlanta is full of many incredible neighborhoods, we examined these areas:

· Alpharetta
· Buckhead
· Canton
· Decatur
· Grant Park
· John’s Creek
· Marietta
· Midtown
· Roswell
· Smyrna
· Virginia Highlands

Our results were surprising. We expected the top rankings to come from a place like Alpharetta or Canton, but we were pleasantly surprised at the overall rankings. Without further ado, let’s begin the countdown.

11. Grant Park

· Walkability: 4
· Crime rate: 11
· Public schools: 9
· Housing costs: 2
· Commute: 11

First up on our list is Grant Park. Grant Park really excels as an incredibly walkable area, full of restaurants, cafes and shops. No car required. It is also a very affordable place to live.

However, it lacks in area such as crime and public school. Grant Park has nearly double the number of crimes committed when compared to an average Atlanta neighborhood. And, surprisingly, its commute time is one of the worst in the Atlanta area.

Overall. Grant Park is a fun, walkable neighborhood. But, it lacks in areas such as safety and public education.

10. Marietta

· Walkability: 6
· Crime rate: 10
· Public schools: 6
· Housing costs: 3
· Commute: 7

Marietta, a suburb of northwest Atlanta, is an affordable area to live with average schools. In fact, it is one of the most affordable places to live in Atlanta.

However, Marietta’s relatively high crime rate and long commute times hurt its rankings.

One surprise bonus for Marietta: it ranks as one of the most walkable suburbs in Atlanta.

9. Roswell

· Walkability: 8
· Crime rate: 2
· Public schools: 3
· Housing costs: 5
· Commute: 8

Like Marietta, Roswell is another suburb located in northern Atlanta. Roswell is one of the most idea places to live for families, with a low crime rate and good schools. As an added bonus, its housing costs are relatively low.

However, Roswell suffers from long commute times and a city that requires everyone to drive a car. While the historic Roswell area offers many restaurants clustered together, the rest of the city is not walker friendly and requires a car to get around.

8. Decatur

· Walkability: 5
· Crime rate: 9
· Public schools: 11
· Housing costs: 9
· Commute: 5

Decatur is best known as one of Atlanta’s “hipster” neighborhoods. In fact, Decatur sports one of the best walkability scores, and it’s tied for the best commute time. If you enjoy being outside, walking to stores, shops and restaurants, Decatur is the place for you.

On the flip side, Decatur’s crime rates, schools and housing prices all rank below average in Atlanta. Most notably, its crime rates really harms its ranking.

7. Smyrna

· Walkability: 7
· Crime rate: 8
· Public schools: 7
· Housing costs: 4
· Commute: 6

Thinking of Smyrna? If you’re a house hunter looking for a bargain, Smyrna may be your place. After Grant Park and Marietta, Smyrna ranks as the most affordable place to live in Atlanta.

The flip side is that Smyrna’s crime rates and schools rank below average for Atlanta. Walkability is about average. Overall, it’s an average Atlanta neighborhood with good housing prices.

6. Alpharetta

· Walkability: 10
· Crime rate: 4
· Public schools: 2
· Housing costs: 6
· Commute: 4

Alpharetta is one of the most desirable suburbs to live in Atlanta. Its low crime rates and good schools attract many families. Surprisingly, the average commute time for Alpharetta residents is better than the Atlanta average; a rarity for Atlanta suburbs.

What prevents Alpharetta from ranking higher is its very low walkability score and its average housing costs.

5. John’s Creek

· Walkability: 11
· Crime rate: 1
· Public schools: 1
· Housing costs: 8
· Commute: 9

John’s Creek is perhaps the most desirable location for families to live in Atlanta. Its crime rate and school quality both rank as the best in metro Atlanta.

However, the tradeoff is that housing costs are the worst for an Atlanta suburb, and its walkability score means that you’ll need a car to get to Publix.

4. Canton

· Walkability: 9
· Crime rate: 3
· Public schools: 5
· Housing costs: 1
· Commute: 10

Surprisingly, Canton ranks as one of the top places to live in Atlanta. This Atlanta suburb fares incredibly well with great schools, the most affordable housing, and a very low crime rate. No wonder it’s one of Atlanta’s up and coming neighborhoods.

The only drawbacks? Canton faces one of the worst average commute times. And, as with most suburbs, it has one of the worst walkability scores.

3. Virginia Highlands

· Walkability: 2
· Crime rate: 7
· Public schools: 8
· Housing costs: 10
· Commute: 3

2. Buckhead

· Walkability: 3
· Crime rate:6
· Public schools: 4
· Housing costs: 11
· Commute: 1

We’re now moving into the city of Atlanta, and Virginia Highlands and Buckhead rank as two of the three best places to live in Atlanta.

Why do people love the Virginia Highlands and Buckhead? Walkability and commute times reign supreme here, as grocery stores, parks, restaurants and stores are all typically within a few minutes walk.

And somewhat surprisingly, crime rates are not terrible, with both Virginia Highlands and Buckhead having average crime rates.

The only downsides? Both areas sport the most expensive housing prices in the Atlanta area. Buckhead schools are merely OK, while Virginia Highlands’ schools are below average.

  1. Midtown

· Walkability: 1
· Crime rate: 5
· Public schools: 10
· Housing costs: 7
· Commute: 2

Here we have it, the best place to live in Atlanta is Midtown. Of course, if you’re going to live in Atlanta, why not live where the action is? Midtown has both incredible commute times to work and also a great walkability score, meaning that you’re never too far from your job or all of the happening things in Atlanta.

The biggest surprise? Housing in Midtown is relatively affordable. Midtown housing costs are actually slightly better than the Atlanta average. It’s even more affordable to live in Midtown than a place like John’s Creek or Decatur.

These are the top places to live in Atlanta based on data. Of course, your preferences will change based on the importance of different. Use the rankings we provide to create your own list!

How to Adjust Car Mirrors to Avoid Blind Spots

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 18 percent of all car accidents are caused during lane changes. The main contributor to these wrecks is drivers not seeing vehicles appearing into your blind spot.

The conventional wisdom is for drivers to look over their shoulder to check their blind spots, but this isn’t the safest or most ideal solution. Taking your eyes off the road leaves you with less time to react if the cars ahead of you suddenly stop.

The easiest and safest way to check your blind spot is to ensure your mirrors are properly configured in your vehicle. Surprisingly, most drivers are not taking full advantage of their mirrors. When the side and rear-view mirrors are setup perfectly, drivers should be able to see vehicles from all angles without having to look over their shoulder.

The biggest win here is to properly adjust your side mirrors. For most drivers, the side mirrors are setup to show vehicles down the side of your car and behind you. This is helpful for parallel parking, but it doesn’t give you the greatest coverage for seeing cars approaching and passing.

When your mirrors are setup properly, you’ll have full visibility of vehicles around you with all of your mirrors and your peripheral vision.

· Your rearview mirrors will show vehicles behind you and approaching to pass

· As a vehicle passes, it will instantly transition from your rear view mirror to your side mirror. There will be no blind spot and you won’t have to look over your shoulder.

How do you setup your mirrors properly? It’s simple.

  1. Make sure your rearview mirror is centered against your back window.

2. Next, adjust your side mirrors. This is the most important part. You’ll want to move your side mirrors outward so that they’re positioned just beyond the point where you can see the side of your own vehicle. (If you lean left or right in your seat and look into your mirror, you should be able to see the edge of your vehicle.)

Typical side mirror setup showing side of vehicle. Passing vehicle does not appear.

Better mirror alignment. Passing vehicle is now viewable in side mirror.

This will be awkward at first, almost like when you first change your golf swing. But, give it time, and you’ll notice that you’ll no longer need to look over your shoulder to view passing cars. Vehicles that start in your rear-view mirror will immediately transition to appear in your side view mirror, leaving you with no blind spots.

Can’t get comfortable with not being able to see down the side of your car? Just pick up a pack of blind spot mirrors.

You now have a much better field of vision, helping you to see approaching vehicles from all angles without having to turn your head. You’re driving even safer.

Have your own tips for adjusting your mirrors or handling blind spots? Share your tips in the comments.

Driving rules and laws that are often forgotten

In the United States, drivers are only required to pass a test when they first receive their driver’s license. After that, drivers never have to pass another examination. Because of this, time will cause drivers to forget, or even make up, the rules of the road.

To make transportation effortless, roads must also be safe. We’ve created a list of some of the most common driving rules that are misunderstood to keep us all safer.

  1. Tailgating is illegal.

In Georgia, tailgating, also known as “following too closely,” is illegal.

As a general rule, drivers must leave enough room between the car in front of them to react to sudden stops, while also taking into account the weather conditions.

A rule of thumb is that drivers need to allow two to four seconds of travel time between them and the vehicle in front of them. Another safeguard is to leave 10 feet of space for every 10 miles per hour you are traveling. For example, traveling 60 mph means you should leave 60 feet of space in front of the next vehicle.

Tailgating is extremely dangerous. One study found that tailgating and close driving is responsible for 12% of all motor vehicle crashes.

Tailgating is equally dangerous to the drivers behind you. If you are tailgating, and suddenly crash into the driver in front of you, drivers behind you have even less time to react than if you had kept an appropriate amount of space.

2. Yield to all pedestrians.

Driving laws you require to yield to all pedestrians, in any situation. When pedestrians enter the road, they’re essentially placing an invisible crosswalk at that location.

Regardless of if you have a green light, or a crosswalk signal is enabled, you must stop for all pedestrians.

Trivia: It is actually safer for pedestrians to “jay walk” than cross at a marked crosswalk.

3. Drivers must change lanes for vehicles parked in the emergency lane.

Driving at 80 miles per hour just 10 feet away from a parked vehicle is extremely dangerous. State laws require that drivers change lanes and slow down for vehicles parked in the emergency lane.

For example, in Georgia:

“State law requires drivers approaching stationary emergency vehicles displaying flashing lights, including towing and recovery vehicles, traveling in the same direction, to vacate the lane closest if safe and possible to do so, or slow below the posted speed limit to a speed reasonable for road and traffic conditions.”

4. The right of way is a tie-breaker at stop signs.

When entering a four-way stop, the general rule is that the first vehicle to arrive at the stop sign has the right of way. However, if two or more cars arrive at the exact same time, the car to the right owns the tie breaker and goes first.

If two cars arrive at the same time directly in front of each other, then the car going straight receive the right of way.

Still confused? The NHTSA has a handy guide to help you understand all of the different scenarios for handling right of way.

Revisiting these rules should help you stay safe and alert. What are other rules and tips that you have for driving?

Tips for dealing with Atlanta traffic

For a new Atlanta resident, part of getting accustomed to your new city is learning to love dealing with Atlanta traffic. If you’ve lived in Atlanta long enough, you’ve heard the phrase “it takes 30 minutes to get anywhere in Atlanta.”

In fact, Atlanta does rank as having the 9th worst traffic in the country. The average commute in Atlanta? It’s 12.8 miles each way. With 2.6 million people employed in metro Atlanta, and only 430,000 using MARTA, that’s a lot of daily drivers.

According to INRIX, Atlantans spend 59 hours per year stuck in traffic congestion.

If you can’t avoid Atlanta traffic, how can you minimize your time spent in traffic, stay safe and make the most of your commute? We’ve put together a few tips and lessons learned that we’ve picked up over the years spent fighting Atlanta traffic.

1. The key to a great daily commute is to live inside the Chattahoochee River, not inside the 285 perimeter.

While Atlantans commonly self-identify as being “ITP” or “OTP,” the most important part of having a great daily commute is to actually live inside the Chattahoochee River.

The reason? There are only a small number of roads that travel over the Chattahoochee River into places like Roswell, John’s Creek, East Cobb and Marietta. These small number of entry points are bottlenecks, and they create massive traffic congestion. Worst of all, if there’s a wreck on 400 or 285, all of the highway traffic gets funneled to a small number of two-lane roads, creating massive gridlock.

The key to your commute is to live inside the “Hooch” so that you have dozens of different access points to wherever you’re going. Take surface street, highways — even cut through neighborhoods. By living inside the Chattahoochee, you’re free to customize the route for your daily commute based on where traffic is the worst.

Traffic bottlenecks over the Chattahoochee River

2. Raining in the morning? Plan to leave 30 minutes early or work from home.

Atlanta roads can barely handle our commute needs during a normal day. When it rains, traffic simply gets out of control. The combination of slower driving speeds and more wrecks puts traffic at a standstill.

If rain is in the forecast for the morning, your best bet is to work from home. Otherwise, plan to at least double the time for your morning commute.

3. MARTA is the cheapest and easiest way to get to the airport.

If you’re traveling to the airport, MARTA is by far the cheapest and easiest way to get there.

To start, overnight parking at MARTA stations is only $5 — $8 per day. Parking at the Atlanta airport starts at $12 per day.

Most importantly, the MARTA train drops you off directly in the airport. No fussing with parking and walking a quarter mile to the airport.

If you are going to be traveling to or from the airport anytime around Atlanta rush hour, MARTA is a necessity. That last thing you want to do is get off a plane at 5p and sit in downtown traffic for 90 minutes.

4. Driving to Midtown from 400? Take the Buford Spring Connector.

Yes, that highway that could be 85’s little sister is your fastest route to Sweetwater Brewery, Piedmont Park or anywhere else in the Virginia Highlands or Midtown area.

If you’re traveling from Buckhead, Dunwoody, Roswell or anywhere north OTP, you’ll take exit 1 on 400. Then, turn left and make a quick right onto Buford Spring Connector. Laugh as you zip by all the suckers stuck on 85.

5. Drivers don’t let you over. They accept you cutting them off.

One of the first lessons new drivers learn is how to deal with the aggression in Atlanta. Drivers here aren’t just fast; they’ll cut you off, swerve around you and generally have a complete disregard for you.

The first thing to learn is that in order to change lanes, you’ll need to cut off other drivers. Flip your left turn signal on? You’re not seeing things, the driver behind you did start speeding up. Learn to think of your turn signal as a “warning signal.” You’re telling other drivers “I’m coming, and get out of the way.

6. Rush hour starts early and ends late

Rush hour? It basically lasts all day. Rush hour in Atlanta starts at 6:30am and doesn’t let up until around 10 a.m.

Morning traffic at 10 a.m.

Leaving work at 4 p.m. to beat the traffic? Think again. Rush hour home starts at 3 p.m. and doesn’t really end until 7:30 p.m.

Rush hour traffic at 7 p.m.

But hey, at least Friday is coming up, right? Not so fast. Sure, the morning commute on Friday is incredible. It’s amazing how much faster traffic flows with just a few people working from home or taking vacation. But, you’ll pay for this later in the day.

Friday rush hour at 5 p.m.

Friday evening rush hour gets started early, beginning right after lunch and doesn’t end until 6 p.m. So don’t fret, have an early dinner and leave for your weekend vacation at 7 p.m. You might arrive late, but at least you won’t have an Office Space freak out in traffic.

All in all, Atlanta traffic isn’t that terrible, at least once you come to accept it. These tips will help keep you sane, and hopefully save you an hour or two of those 59 you’ll be spending in Atlanta traffic.

Now that you’ve read our tips, what are yours? Share your expertise in the comments.

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