Talladega is a city in as well as the county seat of Talladega County, Alabama. Home to over 15,000 residents, it sits on the far eastern outskirts of the Birmingham Metropolitan Area, approximately 50 miles away from the largest city in the state. Talladega is the home of the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and the Blind, the Talladega College, Talladega International Speedway (technically located a bit north of the city), and the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, as well as the Talladega Municipal Airport, which is a public general aviation airport. Talladega is perhaps best known for its racing track, which is used by NASCAR and other entities for a variety of different events.
Basic Facts About Talladega
- Current population: 15,000
- Current mayor: Larry Barton
- Total area: 24 sq mi
- Official website: http://www.talladega.com/
- Located in: Talladega County
- Founded in: 1840’s
- Zip codes: 35160, 35161
- Area codes: 256
Auto Transport Tips to and from Talladega
As far as auto transportation services are concerned, Talladega is located in the middle of nowhere. Birmingham, the largest city in Alabama, is a popular auto transportation location for carriers and customers alike, at least insofar as Alabama is concerned. But Talladega is located fifty miles east and is only accessible via state routes through pretty much the middle of nowhere on the way to Atlanta, which makes it less popular from a carrier’s point of view.
That said, you’ll likely save some money if you ship your vehicle to Birmingham proper and then just drive it to Talladega (or drive from Talladega to Birmingham to meet your carrier). This will save the carrier a few hours (and quite a few gallons of gas), which will likely save you a bit of money at the same time. You’ll need to arrange transportation from Talladega to Birmingham and back, of course, but other than that Birmingham will likely be a cheaper substitute for Talladega.
What does help Talladega out a bit is the fact that one of the main state highways through the town links up with Interstate 20, the main route from Birmingham to Atlanta, and another one runs to I-20 as well, going more northeast as opposed to straight north. This allows easier access to carriers running routes east or west along I-20, which usually means they’ll be heading to Atlanta or Birmingham from Atlanta, which could give them more incentive to stop by Talladega. Of course, you’d probably see cheaper prices and faster pickup times if you meet them near the interstate, so they don’t have to drive so far south.
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