I do not know Charlotte at all, but would like to rent a car for a day to go shopping before heading down to Rock Hill for an event. I plan to be driving from the airport to Southpark Mall on a Thursday morning (10.30 - 11.00) and then maybe will need to be back to return the car and meet up with the hotel shuttle at 6.30 p.m. I want to go to a couple of stores in Southpark that aren't in Rock Hill but I don't want to keep the car for the whole 4 days I'm in Rock Hill, so I figure renting the car for a few hours before heading to Rock Hill works out best (it's cheaper than the taxi rates I found online).
I assume the morning drive won't be an issue, and should take 20 - 25 minutes. How about the evening drive from Southpark over to CLT? What does the traffic nornally do between 5 and 6 p.m. on weekdays? I figure it's heavier coming out of Charlotte (like south on 77 etc.), and from Southpark I'll be heading more towards Charlotte. Is Billy Graham the best road to take traffic-wise, or is there a better way? If I wanted to get to the rental car return by 6 p.m., what time should I leave the mall?
I don't mind driving in the U.S., it's not difficult to me, and I've driven in many places I didn't know beforehand. I just need to be able to figure out what time to leave the mall so that I can meet up with the hotel shuttle that is collecting another party from our event.Edited: 10:05 am, October 08, 2012