Driving in Los Angeles

There’s no other way to put it. Driving in Los Angeles sucks.

But you gotta do it, so what are you gonna do?

The simple reality is that while on the road, any Angeleno is capable of  doing any thing at any time for any reason. (If you forget that little detail, don’t worry, I’ll be repeating over and over again). There is no rhyme or reason for what they will do. They’ll just do it…for whatever reason suits them at that moment.  All you can do is keep your head on a swivel and drive carefully.

Very carefully.

You want an example?  Watch this video, please…particularly the right hand side of the screen.

Any thing.

Any time.

For any reason.

Now, there are many stereotypes about the Drivers in Los Angeles, and most of them are indeed overblown.

Odds are, you are not driving next to Mad Max who will blow your head off just as soon as look at you.

That’s not to say that stoopid stuff doesn’t happen out there, or if you mess with the wrong person at the wrong time that something bad’ll happen. It might, but odds are it’ll happen way late at night.

At the end of the day, just don’t mess with anybody…period. Do that, drive conservatively, and you’ll come home just fine, 100% of the time.

Well, 98% of the time.  This is still Los Angeles, and…well: any thing, any time…for any reason.

Muttering under your breath is of course, optional.

Oh, and let’s not forget our legendary Freeway Chases.

Oh yeah, that’s special.

We don’t have nearly as many as you think, but we do have them. They happen, at most, once every month or two. They usually happen in the middle of the day, but again, there’s no rhyme or reason. The odds are your getting caught in a Freeway Chase are remote to non-existent. The odds of you getting caught in the resultant Traffic are a wee bit higher.

So when it comes right down to it, what are you facing as a Driver in Los Angeles?

Well…pretty much this:

Drivers
Pedestrians
Freeways
Traffic and SIG Alerts
Public Transportation (no, seriously…Public Transportation)
Rain
Parking
Traffic Cams
Fancy Cars

By the way, if you’re visiting the United States, plan to drive and want a breakdown of all the Traffic Signs, and what they look like and mean, this is a link to the California Driver’s Handbook online.

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