Some of you know, some of you may not know, but during the week, I’m an outside sales rep. What does that mean? I’m on the road, a lot!
When people hear I drive around on the LA freeways, they kind of cringe, “wow, you can handle that?” is what I get back. I look back at them and say, “Well, I’ve kind of learned how to navigate the freeways.”
How does one learn to navigate the LA Freeways?
WEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL. Here are some of my tips of the trade:
1) Don’t even bother trying to get on that freeway before 8am!
If you have to, plan more than enough time(2 hours time), but if you want to be moving, wait until after 8am.
2) In the morning, avoid going south on the 710!
This is when all the big semi’s are trying to get to the Port of Long Beach, and the Ports of Los Angeles, you don’t want to be stuck in that mess! Trust me 😉
3) There are certain parts of the city, no matter what time of the day, that you will always come to a complete stop:
Where the 405 connects with the 10, and also the 101, Where the 110 connects with Exposition Park going into Downtown, Along the 5 around both the 710 and the 605. It’s inevitable, just prepare for it, and know within 20 minutes it’ll clear up and you will be moving again.
4) When Driving on the Freeway, keep left.
I’ve learned this one the hard way too many times. For whatever reason, lanes are always ending on the right hand side, or you’re merging off to a new freeway, so try to keep left with everything!
5) If you have people in your car, utilize those car pool lanes!!
But just know where your exit’s going to be so you’re able to get over in time. But once in this lane, be prepared to drive the flow of traffic. Everyone goes fast.
6) Guess what FREEWAY I avoid at all costs?
Nope, it’s not the 405 ;0 but, the freeway I despise is the 5!! Every time I have ever driven on this freeway I have come to a complete stop. One time I took this trip from Burbank to the 605, and you know how many times I had to merge left? During that whole trip because of lands ending, freeways merging off, my car had to merge over 10 times, and you wonder why this freeway is always dead stopped!
7) Give yourself more time than you think you need! 😉
You never know what may come up. An accident in LA usually closes down 2 or 3 lanes of traffic on any given freeway. And just always be prepared to stop. 😉 I’ve learned the best way of navigating the LA freeways is to just not be in a hurry! hah.
8) Know what direction the traffic is flowing, and go opposite that direction 😉
I am very fortunate in the area that I live in, for the fact, that I usually am going against traffic as opposed within it. So I easily am able to tell what freeways to avoid at what time, and which ones will be freely flowing as opposed to which ones will be at a dead stop. It HELPS!
9) Know the Side Roads
What’s nice about LA is the fact that a lot of the roads are long stretches, and that means, if the freeway is ever BAD, you can easily take the side roads home. Familiarize with the roads around your home to make it easier on yourself.
10) Don’t drive, Ride a Bike!
In LA, the best mode of transportation is definitely a motorcycle or even a bicycle. The motorcycles are allowed to drive in between the cars, and also ride on the outskirts of the carpool lanes. The only thing I don’t like about learning how to drive a motorcycles is everyone else on the road 😉