LA Traffic

5 Insights from Driving in Los Angeles Traffic 

I’m not much of a driver, never really have been. When I got a job back in 2016 that necessitated a car, I got one of those too but it’s not my favorite activity. People in LA think they are fantastic drivers… but no….

Here are few things I’ve learned in my year of daily driving in LA rush hour traffic (yes, I’m subtracting the time I was in the hospital and after when I wasn’t driving):

  1. If someone leaves a big gap between their car and the one in front – 9 times out of 10, they are looking down at their lap and on the phone
  2. Don’t be an asshole – there is a good chance the cars around you will be close by for your entire commute, no matter how many fancy, tight lane changes you make
  3. There are a minimum of three wrecks on the 101 in any rush hour period – breathe and keep inching through the stupidity surrounding it
  4. Yelling at the cars around you doesn’t help the situation but sometimes it makes you feel better
  5. Singing along with the radio helps pass the time more quickly

The time it takes to navigate my way across Los Angeles every day. In 2016, the drive lasted 45 minutes but it 2017 the length of time has exploded and it can take up to 2 hours to get home. I’m not sure what has made the traffic worse, but it definitely is getting worse by the day. KPCC has a great list of the worst bottle necks in LA – you should check it out if you drive here or plan to drive here.

Give me caffeine!

I can’t function in the morning without a cup of coffee. And it’s turned me into a teeny bit of a coffee snob.

I’ve fallen in love with Intellegentsia and have tried a couple of their blends. My favorite is the Black Cat Espresso but a close second is this Sugar Glider:

intellegentsia's sugar glider coffee bean package
Awesome coffee from a local LA roaster