10 Tricks to Driving in LA

10 Tricks to Driving in LA

Is it difficult to drive in L.A.?

You want to feel 100% comfortable in the city you live in. (Click HERE for FREE TIPS on WHERE TO LIVE IN L.A.)

So, DON’T DO WHAT I DID:

I spent five years getting a bunch of REALLY EXPENSIVE parking tickets AND…

…TWICE had my damn car impounded.

Dumb.

It’s not like a was some kind of criminal.

I wasn’t careless and cocky.

I was just IGNORANT to the rules.

WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN TO YOU!

Here’s 10 Tips To Get You Up To SPEED:

1. PARKING ON A HILL

When parking facing DOWNHILL, turn your front wheels TOWARD the curb.  If you are parked facing UPHILL, turn your front wheels toward the ROAD.  You WILL get a ticket if your wheels are facing the wrong way.  For reals.

2. BROKEN METERS

Don’t quote me on this, but in 25 years of living in L.A., I have never gotten a ticket when parking at a broken meter.  Leave a note on your windshield that says “BROKEN METER.”

3. NO VALUABLES IN CAR

Whether on a hike, at the beach, or staying somewhere overnight, DON’T leave valuables in your car!!  This is a city, even though it doesn’t always feel like it.  Unfortunately, things often get stolen out of cars in L.A..

4. TAKE SURFACE STREETS

If you’re comfortable driving on our major freeways, go for it!  But surface streets can often be much more pleasant and can help you NOT FEEL like you are stuck in a giant parking lot.

5. CAREFUL OF PEDESTRIANS

Los Angeles is not a popular walking city (unfortunately) and people get hit all the time.  BE careful when you are walking.  Look to see if the diver is looking at YOU before you step on to that sidewalk.  And if you are driving, pedestrians always have the right of way!

6. FREEWAYS HAVE NUMBERS AND NAMES

Try to familiarize yourself with the name AND the number of the freeways in L.A.  The reason we put a “the” in front of all our freeways (“The 405”) is because “The 405” is also “The San Diego Freeway.”  It will help you acclimate faster if you know both.

7. ALLOW EXTRA TIME

3 miles in L.A. can mean 30 minutes.  An L.A. joke is that “EVERYTHING” is a 45 minute drive.  We have a little traffic here, people.  Only rookies use TRAFFIC as an excuse for being late.

8. WEAR SUNGLASSES

It’s not called “Sunny California” for nothing.  Protect your eyes,  protect yourself from dangerous and blinding glare.  Bring sunglasses with you everywhere you go in L.A..

9. DON’T RUN YELLOW LIGHTS

Almost all of the accidents in Los Angeles happen at intersections.  Slow down and DON’T run the yellows.  These accidents can be fatal.  NOWHERE that you are going is THAT important.

10.  2 CARS CAN TURN LEFT

This is one of the most important things to learn as a driver in the City of Angels.  If you are at an intersection and waiting to turn left, you can turn on the yellow IF you are already IN the intersection.  Typically that means TWO cars turn left for every light change.

The good news is that this city is new enough that it was BUILT for cars.  (Not like Boston where I grew up which once-upon-a-time had horse and buggies everywhere). 

The on-ramps are wide, the streets are well-marked and not too narrow… it’s a DRIVING city!

Once you learn it, you’ll navigate this town like a pro.

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