Los Angeles is the city of dreams. There are so many things to do that it can be overwhelming just figuring out where to start! Truth be told, the overwhelming part isn’t what the plans are going to be, or with who. The most overwhelming part of choosing from all these things is planning around the traffic. There is nothing worse than being late to something that you really look forward to. Or even worse, being late to school or work. Hopefully, some of these tips will help you plan smoother and have you forgetting about the troubles of the road. Let’s look over the best ways to avoid LA rush hour and its traffic.
Drive the right vehicles
First of all, we should asses the vehicles being driven. In order to breeze through traffic, the most suitable vehicle would be a motorcycle. Motorcyclists are permitted to use the HOV (carpool) lane even if there is only one person because it is much safer to keep them moving than to have them stop and start repeatedly. Obviously, the trade off being that motorcycles are the most dangerous. Sedans and hatchbacks are a great all around option. Most come with great features that raise the safety rating of the vehicle itself. Also, these vehicles usually have great gas mileage. Try to stick with an automatic vehicle because manual can be a real pain if stuck in traffic. SUVs offer a lot of space, at the cost of gasoline. Instead, try a compact crossover for a balance between gas mileage and cargo space.
Choose the right times to drive
The most plain and simple approach to working around rush hour is to plan your time accordingly. Most would say the worst time to drive would be 7-9:30 am and 3-7 pm. The reason being is that people are heading to work at the time in the morning and people are getting off of work from anytime between 3-7. Noon (lunchtime) can also be a really big pain as well. Now that you know this, try planning accordingly. For example, if work is a commute for you, try getting a gym membership at a gym near your work. This way you can leave earlier than traffic starts and have something that you need to get done to occupy you until you work. As far as getting off of work at a time that rush hour starts, you might want to look into the next step.
Get to know the neighborhoods
Remember, rush hour really only happens on the freeways. If you get to know your neighborhoods and side streets, then you can really shave some time off of your commute. Advice is seen all over. Examples being, if you are heading to LAX, try to take La Cienega. Traffic might seem a little bad on this road at first, but when the speed limit increases, the road opens up. If you are heading towards the Hollywood area, take Fountain street. It seems to be the fastest street going east to west or vice versa. Small tips like these can be learned by asking around or trying it for yourself.
Ditch the car
Sometimes the best way to avoid rush hour is to take your own separate means of transportation. Drive your car to a Subway station, park it for cheap, and hop on the subway. It is cheap and safe. Not to mention, it will take you almost anywhere you desire to go in Los Angeles. This will ease your mind and help you forget about being stuck in traffic and forget about the torturous parking procedure you’ll have to go through. While you ride the subway, you can also check your phone and get emails sent out. This is a lot safer than stressing out about your phone while you drive. Another great option is to take the train. Especially if you are heading downtown, to Hollywood, or to venice beach.
Use the correct apps
Remember when they said they have an app for everything? Well, it is still true. Do yourself a favor and download Waze as soon as you can. Waze will help you navigate your way through the madness by notifying you about obstacles, traffic, police, or any of the other scenarios you can think of while you’re driving. Understandably, a lot of people are not a fan of this app because it will lead you to where almost everyone else is going. The good thing is that the congestion you are directed to will be a lot better than the one you knew nothing about. Some would even argue that Google Maps is just fine. Sure, you don’t see police or speed limits, but Google is smart. It integrates with your calendar and automatically updates you on when the best time would be to leave and to arrive to your destination on time. Also, Google will automatically recommend a better route if it finds one. This has saved many a lot of times.
LA traffic is a monster on its own. But the monster can be beat! It just takes the right resources to really plan your route and get to where you want to be on time. Just keep in mind the basics, and add on from there. Good luck!