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Busy Freeway? Southern California Driving Tips

Architecture Evening by StockSnap via Pixabay (Public Domain CC 2.0)

Architecture Evening by StockSnap via Pixabay (Public Domain CC 2.0)

Driving on Southern California’s freeways can be a nightmarish experience, especially for those unsuspecting of its unique car culture customs. As if this was not enough of a challenge, there is also the unprecedented number of cars on the road to contend with. For those new to driving in Southern California one of the more common frustrations is that traffic can be encountered on freeways at any time of the day. Keep your wits about you with these helpful tips on driving on busy highways:

Time your trip if possible

Granted, the freeways are busy day and night but there are off-peak hours when you’re not stuck in migraine-inducing traffic jams. Avoid travelling between 4am and 8pm, especially in Los Angeles, unless necessity dictates and then be well-prepared for mile-length long bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Use surface streets to avoid freeway traffic

An insider’s tip is to use surface streets whenever possible if you want to avoid stop-and-go traffic on congested freeways. Not only will you save time but your peace of mind as well.

Be particularly attentive when changing lanes

With seven-lane freeways are common in Southern California, entering the freeway, crossing over multiple lanes, or exiting can be a harried experience if you are not in the correct lane to change at the freeway intersection that gets you where you need to be. Exit lanes can be on the left or right which adds another layer to Southern California driving.

Stay updated on traffic conditions

One of the best Southern California driving tips is to stay updated on traffic news. Fortunately, there are many resources available to keep you informed of the latest traffic conditions and accidents. SigAlert is one of the popular websites referred to as well as various radio stations.

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