8 Reasons LA Is The Worst Place To Drive

8 Reasons LA Is The Worst Place to Drive

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I'm originally from Chicago, where the driving scene, I came to realize, is significantly better than in Los Angeles. Every time I drive in LA, something will happen that reminds me how badly this article needs to be written. Here it is - 8 reasons why LA is a horrendous place to drive:

1. TRAFFIC!

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Traffic in LA is like no other. You basically have to get on a freeway if you go anywhere further than three miles, and busy hour lasts for too many hours. Traffic near DTLA is far worst, but there's traffic going either way - towards downtown or away - at all times.

2. People are sh*t drivers. 

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Drivers in LA will brag about their driving 'skills' - like how they can cut down time, weave traffic, and dodge bad drivers. But in all truth, almost all of them are bad drivers themselves. They're just strategically bad, but it makes everything worse for the rest of us.

3. Too many modified cars. 

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I'm a jumpy person and when someone honks, I'll twitch. So when a highly modified, loud as heck car comes barreling at me, I immediately go on edge. It doesn't help that these drivers are typically the over-confident ones who weave in traffic, thinking they're great, but putting up obstacles and tension for the rest of us on the road.

4. When it rains, everyone forgets how to drive. 

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LA wasn't built for rain. It floods everywhere, the roads get slippery and extremely reflective, and most importantly, everyone goes at a snail's pace since they're not used to it. They'll go 10 in a 30 so unnecessarily and causes horrendous traffic.

5. Everyone thinks they're in the right.

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Road rage is a bad, and quite dangerous thing in LA - especially near downtown. Everyone thinks they're right, and the other driver wronged them. It's quite common for cars to be smashed out of road rage, or guns to be pulled in the middle of an intersection. People also honk at any millisecond that they have the slight glimmer of an opportunity to.

6. Everyone thinks they're in the right (again for emphasis). 

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One time I got honked at while I was walking in a parking garage. I backed up and confronted the driver saying "why did you honk?". She said I didn't look both ways, but I had. I made the choice to walk because pedestrians get the right of way. I told her she needed to learn that rule, and she responded by showering me with insults and calling me 'stupid'. I don't know anywhere else where I could possibly be honked at in a parking garage, and for the driver to so firmly believe they are in the right.

7. People take signs/laws as a suggestion, not a requirement. 

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Double solid lines mean you don't drive across it. People do anyways. No right on red means no right on red. People don't care. Pedestrians get right of way. Except when the LA driver decides they don't.

8. Parking is sparse, expensive, or extremely narrow. 

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Parking is such a struggle in this overpopulated city.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

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It's starting to hit me.

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I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

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