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Driving in Los Angeles and Other Warnings and Dangers

Warnings and Dangers in Los Angeles: Driving

If you are traveling to Los Angeles, one of the first things you need to know is that everybody in the city drives, and you will not be able to drive everywhere. The roads and freeways are much larger than in other major cities, so understanding how to drive in Los Angeles is a special skill.

Bad Drivers

Los Angeles has a reputation for having the worst drivers by some standards, and many chalk it up to distraction. From sudden lane changes with no turn signal to erratic brakers, it is important to stay alert while driving. Rain also has a reputation for scaring drivers, making them jumpier than usual. Awareness is essential behind the wheel.

Understand the Highways

Merge onto the I-5, 405, or 101 and you will instantly feel like the most intelligent human being on the planet. The 405 has a reputation for being especially busy, so try to avoid it whenever possible in favor of city streets.


In California, motorcyclists can weave in between cars on the highway easily and may split lanes on highways. Be on the lookout for motorcyclists before you make any lane changes.


Many people find valet parking in Los Angeles to be a strange phenomenon. You will find valet parking for even small diners in locations like Beverly Hills. Valet parking can range from $3 to more than $10. On top of that, you are expected to tip the valet for driving your car. To bypass this, you will rely on street parking which could be two to three blocks away from restaurants, bars, and clubs. Just make sure to watch those street signs, as police officers can and will leave you a ticket.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Los Angeles.

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