In a city that is obsessed with cars and ruled by a tangle of freeways, it's no surprise that driving holds its own drama. Each time we return to Los Angeles, I feel a special energy as I step into the car. Driving here is simultaneously invigorating and exhausting.
The local culture has built up a whole language around driving its own traffic rules. Everyone knows about California stops (they're just for show), but there is also the "LA Four Car Rule" (when I lived here it was the three car rule) which designates how many people can turn left after the traffic signal has turned red. Each car on the freeway is a player in an unfolding drama with cars trying to edge each other out in the race to get home before traffic hits. You must drive fast, leave as little space in front of you as possible, and never-ever signal your intention to change lanes (doing so tells the cars behind you to speed up and get in front of you before you move in).Related Links Los Angeles With Kids
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