The traffic in Los Angeles is not one of the city’s finer points. Like the beaches, the mountains and the celebrities, it’s something that just exists in a city of 10 million people. The key to navigating LA’s traffic is planning ahead. Actually it’s more than planning, it’s strategic.
In most places where it would take you 30 minutes to travel from point A to point B, it could take you up to an hour or more here. Even with the opening of the 405’s new carpool lane, you can still expect some type of traffic. That’s why if you decide to drive in LA you need to have the Waze app. Acquired by Google in 2013, Waze connects you to other drivers on the road to help you anticipate and plan for road conditions. For example, if you’re on the 10 and drivers are starting to slow down, you can pull up Waze to see what comments drivers ahead of you are making – whether it’s a recent accident or police trap.
If you’re trying to cut time off of your commute, it can also suggest alternate routes and does a solid job of just basic navigation. Last year the company began a partnership with Universal Pictures to incorporate the voices of celebrities in its turn-by-turn directions. So, if you’re interested in having Kevin Hart tell you how to avoid sitting on the 405 for hours, then you have the option – but it’s not standard. Keep your fingers crossed for more celebrity voices in the future.
For a more personal approach, you can download Google Search to find the Google Now feature. In addition to keeping track of weather updates and appointment scheduling, it will also send you notifications if you’re heading towards a traffic accident without you even having to ask.
In the event that getting behind the wheel is not ideal (like a night out to one of the many entertainment niches), you can always have someone else do the driving*. If you’re new to the ridesharing concept, it’s essentially this: you request or schedule a car to pick you up and drop you off from an app. Uber and Lyft have championed the idea of ridesharing and made it popular on a global scale.
If being picked up by a professional driver in a black car is how you would like to arrive to Sunset Blvd or the gym four blocks away, then Uber it. If you enjoy more personal connections, take a Lyft and get to know your driver who can suggest what restaurant you must try or which new club is opening. The best thing about both of these – you can order either one from any of our apartment locations.
The services also provide nice cars, that are insured and either owned by the company or the driver. A few of the differences include:
- Fair splitting
- Pay with Google Wallet, Paypal or credit card
- Ubers with car seats
- Share trip route
- UberX (mid-range and hybrid vehicles)
- Fare updates
- More affordable fares
- Pay with your credit card
- The infamous carstache
- Lyft Plus (premium cars)
- Rating system
- Lyft for Good (charitable cause)
- Navigation nirvana
There is one last option that takes your hands off the wheel – a self-driving car. Yes, you read correctly. Google recently announced that it will start production on a fleet of its own autonomous cars. The cars likely won’t be hitting the market until 2020, but if you can stick it out long enough, you may be the first in the world to own one.
If you ever need a break from LA’s roads, you can always walk to some of the best places in the city. Give us a call, we’ll be happy to introduce you the area.