4 Tips for Dealing with Los Angeles Traffic

July 27th, 2018 by

West Hollywood in Los Angeles

Sitting in Los Angeles traffic is frustrating for everyone, and every Santa Monica driver knows how congested the freeways can get. Our team at MINI of Santa Monica came up with 4 tips for dealing with Los Angeles traffic below – from LA traffic times to avoid, to how to use technology to make the drive more manageable. In providing our four top traffic tips, we hope drivers can get to an art gallery in Santa Monica or their favorite comedy club in no time.

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Traffic Tip 1: Avoid “the 405” During Rush Hour

One way to deal with Los Angeles traffic is to avoid rush hour Los Angeles. You’ll want to do this by bypassing the 405—especially during rush hour. Every Culver City driver knows, after all, that the 405 is one of the most congested highways in the country. So, if possible, you’ll want to take an alternate route to work to avoid sitting in a traffic jam.

Traffic Tip 2: Use Public Transportation

Taking public transportation may help you avoid significant Los Angeles traffic. Although most people don’t think of public transportation when they think of the City of Angels, LA actually ranks 3rd in the top accessible metropolitan areas in the United States. Take the light rail for only $1.75 a ticket to make that dreaded morning commute a little easier.

Traffic Tip 3: Avoid Rush Hour in Los Angeles

Sure, this point may seem obvious, but it’s nonetheless an important one to make: You’ll want to avoid rush hour in Los Angeles, if possible. The best LA traffic times to avoid are before 7:30 am, and at anytime between 9:30 am – 3:45 pm. At these times, you’ll be able to head home much more quickly. See if you can work out a schedule with your boss so you can avoid Los Angeles rush hour.

Traffic Tip 4: Use Technology

When you want to avoid traffic, technology is your friend. Using apps like Waze are great ways to spend less time traveling from place to place, because they present you with the shortest route to your destination by taking into account traffic or accidents in real time.

But beyond apps like Waze, you can rely on MINI technologies to provide you real-time accounts of what’s happening in traffic. So, if you’re looking for an accurate Los Angeles commute time calculator, you may want to look into the MINI lineup.

Learn More About Santa Monica Traffic and Los Angeles Traffic with Our Team!

While our team at MINI Santa Monica prides itself on providing exceptional auto service to our Los Angeles and Culver City customers, we also love to answer your questions about the area. Whether you want to learn how to make DIY car air fresheners, or what to do around the Santa Monica Pier or in Los Angeles, we are happy to help! If you have any questions – or if you’d like to share your own 405 tips or Los Angeles traffic tips – simply contact us today. We’d love to hear from you.


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