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post #1 of 4 Old 02-21-2014, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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Passing through LA

Heading up to NAS LeMoore from ElCentro CA to fix one of our planes. Boy, how do people drive and live in such congestion? I've driven in big cities before. But wow. Give me my country living, and small town traffic .
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I'm with you on that one ray. Lol I'm not a fan of big towns or city's.

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Driving in LA traffic is easy. I had to get out in rush hour this morning for the first time in over 10 years.

The rules are to:
1 ~ Allow about 3 times the normal drive time to arrive at your destination.
2 ~ Listen to your favorite radio station.
3 ~ Just go with the flow. You can fight it but you won't win.

There are four types who drive in traffic, Users, Keepers, Takers and Star gazers.

A User makes the most efficient use of the road space. A User uses the space between them and the car in front as they come to a stop. A User makes it easier for the car following.

A Keeper will keep that space in front of them no matter what, even if they have to brake early. A Keeper is the equivalent of two to three vehicles.

A Taker will try to take every open space on the road. A Taker makes others use their brakes. A Taker can be the equivalent of 4 or 5 cars.

A Star gazer doesn't really drive but rather just aims their vehicle. A bit of advice, "You don't want to be where they are aiming." There is nothing consistent about a Star gazer. In a quarter mile they can be all three. (User, Keeper and Taker)

There is a "Secret" for driving in rush hour traffic. It will work almost anywhere. It is for commuting but NOT for driving in a strange city.

The Secret

Drive 25 MPH when everyone else is driving 10 MPH.

Many of you will think that I'm insane, off my rocker or too far into the ozone. I'm sorry but if you are in that group, you are destined to be frustrated by traffic.

Some of you will initially say no and then start thinking of how. If you are in this group you will understand traffic flow and take advantage of it. On a 25 mile commute I could save about 15 minutes with the 25/10 technique. Remember that you drive the route every day as do 35 million other people. Very little changes.

When you go back.....
99 > 58 > 395 > 15 > 210 > 10 > 86 > 78

I'm not sure about the route numbers in the Indio area.

Why 99? It's a lot more interesting than 5.

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Thanks. My buddy who's driving had family in Rosamond to visit on the way back so right now we're on Pearlblossom hwy headed back toward LA. That's how we came back , I think.

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