People complain, but I have always found the traffic in LA to be very orderly, more disciplined and cooperative than anyplace else that I have been. Yesterday, a Saturday, I came north on the Five and the Four-Oh-Five between San Diego and Santa Monica, and the freeway was like a parade, like a drill team, like a Blue Angels flying exhibition. The roadway was packed, all lanes full, every car about four car-lengths behind the one in front, everyone doing the same seventy miles-per-hour. Almost no brake lights, and no lane changing for perceived advantage. It was beautiful.
Only one complaint, in the form of a question: Is it fabulously difficult to keep a giant SUV in one lane, or do people who cannot keep a vehicle in only one lane tend to buy SUV's?