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Old 08-09-2009, 10:17 AM
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Are there any times this would not actually cause mental breakdown? I have a weekly appointment to keep me sane, and would like my travel there not to cause the breakdown its supposed to prevent!
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Old 08-09-2009, 11:27 PM
Location: Vancouver, WA
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It depends on several factors:

1. How badly you want to get there vs. an alternative Dr. closer by. That would generally be the best bet IMO.
2. Your tolerance for crazy LA 405 FWY traffic which is very unpredictable. One day the drive might seem ok. Then the next day it is a bloody nightmare. It used to only be bad during rush hour. But now travel from the the South Bay to the Westside can be bad at any hour, but of course rush hour is the worst.
3. Your car's ability to handle stop and go fairly well. Definately not good to do in an old stick shift with lousy or no AC. On old VW bug would be the absolute worst.
4. Your ability to take alternative routes on the fly when everything comes to a screeching halt (eg - traffic accidents which are all to common).

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Old 08-10-2009, 08:06 PM
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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If your appointment is outside of rush hour it shouldn't be too bad usually. If it is during rush hour, hopefully it is to see a psychiatrist.
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:00 PM
Location: DFW
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Surface roads to me would be a better bet than 405 after say, 3PM.
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:03 PM
Location: South Bay, CA
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It's not THAT bad...depends on when you go, but it shouldn't take longer than 45 mins to an hour depending where you're going in West LA. I was getting on the 405 @ Prairie / Artesia and getting off @ Wilshire usually w/in 45 minutes daily for months during morning rush hour...some days it'll be quick, others about an hour...

anyway, the only 'shortcut' i would take is i'd get off on la cienega and get right back on at la tijera...it would usually save about 5-10 minutes depending on how backed up the 405 was at that point....

coming home on the other hand....i don't know wtf is wrong with the 405 from the 105 interchange down to around western, but it's usually majorly messed up...
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:39 PM
Location: LA
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Barring an unforeseen crowd or pileup, my experience has been that freeway traffic is easiest in the wee hours (duh) or between 10am and 2pm. After 2 all best are off.
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