Thursday, July 1, 2010
LA Highway to Heaven
I'll never forget my first time. I was in Studio City trying to get to Eagle Rock. I get on the highway and I see the guy ahead of me merge past three lanes of traffic in less than a second and I shout, "Did you see what that Nut Job just did!" Five seconds later, I realize I should have done exactly what the Nut Job had done because I had thirty seconds to get to the right lane.
That's what makes LA highway driving so fantastically scary — everyone is merging this way and that, the exit lane the exact same lane as the merge-onto-freeway lane. I've been on highways all over Europe and the US — this merging thing is really uniquely Californian. I can see why so many pileups happen. You want to merge — there's the perfect spot — you start to slide in — and then you see him — the guy from the opposite lane who saw the exact same cute little spot you did, wanting to do exactly the same thing you are — disaster.