Tuesday, May 13, 2014

On the Road: Rush Hour while Traveling

Whether I am entering the area of a major city in the evening or leaving the city in the morning, I am always aware of the rush hour traffic patterns and base my arrival or departure times on them. Since rush hour might begin earlier and end later than I anticipate, I check ahead of time to see if that information is available online.

I also take rush hour patterns into consideration when I am shopping or sightseeing in a major city. Sitting in traffic for a long period of time can ruin the day, especially if it was not necessary. One time I went to visit my cousin who lived about twenty miles away from my location in Los Angeles. When I started to return to the hotel, I thought I would have no problems since it was 3:15 in the afternoon. It took me two hours to get back to the hotel!! I will not let that happen again.

Rush hours in major cities can run from 3:00 to 7:00 in the evening. Sometimes if I am close to rush hour time, I will continue shopping or sightseeing until the traffic clears a bit. Beach areas also produce heavy traffic, so keep that in mind on the weekends. In Los Angeles checking the SigAlert before traveling in the city is a good idea. I am always familiar with the alternate routes I can take for any trip. I might still encounter traffic, but at least I will feel like I am making some progress. I just make make the alternate route is in a safe neighborhood.

(Photo taken in 2012)
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