America’s car culture is no more apparent than in the city of Los Angeles. Unlike most big cities around the globe where the infrastructure and lifeblood is based around a fully integrated and comprehensive public transport system, LA is drawn together and perhaps defined by its elaborate freeway system. The horror stories are true. Drivers are stuck in traffic during peak hours and as Angelinos have nothing to complain about with the weather, driving across the city’s great sprawl is the number one angst. But there is good news, too. The elaborate network of freeways make sense and do their job of getting drivers efficiently from point A to B. Driving outside peak hours is convenient and perhaps enjoyable.
If you don’t own or use a car, Angelinos used to look at you with suspicion; however due to the dramatic increase in gas prices in recent years, many people are opting out of owning an automobile. While it takes away a bit of freedom, you could save quite a lot of money by avoiding the car loan payments, maintenance costs, registration and insurance as well as the hefty gasoline prices.
The oil crisis in recent years has been one hot topic of conversation; gas prices were as expensive in the US as Europe and Japan. Finding the best price for gas in the city became a compulsion. Keep a watchful eye on the gas prices since it changes due to the global political and other influences.