Los Angeles -- Northbound Interstate 5 from Van Nuys through Castaic and Southbound through Orange County. Northbound gets highly congested with holiday travelers heading to San Francisco, Fresno, and other Northern California cities, while southbound attracts those travelers heading towards San Diego and Tijuana.So, are you prepared? Here is a list of three items to help survive L.A. bumper-to-bumper traffic:
- Audio. The most obvious, but the most essential. Have music for all moods and/or books on tape (try stand up comedy). Why not learn a new language? And the best radio you can get is This American Life or Car Talk (luckily you can buy archived episodes of each for your iPod).
- Food. Don't forget it. Dried fruits and nuts stay best in your car. And for real emergencies, always have a case of water in your trunk.
- Zen. Charlotte Joko Beck said it best in Nothing Special: Living Zen, "Enjoy Traffic."