Why Can’t Angelenos Drive In The Rain?

It’s been raining a lot in Los Angeles these past few days, and meteorologists are forecasting rain through the weekend and into Monday. That doesn’t happen very often. At least that’s my experience this first year in L.A.

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The rain is good for the city, but Angelenos are not very fond of rain and I can understand why. Almost everything in L.A. is outdoors! Most shopping malls are open, most parking structures don’t connect to indoor areas, most people turn their garages into gyms, offices, guest rooms, or extra storage space.

It’s amusing how people here see rain as a major problem. Mention rain and they get all excited as if the world was going to end. It reminds me of the way Washingtonians react to snow in the D.C. area.

But the main reason Angelenos fear the rain is because it makes driving even more frustrating. The stereotype is that Angelenos actually can’t drive in the rain. The minute it starts raining the number of accidents increases, road rage increases, and traffic becomes chaotic. Some think they have to drive very slow, others think they can speed as usual, forgetting that roads become slippery. Consequently, with the rain come more accidents, more traffic jams, more delays, and more frustration. No wonder people dread the rain!

I like a good rain now and then. After a seven-month dry spell, I am enjoying these rainy days. Luckily, I don’t need to drive long distances so I don’t have to be part of the driving-in-the-rain madness. But I have to admit that after a few days of continuous rain I can’t wait for things to dry up and for the sun to come back. Me and thousands of Angelenos, of course…

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