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Driving in Los Angeles

 

Driving in Los Angeles

The city of Los Angeles was designed with the automobile in mind and is more driver-friendly than most big cities in the US. With lots of freeways and wide local roads, a lot of Southern California visitors also find it convenient to drive from place to place. Just remember Los Angeles is a major metropolitian area and subject to traffic jams during rush hours.

If you decide to drive in LA, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Here are a few things to keep in mind if you decide to drive.

1. You must have valid driver's license and liability insurance to legally drive within the state of California.

2. Child seats are a requirement for children weighing under 60 pounds or for children under the age of 6 years old.

3. Driving while intoxicated is illegal and anyone caught driving with a blood alcohol level of .08% or greater will be immediately arrested.

4. Seat belts are mandatory when your vehicle is in motion.

5. Car pool lanes are for vehicles with two or more passengers. (Infants count, pets do not!) To enter or exit the carpool lane properly and legally you must wait until the broken white line appears. If you cross the double yellow line to get in or out of a carpool lane you will be given aticket and a stiff fine of $271.00.

Don't Trash California 6. It is against the law to drive on California roads while talking on your cell phone. All drivers must use a hands-free device.

7. If possible, avoid rush hour traffic, which is heaviest from 7am to 10am and 3pm to 7pm.

 

 

 

California Driving Distance (Miles/KM)

Los Angeles Palm Springs S. Lake Tahoe Sacramento San Diego San Francisco Santa Barbara  
 

103 Miles
166 KM

441 Miles
710 KM

383 Miles
616 KM

127 Miles
204 KM

403 Miles
649 KM

96 Miles
154 KM

Los Angeles

103 Miles
166 KM

 

474 Miles
763 KM

484 Miles
779 KM

135 Miles
217 KM

504 Miles
811 KM

199 Miles
320 KM

Palm Springs

467 Miles
752 KM

510 Miles
821 KM

 

135 Miles
217 KM

554 Miles
892 KM

222 Miles
357 KM

536 Miles
863 KM

S. Lake Tahoe

383 Miles
616 KM

484 Miles
779 KM

99 Miles
159 KM

 

510 Miles
821 KM

87 Miles
140 KM

391 Miles
629 KM

Sacramento

127 Miles
204 KM

135 Miles
217 KM

529 Miles
851 KM

510 Miles
821 KM

 

548 Miles
882 KM

228 Miles
267 KM

San Diego

403 Miles
649 KM

504 Miles
811 KM

182 Miles
293 KM

87 Miles
140 KM

548 Miles
882 KM

 

321 Miles
517 KM

San Francisco

96 Miles
154 KM

199 Miles
320 KM

508 Miles
817 KM

391 Miles
629 KM

228 Miles
367 KM

321 Miles
517 KM

  Santa Barbara

How far is Santa Monica CA from other neighboring cities and attractions? Use the chart below to figure out the distance in miles and kilometers.

Distances from Santa Monica

Location Miles KM
Beverly Hills 7 miles 11 km
Disneyland 45 miles 73 km
Downtown LA (Convention Ctr) 13 miles 21 km
Getty Center 10 miles 17 km
Hollywood 12 miles 19 km
LA Airport (LAX) 8 miles 13 km
Malibu 8 miles 13 km
Marina del Rey 2 miles 3 km
Palm Springs 137 miles 220 km
Rose Bowl (Pasadena) 22 miles 36 km
San Diego 139 miles 227 km
Santa Barbara 80 miles 130 km
Sony Studios 7 miles 11 km
UCLA / Westwood 5 miles 8 km
Universal Studios 18 miles 29 km
Venice Beach .5 miles 1 km
West Hollywood 10 miles 15 km
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