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I've driven in LA rush hour traffic and yes, it's slow and of large proportions, but I don't think it's as bad as people make it out to be. The major problem is that our septic cousins have no idea to drive.
I remember having debates on several occasions with yanks, and they can't seem to understand that if you leave a gap for people to merge in, traffic flows smoother. They always said "but I want to get there first!" without understanding that if everyone wants to get there first, nobody's getting there any faster.
My Yank friend was shouting at me, terrified, when I saw someone wanting to change lanes coming up to a red light, so I stopped leaving 2 car lengths for him to come across. My friend was absolutely convinced someone was going to slam into the back of me, without understanding that the people behind me can't see what's in front, so how is leaving a gap any different to there being cars there? As a result, the fella got into my lane (and actually looked back out of his car in amazement that someone let him in), and he didn't have to force his way across when the lights went green.