"Turning left in Los Angeles" Top 5 Page for this destination Driving Tip by Erin74

Driving, Los Angeles: 19 reviews and 14 photos

  Traffic on the "Miracle Mile" in Los Angeles.
by Erin74

Favorite thing: Okay, so here is the deal with making a left hand turn in Los Angeles. It is a big pain.

Many tourists come to Los Angeles from places that have left hand turn arrows at intersections. While L.A. has added a few here and there, you mostly will not see turn arrows. With traffic congested like it is in this city, you can sit through an entire green light and never have a break in the opposing traffic that would allow you to turn left. Hence the confusion. Here is what locals do (and what you should to, unless you want to get honked at and see a few ugly hand gestures).

1. The first two cars in line to turn left should pull forward into the intersection.

2. When the light turns red, these two cars may turn left. In these circumstances is it OK to turn on a red light and oncoming traffic will expect it. Just move out of the intersection as quickly as possible.

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  • Written Oct 23, 2003
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