Survive the Drive! How to Beat Freeway Traffic in Southern California; New Book Reveals Multiple Tips on Driving in the Los Angeles Area

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For the millions of visitors, tourists, and business travelers who face the prospect of renting a car in Los Angeles this summer, the thought can be absolutely frightful. But a new guidebook tells them all about driving in Southern California. Also useful for local residents who need to shorten their commute and avoid freeway gridlock.

Looking for a way to ease your L.A.-area commute and get home quicker? For anyone fed up with getting stuck in a Sigalert and other delays within the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, help has arrived with the publishing of Survive the Drive! How to Beat Freeway Traffic in Southern California, the brand new book by Dr. Roadmap, who has been working on ways to reduce congestion since 1987.

Leave it to Dr. Roadmap -- a former radio reporter and commuter columnist whose real name is David Rizzo -- to provide real world answers and recommendations from experts in the field to help motorists get "there" quicker. Readers can learn ways to:

-- plan ahead to determine the quickest commute;

-- find alternate routes around major accidents;

-- gain advance knowledge of highway-construction bottlenecks;

-- cope with commuting stress and avoid becoming a victim of road rage;

-- deal with driving conditions unique to the southern half of the state; and

-- handle unexpected events such as breakdowns, accidents, and even earthquakes.

Not just for long-time local residents of L.A., the Valley, the Westside, the "O-C" and the "I-E", this guidebook represents a helpful resource for business travelers, newcomers, visitors and tourists who hope to save time and avoid aggravation when dodging a Sigalert or other pile-up in Los Angeles and its surrounding counties. Survive the Drive! How to Beat Freeway Traffic in Southern California, also includes:

-- commonly used names for highways, passes, places;

-- explanations of important terms like "Sigalert;"

-- concise descriptions of available transit options such as buses and the new Metrolink and Metro Rail trains; plus

-- Website addresses and phone numbers for rapid access to important transportation information.

Throughout the book, instructional information is supported by true-life stories that provide insightful, if not amusing, glimpses into our lives behind the wheel. Follows just a short sample of commonly pondered questions by motorists everywhere.

-- Why does traffic inexplicably worsen?

-- Why do we gawk at accidents?

-- What's the best way to find out about highway conditions?

-- Why do accidents take so long to clear?

-- How can I plan my weekend holiday getaway to avoid the gridlock?

This information is provided in an engaging, light narrative style digested directly from Dr. Roadmap's series of successful newspaper columns and magazine articles over the past 12 years.

The Appendix includes important contact information for local transportation agencies, as well as must-visit Website addresses for those seeking up-to-the-second information on highway conditions. In addition, 31 full-page maps reveal major surface-street alternates for some of the most congested superhighways in the greater L.A. area. Such information makes this book a useful glove-box guide for every car, truck and SUV.

To obtain a copy of Survive the Drive! How to Beat Freeway Traffic in Southern California, visit the nearest bookstore, any on-line bookseller like, or 320 pages. $14.95. ISBN-0-9777791-0-6. Dr. Roadmap is a registered trademark.


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