Why do ostensibly free people put up with congestion like this? Stick around and I’ll tell you why.
This particular traffic jam on Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles happened on a Saturday. It was caused by an accident farther north, but on weekdays conditions like that are not uncommon on the Southland’s many freeways even without crashes.
So why do people put up with it? Why don’t they leave for some place less crowded?
Because while the commute and even a trip to the store involves navigating through plenty of traffic, there are things that make up for it. Such as more jobs, more restraurants, more variety in restaurants, more stores, more friendly service in those stores, more speed to life in general. And of course, in Orange County, miles and miles of beautiful bike paths.
But above all, there’s the year-round balmy weather, so that even in the winter you can enjoy a day at the beach without bundling up. And when you can slip into an outdoor pool for a quick swim in the middle of March, and then dry off in the rays of a warming sun, that makes up for many a traffic jam. (hh)