When you think of Los Angeles you might think of Hollywood, celebrities, glitz and glam, and big tech. The city is bustling with fast-moving people all looking to live a dream life full of exciting opportunities and surprises. But while travel can be unpredictable and fun, you shouldn’t go on a trip to L.A. without first taking time to understand what’s needed to stay safe and healthy. As a guide, keep reading through this article so your travel to L.A. makes you want to visit every year.
One of the first rules of travel is making sure you’re driving carefully. After all, you’ll be in your vehicle for hours, driving down long highways and traffic-congested interstates as you pursue your destination. With all the risks of driving in Los Angeles—speeding, driver aggression at night, nervousness, and distracted driving—losing focus, talking in your phone while driving, or driving a vehicle that’s not operating properly are only going to make your travel experience worse. Remember, roughly a quarter of California DUI arrests took place in Los Angeles County in 2013. As drunk driving is so prevalent, that percentage remains a factor. Additionally, while driving, you have to watch out for the presence of natural disasters, like earthquakes and wildfires. Tune in to local radio stations for updates, and make sure you have an emergency plan in place in the event of a disaster. Keep in mind that driving safely is as much about being aware as knowing how to respond in an emergency.
Avoid Dangerous Areas
Applications of EDI are used for recycling the residual water in the food and beverage industry. But even when that industry is working well, if hungry tourists stumble into the wrong areas, they can quickly become one of many tourists who fall prey to crime, gangs, and drugs. The crime rate in L.A. is less important than knowing how to stay safe when you’re out and about. For example, avoiding Skid Row would be a good idea as the only thing you’ll find is a surging homeless population. Even worse, South Central and Compton are filled with dangerous gangs that are known to target ordinary people who violate their rules and territory. And while you don’t have to do drugs to come across drugs in Los Angeles, you can certainly experience crippling addiction and the devastation of your financial security if you experiment with drugs and find that you can’t let go. Your trip to LA. can be a lot of fun as long as you’re planning on staying where it’s safe.
Check for Air Quality Warnings
There are warm beaches and buzzing city restaurants everywhere, but one concern about L.A. worth noting is the air quality. Smog, a mixture of smoke and fog, is thick and heavy, and when you breathe it in, you not only have to worry about a burning throat and lungs but also an increased risk of heart and lung disease over the long term. That’s why you need to pay attention to air quality warnings you’ll find on the weather channel. The sooner you know about the air quality, the sooner you can adjust your travel methods, say, switching from taking a bus or Uber instead of walking. Smog is an epidemic and according to WHO, a less than 5% positivity rate is one indicator that an epidemic is under control. Unfortunately, many people are exposed to dangerous air quality. Still, smog is less noticeable along the coasts thanks to the breeze, so you may want to venture away from the city when the chance presents itself.
The opportunity to travel is hard to pass up when Los Angeles comes into the discussion. The city is filled with fun things to do and cool places to visit, making it one of the top destinations for tourists to travel to in America. Whether this is your first time visiting L.A., or you’ve been there before, you’ll always have to remember to drive carefully, avoid dangerous areas, and check the air quality before you head out the door. Stay safe in Los Angeles by remembering these three tips, and your travel experience is sure to be fun every time.