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Bob B.'s Comment
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Considering a job which runs 90% I-5. Lots of LA, some SanFran. Portland & Seattle. Never been there.

How bad is LA? How bad is SF?

* What are the challenges? * What are the bad times? (2pm-10pm?) * What are the difficult areas? * Why are they difficult? (Traffic, crime, earthquakes, crazy drivers, etc.) * Does I-5 get bad in the winter? Which section? Why? * Is there DOT weigh stations all over the place? * Is truck parking extremely limited? *Is it really gridlock? I Gooogled Santa Monica to Anaheim @6:20pm Thursday, May 20, 2019 local time. Results are 44 miles taking 1.5 hours. That would suck, but that's not stopped traffic. (Estimated 30 mph?).

Thank you

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Big T's Comment
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Depends on the time and direction. In the middle of the night I can get from Compton to San Bernardino in about 90 minutes. If I'm leaving Compton at 15:00 that same trip has taken me over four hours.

It can get bad in the winter north of Redding. From mm696 in CA to about 150 in Oregon you're running in the mountains.

A lot of scales but not many that are open. The ones that are open are busy.

Considering a job which runs 90% I-5. Lots of LA, some SanFran. Portland & Seattle. Never been there.

How bad is LA? How bad is SF?

* What are the challenges? * What are the bad times? (2pm-10pm?) * What are the difficult areas? * Why are they difficult? (Traffic, crime, earthquakes, crazy drivers, etc.) * Does I-5 get bad in the winter? Which section? Why? * Is there DOT weigh stations all over the place? * Is truck parking extremely limited? *Is it really gridlock? I Gooogled Santa Monica to Anaheim @6:20pm Thursday, May 20, 2019 local time. Results are 44 miles taking 1.5 hours. That would suck, but that's not stopped traffic. (Estimated 30 mph?).

Thank you

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Jim S.'s Comment
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Considering a job which runs 90% I-5. Lots of LA, some SanFran. Portland & Seattle. Never been there.

How bad is LA? How bad is SF?

* What are the challenges? * What are the bad times? (2pm-10pm?) * What are the difficult areas? * Why are they difficult? (Traffic, crime, earthquakes, crazy drivers, etc.) * Does I-5 get bad in the winter? Which section? Why? * Is there DOT weigh stations all over the place? * Is truck parking extremely limited? *Is it really gridlock? I Gooogled Santa Monica to Anaheim @6:20pm Thursday, May 20, 2019 local time. Results are 44 miles taking 1.5 hours. That would suck, but that's not stopped traffic. (Estimated 30 mph?).

Thank you

Basically, the traffic flow is into LA in the morning, and out of LA in the afternoon. The a.m. rush runs from about 6:00 until 9:00. The afternoon rush starts at about 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. If you are traveling to and from the central LA warehouse area , the traffic gridlock will be for about 50 - 60 miles in either direction on the I 5. Those 50-60 miles might take 2-3 hours to commute. Travel at night is usually much better. There is one area about 50 miles north of downtown LA, known as the Grapevine that occasionally gets snow and ice in the winter. Crime shouldn't be bad if you stay on the main roads while not on the freeway, and keeps your doors locked. There are some crazy drivers, but they mostly stay in the left lanes. Parking can be very bad in the central LA area, but once out of the central area, maybe 15 - 20 miles and into the suburban areas it's not so bad. Earthquakes, really don't feel them while driving. Most of them are minor. Hey, I guess that's what airride is for. Some of the freeway signs can be tricky or misleading. It seems that when they make freeway upgrades, they forget to change the signs. Hope that helps.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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