Avoid driving in gridlock hours (duh)
It may seem obvious, but this is Rule #1 of enjoying LA. Whatever you do, stay off the street from approximately 3:30 to 7:30pm (and 7:30 to 9:30am) every weekday. Of course, if you’re commuting, this may be more difficult, but it’s not impossible if you, say, hit the gym or get a bite to eat before hitting the asphalt. Face a flowing freeway at 8pm rather than leave at 5pm and be lodged in a soul-draining miasma for hours.