In the spirit of full disclosure, I couldn’t really figure out the brunette in her early 40’s driving this white Range Rover (vanity license plate LDY). I initially pegged her as a stereotypical, egocentric, aggressive L.A. driver in morning rush hour traffic when she zipped out from behind me while going south on Laurel Canyon just north of Mulholland and leapfrogged past three cars using the right-turn-only lane before cutting back into the single southbound through lane. Selfish L.A. commuters pull this crap all the time, which does nothing but slow traffic for everyone by creating a lot of unnecessary braking and at times obstructing the right-turn-only lane entirely. What this lady did was especially pointless given that she only passed three cars, risked a collision in doing so, and ended up just cruising along several miles south in the single southbound lane a mere feet in front of the cars she just passed.
But once we reached West Hollywood, where Laurel Canyon turns into Crescent Heights, I noticed that she signaled for every turn or lane change, wasn’t tailgating, and even held up her vehicle to allow for another commuter to exit a condo complex driveway. It was almost as if I had encountered a real life Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde scenario. I doubt the driver was absolutely clueless with what she was doing when she was leapfrogging earlier because all the turns she was taking all along West Hollywood (we were traveling the same route) was something only regular commuters would know. Perhaps leapfrogging at this juncture is this lady’s only vice, which to be honest I would accept given how she was driving the rest of the way. With that, I leave a minimal rating on both meters and leave it up to you to decide.