I have driven across this country many times, and have driven through almost every state. I have driven from New York to Florida, from Tucson to Dallas, Los Angeles to Seattle, across the 90, across the 80, through Colorado and Idaho, from Wisconsin through the deep south and I have NEVER seen the complete craziness that is on the 5 between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Seriously everytime I am on it, my IQ drops 10 more points. It is like taking the Walmart-esque crowd giving them keys to cars, some drugs and or drug money and unleashing them onto the 5.
They don't seem to know the rules of, slow driving stay to the right! If you pass them, on either side, 8 out of 10 times they will chase you down. You can see blow jobs, hand jobs, white trash at it's best on this roadway and all the while feel like you are in a game of Frogger with the Sopranos and Mario Andretti trying to survive.
I honestly don't get it. Why this stretch of freeway? Why are people like this?
The only good thing about the 5 is how quick it is, 4-5 hours to and from SF/L.A. but really? UGH
I chose to use an extra tank of gas and couple more hours to have a gorgeous view of the ocean, drive through amazing neighborhoods and just have a more peaceful day when driving back down.
If you have the time, I highly suggest the 101 as an alternative to the chaos that errupts on the 5.