I would never say that LA drives are skilled, but I would also say I didn't find them awful. I guess I am pretty used to driving in LA traffic. I have also driven in Europe, where in many places there are no such things as lanes, rules of the road or driver ettiqute.
One of the many things I never considered about Vegas was how bad the drivers are. I see at least one accident a day, usually more. The tailgating is ridiculous- there is often someone so close to you it almost feels like they are in the car with you. I don't know how many times I have braced myself for an impact.
Merging is non-existant, part of the blame lies with the road enigeers. Where are the merge lanes? Some of the merge lanes are so short there is no way you can merge in with traffic if people even bother to let you in.
People change lanes like they are playing pole position- quickly moving from lane to lane with no regard to the cars already there.
Finally- the rain. Now LA does bad with rain, it happens so infrequently people do not know how to drive in it and the roads are extra slick. Now imagine how bad it is out here with the drivers I have described.
I don't know why, but it seems like every state has sent their worst drivers out here. I just hope these two are better drivers.