Driving in LA blows. One must estimate any distance between two points in terms of time, not miles. Today was no exception. Home to Torrance 18 miles, or one hour if before 6:30 a.m., 1.5 hours if after 6:30 a.m., and god knows how long if after 7:15. Of course when you need to be in Torrance by 7:00, leave an hour early, the tip takes 20 minutes. Tomorrow it will take two hours. Driving in LA Blows.