Stephan, this is one of my favorite questions! I grew up in the Bay Area (Alameda, just outside SF) and moved here to the Central Valley about 7 yrs ago. Traffic to me a totally different concept than my Ripon neighbors, LOL. With the exception of teh Bay Area commute (Whew!), traffic here is like the single "A" baseball team that plays here in Modesto (The "Nuts", if you are curios), compared to the "Major League" traffic of my Bay Area compadres! Where are you from? that may help in associating the traffic here to what you categorize as "traffic". Great place to raise a family, and close to everything! Good luck in your Central Valley search "the Coach"