It’s always the right time to take extra care when driving on your Hawaii vacation. Even for those of us who live here, these tips are important to review. A friend of ours recently sustained critical injuries while driving on Kauai by not wearing a seat belt. Remember to buckle up and never text while driving.
Our best suggestions include the following tips and we look forward to your additions in the comments below:
- Slow down, go with the flow, stay safe and keep your vacation money in your pocket. Speeding is a significant problem here, and a major source of accidents in Hawaii. Speed detection is in wide-spread use and our tickets can be very expensive.
- Don’t make U-Turns on Hawaii highways, become distracted by the beauty or stop suddenly for photo opportunities. Our roads may seem quaint compared with the mainland, but they bring equal dangers.
- Forget the horn. We use car horns to say hello to people and not to complain. Let people in; it’s our way.
- Rain makes for limited visibility and slippery roads. Reduce your speed and remember that roads can be slick during the first few minutes of rainfall.
- Watch for Hawaii weather and flood advisories. NOAA weather is a good place to start. Just enter the city or zip code. Driving during flooding in Hawaii is something you don’t want to experience.
- Avoid rush-hour traffic in Honolulu and the neighbor islands between 6am to 8:30am and 3:30pm to 6pm. It’s always “mo’betta” to spend your time sitting on the beach than in traffic.
- Plan your route in advance. Remember that it just takes longer to drive between points on our island roads.
- It’s dangerous to cross the highway if you’re not at a cross walk. Also be watchful of pedestrians. Look ahead one city block, or a quarter mile on rural roads, for potential problems.
- Road shoulders in Hawaii are often soft and deep and sometimes non-existant; avoid whenever possible. That’s even more so during inclement weather. Avoid getting towed. You can’t imagine how many times we see visitors get stuck.
- Learn the meaning of “makai” (towards the ocean), and “mauka” (towards the mountain) when receiving directions. We often use landmarks and mile posts to give directions between points rather than street names or highway numbers.
As a final reminder, don’t drink and drive. Wear seat belts. Be safe and come back to Hawaii again soon!
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Beat of Hawaii photo overlooking Waimea Bay on Oahu.