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What can Hawaii Car Transport ship?
Where can Hawaii Car Transport ship something in Hawaii?
Where can Hawaii Car Transport ship something to from Hawaii?
Final word
 
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What can Hawaii Car Transport ship?

Hawaii Car Transport can move almost any car and that even includes cars that are not even running. However, Hawaii Car Transport can also ship limos, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, heavy equipment, vans, SUVs and trucks.
 

Where can Hawaii Car Transport ship something in Hawaii?

Hawaii Car Transport offers shipping to the Hawaiian port of your choice when you ship from the United States.

The ports that you can have your car shipped to are:

  • Honolulu
  • Hilo
  • Kahului
  • Kona
  • Nawiliwili

 

Where can Hawaii Car ship something to from Hawaii?

Hawaii Car Transport can actually ship your car from the port of your choosing in Hawaii to almost any address anywhere else in the United States. Some restrictions may apply such as an auto carrier not being legally allowed to get down a small side street. However, if this is the case, you can always arrange to meet your auto transport driver somewhere close by for your drop-off.

You can get a free quote anytime that you like by visiting this link.
 

Final word

We can ship your car to or from anywhere in the continental United States to any port of your choosing in Hawaii. We can also ship almost anything that has wheels. If you have any questions about a potential shipment, you can reach a Hawaii Car Transport expert by calling (808) 445-6695 today.

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Getting your car waxed and Hawaii’s weather
How to go about getting your car waxed in Hawaii
Advice about getting your car waxed
Final word
 
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Getting your car waxed and Hawaii’s weather

Getting your car waxed in Hawaii actually solves a few problems. It helps to prevent water spots from rain and will also prevent sun damage. When you have a car in Hawaii, you at a higher risk of both types of damage happening. That is because Hawaii has a lot of rain as well as a bunch of very intense sun.

When you wax your car in Hawaii what happens is that the wax creates a sealant that protects the cars paint from both water spots and sun damage.
 

How to go about getting your car waxed in Hawaii

Getting your car waxed in Hawaii is as easy as getting your car waxed anywhere else in the country. You can take your car to most car washes and have a car wax added on after you get your car washed.

You can also easily wax your car yourself. You can go to a store like Auto Zone, buy the wax and then perform the actual waxing yourself. In order to properly wax your car, you should first wash it or, at the very least, spray it down with water.

Next, you should read the instructions on the particular container of wax that you purchased. Closely pay attention to any directives about the amount of wax to use. Once you do that, you should take the provided pad and apply the recommended amount of wax to it. Then you should rub the wax onto your car’s painted areas in a small circular motion. Be sure that you do not apply the wax to any non-painted areas such as windows or headlights. Continue to wax the car until you have applied the wax evenly to the entire painted area of the vehicle.
 

Advice about getting your car waxed

When you get your car waxed or wax it yourself, there are a couple of things that you should keep in mind:

  • Treat the scratches first – If you are going to get your car waxed, be sure that you get the scratches taken care of first. This will help your car get the most out of the waxing.
  • Don’t rush the work – A good waxing will take some time so make sure that you are patient.
  • Ask for a high quality wax – It will likely cost you a bit more but ask for a high quality wax for your car. The better the wax, the better the waxing.

 

Final word

Getting your car waxed in Hawaii is much more important than people think. It will prevent damage from the strong weather such as water spots. It will also leave your car looking great and lower the frequency of you having to get your car washed.

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When red-light cameras are coming to Hawaii
Why red-light cameras are coming to Hawaii
Tips for avoiding a red-light camera ticket
Final Word
 
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When red-light cameras are coming to Hawaii

Red light cameras are already in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. They are all in or near the Honolulu area which is where there is the most traffic in Hawaii by a long shot. Right now, the tickets run about eighty dollars per infraction.

However, there has been talk about expanding the program to other areas of Hawaii. In fact, in a recent poll, the majority of Hawaii residents actually support expanding the program and adding more cameras. So, over the next few years you could start seeing red-light cameras on the other islands of Hawaii such as Maui, the Big Island, Kauai and more.
 

Why red-light cameras are coming to Hawaii

The reason for the proposed expansion of the red-light camera program in Hawaii is that most Hawaiian drivers are very far from aggressive when they are driving. There is a strong preference amongst Hawaiians for safer driving conditions rather than quicker driving times. You will experience this first-hand if you ever drive in Hawaii, you will routinely notice Hawaiians driving under the speed limit and much more cautiously than you would see anywhere else.
 

Tips for avoiding a red-light camera ticket

If you are in Hawaii and want to avoid any chance of getting a red-light ticket, use the following tips:

  • Drive slowly – You might need to react quickly if a light is changing, so give yourself the best chance possible to do so by driving slowly.
  • Learn where the red-light cameras are – It definitely helps knowing where the red-light cameras are in Hawaii before you even head out on the road. You can see where the red-light cameras are in Hawaii by clicking here
  • Download an App – You can always download an app like Waze which will tell you when you are about to come across a red-light camera in real time.
  • Try not to stop short – This will not help you avoid a ticket, but it will help you avoid getting slammed into from behind. If you get hit from behind because you stopped short at a red-light camera intersection, it can up being more costly than a simple red-light camera ticket. At the very least, it will be much more inconvenient because you will be without your car for several days while it gets repaired.
  • Give yourself some extra time to reach your destination – If you give yourself some extra time for your commute, you will not need to worry about needing to blow any red-lights in order to reach your destination. Safety first!

 

Final Word

If you will be driving in Hawaii, you should be prepared to take it slow and stop at all red lights. Right now, red-light cameras are only being used on Oahu, but you can expect to see them starting to pop up on the other islands of Hawaii in future years. The smartest thing to do is to give yourself extra travel time, so that having to stop at a red-light is not any sort of inconvenience at all. Once you get one of these tickets, it is nearly impossible to contest in court, you will end up paying the fine anyway and wasting a day in court.

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The facts about car thefts in Hawaii
The laws against car theft in Hawaii
Ways you can prevent your car from being stolen in Hawaii
Final word
 
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The facts about car thefts in Hawaii

Car theft has been a bit of a problem in Hawaii in recent years. On average, car theft in Hawaii is 25% higher than the national average per 100,000 people according to a 2016 statistic. There are a few theories as to why the rate of car theft is higher in Hawaii than it is in most places in the United States, but the prevailing one is that it correlates with the drug use problems Hawaii has had.

Although heroine use in Hawaii is comparatively low, cocaine and methamphetamine were surprisingly high in recent years. This usually translates to higher rates of theft, particularly with more expensive items such as automobiles.
 

The laws against car theft in Hawaii

Laws against car theft in Hawaii are a bit different those anywhere else in the United States. Believe it or not specific statutes regarding car theft are not specified under Hawaiian law, which is fairly rare.

So, if you steal a car in Hawaii, you will likely get prosecuted under general theft laws. However, do not think that this means that someone caught stealing a car in Hawaii will face lower penalties. They will still face stiff felony charges and several years in jail.

This applies to all forms of vehicle theft including offenses such as carjacking, which will be prosecuted as a robbery but will still carry felony level charges.
 

Ways you can prevent your car from being stolen in Hawaii

There are a bunch of easy, borderline obvious, ways for you to prevent your car from being stolen in Hawaii.

  • Always double check that you have locked your doors – Be sure that you have locked your doors each time you walk away from your vehicle.
  • Do not keep any spare keys in close proximity to your car – Thieves know to check near cars in a residential area for spare keys that might be hidden under a rock or something like that. So, be sure you keep your spare keys at a safe distance.
  • Park in areas with lots of light – Do not park in a dark corner of a mall parking lot. Instead, park in the better lit areas of the lot, like right under a light.
  • Get some sort of a tracking system – You will likely never need to use it but having a tracking system in your car will at least give you piece of mind. However, in the rare instance you’re your car is stolen, you will be able to retrieve it much more quickly.
  • Do not keep anything of value in the car – Thieves will want to take the car with the most value. Obviously, those are the highest value vehicle is the most prized car to steal for a criminal. However, keeping something valuable in your car could be the difference between a thief trying to steal it and passing it over.

 

Final word

Car theft is fairly problematic in Hawaii, but you can prevent it from happening to you by taking a few simple and proactive steps. Some of these steps are cost-free such as making sure your car doors and windows are closed and locked, while others can be pricey such as getting a tracking system. However, they are all well worth taking the time to implement as the inconvenience and cost of having your car stolen will be much greater.

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Why gas costs more in Hawaii than most states
Why gas prices are increasing again in Hawaii
Tips to keep your overall gas costs down
Conclusion
 
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Why gas costs more in Hawaii than most states

Unfortunately, gas always costs a bit more in Hawaii. This is because the process of transporting the gas to Hawaii is much more difficult and costly. Gas is brought to Hawaii by the ocean which costs more to transport thus the prices are reflected by the price you pay at the pump. Just as with most things, the customer ends up paying the expensive difference. The primary issue is the high cost of transporting fuel across the ocean.
 

Why gas prices are increasing again in Hawaii

Right now, gas prices are increasing again, even though we are headed into the winter months of the year for most of the United States when much fewer people are traveling. This is due to an issue in the middle east where Saudi Arabia is increasing the overall price on oil.
 

Tips to keep your overall gas costs down

If you want to keep the money that you spend on gas in Hawaii at a minimum, you can use the following tips:

  • Slow down – If you do not want to spend any more money than you absolutely need to on gas, you can always take driving a bit slower. It is a fact that the faster you drive the more gas you will burn through. Most people tend to drive pretty slow and calmly on Hawaii anyway so this should not be an issue.
  • Do not idle – This likely will not be an issue for most people, but idling is a great way to waste gasoline. So, if you are considering trying to cool your car down by letting it run with the air conditioner on before you get in, realize that you are wasting a considerable amount of gasoline each time you do that.
  • Try not to buy gas at “las resort” gas stations – When we say “last resort” gas stations, we are referring to gas stations that are the last place to fill up for a while. These stations follow the laws of supply and demand and know that they are the only option for gas in a long while.
  • Keep up with all of your car’s maintenance – Things such as getting your air filters changed and making sure that your tires are properly inflated can help you increase the efficiency of your car’s gas mileage.
  • Make use of a gas app – You can download and use one or more of several gas apps. These apps, such as Gas Buddy, which will help you locate the gas stations with the lowest prices near you.

 

Conclusion

Fuel will always be more expensive in Hawaii than it is in most places in the United States. Although, that does not mean that you will need to break the bank in order to be able to afford to fill your tank. There are several ways that you can actually save money on gas by using common sense and by paying attention to what you are doing.

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Hawaiian car insurance 101
The rules about Hawaiian car insurance
Interesting facts about Hawaiian car insurance
Conclusion
 
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Hawaiian car insurance 101

Car insurance is required by law in Hawaii just as it is in any other state in the US. It can get expensive too just like any other state. In 2019, car insurance prices in Hawaii ranged between $788 and $1,312 per year depending on which insurance provider was used by a particular driver.

These prices also depend on several key pieces of demographic information such as age, gender, driving history and more. So, for example, if you have a clean driving history and are between the ages of 25 and 65 your rates will be lower than those who do not meet this requirement.
 

The rules about Hawaiian car insurance

The first thing that you should know about car insurance in Hawaii is that there are minimum coverages required. This includes twenty thousand dollars in bodily injury liability per person, forty thousand dollars in bodily injury liability per crash, and ten thousand dollars in property damage liability per crash.

You are not required to carry other coverages such as Uninsured Motorist insurance. However, you should be consider carrying extra insurance because if damages exceed the insurance limits in an accident, you will be liable to pay them.

You must have car insurance in Hawaii if you plan on doing any driving. There are no exceptions to this law. If you are caught driving without insurance, you could face different penalties including fines, vehicle impoundment and even jail time.
 

Interesting facts about Hawaiian car insurance

The following are some interesting facts regarding car insurance in Hawaii:

  • On average, Hawaii’s car insurance was cheaper than the rest of the United States. – Hawaii actually came in over a hundred dollars cheaper than the rest of the United States when it came to average annual insurance cost. The average annual cost for auto insurance was $1,009 while Hawaii’s average annual auto insurance cost only $873.
  • Be sure to comparison shop – Some insurance providers in Hawaii will charge more for the same coverage that another provider is charging a lower monthly price for. So, be sure you take your time and research your options before you commit to one.
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist coverage is NOT required in Hawaii – As we mentioned earlier in this post, Hawaii does not require you to have Uninsured or Underinsured motorist coverage. Although, you should consider adding those coverages to your policy because it will help keep you protected in the future.
  • The penalty is stiff if you drive without insurance in Hawaii – The first time that you are caught driving without insurance in Hawaii will mean at least a $500 fine. There is also a good chance that you might also have your license suspended for 90 days. If you are caught driving without insurance a second time the fine will increase to over a thousand dollars, your car could be impounded, and you can even face jail time for up to thirty days.

 

Conclusion

Car insurance is required by law in Hawaii, just as it is in every other state in the Country. It is important to make sure that you are covered before you even consider getting behind the wheel in Hawaii because the penalties for driving without insurance can really cost you in a big way. The price for car insurance is actually pretty reasonable so you will not need to worry about breaking the bank.

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Why you should get your window repaired as soon as you notice any damage
The different types of repairs for car windows
The best places to get your car’s windows repaired in Hawaii
Advice for preventing damage to your car’s windows
 
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Why you should get your window repaired as soon as you notice any damage

Any time that you notice any damage to your windows on your car, you should get them repaired immediately. Otherwise, the damage could get worse and could spread over time which could make driving much more dangerous.

This includes even damage as small as a chip in your windshield. Damage such as that can “spider-web” and can quickly become large cracks in your windshield. If this happens, you could get a ticket, or your car might not pass an inspection.

Furthermore, if you do not get a chip or smaller crack in your cars window repaired right away, it will become more difficult or even impossible to repair. So, you could end up needing to buy an entirely new window or windshield and having to pay the cost of installation as well.
 

The different types of repairs for car windows

As you might expect, when it comes to getting your car’s windows repaired, not all repairs are equal. The main two areas are “repair” and “replacement.” The difference between these is obviously that with a “repair” your existing window is fixed, whereas as with a replacement, you will have a new window put in.

However, it gets more detailed than this. Certain types of chips and cracks will allow you to have your window repaired instead of replaced, which is cheaper. Other types of cracks will require that you get your window replaced.

The cracks and chips that will allow you to only get your window repaired are a “ding”, “cracked chip”, and “stone break”. These are most common and are almost always less than six inches long. Thus, a repair is possible.

When you have more serious damage to your windshield such as a “edge crack”, “floater crack”, or “combination break” you will likely need to get the window replaced (depending on the severity).

Other types of damage to your windows including “bull’s eyes” and “stress cracks” could go either way.

Regardless of the type of damage that your window has, whoever services your car will be able to diagnose the severity of the damage and implement and repair and/or replacement with ease.
 

The best places to get your car’s windows repaired in Hawaii

There are always option for getting your car’s windows repaired in a timely manner almost anywhere you go. Hawaii is no different. The following are the best options for getting your car’s window repaired in Hawaii:

  • Hawaii

    • Aloha Auto Glass – Hilo – Located in Hilo, Hawaii Aloha Auto Glass boasts great customer reviews on Google. They offer all sorts of repairs and replacements for auto glass and even offer 24 hour emergency service.
    • Aloha Auto Glass – Kona – Found in Kona, Hawaii, Aloha Auto Glass – Kona has a good history of customer service and satisfaction. They offer several vehicle glass replacement services including mobile glass replacement.
    • Safelite Auto Glass – Hilo – Located in Hilo, Hawaii, this branch of the global auto glass repair company has long been a trusted name in car window repair. They are best known for their on-the-go service where they come to you and fix your windshield.
  • Maui

    • Ace Auto Glass – In Kahului you will find one of the more highly regarded auto glass repair services in the entire state of Hawaii, Ace Auto Glass. They are family owned and offer a variety of car glass services including mobile service.
  • Oahu

    • Safelite Auto Glass – Honolulu – Another Safelite location is found in Honolulu. However, They can come to you in most areas to complete your car window repairs or replacement.
    • Roy’s Auto Glass – Roy’s Auto Glass is located in Honolulu and offers all types of windshield repair and replacement service. They have some nice reviews on Google as well.
    • Lee Ward Auto Glass – Located in Waipahu Lee Ward Auto Glass can fix and replace your auto glass with a variety of same-day services.
  • Kauai

 

Advice for preventing damage to your car’s windows

It is always better to be proactive rather than reactive, so preventing damage from occurring to your car’s windows in the first place is by far the best way to go. Take the following steps to prevent damage to your car’s windows while driving:

  • Do not follow too close – Chips and small cracks generally tend to occur as a result of small road debris hitting your windshield. Sometimes, you cannot prevent this as this debris could be kicked up by your own car. However, more often than not, this debris is kicked up by a vehicle that is travelling in front of you. So, the more space you give the car in front of you the less of a chance you will have that a pebble will chip your windshield.
  • Park in the shade – This obviously is not always possible but if you can park under some cover. Weather elements including the sun can weaken and even damage your windows. This is especially true in a place like Hawaii where the sun is especially strong. The effects will be almost imperceptible at first but over time this could result in a crack.
  • Avoid off-roading or anything close to it – You should avoid driving off-road or on any dirt or gravel roads. These types of roads are full of small debris such as pebbles and can easily cause chips and cracks in windshields.
  • Slow down a bit – The truth is that it is impossible to avoid all road debris from hitting your car’s windows. However, you can at least minimize the damage from this by slowing down which will decrease the force of the impact.
  • Get new wipers – Windshield wipers that are too old can actually cause damage to your windshield and over time this can cause cracks and chips. Change your wiper blades at least once annually and do not skimp and buy the cheap ones either.
  • Keep your windows clean – When you do have extremely small and imperceptible damage to your windows, dust, dirt and grime can get into cracks and chips and make them harder to repair or even make them worse. If you keep your windows clean, you will not need to worry about this.
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Driving in Hawaii
9 things that you should know about driving in Hawaii
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Driving in Hawaii

Driving in Hawaii is a really wonderful experience. The weather is almost always gorgeous, and the sights are beautiful. It is an experience that we would recommend that everyone should have at least once in their lives.

However, driving in Hawaii is also different than anywhere else in the world. Overall, it moves at a much slower pace and that is the way that Hawaiians like it. Whether you like it or not, you will need to get to driving more slowly and taking your time to get from one place to another.
 

9 things that you should know about driving in Hawaii

  1. People take it easy when driving in Hawaii – In Hawaii, people drive much less aggressively than most other places in the world. This includes driving slower and, many times, at least slightly under the speed limit. So, give yourself some extra time when you are driving somewhere and prepare to drive slower.
  2. Honking means “hello!” not “go to hell!” – Honking in Hawaii is really frowned upon. In general, people only do it too say hello to someone they know, not to be rude to someone they deem is not driving well.
  3. The “zipper” is not used – The “zipper” is a term that is used to describe the way that cars are typically meant to merge – one car lets another car in then follows that car. The car behind that lets one car in and so on and so forth. This looks like a zipper from above, hence the name. However, in Hawaii people are so laid back and kind that they often let several cars merge in front of them. This is especially true on bridges that only have space for one total lane of traffic. One side will let five or more cars through before they choose to venture across the bridge.
  4. Traffic patterns are a disaster – The traffic patterns in Hawaii have long been a source of contention for drivers. The patterns are complicated and seem to encourage accidents at certain points. A few examples are five-way intersections and on ramps that are too short to build enough speed to merge onto a highway.
  5. Oahu is known for its beauty but also for its traffic – Overall, Hawaii has some pretty bad traffic at certain times. Oahu is well documented as being the worst when it comes to traffic in Hawaii. This is primarily because of the Honolulu area which, by far, has the largest population of any city or area in Hawaii. Typical commutes in this area are over any hour for only twenty or twenty-five miles of actual distance during rush hour. We recommend that you do everything that you can to avoid driving during rush hour.
  6. Rain occurs suddenly and so does the bad driving – Sudden rain and flash flooding are a part of life in Hawaii. These things cause the already slow and cautious drivers of Hawaii to get even slower and more cautious.
  7. Roads are not grids in Hawaii – Hawaii’s roads are not set up like grids as they are in most places in the United States. So, if you take a wrong turn, you might want to consider stopping and checking your GPS first before you assume that taking another couple of right turns will take you back to where you were going.
  8. There are a ton of potholes – Be careful of all the potholes in Hawaii. If you hit some of the bigger ones with enough speed you could do considerable damage to your vehicle.
  9. See the sights but keep it moving – It may be tempting to slow down even more in Hawaii to see a beautiful beach but do not slow down so much that you are impeding traffic.

 

Conclusion

Driving in Hawaii is a much more pleasant experience than most places, unless you are trying to get somewhere in a hurry. It mirrors the culture of Hawaii which is laid back and relaxed. The main thing to remember is to prepare to take it slow when you are driving in Hawaii. Give yourself some extra travel time so you do not need to worry about rushing anywhere.

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What exactly is traffic like in Hawaii?
Where and when is the worst traffic in Hawaii?
Tips for avoiding traffic in Hawaii
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What exactly is traffic like in Hawaii?

Traffic in Hawaii varies depending on which island you are on. Overall, though, traffic in Hawaii is not great by any measure. Hawaii was ranked 45th in the country for its traffic and infrastructure by a recent study.

This is, however, an improvement from more recent years. As recently as 2012, Hawaii had been ranked the worst in the country for traffic. So, the traffic situation is improving in Hawaii, just slowly.
 

Where and when is the worst traffic in Hawaii?

Not surprisingly, the Honolulu area has the worst traffic in the state. Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii as well as the most popular tourist area in the state.

Honolulu is also the most populated area in the state of Hawaii by a long shot. It has over seven times more people than the next most populated area in the state. The issue with traffic here is that many people do not live in the area where most jobs are located which is in the actual city of Honolulu. Most commute from neighboring areas, thus traffic can get very congested during rush hour.

Honolulu is not the only place in Hawaii that has substantial traffic delays consistently. Both Kahului and the Kailua – Kaneohe areas have legitimate amounts of traffic congestion as well. It is not nearly as much as Honolulu, but it is enough to inconvenience you on a consistent basis. Kahului is located on the island of Maui while the Kailua – Kaneohe area is also located on Oahu, making Oahu the worst island to drive on Hawaii because Honolulu is located on the other side of that same island.

Overall, these are the average annual driving delays per commuter in each respective area in Hawaii:

  • Honolulu – 64 hours
  • Kailua – Kaneohe 23 hours
  • Kahului – 23 hours

You can see that Honolulu is almost triple that of the next two highest areas on Hawaii’s list. Honolulu’s traffic delays actually measure up with that of Los Angeles and New York City. The traffic delays in the Honolulu area averages out to about fifteen minutes per day for each driver. The delays in both Kahului and Kailua – Kaneohe averages out to 6 minutes per day for each driver.
 

Tips for avoiding traffic in Hawaii

If you are driving in Hawaii and you want to try to avoid traffic, you can use the following tips:

  • Do your best to avoid rush hour – This is easier said than done for most people but if your job allows you the flexibility to come in earlier or later, we highly recommend that you do so.
  • Pay attention to traffic and weather reports – Be sure that you give yourself a few extra minutes before you leave for your commute to listen to the local traffic and weather reports.
  • Use a GPS traffic app – Waze is one of the most widely used ways that people avoid getting stuck in traffic that is too congested.
  • Avoid the major highways – Just as in other major cities, the brunt of the rush hour traffic tends to occur on major highways such as the H-1 and H-2 (both in the Honolulu area), so plan to avoid those if you can.

 

Final word

Traffic can be pretty bad in certain areas in Hawaii, namely Honolulu. But it does make sense for the large population that Honolulu has. However, the congestion has slowly been improving on Hawaii’s roads. Hawaii has moved down five spots on the list of the states with the most traffic in just the past several years. So, just be sure to plan your driving in advanced, and your drive time in Hawaii likely won’t be that bad.

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The on-going issue with drunk driving in Hawaii
What is being done to prevent it?
Facts about drunk driving in Hawaii
Final word
 
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The on-going issue with drunk driving in Hawaii

Recently, over half of all the car accidents resulting in a death in Hawaii have been because of a drunk driver. This is an alarming statistic because in 2012 the percentage of fatal accidents involving a drunk driver was 31% nationwide. More recently in 2016, that number was down to 28%. So, Hawaii seems to have a dangerous problem with drinking and driving, especially when you consider their percentage of deadly car accidents involving alcohol is nearly double the national average.

That percentage had dropped after being alarmingly high in the 1980’s and even into the early 1990’s after stricter laws were introduced regarding drinking and driving in Hawaii. It reached an all-time low in 2014 at only 35%, which finally fell close to the national average. However, now the number has risen again to over 50%.

Over the years, these numbers have been higher than other places in the country likely because Hawaii has some unorthodox and confusing traffic patterns which are difficult to navigate and the culture is one of relaxation which leads to higher amounts of people drinking. In fact, a recent study found that just over 20% of adults in Hawaii drinks “excessively” which is two percent higher than the national average of 18%.
 

What is being done to prevent it

Hawaii is going to tighten its drinking and driving enforcement in a big way going forward. They recently started a “Drive sober or get pulled over” program in an effort to educate the public about drinking and driving.

In addition to that, laws are being created that will enforce stricter penalties on drunk drivers. A new law that passed just two and a half months ago on July 1st will lower the charge of “habitual DUI” from three convictions in ten years to only two. It will also increase fines and jail time for DUI and DWI offenders.

Specifically, the periods for the length of license revocation will increase from months to years in many cases, probation will become jail time and fines will increase from hundreds to thousands of dollars in most cases.

Local police will also step up enforcement. More checkpoints are planned in Hawaii in the coming months, especially on holidays where people generally tend to drink such as the eve of Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.
 

Facts about drunk driving in Hawaii

Before you decide to risk arrest, your safety and, most important, other people’s safety, you should learn the facts about drinking and driving in Hawaii. Here are the facts:

  • More than half of the fatal car accidents in Hawaii could have been avoided – In 2016, 64 out of 109 fatal accidents involved a driver who tested positive for alcohol. That is 59%. That is double the national average for that year which was 29%.
  • You will pay dearly if you drink and drive in Hawaii – The new legislation that passed on July 1st introduced stricter penalties for drunk driving. The highlights of the law are:

    • For someone’s first offense they will lose their license for a year, have a breathalyzer installed in their vehicle, pay a fine between $250 and $1000, and could possibly get community service or even several days in jail.
    • For a second offense that person will lose their license for two to three years, they will serve over two hundred hours of community service or go to jail for a month, and they will pay a fine between $1,000 and $3,000 dollars,
    • If a person is arrested for DUI with someone sixteen years old or younger, they will suffer the above consequences appropriate to their past history plus an additional $500 fine and serve an additional mandatory two day jail sentence.
  • There is a chapter of MADD in Hawaii – You can join the fight against drunk driving in Hawaii by joining the efforts of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). The Hawaii chapter can be found here.
  • You can report someone you suspect of drunk driving – If you are out on the road and you see someone driving who is doing so erratically (swerving etc.), you can report them to the police by calling their non-emergency line in Hawaii at (808) 529-3111.

 

Final word

Just don’t do it. Drinking and driving is a senseless and selfish act. You can always grab a cab or a ride using a ride-share app like Uber for just a few dollars and avoid the possibility of injuring or killing someone. Getting caught drinking and driving will turn your life upside down and will crush you financially.

If you are out on the road, always stay away from any drivers who seem like they might be driving drunk. You should pull over and call the police immediately if you suspect anyone of driving drunk as well.

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