It’s true that driving in Hawaii is different than driving on the mainland. For one, the average freeway speed limit’s 45 mph – which would be considered grandma-status in L.A. Cars blaze past at 70 mph over there. It’s also a snail’s pace for Texas drivers, who may be used to going 85 mph on a recently-opened highway, dubbed the “fastest road in America.”
Hawaii’s weather is much friendlier for drivers, too. There may be bouts of heavy rains or h3 winds, but nothing near the magnitude of severe weather as the midwest experienced recently, where blizzards caused multi-car pileups on the freeway. For the most part, the roads in Hawaii will be dry and safe for driving.
It’s not to say that drivers don’t speed in Hawaii or roads don’t get slippery, because they do. It’s just, overall, the experience on the roads are more pleasant than on parts of the mainland. A couple of summers ago, I drove across the country through 12 different states. We went from California to Massachusetts, making stops along the way. That’s when I realized just how fast cars can really go! I could barely keep up at 75 mph. LOL. Kinda stressful for someone not used to that speed but definitely a time saver in our jam-packed itinerary!
I remember someone telling me not to wave thank you when driving on the mainland because the gesture would be mistaken as sticking the finger or something worse. I waved anyway because it’s a habit I can’t break. Luckily, no upset drivers came chasing after me during the road trip. Most drivers in Hawaii will wave after another driver lets them cut in front or lets them pass, as it’s become habit for them as well.
But it’s more than a habit. Waving thank you is simply another way to drive with care. And how can we forget about the shaka? That notable gesture also makes its way onto Hawaii’s roadways. It’s a friendly reminder that we should carry the aloha spirit with us wherever we may be going in life – and on the road as well.
Posted by: Bruce Fisher