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Helpful Driving Tips for exploring the Big Island of Hawaii,
Big Island Driving Laws

USE SEAT BELTS – It’s The Law: All occupants of a car must wear seat belts (regardless of age), and children weighing less than 50 pounds must be in a child safety or booster seat.

Get several different maps from your car rental company and the airport. Not all maps show street grids which are extremely helpful when exploring off the "main drags".

RIGHT ON RED Right turn on a red light is permitted after coming to a complete stop, unless otherwise marked.
USE TURN SIGNALS Outside of being a good driving practice… it’s considerate, and helps the flow of traffic while in congestion.

If you are a Costco member, fill up there! It's less than 10 minutes west of Kailua-Kona and you will probably save lots! Gas stations are fairly far apart, and in rural areas, they tend to close early in the day. Don't wait until you are on "E" to fill up and risk getting stuck in a remote area.

RAIN Sudden Downpours often cause problems for drivers in Hawaii. Rocks wash onto the road in several places around the island and, in some areas the water may become deep enough to swim in! Heed the warning signs!

Most Hawaii drivers don't use their horn unless it's an emergency, and if you're patient, most will let you in front of them in a line of cars. If someone lets you in, acknowledge them with a wave or a shaka. The "Aloha Spirit"… need we say more?

SIGHTSEEING Please pull over to let locals pass you. The scenery in Hawaii is breathtaking and it's easy to slow down to take it all in. Just check your rear view mirror once in a while and let the locals be on their way!
LOST?... First… you’re on an island.  Second… don’t read a map while driving.
USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS It’s just a good idea to turn on your headlights:  Dusk to Dawn… on mountain roads… raining or fog.

If you ask for directions, you might get some you're not familiar with:
Makai means toward the ocean. Mauka means toward the mountains.

DRIVE WITHOUT STRESS Hang Loose!! Remember… you’re on vacation!

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