Hawaii – The Bad (or 1st post)

Okay so let’s start with the bad of Hawaii now and believe you me, there are some things here I truly despise, but above all else (yes even including the astronomical cost of living) is the roads and drivers. 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬

Roads first, yeah? So Hawaii’s roads are…..horrendous. I mean horrendous. Part is due to the amount of rain and the traffic, I get that, but where taxpayer money goes, I know not because I know it doesn’t go to a) education or b) roads. Both of those are terrible here.

If it isn’t an enormous pothole, it’s construction. Like construction elsewhere, it lasts forever, however here, when they’re done fixing the road…it’s worse. I don’t know how, but they manage to make the roads worse! Unless the replace the entire width of the road, they do this terrible patching job that is completely uneven and at least as rough as the potholes. How a state manages this is beyond me. Hawaii’s roads are worse than China, Korea and Russia and NEARLY as bad as the Dominican Republic…a tiny developing country. I hate driving here.

Now…on to the drivers! First and foremost, signals. NO ONE USES THEIR TURN SIGNALS! Turn signals are such an infrequent sight and that even the DOT uses their huge, digital freeway overhead signs to encourage people to use their turn signals. No one does it. It is impossible to predict where another car is going. Ugh.

Next up is speeding and running red lights. Hawaii has zero, yes zero, traffic light cameras. As such, I see one person run a red light a day. Add that to how fast people drive here (which is nuts considering how bad the roads are)  and the lack of turn signals and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

Finally…aloha. Many Hawaiians are courteous drivers…to a fault. Many will unexpectedly stop to let others go or just simply do things and stop in places that one does not generally expect. I truly appreciate how nice it is, but it also causes accidents (two I’ve seen) because people don’t expect someone to blatantly disregard the rules of the road, even if it is to be nice.

All of these things add up to me, Cameron, raging out in the car each and every time I slip into the driver’s seat. There was a time I’d thought road rage was behind me, but then I moved to Hawaii.

Until next time dear Readers, when we hit some more of the good and perhaps some of the weird!


Published by Team McGregor

Living and teaching in the Middle East - previously in China, South Korea, and Hawaii (US). This is our blog dedicated to our travels and life living abroad...as well as some other fun stuff!

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