If you live in Honolulu or have visited in the past several years, you
know that traffic can be challenging. According to a new survey, Honolulu
motorists spent an average of 60 hours in traffic in 2013. The city has
been voted the second highest in the nation–Los Angeles took the
top spot–for traffic for the third year in a row.
You Could Sleep For a Full Week Instead Of Being in Traffic
KITV, Honolulu's traffic problems have become very serious. In fact, the
drivers experienced an 18 percent increase in hours spent in traffic congestion
from the previous year. More traffic will certainly lead to driver frustration
and may also lead to more
car accidents as drivers sometimes do whatever it takes to get where they want to go
Instead of being in traffic, KITV says that you could:
- sleep for a full week
- run 15 marathons
- watch 30 University of Hawaii basketball games
That's almost inconceivable. According to the
INRIX National Traffic Scorecard Annual Report, a simple trip from Waikele to Honolulu on the H-1 wastes about two days
of traffic time per year. The worst freeway corridor in Honolulu stretched
from Aolele Street to Moanalua Road. Moanalua Freeway heading eastbound
at Middle Street to the H-1 Freeway at Ward Avenue was the second worst
corridor in Honolulu.
So, why so much traffic? There are many differing opinions. Some say that
Honolulu's tourist industry simply brings an onslaught of extra cars
to the area. Others say that the problem is physical volume. Cars are
simply too big and roads are too small.
What other cities made the list? Here's the top 10, along with total
annual hours wasted in traffic:
- Los Angeles (64 hours, up 5 hours from 2012)
- Honolulu (60 hours, up 10 hours from 2012)
- San Francisco (56 hours, up 7 hours from 2012)
- Austin (41 hours, up 3 hours from 2012)
- New York (53 hours, up 3 hours from 2012)
- Bridgeport (42 hours, up 3 hours from 2012)
- San Jose (35 hours, up 4 hours from 2012)
- Seattle (37 hours, up 2 hours from 2012)
- Boston (38 hours, up 7 hours from 2012)
10. Washington, D.C. (40 hours, down 1 hour from 2012)
More Traffic May Result In More Accidents
Here are some things to avoid when you're stuck in traffic:
Texting. Unless you're at a complete stop on the freeway and your car is in
park, avoid texting or doing anything that takes your eyes off the road.
In most traffic situations, drivers tend to follow the person in front
of them more closely than they would traveling at normal speeds. So, that
two second text can mean hitting the car in front of you - creating even
"That guy." Although you may be patiently waiting for a traffic jam to open up, there's
always "that guy" who will attempt to drive past everyone in
the breakdown lane. Whether he's simply trying to get off at the next
exit (or just wants to get ahead of everyone else), opening your car door
or getting out of the car can be dangerous.
Getting Out Of Line. Many people stuck in traffic look for ways to physically get out of line.
However, their behavior can become literal when they attempt to cross
medians and continually change lanes.
If you've been involved in a car accident, contact an experienced Hawaii
car accident lawyer to analyze your situation and determine whether you
might be entitled to
damages such as medical bills, lost income and more.