Weather-Related Driving Tips

As a result of multiple microclimates and varying elevations, the Big Island experiences its share of diverse weather. On one circle-the-island trip you may experience combinations of the following: intensely heavy tropical downpours; cool, windy conditions; searing heat; and even snow flurries if you happen to be driving up Maunakea. Be cautious on the mostly single-lane roads through rural areas, as these can be slick, winding, and poorly lit. Pull over to the side of the road to wait out intense bursts of rain that may obscure vision and create other hazardous conditions. These are usually brief and may even end with a rainbow.

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