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Honolulu ranks as 9th worst city for drivers, study says

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 12:46 p.m. HST, Jun 17, 2014

Honolulu ranks as the ninth-worst U.S. city for drivers based on gas and insurance prices, population density, the number of hours of traffic delay per commuter, and annual precipitation rates, according to a NerdWallet study.

The study found that aside from the highest gas prices in country at $4.35, drivers in Honolulu must pay expensive car registration fees based on vehicle weight.

The average insurance premium exceeds $948, Honolulu drivers lose 45 hours a year due to traffic delays, and our population density per square mile is greater than 5,572.

In New York City, which NerdWallet found to be the worst in the U.S. for drivers, gas averages $3.95 a gallon, the average insurance premium is nearly $1,615, drivers lose an average of 59 hours a year to traffic delays, the population density is 27,012 per square mile and the city gets 113 days of precipitation per year.

The very best U.S. market for drivers, according to NerdWallet, is Albuquerque-Rio Rancho, New Mexico, where gas costs an average of $3.38, insurance premiums average $961, there are only 53 days per year of precipitation, 2,907 people per square mile, and only 29 hours of driver delays per year.


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ready2go wrote:
Elected officials have stated in the past that the reason that auto insurance rates are so high is because as many as 25% of the cars on the road do not have auto insurance and so the other 75% or so car owners, are forced to pay higher rates to make up the shortage. Why don't the State Legislators address this issue?
on June 17,2014 | 08:22AM
Bdpapa wrote:
The law is on the books. Enforcement is the problem.
on June 17,2014 | 09:23AM
serious wrote:
Agreed, Bdpapa, I would like to see how Hawaii ranks on traffic enforcement!!
on June 17,2014 | 10:06AM
soundofreason wrote:
Problem with enforcement isn't JUST with HPD either. These guys show up in traffic court with brand new insurance policies and the judge then dismisses the no insurance charge EVEN though they didn't have insurance at the time of the ticket. SO.....they only pay for insurance IF they get caught. THEN they stop paying right after court cause......no penalty.
on June 18,2014 | 07:03AM
busterb wrote:
Because people get mad if you do that. Some don't want to be covered. They feel it's their right. Sure it hurts the ones who are. When gov't forces the deadbeats to pay for their own insurance it's sometimes called things like called Obamacare and it makes deadbeats go nuts.
on June 17,2014 | 11:41AM
Nultech wrote:
How about proof of insurance before annual registration is permitted?
on June 17,2014 | 09:32AM
paniolo wrote:
You need to show proof of insurance to get a safety check, which in turn you need a safety check before you get registration.
on June 17,2014 | 10:20AM
saveparadise wrote:
Doesn't matter to criminals. You get ticketed so what? You drive away in the same car and continue to drive with a bunch of tickets. There was talk of vehicle confiscation but never came about.
on June 17,2014 | 11:10AM
Anonymous wrote:
Only 9th worst in the USA? After spending more than 2.5 hours per day in traffic, I thought it would be worse than that. Only time we get a bit of a break is when UH is not in session.
on June 17,2014 | 10:26AM
what wrote:
The population is growing, yet the City and State sit on their arse and do nothing to grow the highway infrastructure along with it. If there is room for rail, there is room for another highway.
on June 17,2014 | 12:02PM
Wazdat wrote:
AGREE. The DOT is a complete JOKE. No new roads, WHY?

What happened to the middle st. merge and the nimitz flyover ???

on June 17,2014 | 12:13PM
inverse wrote:
They went 'all in' on RAIL. On top of which Hawaii was given millions in federal funds to set up a bi-directional zipper lane but just recently State claimed it was not possible or too expensive and hence stopped. Don't tell me they could not figure out a way to create either a bi-directional zipper or better yet a reversible contraflow lanes to allow increased capacity for W Oahu to town commuters during morning to work/school and then back the other direction when they go home in the afternoon. That project in itself, would have greatly decrease overall commuting times for ALL Oahu commuters. The rail is a completely USELESS money draining project. Dealing with Oahu's known road choke points would have major impact in reducing commute times and traffic congestion for Oahu. Also Nimitz Hwy can easily be converted to have additional contraflow lanes depending on time of day that would be a minimum of cost and complexity. There are so many projects that does not cost a billion dollars, including what you mentioned selective flyover/ flyunder that would have truly provided major work for local construction workers. By design, only small numbers of local construction workers can simultaneously work on the rail project unlike a major road project like a flyover/flyunder can provide way more work for local construction workers.
on June 17,2014 | 12:40PM
false wrote:
Right. In fact talking about the rail, they show us the section the that has been completed in the middle of nowhere. How come somewhere far from where it begins. What a joke. They just wanted to do make a show of it to where people can see it. Next, they begin building the column where it will be going over the overpass by Leeward Community College. Just putting up bit and pieces to give the visual effect for show. This will potentially bankrupt the City. The Mayor will go to the legislature next year to ask that the rail tax be in perpetuity and some of those there will bite. His excuse? So it can go to the U.H. That was suppose to have been in the plan from the beginning. They have played the public for a bunch of idiots.
on June 17,2014 | 01:59PM
atilter wrote:
about rail - anybody see the monorail collapse, 6/10, touted to be operational prior to the world cup? wonder who was the contractor on that project?! wonder how they generated their "survey" to garner the support to build it?! wonder if the same capitalization planning (scheme) was used to generate a false sense of security and well-being?! wonder how they will maintain their monorail? to bad people had to get hurt or die in the collapse.
on June 17,2014 | 03:00PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
The Nimitz Flyover died because businesses did not want to move. Is that a predictor of Rail's future? Certainly the fact that HART cannot hire competent people to negotiate the sales of affected Real Estate simply says that Grabuskaus needs to Shape Up or a Ship Out !!!! Don't blame Cayetano anymore!!
on June 17,2014 | 11:21PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
No new roads because TheRail swooped in and grabbed some byways that would have been prime Real Estate for a viaduct, namely Kam Highway.
on June 17,2014 | 11:30PM
JAFO wrote:
We will hit the number 1 ranking soon, with drivers test given in 16 different languages!
on June 17,2014 | 10:55AM
bekwell wrote:
Maybe I'm wrong, but I thought a long time ago, maybe in the 70's they gave driver license tests in different languages?
on June 17,2014 | 11:20AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
They gave it in pidgin and I passed.
on June 17,2014 | 11:14PM
lowtone123 wrote:
"Honolulu ranks as 9th worst city for drivers" but number one for having the worst drivers. Many shouldn't even be allowed to drive. No patience, no respect, no consideration, no aloha.
on June 17,2014 | 11:43AM
false wrote:
Nerdwallet? Really...
on June 17,2014 | 11:46AM
false wrote:
Birdturd had us at 17
on June 17,2014 | 11:47AM
rayhawaii wrote:
Numbar 9 I wooda tot wie wuz numbar won. Shoot dangfonit.
on June 17,2014 | 12:05PM
BigOpu wrote:
Better than being #1 I guess.
on June 17,2014 | 12:12PM
paloloboyz wrote:
Traffic will get worse that the "Live, Work, Play" condominium concept will sellout. Then more condos will have to be built.
on June 17,2014 | 12:17PM
mcc wrote:
Live, work, play for the rich ONLY!
on June 17,2014 | 12:47PM
wahine wrote:
No sh*t?
on June 17,2014 | 12:34PM
false wrote:
Bush's fault
on June 17,2014 | 01:10PM
false wrote:
get a better job
on June 17,2014 | 01:10PM
false wrote:
must be bush's fault
on June 17,2014 | 01:10PM
atilter wrote:
yay - i hope this information gets published FAR AND WIDE and encourages less in-migration!!!
on June 17,2014 | 02:38PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Oh I thought they were saying our City had the 9th worst drivers in the country.
on June 17,2014 | 04:00PM
aaronavilla wrote:
Maybe with some hard work, we can be #1. We can do this if we work together!!!
on June 17,2014 | 04:54PM
soundofreason wrote:
You lost a lot of support when you put the word "work" in there ;)
on June 18,2014 | 07:08AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Yes however would we want to live in Albuquerque, New Mexico or Honolulu, Hawaii? I think if we factor in life expectancy and such we would find Honolulu ranked better. Also New York had the Yankees, the Giants, the Rangers and Frank Sintra singing his favorite "New York, New York". So is New York really the worst? Come on Erika !!!!!????
on June 17,2014 | 11:12PM
lokela wrote:
Was this article really needed? Obviously one just needs to drive or rather just sit on the highways to know that we suck.
on June 18,2014 | 06:21AM
soundofreason wrote:
Here we are, yet again, on the WRONG end of yet another list. Makes ya proud.
on June 18,2014 | 07:01AM
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