Safe driving tips:
All areas of Haleakalā National Park are remote, prone to extreme weather conditions, and are accessed via winding, sometimes steep, roads. Follow these tips to ensure a safe drive.
- Obey the speed limit. It is your responsibility to know the speed limit of the zone you are in.
- Obey all posted traffic signs and instructions from park staff.
- If you have a line of vehicles behind you, pull over at the nearest designated pull out to let them pass.
- Do not stop in the road to take pictures. Pull over at a designated pull out.
- Pass only in passing zones. Do not cross double yellow lines. There are many blind curves on the road.
- When driving in clouds, rain, or other low visibility conditions, use your low beam headlights.
- During strong winds, drive with both hands on the steering wheel, watch for flying debris, and be careful when opening your car doors.
- Watch for wildlife in the road. Honk your horn to encourage them off the road. Pass them if and when it is safe to do so.
- In the Kīpahulu District, make sure to obey "blow horn" signs. Honk your horn and listen for the horns of others. Proceed slowly.
- When descending the mountain, use a low gear. Consult your owner's manual for specific instructions. See below for examples.