Americans love the convenience of driving a car, especially when it comes to road trips or solo trips. In fact, 59% of Americans prefer to rent a car during their trips to avoid putting mileage in their own car, to ride in style, or to achieve convenience at their destination. However, it’s surprising that 65% of American men prefer to rent a car for their trips, as compared to 46% of American women.
This mindset needs to be changed because you can get many perks from renting a car for your private solo trip when it comes to destinations like Hawaii. So if you’re planning to go to the Aloha State, here are a few reasons why car rentals are a must for your solo trip:
You will experience greater safety in a car
Walking or riding public transportation alone can be scary when you’re a girl. On top of that, you may risk getting into accidents and other unexpected events when you’re walking or taking the bus alone.
On the other hand, driving in a car will make you feel safer because you’re alone and in control of the vehicle. You also don’t need to be in fear of fellow drivers on the road because the Hawaiian Driving Laws have strict policies regarding drunk driving and texting while driving. There’s also a strict maximum speed limit of 60 mph to ensure that all vehicles can safely cruise through the winding roads.
It’s much faster to drive to various destinations
Public transportation systems will run through many pit stops. So if you have limited time for your solo trip to Hawaii, you may lose precious time in the ocean to hours spent in a bus.
You can make the most out of your me time by getting car rentals on the Big Island, so that you can take yourself to a nice restaurant in Kona and then to the waterfalls and gardens in Hilo in just one afternoon. Your car will also be an advantage as you go to the south of Hilo and explore large greenhouses in the Puna District. Driving to these destinations can help you save an hour or two of travel time, as compared to using public transportation methods.
Cars are necessary for hard-to-reach tourist spots
Nature is preserved well in Hawaii. Though this allows you to enjoy multiple scenic spots, it also means that you’ll have to drive through rough terrains and hard-to-reach places.
To illustrate, many tourists warn that driving a car to the Garden of Gods will be quite adventurous due to the rough terrain in the area. The roads can put off many people traveling by foot or public transportation, so traveling by car is the best way to get to the parks, gardens, and natural wonders within this area. Thanks to the vehicle you rented, you’ll be able to squeeze these unique spots into your solo travel itinerary.
You can bring your furry friend along on the trip
Another advantage of car rentals is that you can bring your furry friend along on the trip. Not all types of public transportation would allow you to bring your dog or cat, which is why you may want to rent a car to spend your solo trip with your furry friend.
Our article on ‘How to Plan the Ideal Road Trip with Your Dog’ states that you can bring along a travel carrier or crate that lets your furry friend stand up, turn around, and lie comfortably, thanks to the extra space you have in the car. Cars also provide extra storage for other items, so you can safely put their food and water in the trunk or the back seat of the rented car.
Your solo trip in Hawaii will be a blast, especially if you can use a car at your convenience. With the help of car rentals, you can customize your trip and experience greater safety as you explore the islands.