Tips for Driving the Road to Hana

Driving the road to Hana is one of the most popular tourist attractions on Maui. The 53 mile stretch of road stretches over 59 bridges and 617 hairpin turns through tropical rain forest and past many waterfalls. If you choose to take the drive yourself, be sure to pick up a CD which offers a self-guided tour. Many Maui resorts will offer these through the front desk or concierge – if your resort doesn’t, get one at Walmart or one of the gas stations on your way through Kahului. If you’re a planner, you could also get one on Amazon.

Here are some tips to make your Hana adventure a great one:

Start early. Even though Hana is only 53 miles from the airport, the hairpin turns and one way bridges and the many distractions along the way will make this an all-day trip. I recommend getting to Paia by 7am.

Be prepared. Hana is a tropical rainforest. That means that it rains, so a poncho or rain jacket might be a good idea. Mosquitos can also rain on your parade, so if you plan on walking anywhere along the road, make sure you pack some repellant.

Get a self-guided tour on CD. Don’t miss all of the hidden waterfalls and other tropical treasures. The CD guides will tell you exactly where to stop the car to check out all the stuff that can’t be seen from the road.

Stock up. Stop in Paia to fill the gas tank and stock up on snacks and drinks. There are no gas stations between here and Hana.

Don’t rush. You don’t want to miss the panoramic beauty and hidden treasures. Besides, Hana is a sleepy little town with a gas station, post office and general store – it’s the journey, not the destination that you take this drive for.

The whole road is one big photo op. Waterfalls, jungle, lava rock cliffs, black sand beaches and bamboo forests line the road – perfect for the photo enthusiast.

Drive a 12 miles past Hana and visit the Oheo Gulch (sometimes referred to the Seven Sacred Pools). If you plan on hiking the Pipiwai trail at Oheo, be sure to make sure you get there by 1pm to ensure you are heading back by no later than 4:00pm.

No trespassing. Please remember that people live here. If signs are posted, keep out unless you get permission from the landowner. Some guidebooks encourage trespassing at certain places but there is no such thing.

Waterfalls. Be sure to follow the “waterfall rules”: First, if the water can fall 100 feet, so can trees and rocks – so don’t stand right under the waterfall. Second, don’t get into waterfalls or streams when it’s raining – there is often a risk of flash flooding in the area and the water can rise without warning. And finally, there is a risk of bacteria in these bodies of water, so if you have any open wounds, it’s best if you stay out – and please don’t drink the water.

Be back by sunset. Driving on this road can be tricky enough in the daylight. You don’t want to be trying it in the dark. Try to make sure that you are back on the road by 4pm to get back to Paia by sunset.

Have fun!

Effective Specialty Automotive Repair Marketing Through Information Technology

Specialty automotive repair shops can easily be perceived as a cottage industry when compared to dealership centers that offer repairs and easy access to parts. But this does not have to be true. Specialty automotive repair shops should be viewed as the place you can rely on in terms of quality of work because they are the shops-around-the-corner of the specialty automotive industry, which is to say that their work is motivated by passion.

While you work for passion, youd still want to have enough income to keep working. And youd want specialty car owners to know that they should go to you and not the dealership centers. How do you do this?

Its simple enoughyou do it through online marketing. Online marketing can boost your popularity through improving your internet presence. According to studies, around 70% of prospective clients go online to initially look for whatever it is that they are trying to find. And that could be you.

Online specialty automotive repair marketing can be done by putting up your companys website first. Your website is like your virtual receptionist. Everything that you want your client to know should be there. And everything thats there should be presented in a manner thats clear and clean, with special attention to the layout. The layout should match your business and your integrity.

When you are online, the next goal is to get enough traffic on your website by distributing your information. Most online marketing companies utilize a multitude of methods to achieve this. Their aim is to get your website as much traffic as possible. Traffic, for your specialty automotive repair marketing, is equal to attention. The more attention you get, the better.

But of course you want the good kind of attention, if possible, at all times. Your online marketing company should be able to achieve this by providing superb customer relations management or CRM. CRM services range from having a customer support call center to regularly sending a tire service reminder to people whom your system says need it. With all of this in order, you are sure to compete with dealership centers in no time.

Auto Repair Safety Rules

The first time I tuned my car, I was sure that if I made the smallest mistake, the car would explode when I started it. This seems to be a common delusion, but it just isn’t so. All you’ll get is silence (which can be just as disconcerting, but not lethal after all). This isn’t to say that working on cars is free from danger, though. Before you do any work on a vehicle, be sure to observe the following safety rules:

Don’t smoke while you’re working on your car — for obvious reasons!

Never work on your car unless the parking brake is on, the gearshift is in Park or Neutral, and the engine is shut off. If you have to run the engine to adjust something, turn it on and off yourself to avoid the risk that a friendly helper may misunderstand and turn the engine on while your hands are in the way.

  • Be sure that the parts of the engine you’re working on are nice and cool so that you don’t get burned. If you’re doing a job that calls for a warm engine, be very careful.
  • Never jack a car up unless the wheels are properly blocked.
  • Use insulated tools for electrical work.

Before using a wrench or ratchet on a part that’s “stuck,” make sure that, if it suddenly comes loose, your hand won’t hit anything. To avoid the possibility of being injured because your hand slams into something, pull on wrenches whenever possible rather than pushing on them.

  • Take off your rings, long necklaces, or other jewelry. If they get caught on parts, they — and you — can be damaged.
  • Tie back long hair. If your hair accidentally gets into a moving fan or belt, you can literally be scalped.

If you’re working with toxic chemicals, such as antifreeze, cleaners, and the like, keep them away from your mouth and eyes, wash your hands thoroughly after using them, and either store them safely away from pets and children or dispose of them in a way that’s good for the environment.

Know that gasoline is extremely dangerous to have around. Not only is it toxic and flammable, but the vapor in an empty can is explosive enough to take out a city block. If you must keep a small amount of gasoline on hand for a lawn mower or chain saw, always store it in a ventilated gasoline can designed specifically for that purpose. Unless you’re going far into the wilds, never carry a can of gasoline in or on your vehicle.

Work in a well-ventilated area to avoid breathing in carbon monoxide if you have to run the engine, or breathing in toxic fumes from chemicals and gasoline. If possible, work outdoors in your driveway, your backyard, or a parking lot. If you must work in your garage, be sure to keep the garage door open and move the vehicle as close to the door as possible.

Keep a fire extinguisher handy.

So much for the scary stuff. It’s all a matter of common sense, really. And remember: Making a car blow up is almost impossible unless you drop a match into the fuel tank. If you do something incorrectly, the worst thing that will probably happen is that the car won’t start until you get it right.