Does anyone know if there are any of those whacky "windshield obstruction" laws in Hawaii? Clearly I want to use my nuvi there, but don't want any issues with the law!
There is no such law in Hawaii unless it was passed in the last few months. Have used a Window mounted GPS there for years. Half the rental cars on the islands have one of these units stuck on the windshield.
No, there is no specific windshield law in Hawaii. Just don't mount your gps right in the center of the windshield!! There is a law against obstructed views, but if you put the gps towards the side of the windshield you'll be fine.
Note that Hawaii just passed a law against using electronic devices while driving. So no cell phone or texting while driving. But you can use blue tooth.
And make sure to ALWAYS hide your gps/mount when you leave your vehicle. Thieves love to break into cars at certain tourist spots.
Thanks to you both for the replies. No danger of putting it where I can't reach it anyway! Thanks for the heads up on not using a cell phone while driving. Texting, however, should be outlawed everywhere while driving, in my opinion! I'll leave the cell phone use to my wife while we're out and about. We're heading out early tomorrow morning so this is timely information.
On a side note, I just read on the American Airlines website that GPS use is banned on their flights. I was hoping to play with it in flight and see how it does. Oh well, maybe another time...
Ask the flight attendant if you can use the GPS as it is actually the individual chief pilot's call for his/her flight . No airline will let you use the unit during take off and landing but most don't mind once you've reached cruising altitude. You'll probably need a window seat to get a satellite lock.
It never hurts to ask, so I will definitely do that. I've got a window seat, so that part is covered. Thanks again!
thanks for this info
your GPS in flight. I recently did a roundtrip from Phoenix to Raleigh, NC and was surprised to see GPSs listed as "allowable" electronic devices in the back pages of the passenger magazine located in the seatbacks.
I brought along my handheld GPS to do some geocaching and it was great to watch the progress of the flight along with the speed and elevation as we traveled.
As to the Hawaii question, when on the islands, aren't directions usually given as, "toward the mountains, or toward the ocean." But, then I guess there could be confusion between Kapaha, and Kapahaha warranting the use of GPS in many of the rental cars on the islands.
As to the Hawaii question, when on the islands, aren't directions usually given as, "toward the mountains, or toward the ocean."
That would be "mauka" and "makai".
Just attach it to a surfboard and stick the board out of the window. On a side note, I wonder how bad the text to speech would slaughter the Hawaiian street names.
On a side note, I wonder how bad the text to speech would slaughter the Hawaiian street names.
Why not send it to Garmin as a marketing idea? They could have a Hawaiian do a voice that would get the Hawaiian pronunciations right that we could have fun with here on the 'mainland.'
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