Bumpy Ride

March 6th, 2014
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At one time or anoddah, you've driven - or ridden - on our city roads and there's no denying dat they are in disrepair especially wat seems like it's only happening on da major roadways. We pretty much know wea da potholes are and I not surah if it's just me, but it seems like da potholes are biggah and deeper these days.

Steel plates on da roads are not uncommon as well but wit da rail being built, they are tearing up da road to get underneath for LOOOONG stretches and since da work isn't pau overnight, they put da steel plates to serve as da temporary "road".

Depending on your ride, you're prone to do one of two things, 1) avoid 'em or 2) drive ovah 'em. How you drive ovah them will depend on how much you care for your vehicle. If you no kea, you just drive on top of 'em without even slowing regardless of how lumpy or bumpy it may be and da more "precious" your ride, da more "careful" you try and be.

So it was trippy to see driving home da oddah weekend a rare sight. As you can see above, there's a long stretch of steel plates by da Sears Distribution Center in Pearl City and like an agility drill, da steel plates alternated between lanes. Wat Da Wife and I didn't expect was watching a vehicle in front of us maneuvering between da small gaps avoiding da plates performing "S" maneuvers.

Dat vehicle was....... TheBus!

It wasn't a shuttle version or a regular sized bus, it was da extended supah long kine and at first we thought there was something on da road so I slowed down to observe da road and once we passed da Sears Distribution Center it hit me dat da drivah was avoiding da plates!

Wassup Wit Dat!

I dunno about you but 1) da drivah no own da bus or pay to maintain it, 2) TheBus weighs like wat? A gazillion pounds? and 3) you would tink dat da passengers would be more nauseous during "S" maneuvers than riding ovah da little bumps of steel plates especially on a bus.

It was even more funny in dat as we drove ovah da plates.... it was actually SMOOTHER than da road itself! :lol:

Do you avoid da steel plates? Is your ride precious enough to tip toe ovah 'em? Are you an evasive drivah specialist?

Watevah you do, no jam your brakes hard on 'em if they stay wet unless you practicing driving on ice.... or you TheBus.








7 Responses to “Bumpy Ride”

  1. cojef:

    Got a new 2013 car with low profile tires and just like wea u live our roads are torn up to make way for "smart streets" traffic( 50 miles an hour) with few signal lights intersections. Afraid that wen u drive on the steel plates, the tyia gonna bust. My car is a low rider style MB C250S so it can jerk you around too. No laiki to drive over this road so find alternative route most of the time.


  2. zzzzzz:

    BL, what do you do when you ride your motorcycle? Have you noticed that the metal plates get slippery when wet?


  3. rayboyjr:

    :cool: Good Afternoon Everyone!!! :cool:

    ... hey Braddah Lance ... no matter wat kine car I driving, I am careful ... it's just painful to hear and feel the noise and sometimes loud thuds on the wheels ...

    ... wat I'd love to see ... is a breakdown of how much of our taxpayer and vehicle weight fees goes to repairing and repaving the roadways ... and where ...

    ... we seem to have the most atrocious driving surfaces ... wat is up wit that!!! ...

    ... Have a Good One Everyone!!! ...


  4. M:

    Howzit BL!
    I tink it's moa dangerous to drive ladat weaving in an out. Da driva on da side doe no wat you doing an could cause an accident.


  5. kamaaina808:

    Well... avoiding them in Liliha is hardly an option unless you like play 'slalom run' wit' your vehicle. I don't - mainly because the traffic is rather slow, get choke cars & pedestrians, etc. But I draw the line on the Pali! Some of those potholes will give you whiplash when you hit 'em (not to mention break the front end, etc.), so me & many others will weave around them if no one close by.


  6. DIO:

    Eh, how come you were following me as I was drivi......no wait, that wasn't me....honest.... :-p Seriously though, I'm not sure why anyone driving a bus, especially an artic, would need to swerve back and forth like that. It's not like those cars that are so low to the ground, they have to go over speed bumps diagonally, it's a bus! You probably put more stress on everything by swerving back and forth than by just running stuff over.


  7. Glenn D:

    Maybe there was one lolo sitting in da back of da bus with an open cup of hot coffee that gave da driver attitude.