Sixth-grader Joshua Morales doesn't mind being on the outside looking in at back-to-school traffic. He's been through it before and always tried to make the most out of it.
"Watch the cars. Play counting cars. Counting trucks," said Morales.
But, instead of creeping along in the car, this year his mom is sending him to school on the bus.
"It saves us on sleep time, too. I can go back home and go to sleep if I throw him on the bus," said Gail Morales.
It's something the Department of Transportation officials encourage. They say using alternate modes of transportation, like the bus or the Zipper Lane, can help alleviate traffic during the busiest time of the year.
"What we've seen over the years is the first few weeks when the kids go back to school is the worst, but the traffic patterns settle into the rhythm and it gets a little better," said Caroline Sluyter, Department of Transportation spokeswoman.
They say students' schedules are changing in the first couple of weeks, which can affect traffic patterns. But, to work around the jam, transportation officials are postponing all daylight work on major road construction projects until Friday. They are also taking this opportunity to see how the fourth lane added on the H-1 Freeway will impact traffic.
"Even though we've added 25 percent more capacity throughout the corridor, it's not a guaranteed relief because depending on how many people jump on the freeway," said Sluyter.
The Department of Transportation also reminds drivers, if your vehicle breaks down on the freeway, you can call 841-HELP (4357). The Hawaii Freeway Service Patrol is a free service offering tire changes and even vehicle tows.