Well to play devils' advocate....you do enjoy the benefits of an hoa as well...you do not get to choose which rules you like and don't unfortunately. An HOA protects you from people with mile high grass, refrigerators on the porch and keeps the common areas clean. HOA's add to the value of your home by keeping the neighborhood community you live in a presentable fashion.
When you moved in you undoubtably signed the HOA form saying you read and agreed to abide by the rules. You probably won't be able to get out of it now. Your best bet is to call them and see how to work around their issues. Maybe it is jsut the traffic thing. As far as trying to sneak around them (i might consider that myself
) they are probably going to be watching you like a hawk.
Best wishes. Julia