TxDOT offers tips to help drivers get where they’re going safely during summer travel months

Published 4:33 pm Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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As some COVID-19-related restrictions around the state are lifted, more travelers are expected to take to Texas roadways for summer trips. TxDOT encourages all travelers to make sure part of their trip planning includes learning and following COVID-19 safety measures as required by destinations, attractions and businesses across the state.

TxDOT offers the following tips to help motorists travel safely, stay alert and avoid drowsy driving while behind the wheel this summer.

Be safe as you travel the state’s highways during the busy summer driving season.

  • Always obey posted speed limits and drive a safe speed for traffic, road and weather conditions.
  • Be extra cautious driving through road construction or maintenance work zones.
  • When approaching a stopped emergency vehicle, TxDOT vehicle, tow truck or utility vehicle with flashing blue or amber lights on the side of the road, move over a lane or reduce your speed to 20 mph below the posted speed limit.
  • Keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of you.
  • Drive with your lights on so you are more visible to oncoming traffic.
  • Watch for motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians, as more people come out to enjoy the summer weather.
  • Pay attention, focus 100% on driving and always buckle up.

Take precautions to prevent drowsy driving, especially when traveling long distances.

  • Never drink alcohol or take sedating medications before driving.
  • Get plenty of rest before your trip.
  • Schedule breaks every two hours or 100 miles. Rest for 15 to 20 minutes during each stop.
  • Avoid driving between midnight and 6 a.m.
  • Take advantage of the state’s Safety Rest Areas and Travel Information Centers. While stopped at a rest area, drivers should follow suggested CDC guidelines to protect against coronavirus, such as maintaining social distancing, wearing a mask and washing hands with soap for 20 seconds.
  • For long trips, travel with a companion who can help you stay alert and share the driving.

“Be Safe. Drive Smart.” is a key component of #EndTheStreakTX, a broader social media and word-of-mouth effort that encourages drivers to make safer choices while on the road, such as going the speed limit, wearing a seat belt, and never drinking and driving or texting and driving. Nov. 7, 2000 was the last deathless day on Texas roadways. #EndTheStreakTX asks all Texans to commit to driving safely to help end the streak of daily deaths.