AUSTIN -- Summer is here, which means it is time for summer vacations and road trips. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, people spend more time traveling on the nation’s roadways in the summer months than any other time of the year.
Traveling long distances can make drivers drowsy or at risk of falling asleep or becoming impatient. TxDOT reminds drivers to stay well rested and alert while making their way to summertime events and family vacations.
Tips for Highway Driving
- Always obey posted speed limits and drive to conditions, including rain and work zones.
- Move over when you approach a stopped emergency vehicle, tow truck, or TxDOT vehicle with lights flashing. If safely switching lanes is not possible, slow down 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit. It’s the law.
- Keep a safe following distance behind the vehicle in front of you. You never know when you might need to make a sudden stop.
- Drive with your lights on so you are more visible to on-coming traffic.
- Watch for motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians as they are more prevalent in warm weather.
Tips to Prevent Drowsy Driving
- Never drink alcohol or take sedating medications before driving.
- Get adequate sleep.
- Schedule breaks about every 100 miles or every two hours. Get out and stretch your legs, but never leave a child unattended in your vehicle.
- For long trips, travel with a companion who you can help you stay alert and share the driving.
Tips to Prevent Driving Aggressively
- Plan ahead and allow enough time for delays.
- Drive the speed limit.
- Don't tailgate or flash your lights at another driver.
- If you do encounter an angry driver, don’t engage. Give angry drivers plenty of room, avoid eye contact, and if you're concerned for your safety, call 9-1-1.