Road Trip Tips: Traveling Through Texas

Road Trip Tips: Traveling Through Texas
March 21 15:36 2017 Print This Article

With Spring Break and summertime road trips just around the corner, you may be planning your next trip right now. If you live in a part of the U.S. where winter weather strikes, you may be wanting to visit some place warm. Why not Texas?

Texas is one of the largest states in the country and while many people associate the state with vast desert landscapes, there are also forests and coastlines to enjoy during your travels. As with any road trip, your drive through Texas will go more smoothly if you do a little planning. Here are some tips for driving in Texas:

Get Comfortable with Interstate Driving

Most of the bigger cities that you might want to visit, like Austin, Dallas, or San Antonio, are located along I-35. For most drivers, driving on the interstate is no big deal, but it can be challenging, particularly when you enter an unknown city.

Many of the large cities in Texas are also college towns and have a large number of students, Some of who engage in reckless driving from drinking and driving to being distracted behind the wheel. Always be alert, always drive defensively, and always avoid distractions.

Stick to the Speed Limit

If you’re traveling on a busy stretch of highway, you may feel pressured to keep up with the traffic and the motorists who are speeding. Don’t wreck your road trip with a speeding ticket. That said, when you travel on the desolate parts of the interstate, still stick to the speed limit. You never know when you will come across a patrol or find yourself in a speed trap.

Know the Road Rules

Most state driving laws are the same, if not similar, but it’s important to familiarize yourself with the road rules and laws of any state you’re driving through. If, for example, you need to use your cell phone while on the road, always double check if you can drive and talk or must be in park. Remember, it’s always safest to eliminate as many distractions as possible.

Have a Plan for Staying Alert

I-35 in Texas is over 400 miles long (not counting the east and west segments). Some of the stretches are more scenic than others and driving through the desolate parts can be a little hypnotizing and fatiguing. Drowsy driver is a contributing factor in single car and multiple car accidents. Have a plan for staying alert, such as trading off with a driver or taking many “energizing” breaks like exercising or stretching.

Be Overly Prepared

Since Texas is so large, the weather may be different in one area than the next. Always try to plan ahead and keep on an eye on the forecast, making plans around threatening weather. As you would with any road trip, it’s important to make sure that your car gets checked out before you head across country.

Stock your car with an emergency kit, including the appropriate provisions for hot and cool weather as well as enough drinking water.

Traveling through Texas may be your best adventure yet, especially if you are prepared for anything unexpected along the way.

 

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