The Texas Department of Safety has some tips for a safe spring break holiday.
Do not drink and drive. Make alternate travel plans if you are consuming alcohol. Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.
Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices. Texas law prohibits using a portable wireless device to read, write or send an electronic message unless the vehicle is stopped. Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law. Slow down or move over for police, fire, EMS and TxDOT vehicles and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it’s the law. Also, show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along the road. Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
Don’t drive fatigued – allow plenty of time to reach your destination. If you see a road hazard or if you observe anything suspicious, report it to the nearest law enforcement agency.
Before your trip begins, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and always double check to make sure all cargo is secure. Monitor weather and road conditions wherever you are traveling.
In the event of inclement weather, use extra caution on roadways. For road conditions in Texas, visit drivetexas.org. Additionally, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should always check the U.S. Department of State website for the latest security information related to their travel destination.