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TxDOT kicks off Summer driving campaign

State officials want motorists to be safe while traveling the state's highways during the busy summer driving season.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Texas Department of Transportation is kicking off the "Be Safe. Drive Smart" Summer campaign across the Lone Star State.

Thousands of Texans will be hitting the highways and byways this summer and TxDOT wants to remind drivers to stay alert when getting behind the wheel during those long road trips.

They say to avoid drowsy or aggressive driving and always be mindful of road construction or maintenance work zones. Officials encourage families going on road trips to get plenty of rest before the trip and try to plan for 15 to 20 minutes rest stops after every two hours  or 100 miles. 

Be Safe. Drive Smart

From the Texas Department of Transportation: 

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, tow truck or TxDOT vehicle with amber or blue flashing lights on the side of the road, move over a lane. If moving over is not possible, slow to 20 mph below the posted speed limit when you approach a stopped vehicle.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • For long trips, travel with a companion who can help you stay alert and share the driving.
  • Be patient and avoid driving aggressively or engaging with those who do. 
  • Plan ahead to allow time for delays. Traffic congestion can be a problem almost anywhere. 
  • Don't tailgate or flash your lights at another driver.
  • Remember, the left lane is for passing only. If you're in the left lane and someone wants to pass, move over and let the driver by.
  • Keep your emotions in check and focus on your own driving.
  • If you encounter an aggressive 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.