Travel Tips

Travel Information
Travelers may call 1-800-452-9292 daily for travel information, professional trip planning assistance and emergency road condition information.

Highway Conditions
See what's happening on the roadways around the state. Highway Conditions information is provided by TxDOT districts to alert travelers about current roadway conditions.

Motorists Helpline
The Motorists Helpline was designed to assist motorists in various times of need.
Call toll free 1-800-525-5555 if:

Rest Areas
Texas has an abundance of rest stops for motorists to take advantage of, while traveling through our great state. Many of these facilities have amenities like restrooms, vending machines, phones, playscapes, and much more. Take advantage of these resources, the next time you plan your road trip.

Travel Tips
These travel tips were designed by the Texas Department of Public Safety to assist the motorists who travel the highways. when traveling, motorists should take steps to protect themselves and their vehicles. To reduce the risk of personal injury and theft, the DPS offers the following tips:

Preventative Maintenance

The best way to avoid problems is to try to prevent them from happening. Make sure you check:

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Tips for Getting To and From your Vehicle Safely

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What to do if your vehicle breaks down.

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What is Carjacking?

Carjacking is the taking by force of someone's vehicle. It may be done at gunpoint and may involve a physical assault.

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DPS 7-Step Violator Interview

To ensure motorists know what to expect during a traffic stop, the following information is provided.

In the event of a traffic stop, Texas Highway Patrol Troopers are trained to follow a series of procedural steps, called the 7-Step Violator Interview.

The 7-Step Violator Interview is listed below and also in the departmentís policy:

Troopers will follow the seven-step violator interview unless circumstances exist that make the use extraneous or non-applicable

The steps will be used in the following order:

  1. Greeting and identification of the agency
  2. Statement of violation committed
  3. Identification of driver and check of conditions of violator and vehicle
  4. Statement of action to be taken
  5. Take action stated
  6. Explain what violator must do
  7. Leave

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Guidelines for Drivers During a Traffic Stop

In the event of a traffic stop in Texas, the following information and guidelines are provided to motorists. The information below is also found in the Texas Driver Handbook.

If you are stopped by law enforcement it is suggested you:

  1. Move the vehicle safely to the right of the road as soon as possible and stop
  2. Place the vehicle in a parking position, set the emergency brake, turn the engine off, and activate the hazard warning lights
  3. Remain in the car, lower the driverís window, and wait for the law enforcement officer to give instructions
  4. Follow the instructions of the law enforcement officer
  5. Require passengers to remain in the car unless other instructions are given by the law enforcement officer, and
  6. Give the appropriate signals and safely return to the proper lane of traffic when released by the law enforcement officer

To read the complete Texas Driver Handbook, please visit: http://dps.texas.gov/internetforms/Forms/DL-7.pdf.

Please drive safely, Texas!

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