Travelers may call 1-800-452-9292 daily for
professional trip planning assistance and emergency road condition information.
See what's happening on the roadways around the state.
information is provided by TxDOT districts to alert travelers
about current roadway conditions.
The Motorists Helpline was
designed to assist motorists in various times of need.
Call toll free 1-800-525-5555 if:
- Your vehicle is disabled or you are stranded on the side of the road.
- You want to report a drunk driver.
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.
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:
The best way to avoid problems is to try to prevent them from happening. Make sure you check:
- All Fluids, Proper air pressure of tires,
- Windshield wipers,
- Gas - keep it at least half full,
- Condition and air pressure of spare tire.
- Tell a friend or family member what route you are taking and when you expect to arrive.
- Have periodic mechanical check-ups at your local service station or automobile dealer.
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Tips for Getting To and From your Vehicle Safely
- Have your keys in your
hands as you approach your vehicle. you're most vulnerable when you
are getting into the vehicle. even if you left the vehicle unlocked.
- Check the passenger compartment
before getting into the vehicle, even if you left the vehicle
- Lock all doors and roll
up windows when driving.
- Never pick up hitchhikers.
- Always park in a central, well-lit place where there are attendants on duty.
- If you notice someone loitering near your vehicle, do not go near it but seek help or wait until
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What to do if your vehicle breaks down.
- Stay calm.
- Park as far off the traveled portion of the highway as possible.
- Make your vehicle visible - turn on your flashers.
- Exit the vehicle from the passenger's side, away from traffic.
- Open the vehicle's hood and leave it open.
- Tie a light colored cloth to the antennae or door handle.
- If possible, stay with the vehicle until uniformed law enforcement arrives,
especially at night or during bad weather.
- Place a "Send Help" sign in a window so it is visible to other motorists.
- If someone stops to help, keep your doors locked, crack a window,
and ask them to call law enforcement for help.
- If you decide you must walk, write down:
- Your name
- the date
- The time you left.
- The direction you are going.
- The plate number of the vehicle you are riding in.
- Description of the vehicle.
- name and description of the person you are riding with.
- Notify law enforcement of the location and circumstances in which you left
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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.
- Always be familiar with your surroundings. (Know what is going on around you)
- Before getting to your vehicle, have your keys out and get into your vehicle
- Lock all doors and keep your windows rolled up.
- Conceal all valuables. Keep them under the seat or locked in the trunk.
- When you are stopped at a red light or stop sign, leave room to maneuver around the vehicle in front
- If someone tries to enter your vehicle at a red light or stop sign, drive through the intersection (safely).
- Use interstates or toll ways when traveling through cities. Stay out of high crime areas.
- If you need to stop for gas or use a phone, choose a well-lit, busy facility.
- If you are followed into your driveway, stay in your vehicle until you can
identify the other driver. If you need to, sound the horn in
short steady blasts to ge the attention of others.
- If someone bumps into the rear of your car at an intersection or when traveling
at slow speeds, do not get out, but motion for the driver to follow you to the
nearest police station, fire station, or other busy, well-lit facility.
- Most important, if there is no escape, your life is more valuable than your money or your car.
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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 department's 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:
- Greeting and identification of the agency
- Statement of violation committed
- Identification of driver and check of conditions of violator and vehicle
- Statement of action to be taken
- Take action stated
- Explain what violator must do
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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:
- Move the vehicle safely to the right of the road as soon as possible and stop
- Place the vehicle in a parking position, set the emergency brake, turn the engine off,
and activate the hazard warning lights
- Remain in the car, lower the driver's window, and wait for the law enforcement officer to give instructions
- Follow the instructions of the law enforcement officer
- Require passengers to remain in the car unless other instructions are given by the law enforcement officer, and
- 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:
Please drive safely, Texas!
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