The fast lane. Keep right.
The left lane is known to driver’s as the fast lane, however, the Texas Department of Transportation reminds citizens that this lane is actually designed for passing only. These signs let you know that the left lane on a divided highway is not a “fast” lane; it is a passing lane.
“After you pass someone, move into the right lane once you’ve safely cleared the vehicle,” said TxDOT. ” Impeding the flow of traffic by continuing to drive in the left lane is punishable by a fine of up to $200.”
While the maximum speed on most Texas highways is 75 miles an hour, that doesn’t always mean to push the limits. TxDOT informs citizens that observing a speed limit means not only paying attention to the number on the sign, but it also includes driving to conditions. For example, if there is ice on the road, fog, rain heavy traffic or road construction adjust your speed accordingly.
A few more tips issued by TxDOT include sharing the road with trucks and moving over for emergency vehicles.
Large trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and may need up to 100 yards to stop. It’s important to follow at a safe distance, don’t squeeze between trucks and the curb, be aware of blind spots and never cross behind a truck that is backing up.
Texas laws require motorists to move one lane away or slow down by 20 miles per hour when passing a stopped emergency vehicle. Not observing this law could cost you up to $200 in fines.
Lastly, if you’re making any summer road trips, remember to drive safe.
TxDOT says it’s crucial to get plenty of rest before your trip, stop every two hours to stretch your legs and rest your eyes, avoid driving between midnight and 6 a.m., and never drink and drive.