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5 Completely Wrong Ways to Drive in High Winds

5 Completely Wrong Ways to Drive in High Winds

Regardless of where you stand on global warming or climate change or the Mayan apocalypse, there’s no denying that the weather seems to have gotten especially wacky in the past few years. Extremely powerful tornadoes are touching down willy-nilly, and the hurricane season seems to last all year. It’s only a matter of time before […]

Top 10 Safe Driving Tips

Top 10 Safe Driving Tips

Today, we drive safer cars on safer roads; decades of advertisements and public information campaigns have made most of us safer drivers. As a result, the U.S. logged the lowest accident fatality rate ever recorded in 2008 [source: NHTSA]. Despite this progress, unfortunately, the number of auto accidents and fatalities nationwide is still quite staggering: […]

Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving Tips

    To keep yourself safe on the road in winter weather, follow these driving tips: Winterize your vehicle to make sure your brakes, wipers, defroster, headlights and heater are all working properly. Stop gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake. Turn on your headlights to increase […]

Winter Travel

Winter Travel

    TxDOT’s #1 priority is the safety of the traveling public. We use every resource available to keep the roads open and passable during winter storms. Hazardous weather can unexpectedly change from freezing ice to snow to fog in some areas of the state. You can reduce your risk by simply practicing a few […]

Sandy Relief Concert

Sandy Relief Concert

  One of the greatest lineups ever assembled for a rock concert — including the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, the Who and Eric Clapton — will be at Madison Square Garden tonight for the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy relief concert. With widespread exposure on television, radio, web sites and […]

When To Use Your Lights & Blinkers

When To Use Your Lights & Blinkers

  Modern vehicles are equipped with a variety of lights designed to help drivers see the road and announce their intentions, but misuse or lack of use can leave other motorists in the dark. Last month, I asked Traffic Talk readers to describe what frustrates them most about their fellow drivers. Several readers responded with […]