The Texas Department of Public Safety is urging drivers on Texas roadways to adhere to all traffic laws and use extra caution when driving during the busy summer months.

Summer travel often means increased traffic on the roadways. Always be on the lookout for motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians.  Motorists may also encounter more construction zones during summer months.

DPS offers the following tips for safe travel during the summer months:

• Do not drink and drive. Use a designated driver or take alternate transportation.

• Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.

• Before your trip begins, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and always double-check to make sure all cargo is secure.

• Eliminate distractions while driving, including the usage of mobile devices.

• Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.

• Don’t drive fatigued, and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

• Drive defensively, as summer travel may present additional challenges.

• Slow down or move over for tow trucks, as well as police, fire, EMS and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it’s the law. (DPS encourages Texas motorists to show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along the road.)

• Monitor weather conditions wherever you are traveling. In the event of inclement weather, use extra caution on roadways, and never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways. For more safety tips related to severe storms, visit:

www.dps.texas.gov/dem/ThreatAwareness/weather_aware_severe.htm. 

U.S. citizens traveling abroad should always check the U.S. Department of State website for the latest security information related to their travel destination. Those traveling out of the country can also register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program by visiting:

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.