Be Safe. Drive Smart.

Be Safe. Drive Smart. is a year-long public education and awareness effort aimed at saving lives and reducing crashes. The umbrella campaign covers all aspects of safe driving with a special focus on traffic safety in the state’s energy sectors, in work zones and along the I-35 corridor. Our goal is to make drivers aware of their own unsafe driving habits. How a driver behaves and reacts behind the wheel can be the difference between a safe journey and a deadly crash. See our 2019 Texas Road Tips Handbook for more information on how to stay safe on Texas Highways.

Safety Tips

The State of Texas records more than 3,700 traffic fatalities a year. TxDOT urges all drivers to observe safe driving practices:

  • Be courteous to other drivers
  • Always buckle up, all riders, day and night
  • Pay attention, focus 100% on driving
  • When behind the wheel, put the phone away or turn it off
  • Drive a safe speed and adjust based upon traffic, road and weather conditions
  • Stop for all stop signs and red lights
  • Pass carefully when it’s legal and safe
  • Never drive after drinking alcohol or taking other drugs
  • Avoid medications that cause drowsiness
  • Slow down or move over for flashing lights; law enforcement vehicles, emergency vehicles, tow trucks or other vehicles that may be stopped on the side of the road.

Three traffic safety campaigns reside under the umbrella of Be Safe. Drive Smart. Follow the links below for more information: