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Rules of the road for Thanksgiving and holiday travel

Sergeant Richard Standifer of the Texas DPS advises on how to stay safe on the road for the upcoming holidays.

I-45 Traffic
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Drivers sit in traffic on I-45 northbound at North Main Street.


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Thanksgiving, and the holiday season in general, means that many Houstonians will no doubt hit the road – if they haven't already – to go visit their family or friends.

However, traveling during the holidays can tend to be more complicated than at other times of the year, and given how long it's been since many of us took our driving tests, there may be some rules of the road we could use a refresher on.

In the audio above, Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty speaks with Richard Standifer, a State Trooper from the Texas Department of Public Safety, who shares some general advice for Houstonians to keep in mind when traveling during the holidays, such as:

  • Remember to buckle up
  • Don't exceed the speed limit
  • Don’t get distracted by electronic devices
  • Don't send a message in anticipation of receiving a response
  • Don't drive while under the influence of alcohol
  • If your vehicle breaks down, stay in your vehicle to wait for help to arrive