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TxDOT Reminds Drivers to Stay Rested, Alert During Summer Road Trips
Contact: Media Relations
Phone: (512) 463-8700
Date: May 20, 2014

Statewide Travel Information Centers offer rest areas, directions, picnic tables, more

AUSTIN — With 88 percent of Texas Highways magazine readers planning to drive to their summer vacation destinations and events this year, the Texas Department of Transportation reminds motorists to stay alert and well-rested as they travel.

"Family road trips are a great way to make memories, but driving long distances on our busy roadways requires focus and responsibility," said John Barton, TxDOT deputy executive director. "We remind drivers to pull over and stretch, minimize distractions, buckle up everyone in the car and always obey all traffic laws. Don’t wreck your summer vacation."

Across the state, TxDOT operates 12 Travel Information Centers where visitors can rest, get directions and stretch their legs. The centers are staffed by professional travel counselors who welcome visitors, help with routings and provide information on points of interest, events and road conditions. Internet access, restrooms and picnic tables also are available.

TxDOT reminds drivers also to carefully inspect their cars before hitting the road this summer. Simple steps such as checking your tire pressure and getting your car tuned up on schedule can reduce tailpipe emissions, improve fuel economy and save money at the pump. Proper vehicle maintenance also helps prevent your vehicle from breaking down and leaving you stranded on the side of the road. For more tips on keeping the air clean and saving money on gas, visit the Drive Clean Across Texas website

About Texas Highways magazine

Founded in 1974, Texas Highways is the official travel magazine of the Lone Star State. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, Texas Highways has nearly 400,000 monthly readers across the United States and around the world. For a list of Texas summertime events, visit the Texas Highways magazine events calendar.

For media inquiries, contact TxDOT Media Relations at MediaRelations@txdot.gov or (512) 463-8700.

The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its 12,000 employees are committed to working with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas by maintaining a safe system, addressing congestion, connecting Texas communities, and being a Best in Class state agency. Find out more at TxDOT.gov. Fan us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.