Texas Safety Rest Areas

Rest Stops
Oct 26, 2013

The Texas Department of Transportation currently services 80 rest areas and 12 travel information centers along 21 major highways. Rest stops are strategically placed, inviting drivers to stop and rest during long road trips. Previously rest stops have been not so inviting and underutilized, however TXDOT is taking initiate to redesign and overhaul safety rest areas.

New safety rest stops are currently being constructed and existing ones are getting a nice face lift to include features everyone will love. New and existing facilities are to include the following:

  • Air-conditioned and heated restrooms, as well as an assisted-use restroom
  • Larger parking areas, with separated areas for cars and commercial trucks
  • Most Texas Travel Information Centers feature wireless internet; however, wireless internet is not available at Safety Rest Areas in the state
  • Information areas for weather and road conditions, maps, traffic-safety and upcoming regional events
  • Office space for law-enforcement personnel
  • Enhanced security, including surveillance cameras
  • Tornado shelters
  • Walking and interpretive trails
  • Play areas for kids

Next time you plan a road trip across Texas stop by your new and improved safety rest stop. Rest stops are designed so you the driver will stop and avoid deadly driver fatigue. Fighting fatigue while driving is dangerous to you and the vehicles around you.

Warning signs of fatigue:

  • Trouble focusing and difficulty keeping your eyes open
  • Drifting between lanes and consistently hitting the shoulder rumble
  • Difficulty keeping your head up
  • Cannot recall the last few minutes and miles of driving
  • Feeling short-tempered and agitated
  • Wandering thoughts and constant yawning

A few tips to fight driver fatigue:

  • Get plenty of rest the night before your departure
  • Schedule regular stops so you can stretch and get some fresh air
  • If driving with passengers, swap drivers and share the duty
  • Avoid driving long periods; no more than 8-10 hours a day
  • Avoid driving at night and during rush hours
  • Do not drink and be cautious of any mediation you might be taking
  • Pull over when you lose alertness and get too tired to drive


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