Be careful. Drive smart. is a year-long public education and awareness effort aimed at saving lives and reducing accidents. The umbrella campaign covers all aspects of safe driving with a particular focus on road safety in the state’s energy sectors, work areas and along the I-35 corridor. Our goal is to educate drivers about their own dangerous driving habits. How a driver behaves and reacts behind the wheel can make the difference between a safe journey and a fatal accident.

Safety tips

The state of Texas records more than 3,000 road deaths per year. TxDOT urges all drivers to observe safe driving practices:

  • Be courteous to other drivers
  • Always buckle up, all runners, day and night
  • Pay attention, focus on driving, put the phone away or turn it off
  • Drive according to the conditions, slow down when the weather is bad
  • Stop at all stop signs and red lights
  • Proceed carefully when it’s legal and safe
  • Never drive after drinking alcohol or using other drugs or medications that cause drowsiness
  • Slow down or move for flashing lights; a law enforcement vehicle, emergency vehicle, tow truck, or TxDOT vehicle that can be stopped along the road.

Four campaigns reside under the Be Safe umbrella. Drive smart. Follow the links below for more information:


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