In Texas, they say that everything is bigger. But the question of the day is, does that include road hazards as well?
We’re saving that question for later, but in the meantime there are some things you may want to keep in mind as you traverse the great state of Texas. Some very common road hazards have gone unnoticed by drivers, new and experienced, and in this post we’re going to draw some attention to them.
Pot-Holes and Inconsistent Pavement
Here in Texas, we’ve got quite a few country roads just around the corner. Most of these roads are wrought with pot-holes, and inconsistencies that make driving at higher speeds just a little more than a bit dangerous. This can all be avoided if you intend to drive the speed limit, right? But honesty, who wants to do that?
Smart people want to do that. Smart people.
On a country road, you may not know when the next bend is coming around. Keep an eye out for pot-holes, debris, and of course our good friends, the deer. In Texas, those are all very real concerns. You’ll be happier to save yourself from a wreck than you’ll be to save some time.
Texas weather is famously temperamental. “Don’t like it? Wait 15 minutes” is the most common line for anybody talking about the weather. Well as much as the heat, wind, or snow can be a concern (and they are) one of the most unnoticed road hazards that, frankly, few people really know how to mitigate, is rain. Rain should be a bigger deal for drivers anywhere, but here in the south the rain drops are bigger. (Yes, Californians, there are actually different sized rain drops. Get over it.) Fish-tailing in the rain is no fun, unless you’re different than the rest of us, and large puddles can be as much of a concern as road debris. Keep your speed low and your brakes serviced! You never know when the rest of your pocket book might thank you.
Construction sites pose a pretty hefty threat to your safety as well, and in North Texas especially, new developments are going up everywhere you turn. Most of us have gotten used to their presence, and too many of us have gotten used to their dangers too. Construction sites mean construction workers, sudden stops, significant changes in the road and traffic, and debris. Driving through these zones at night can be even more harrowing. Be sure you take it slow, and don’t give a cop any reason to fine you double for speeding or reckless driving.
Now on to the question of the day:
Are the road hazards really bigger in Texas?
It’s a bit of a stretch but for the sake of safety we’re going to go with a yes on this one.