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Texas Drivers Handbook - 2013 (PDF file)

Texas Drivers Handbook - 2013 (PDF file)

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The information contained in the Texas Driver’s Handbook is the property of the Texas Department of Public Safety and may not be
changed, reproduced, or transmitted for distribution without written consent.

Introduction

The Texas Department of Public Safety, Driver License Division, is committed to creating a faster, easier, and friend-
lier driver license experience and a safer Texas. One step toward achieving this important goal is to improve the Texas
Driver’s Handbook
by providing you with accurate information on traffic laws, clear images of road signs, examples
of common driving situations, and general safety tips. We have also included special tips in the margins to emphasize
important information you need to know.
Although the Texas Driver’s Handbook has been revised, its primary purpose remains the same: 1) to help you qualify
for a Texas driver license, and 2) to help you become a safer driver.
The information contained in this handbook is not an official legal reference to Texas traffic laws. The information
provided is only intended to explain applicable federal and state laws you need to understand in order to successfully
operate a motor vehicle in Texas. If you would like to know the actual language of any law referenced in this hand-
book, please refer to the statute in the side margins.
Once you receive your Texas driver license, keep this handbook as a reference on traffic safety and update it as
needed. The Texas Legislature meets every two years and could create new bills that may affect traffic laws. For the
most current information on driver licensing visit our website at www.dps.texas.gov.

Contact Us

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this handbook or if you need additional information.

Phone Number: (512) 424-2600
E-mail: www.dps.texas.gov/contact.htm
Mailing Address: Texas Department of Public Safety
Driver License Division
PO Box 4087
Austin, TX 78773-0300
If you prefer, you can contact your local driver license office directly. Please refer to Appendix B in this handbook to
locate a driver license office in your area.
If you would like to provide feedback on the information in this handbook, visit www.survey.utexas.edu/txdps/.

ADA Accommodations

If you need to make special arrangements to accommodate a disability prior to visiting a driver license office, you can
e-mail us using our secure website at www.dps.texas.gov/contact.htm or call us at (512) 424-2600. Please contact us
five to seven days prior to your visit to allow us time to accommodate your request.
If you are in need of assistance but fail to receive reasonable accommodations, you may have grounds for a grievance.
DPS Grievance Procedures can be found in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 37, Section 1.41 and on our website
at www.dps.texas.gov.
The Texas Department of Public Safety does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin,
age, or disability.

Dear Texas Resident:
The ability to operate a motor vehicle is an important privilege in a state as large as Texas with over 225,000 miles of
roadways. Whether you are a new driver or a new resident of Texas, always remember that driving a motor vehicle is
one of the most dangerous things most people do. Every year 3,000 people are killed in traffic crashes in Texas and
over 82,000 are seriously injured.
Today more than ever, you need to be alert for distracted and impaired drivers operating motor vehicles. A two-sec-
ond distraction can kill and permanently injure you and others.
Respectfully,

Steven C. McCraw, Director
Texas Department of Public Safety

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Your License to Drive .............................................................................................. 1

Who May Drive a Motor Vehicle in Texas ..................................................................................................................... 1

Types of Texas Driver Licenses ........................................................................................................................................ 1

Fees and Driver Licenses for Veterans .......................................................................................................................... 3

Classified Driver Licenses .................................................................................................................................................. 3

Commercial Driver License (CDL) ................................................................................................................................... 5

Nonresident Commercial Driver License (CDL) ......................................................................................................... 6

Identification (ID) Cards ..................................................................................................................................................... 6

Medical and Emergency Information ............................................................................................................................ 6

Organ Donation .................................................................................................................................................................... 6

How to Obtain a Texas Driver License .......................................................................................................................... 7

Penalties for Driving Without a License .......................................................................................................................10

Restrictions or Endorsements Placed on a License ..................................................................................................10

A Duplicate Card ..................................................................................................................................................................11

Renewing a License .............................................................................................................................................................11

Suspensions and Revocations .........................................................................................................................................12

Cancellations .........................................................................................................................................................................14

Court-Ordered Suspensions, Revocations, and Cancellations .............................................................................14

Denials .....................................................................................................................................................................................15

Driving While License Invalid (DWLI) ............................................................................................................................15

Sanctions for Non-Driving Alcohol-Related Offenses by Minors .........................................................................15

Occupational License (Essential Need License) .........................................................................................................16

Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) .............................................................................................................................16

Chapter 2: Vehicle Inspection and Registration ......................................................................18

Vehicle Inspection ...............................................................................................................................................................18

Required Equipment for Vehicles ...................................................................................................................................18

Equipment You Must Not Have ......................................................................................................................................18

Optional Equipment for Vehicles ...................................................................................................................................19

Registration of Vehicles .....................................................................................................................................................19

Chapter 3: Safety Responsibility ...............................................................................................21

The Liability Insurance Law ..............................................................................................................................................21

Evidence of Financial Responsibility .............................................................................................................................21

Failure to Provide Evidence of Financial Responsibility .........................................................................................21

Chapter 4: Right-of-Way ............................................................................................................23

Right-of-Way at Intersections ..........................................................................................................................................23

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Yield Right-of-Way to Emergency Vehicles .................................................................................................................25

Yield Right-of-Way to School Buses ...............................................................................................................................25

Yield Right-of-Way to Pedestrians (Person on Foot) ................................................................................................26

Chapter 5: Signals, Signs, and Markers ....................................................................................28

Traffic Signals ........................................................................................................................................................................28

Traffic Signs ............................................................................................................................................................................28

Warning Signs .......................................................................................................................................................................29

Regulatory and Warning Signs ........................................................................................................................................33

Guide Signs ............................................................................................................................................................................35

Railroad Warning Signs ......................................................................................................................................................35

Pavement Markings ............................................................................................................................................................36

Barrels ......................................................................................................................................................................................38

Hearing Impaired .................................................................................................................................................................38

Construction and Maintenance Devices ......................................................................................................................38

Obey Warning Signs and Barricades .............................................................................................................................40

Chapter 6: Signaling, Passing, and Turning .............................................................................41

Signaling .................................................................................................................................................................................41

Passing .....................................................................................................................................................................................41

Turning ....................................................................................................................................................................................42

Chapter 7: Parking, Stopping, or Standing ..............................................................................45

Do Not Park, Stop, or Stand a Vehicle ...........................................................................................................................45

Do Not Park or Stand a Vehicle .......................................................................................................................................45

Do Not Park a Vehicle .........................................................................................................................................................45

Chapter 8: Speed and Speed Limits ..........................................................................................48

Speed .......................................................................................................................................................................................48

Speed Limits ..........................................................................................................................................................................48

Slow Down or Move Over .................................................................................................................................................49

Street Racing .........................................................................................................................................................................49

Chapter 9: Some Special Driving Situations ............................................................................50

Headlights ..............................................................................................................................................................................50

Highway Driving ...................................................................................................................................................................50

Controlling a Car in Special Situations ..........................................................................................................................51

Winter Driving .......................................................................................................................................................................52

Rotary Traffic Islands (Roundabouts) ............................................................................................................................53

Floods ......................................................................................................................................................................................53

Share the Road with Trucks ..............................................................................................................................................54

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Share the Road with Motorcycles ...................................................................................................................................55

Share the Road with Light Rail ........................................................................................................................................56

Share the Road with Bicycles ...........................................................................................................................................56

Chapter 10: How Alcohol and Drugs Affect the Ability to Drive .............................................58

Texas Has Tough Alcohol-Related Laws for Minors .................................................................................................58

The Number One Killer .......................................................................................................................................................60

Chapter 11: Motor Vehicle Crashes ..........................................................................................62

Crash Resulting in Injury, Death, or Damage to a Vehicle ......................................................................................62

Crash Involving an Unattended Vehicle .......................................................................................................................62

Crash Resulting in Damages to a Fixture, Landscaping, or Structure ................................................................62

Crash Resulting in Injury or Death of a Person or Damage to a Vehicle ............................................................63

Hit-and-Run Crashes ...........................................................................................................................................................63

Aiding the Injured ................................................................................................................................................................63

Chapter 12: Pedestrian Safety ..................................................................................................64

Laws and Safety Tips for Pedestrians ............................................................................................................................64

Laws and Safety Tips for Motorists .................................................................................................................................64

Chapter 13: Bicycle Vehicle Laws and Safety ...........................................................................65

Bicycle Traffic Laws ..............................................................................................................................................................65

Shared Lane Marking ..........................................................................................................................................................65

Bicycles Must Be Properly Equipped .............................................................................................................................65

Bicycle Safety Guidelines ...................................................................................................................................................66

Riding in Wet Weather .......................................................................................................................................................66

Chapter 14: Additional Safety Tips ...........................................................................................67

Defensive Driving ................................................................................................................................................................67

Safety Belts .............................................................................................................................................................................67

Vehicles with Open Beds ...................................................................................................................................................67

When Stopped by Law Enforcement ............................................................................................................................68

False Identification Offense ..............................................................................................................................................68

Road Rage ...............................................................................................................................................................................68

Neighborhood Electronic Vehicles and Motor Assisted Scooters .......................................................................68

Speed Reduces Your Field of Vision ..............................................................................................................................69

Your Keys to Safe Driving ..................................................................................................................................................69

Transporting Cargo and Materials .................................................................................................................................70

Appendix A: Glossary of Terms .................................................................................................72

Appendix B: Driver License Offices ...........................................................................................78

Texas Driver’s Handbook

Chapter 1: Your License to Drive

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