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Welcome to Texas! As a new driver to this state you will need to be aware of our unique traffic laws and regulations. Here's what you need to keep in mind while driving in Texas. Some of these rules may be the same as what you're already used to, but others will be drastically different!
Individuals who have six or more points on their driver record are assessed a surcharge every year they maintain six or more points. Surcharges amounts are:
Texas' Driver Responsibility Program also requires that individuals who receive a conviction for one of the offenses listed in the chart below will pay an annual surcharge for three years from the date of conviction. Points are not assessed for these offenses because the surcharge is automatic upon conviction.
You must dim your headlights from high to low beam when you are within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle, or when within 300 feet of a vehicle traveling ahead of you.
You must use your headlights:
There is no specific law allowing or prohibiting headlight flashing.
Texas's open container law states that a person commits an offense if the person "knowingly" possesses an open container of alcohol in the passenger area of a motor vehicle.
All moving vehicle violations when workers are present are subject to an enhanced fine. The minimum fine is twice the original minimum fine, and the maximum fine is twice the original maximum fine.
Signal your intention to turn or change lanes at least 100 feet in advance.
Hazard light use is permitted for the purpose of warning other drivers of the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring the exercise of unusual care in approaching, overtaking or passing.
There is no specific law regarding minimum safe passing distance.
You may drive on an improved shoulder to the right of the main traveled portion of the roadway if passing a vehicle that is slowing or stopped, disabled, or preparing to make a left turn.