Jul 28, 2022 - Things to Do

How to drive like a North Texan

Illustration of a pattern of cars in varying green colors
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Newbies to North Texas often accuse our drivers of being too reckless.

Reality check: Hate to break it to the haters but once you move here, you become one of us.

Here are some tips for driving in North Texas:

😇 Play nice. Road rage violence is on the rise in North Texas.

  • It's legal in Texas to have a gun in your car, so just assume your fellow drivers have a gun.
  • Wave often to thank generous drivers.

🛑 Suburban cops don't mess around. Watch out for motorcycle officers, too!

🔦 High beams may mean something. Drivers going the opposite way will sometimes flash their high beams at you to warn that there’s a cop posted up ahead.

💰Get insurance that covers crashes by uninsured drivers. About 8% of Texas drivers were uninsured in 2019, according to a 2021 report by the Insurance Research Council.

🛣 The left lane is for serious drivers. If you don't intend to speed, please get out of the way.

🤬 Don’t take it personally. Getting flipped off while driving is just a rite of passage here.

avatar

Get more local stories in your inbox with Axios Dallas.

🌱

Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more

More Dallas stories

No stories could be found

Dallaspostcard

Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Dallas.

🌱

Support local journalism by becoming a member.

Learn more