A morning commute in Texas has the potential to be a great start to your day with a beautiful sunrise and some quality alone time in the car, but instead, it’s often stressful, congested, and downright dangerous thanks to some of the most dangerous roads in Texas. Whether you’re a lifelong resident or a recent transplant, there’s probably an interstate that you dread driving on due to the reasons listed. Here are some of the most dangerous Texas roads to travel, how to avoid them, and how to stay safer if you must travel on them…
If you live in and around the Texas Triangle, you know it well. The densely populated area, consisting of Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, and Austin, is outlined by I-35, I-45, and I-10. When interstates were created decades ago, the opportunities seemed endless and over a short period of time, the population of Texas boomed. Nearly 70 years later, the population continues to increase and has a projected growth of 93.3% by 2050. San Antonio, alone, is expected to reach over 1 million by 2040. While a population boom is great for the economy it can be nightmarish when it comes to driving, creating massive traffic congestion. Much to the chagrin of Texas drivers, interstate expansion isn’t happening as quickly as it’s needed, as it’s a problem of supply & demand. Therefore, the roadways aren’t slated to becoming more safe or less congested any day soon.
Can You Avoid Traveling in the Texas Triangle?
If you travel in the Texas Triangle on a daily basis, it’s hard to avoid it. Although it’s dangerous and chaotic, it’s a direct and efficient route. However, there are ways to avoid traveling in the most congested areas.
First of all, like many other heavily populated areas, the busiest/worst times of day to travel are between 7 and 9 am and 5 and 7 pm. According to a study by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, by 2035, it may take two to four hours commute on I-35. The clearest solution would be is to travel during non-rush hour times of day. While this is not feasible for many commuters, see if you can have a flexible work schedule or even work remotely from home a few times a week.
Other ways to avoid traveling in the heart of the Triangle is by either living closer to work, taking an alternate route, or look into alternate transportation. Again, all of these options may be nearly impossible, but some Texans have made their morning commute more tolerable by taking mass transit (although mass transit could use a little work in some parts of Texas).
Aside from traveling at less busy times of day, there are a few ways to stay safer as you travel through the Texas Triangle. One of the most important things to remember and to make a habit is to ditch your distractions. It may be tempting to email or text while stuck in traffic, but stop-and-go traffic requires focus to prevent being injured in a fender bender, multiple car pileup, and just to keep traffic going. It’s equally important to practice defensive driving so that you know what to do in a potentially dangerous driving situation. Even though motorists should look out for one another, it’s clear, when driving in the Triangle, that it’s rarely the case. Look out for yourself and be a respectful and courteous driver; maybe others will follow suit.
This is a guest post by Donna Fitzgerald.