Texas DPS Drivers License Handbook
Driving is a complicated and sometimes overwhelming process. To drive safely, you need to understand how to operate your vehicle the right way and familiarize yourself with the specific traffic rules of your state. If you don’t understand how all the major functions of your car work before getting out on the road, it is possible something will go wrong or you will make a critical mistake at a disastrous time. If you don’t learn the rules of the road in Texas, not only will you be in danger of getting a ticket or losing your license, but you will not know what kind of behavior to expect from other drivers. This will put you all in major danger.
What is the Texas Drivers Handbook?
The Texas Drivers Handbook is a resource for information on the vital facts about driving safely in Texas. It is renewed annually by the DPS to contain only the most up-to-date and relevant information about Texas driving laws and good habits. It is an invaluable study aid, and the single most reliable source available about driving in Texas. Physical copies of the drivers handbook can be found at your local DPS, or online as a PDF document. If you ever have any confusion about current driving laws, this is the definitive point of reference.
Who Should Use the Texas Drivers Handbook?
Anyone who drives in Texas should be familiar with the contents of the Texas drivers handbook. That being said, there are a few times when it is extra important to have access to it. If you are looking to earn your Texas driver’s license in the near future, you should definitely study from the handbook (even if you already have real-world experience behind the wheel). Written exams are designed to ask questions that require specific information for which an intuitive familiarity with driving will not suffice. You will have to know many of the laws pertaining to what is allowed and not allowed while you are driving, and facts and figures about proper driving behavior.
If you are enrolled in a Texas driver education course, the driver handbook is an excellent supplement to the course material. Additionally, anyone who has received a ticket or has their license suspended should study the handbook to see if they can do anything to repair the damage and keep their Texas driving record healthy.
What’s Covered in the Handbook?
The handbook covers the most important aspects of operating your vehicle responsibly and the laws of driving in Texas. Included in the handbook is information about:
- How the Texas driving penalty system works
- Good driving vs. bad driving
- What the various signs and markings on the roads mean
- How to keep your car in safe operating condition
- How to register your vehicle and keep it insured
- The dangers of drinking alcohol and other unlawful behavior