Driving is a big part of the culture of Texas. Here in the Lone Star State we take pride in our big vehicles, our wide open spaces and our excessively long and frequent road trips. Texas is the largest state in the contiguous 48 states, but for the most part, you won’t find us hopping on a train or plane to get from one city to another. If it’s within the state lines, we’re driving there. Driving in Texas is not just a right of passage, it’s a way of life. Here are 15 signs you learned to drive in Texas.
15. You refer to the left lane as “the fast lane” rather than “the passing lane”
This is Texas where we pass on the left, the right and in the middle.
14. You believe that waving after being let in should be a law.
It is the law of the land, even if it’s not technically on the books.
13. You call the access road “the feeder”.
Because it feeds traffic onto the freeway, duh.
12. You think you’re the only one who knows how to drive in the rain.
You… may have overestimated your driving skills.
11. You straight up do not drive on the rare occasion that there is snow.
That’s for the birds. Work and school are gonna be cancelled anyway, so you’ll stay home and build the tiniest snowman EVER.
10. You know that the real speed limit is five miles higher than the sign says. Unless you’re driving through a speed trap.
In which case, the real speed limit is five miles lower, and you need to sit at stop signs for a full minute to keep from getting a ticket.
9. You get unreasonably excited when you see this sign:
All hail the mighty beaver.
8. You don’t need the “deer x-ing” signs to know to watch for deer. They’re literally everywhere.
…the next sign probably says “Caution, road may be wet during rain”.
7. You drive friendly at slow speeds and aggressively at highway speeds.
Because on the freeway, only the strong survive.
6. You get irrationally angry when traffic lanes merge.
Sure, we could zipper merge, but we’re not gonna.
5. You know how to pronounce the weird road names.
“Mlcak” “Kuykendall” and “Manchaca” just to name a few.
4. You know that the ideal parking spot is both shady AND close, but if you have to choose, you’ll choose shady.
Because if you don’t, the inside of your car will feel like the pits of hell.
3. You’ve developed a sixth sense about when your fellow drivers will change lanes, because no one uses turn signals.
Turn signals are for rookies.
2. You’re used to the fact that Texas roads tend to have two names.
Out of staters are looking for “Mopac” and all the signs say “Loop 1”.
1. You know that green means go, red means stop and yellow means go faster!
Quick! The light’s about to change!