There are many things you can and can't do while driving in Texas and, I'm pretty sure, you don't know them all.

If you have a Texas driver license then you had to learn the Texas laws regarding driving to get it. At least the basics anyway. You're not required to become a full on attorney though so, many things on the books aren't exactly common knowledge.

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The basics are simple. Red means stop, don't speed, parallel park no more than 18 inches from the curb, come to a complete stop at stop signs, keep your registration current, maintain insurance, etc, etc.

But, did you know ...

  • You must set your parking brake every time you park? MUST. Not on hills or when you feel like it, every time. I'm not exactly sure how they suspect and/or determine guilt on this one.
  • Your vehicle is not required to have a windshield but, windshield or not, it HAS to have windshield wipers. (Question: If you don't have wipers, where do they put the ticket?)
  • You can't open your car door while operating your vehicle. Even if you're at a  completely stop.  Need to peek outside to make sure you parked within 18 inches of the curb? Turn the car off first.
  • Brake checking is illegal. It's tempting to throw a scare into that jerk riding your bumper but if you're caught doing it, you're going to be $200 lighter and possibly jailed for up to 30 days. Maybe both.

I have no legal statute to quote on this one but, in El Paso, I'm pretty sure it's illegal to center your vehicle between the two white lines of a parking spot at Walmart.

I suspect this because more and more people are refusing to do it.

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