When you or a family member is having an emergency and there is an ambulance in the way, all you want is for people to get out of the way so they can arrive at the hospital as quickly as possible. And all Texans know that we must move over or slow down whenever police, fire, EMS or tow trucks are on the side of the road with there emergency lights activated. But did you know at times you need to show that same amount of caution around garbage trucks. 

Let me be clear, you don’t need to pull over for garbage trucks, but according to the Texas Department of Public Safety there are some rules you need to remember.  

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What Are the Driving Laws Regarding Garbage Trucks in Texas 

In the state of Texas, you must move over or slow down when you approach a garbage truck that are stationary while picking up garbage, this is all about safety, and common sense. The last thing you want to do is accidentally hit an employee picking up garbage while they’re just doing their job.  

The Same is Expected Around TxDOT Vehicles 

Another thing to remember is if you see a Texas Department of Transportation vehicle or highway maintenance/construction vehicle using flashing amber or blue lights you are required to slow down or move over to avoid a potential collision.  

The Texas Department of Public Safety also wants to remind drivers to show the same courtesy to any fellow driver stopped on the side of the road, try to give them as much room as possible. We’re all just trying to make it home safe at the end of the day, be respectful of others on the road.  

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