We all know that it's illegal and dangerous to drive too fast. Over 150,000 accidents in Texas are caused by excessive speed in Texas each year.

However, driving too slow can be dangerous as well, in addition to being obnoxious to other drivers. Slow driving causes a traffic disruption which can easily lead to accidents.

Of course, there are times when you should drive below the posted speed limit, like during bad weather. But is there ever a time or place when it is illegal to drive too slow in Texas?


In Short: Yes

You can be pulled over and ticketed for driving too slow in Texas and here's the "when" and "why":

Texas Transportation Code 545.363

Minimum Speed Regulations

(a) An operator may not drive so slowly as to impede the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law.

So there isn't any numerical "too slow" but rather, a common sense one. If a peace officer sees you are driving slow enough to cause an accident, particularly on a highway, you will likely pulled over.

Why do some people drive so slowly, anyway?

People who drive too slowly could also be inebriated, which is another good reason to pull someone over. They could also be "multitasking" like applying makeup (terrible idea!) or being distracted by a phone conversation/ texting. All of this is incredibly dangerous.

Having a vehicle that can't go any faster is also a tremendous road hazard. If it's something that's just happened, be sure to turn on your hazards and try to get off the highway as soon as possible- and get that car in for repairs.

Some anxious drivers are scared to drive and therefore go too slow (which unfortunately makes the situation more frightening for them and everyone around them!)

And let's not ignore the elephant in the room- elderly folks. Some people get angry when they see a slow, elderly driver, but the reason they are going so slow is likely a medical one, whether they have joint issues, sight or hearing issues, or are on a medication that impairs their reaction time.

This is why some people advocate for more rigorous rules for seniors who drive. I'd love to see more resources for public transportation for folks who cannot or don't want to drive. My grandmother loves to take an Uber everywhere she needs to go, as she sees it as an opportunity to make a new friend.

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