We all like to think we're good drivers, but just because you haven't been in a crash doesn't mean you don't make unsafe moves on the road every day. Even the best drivers make mistakes or forget things, and sometimes the worst drivers just coast on luck for a while.

If you're up to the challenge, check out TxDOT's "Be Safe. Drive Smart." exhibit returning to Buc-ee's in Temple Saturday, June 29. Games and video displays will test your awareness and knowledge, so you prove just how road savvy you really are. You might be shocked by anything you miss, or you may ace the simulator and earn some bragging rights over that person in your life who's always critiquing your driving skills.

The interactive exhibit will be on display from Noon to 4 PM at 4155 North General Bruce Drive. (You can't miss the giant Buc-ee's sign or the ten million gas pumps.) If you have a student driver in your family, this is a great opportunity to see how they do spotting safety blunders, and they might even school you!

TxDOT, YouTube
TxDOT, YouTube

The purpose of the exhibit is to keep road safety top of mind. It's an important thing to think about no matter where you live, but we're at the intersection of I-35 and I-14, so Central Texans have to be extra diligent.

According to TxDOT, the agency's Waco District (which covers Bell County in addition to McLennan) saw 2,597 traffic crashes in 2018, resulting in 18 fatalities and 63 serious injuries. Just because some of the construction is winding down doesn't necessarily mean those numbers will go down, especially as more people move to the area.

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