Driving Too Close in Texas ( Section 545.062 Transportation Code )

What Are The Rules On Driving Too Close In Texas ?

An operator will, if following another vehicle, maintain an assured clear distance between the two vehicles so, considering the speed of the vehicles, traffic, and the conditions of the highway, the operator can safely stop without colliding with the preceding vehicle or veering in to another vehicle, object, or person on or near the highway. This is a Class C misdemeanor.


Joe Public is always in a hurry and gets very frustrated with drivers who go slow but drive in the fast last. Joe is traveling in the left lane when he has to slow down because an old lady is driving five miles below the speed limit in the fast lane. Joe gets right on her bumper and flashes his lights and honks his horn to try to get her to move over. A police officer sees Joe tailgating the lady and pulls Joe over and gives him a traffic ticket for Driving Too Close and for Honking His Horn (Section 547.501 Transportation Code). Honking Your Horn is a traffic violation if it is not for the purpose of insuring safe operation.