Did you recently move to Houston and are overwhelmed by the traffic? Frankly, there are days when even longtime residents of the area become frustrated on the road. We thought it would be beneficial to provide some tips for navigating Houston safely.

Keep reading to learn more.

Learn nicknames for the highways

Most major highways in Houston have nicknames, depending on what part of the freeway you are talking about. What makes the highways more confusing, though, is when the names include a cardinal direction. For example, you might hear someone say they’re taking the “Eastbound South Loop West.”

Another freeway nickname is the “Katy Freeway,” which refers to the part of I-10 that’s west of I-45. To the east, this stretch is known as the “Baytown East Freeway.”

Consider an EZ Tag

A number of Houston residents spend several hours a day in traffic. Don’t have the patience for that? Then you might want to consider an EZ Tag as a way to access the city’s toll roads.

As you can see in this article from TripSavvy, the tag is a sticker with an embedded chip that works with the tolling station every time you pass through. The toll amount is deducted from your prepaid account. So unless you enjoy sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, we recommend paying for the EZ Tag.

Keep an eye on the weather

Newcomers to the city may not have to worry about driving in snow. That said, we do get our fair share of heavy rainfalls. You will find that when we get a lot of moisture in a short period of time, water tends to pool on stretches of the highway and along the feeders.

If you only take away one piece of advice from this blog post, it should be to not risk going through deep water. Either turn around or pull over should you experience any sort of difficulty maneuvering around the flooded area.

Budget enough time to get places

Fun fact: the Houston metropolitan area covers nearly 9,000 square miles. That’s larger than the entire state of New Jersey. Unfortunately, there will be times when you just can’t outsmart the traffic.

That’s why it’s imperative to give yourself extra time on both ends of your commute. Consider going into the office early or even staying late as ways to combat the brunt of rush hour. Most importantly, remember to be patient.

Use a charter bus service whenever possible

Whether you’re headed to the airport for a business trip or downtown for a night out with friends, Merlo’s Charters can enhance your experience. Houston residents have relied on our charter bus service for more than four decades. Family owned and operated, we always put our customers first.

There are times when a charter bus makes the most sense for getting around a big city such as Houston. Our team at Merlo’s will ensure that you and your passengers are comfortable, safe, and on time.

Call us today to book your reservation.