AUSTIN (KXAN) — If you have ever needed Wi-Fi while driving across the state and been out of luck, the Texas Department of Transportation is trying to make things easier for you.
Tuesday, TxDOT announced they will provide Safe Phone Zones at 55 safety rest areas. There are currently 22 rest areas with Wi-Fi with more available in the coming months.
TxDOT is partnering with GEICO to get the service to travelers. In exchange for sponsoring the free Wi-Fi, the company is receiving public recognition through highway signage. The goal is to make roads safer by encouraging people to pull over rather than use their phones and drive.
“The number of traffic fatalities nationwide continues to move in the wrong direction, and distracted driving is no doubt a contributing factor,” said Dan Beacom, regional vice president at GEICO’s Richardson office. “GEICO is pleased that we can partner with the Texas Department of Transportation to support dozens of Safe Phone Zones, and we’re confident these locations will help make highways in Texas safer for all drivers.”
The nearest rest stops to Austin with free Wi-Fi are at the northbound and southbound rest stops near Salado on Interstate 35. There are also Wi-Fi enhanced rest stops in Guadalupe County on I-10.
For a full list of the rest stops with Wi-Fi, click here.