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Driving Tips

Whether your Tennessee travels take you to see Elvis' Graceland in Memphis, the Appalachian Mountains or the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, it’s always a good idea to be aware of the rules of the road. Click on the links provided below for answers to your Tennessee road travel questions.

Driver Services
The Driver Services Division is responsible for testing and issuing driver licenses as well as offering voter registration and issuance of driving records.

Laws and Policies
Stay safe by being aware of the laws and policies governing the road in Tennessee, the Top Ten Safety Rules for Tennessee Visitors, among them: Seat Belt Law, Texting While Driving Law, Move Over Law, Child Restraint Devices Law, Motorcycle Helmet Law.

Cycle Safely
Love to cycle? Here are Tennessee bike routes galore for you to explore. Learn about the 3-feet rule.

Navigating Tennessee's scenic sweeping curves and taming the 318 switchbacks of the Dragon require focus. Find some here. Learning to ride a motorcycle? Cruise into our Motorcycle Rider Education Program.

Road Safety Tips
Tennessee Highway Patrol responds to more than 500,000 calls for service each year. They are here to help should you need it. We hope you don't! Take a look at 10 Things To Know If You Encounter Trouble On The Road. whether it’s an accident or a flat tire.

Towing
Towing something? Get the 411 here.

TDOT SmartWay
Use TDOT SmartWay, Tennessee’s intelligent transportation system which engages advanced information technologies to improve the safety and operation of highways and other transportation modes, such as public transit. There are several components of SmartWay. TDOT makes SmartWay information available to travelers in Tennessee by calling 511 (or 877-244-0065, outside Tennessee) from your phone.

Road Conditions and Construction
Stay road ready with current information via the map for TDOT Smartway.

Interstate numbers
Interstates ending in odd numbers run north and south. Even-numbered interstates run east and west. Most Tennessee interstates use a mile marker exit numbering system, where the exit numbers correspond to the nearest milepost, running south to north and west to east determined by the distance from the state line.

Rest stops
Rest stops can be found along Tennessee’s roads and typically offer picnic areas, restrooms, travel and map information, vending machines, pet walks, pay phones and occasionally an RV dump station. Wi-fi internet services at rest stops are becoming more common. Find out about Tennessee’s rest stops.

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