Texans’ Tips

Texas Tips

Texas Highway Patrolman: 

NEVER DRIVE IN THE RAIN WITH YOUR CRUISE CONTROL ON because if the cruise control is on when your car begins to hydro-plane and your tires lose contact with the pavement, your car will accelerate to a higher rate of speed making you take off like an airplane.

The patrolman said this warning should be listed on the driver’s seat sun-visor … NEVER USE THE CRUISE CONTROL WHEN THE PAVEMENT IS WET OR ICY … along with the airbag warning. We tell our teenagers to set the cruise control and drive a safe speed, but we don’t tell them to use the cruise control only when the pavement is dry.

NOTE: Some vehicles (like the Toyota Sienna Limited XLE) will not allow you to set the cruise control when the windshield wipers are on.


F. Abraham from Dallas, Texas:

Driving in rain with the High or Fastest wiper speed turned on during heavy downpours……. put on your SUN GLASSES, any model will do. Notice that the visibility in front of your windshield is perfectly clear, as if there is no rain.  Make sure you always carry a pair of SUN GLASSES in your car.

And, you still see the drops on the windshield, but not the sheet of falling rain. You can also see where the rain bounces off the road This also works to eliminate the “blindness” from passing vehicles spraying you and the “kickup” if you are following another car, truck or tractor trailer rig.


R. Langston from Texas:

When selecting eggplant, turn it over if the bottom is flat or pooches out it is a male and it won’t be bitter. If the bottom sinks in it is a female and will have a bitter taste.

R. Langston from Texas:

When selecting celery squeeze it together and if it squeaks it won’t be bitter.


Sandra B. from Houston, Texas:

What to take to bed with you – PUT YOUR CAR KEYS BESIDE YOUR BED AT NIGHT!

Put your car keys beside your bed at night. If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. . .After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want that.

Remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.


J. Swope from Dickinson, Texas:
Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

J. Swope from Dickinson, Texas:
Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

J. Swope from Dickinson, Texas:
Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking. To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up. For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty frosting. Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.


J. Babb from Plano, Texas:
I’d forgotten about this, but it does work. Mosquito Spray…Worth a try I was at a deck party awhile back, and the bugs were having a ball biting everyone. A man at the party sprayed the lawn and deck floor with Listerine, and the little demons disappeared.. The next year I filled a 4-ounce spray bottle and used it around my seat whenever I saw mosquitoes. And voila! That worked as well.. It worked at a picnic where we sprayed the area around the food table, the children’s swing area, and the standing water nearby. During the summer, I don’t leave home without it…… OUR FRIEND’S COMMENTS: I tried this on my deck and around all of my doors. It works – in fact, it killed them instantly. I bought my bottle from Target and it cost me $1.89. It really doesn’t take much, and it is a big bottle, too; so it is not as expensive to use as the can of Bug-spray you buy that doesn’t last 30 minutes. So, try this, please. It will last a couple of days. Don’t spray directly on a wood door (like your front door), but spray around the frame. Spray around the window frames, and even inside the dog house.


John from Samawi, California:
If you get your spurs up and dirty – rub a little ben gay on them and they’ll look as good as new.


D. McKinney from Aledo, Texas:
Tacos – forgot those hard crispy shells! Use soft corn tortillas slightly heated and turned in a pan of hot oil. Fold over and drain before filling with taco meat. The key secret ingredient to the best tasting taco meat ~ “pimentos” diced and added to the cooked meat along with the proper taco seasonings. Always serve tacos with plenty of lettuce, tomato, grated cheddar cheese, salsa, and sour cream on the side. Guacamole or sliced avocado is additional topping choice as well. Yum!!


S. Simpson from Arlington, Texas:
Easiest way to remove an old appliance…follow the installation instructions in reverse!


R. Thomas from Rowlett, Texas:
Concerned about losing that loose screw? A little masking tape will hold it in place until you need it.


H. Michelle from Tyler, Texas:
To remove hairspray and other buildup, lather up with shampoo, and then work in a teaspoon of salt and rinse.


T. McGuffey from Amarillo, Texas:
No putty to cover the nail holes in the wall? Try toothpaste. Most homes have it. It comes in convenient tubes and the white color it just right!


F. Jackson from El Paso, Texas:
Are those cedar blocks in your armoire or the walls in your cedar chest loosing their distinctive aroma? Sand ‘em down – lightly with fine grit of sandpaper.


J. Sydney from Killeen, Texas:
Where to put a home office? How about converting a closet with a shelf at about 30 inches from the floor for a desk and cabinets above? You can close the door on it when you’re not working.

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