Tips to Avoid Traffic Tickets
Traffic tickets may trigger a license suspension, monetary fines, and even trigger a hike in auto insurance premiums. The more tickets you get, the harsher the consequences will be. Take the following measures to reduce your risk of traffic tickets.
Speeding is a common way to get traffic tickets, so don’t speed. Here are a few tips to avoid speeding:
- Use cruise control so that you don’t speed unconsciously.
- Leave early so that you don’t have to rush once you are on the road.
- Pay attention to the speedometer if you don’t use cruise control.
- Know the speed limits so that you don’t break them.
- Learn to drive at a speed slightly lower than the posted speed limit.
You will have more success if you avoid speeding than if you speed and try to avoid getting caught.
Do Basic Maintenance
Although speeding is one of the most common ways to get a traffic ticket, car defects may also earn you a ticket. Even if a car defect doesn’t earn you a ticket, it may alert the traffic police to other problems that may attract tickets. For example, a busted license plate light may earn you a ticket or get the police to stop you and notice the alcohol on your breath.
Your car doesn’t have to be new, but it should have all its parts intact. All the lights should work, all the license plate bolts should be in place, and you shouldn’t tie the bumper with a cord.
Don’t Stand Out
The police don’t stop every car that passes their way; lots of cars pass, but the police only stop a few of them. The more visible you are, the more likely the police are to stop you. The trick is to blend in so that you are one of the motorists that the police don’t actively take notice of.
For good invisibility, don’t flash your lights at other motorists, go easy on bumper stickers, don’t weave in and out of lanes, and avoid obvious modifications (such as oversized wheels). Try and blend in with the traffic, and you are likely to get to your destination without any incident.
Watch Out for Highway Patrol
Spot the police before they spot you. That way you can avoid anything that may draw their attention to you and not get stopped. Ensure you have good visibility from the car so that you can spot highway patrol cars easily. Recognize highway patrol cars and where they are likely to park before you get there.
Note that highway patrol officers use cars, motorcycles, and even airplanes to catch errant drivers. They also like to work in teams where one team watches out for violations (such as speeding) and the other team issues tickets.
Be Ready for a Stop
Despite your best efforts, the police may still flag you down for one violation or the other. Prepare for that day so that you don’t have to panic or make a mistake and aggravate an already bad situation. For one, you need to have your documents (such as insurance or identification) ready so that you don’t have to fumble for them if the police stop you.
Also, don’t lose your cool, cooperate with the officer, and don’t give the officer any reason to search your car. You don’t want the officer to suspect that you have committed further violations other than the reason for the initial stop.
Hopefully, the above tips will help you avoid traffic tickets. If you do get tickets and lose your license, know that you can clean up the tickets and get your license reinstated under some circumstances. Contact Carl L Britt, Jr, to help you deal with your traffic tickets and driving license revocation.