If you have ever been slapped with a traffic ticket (and most of us have), then you’ll know that dealing with it can take up a lot of your time and money. You have to fill out forms for the court and may end up in traffic school. More than likely, you will post bail or pay a fine for your violation, and will have to pay not only the court for the privilege of attending traffic school, but the traffic school itself too. It makes a great deal of sense, therefore, to do what you can to avoid this rigmarole and take the necessary steps to avoid getting a ticket in the first place.
The following tips have been provided for that very purpose. Not surprisingly, many of them are common sense.
- Be familiar with and follow traffic laws: Make a full stop at stop signs. As long as it is safe to do so, stop at traffic lights when the light turns yellow. Keep to the speed limits.
- Pay attention to your surroundings: Check your side and rearview mirrors constantly and be on the look out for police (in cars or on motorcycles) in front of and behind you, and for traffic signal cameras.
- If you are using a radar detector and are pulled over for speeding, place it out of sight before the policeman sees it.
- Having a car that is clean, in sound working condition and reasonably well maintained may go a long way toward ensuring that you are not pulled over. You are less likely to attract the attention of the police.
- If you are driving on the freeway and notice a police car behind you has exited, resist the temptation to drive over the speed limit. Some police get immediately back on the freeway and may still be behind you. This is one reason why checking your rearview mirror regularly is important. Also, watch your speed near highway on ramps where police may be parked.
- Make sure the tags on your license plate are current.
- Wear your seatbelt.
- Do not litter.
- Do not have more passengers in the car than there is room.
- When you are pulled over and if you think it would help, cry.