Has it ever happened to you that as you see the lights flash in your rear view mirror and the siren going off behind you, what you did to cause this?
Maybe you were going 90 in a 25 and maybe not. Here we offer some helpful tips to avoid being pulled over, we have broken it down to 5 main infractions committed.
Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that we drive as though we were on autopilot – has that ever happened to you? You get in your car, and on the drive home from work it is almost automated. You can almost zone out while you drive – a dangerous habit and one that could lead to a ticket, allow us to explain why.
sometimes it is necessary to see things from anthers point of view to really understand what you are doing wrong. In this case traffic cops have the upper hand because they enforce the laws that we are unaware we are infringing upon.
If you are curious as to the reason not getting pulled over is important lets see. First of all the chance that you will be let off with a warning and not with some sum of money ranging from $75-$400 in fines is a great place to start. Not to mention that each time you get pulled over it goes on your record and can eventually count against you where your license and privilege to drive are suspended. Your insurance is bound to increase if you are a reckless driver – if you have many accidents and if you have a lead foot and are constantly pulled over for speeding.
This is the first way to ensure you will see the alternating red and blue lights in your mirror. Well, you may be a non-conformist and think to yourself, why are speeds what they are in certain areas, why is there no room for gray area. The reason is simple, at higher velocities it takes longer to react and takes longer to stop.
There are mathematical formulas to determine safe breaking distances depending on the speed you are traveling, the rule of thumb is it takes twice as many feet for the car to stop as the miles you are going. Example: if you are traveling 50 mph, it will take you 100 feet distance to stop.
The reason people speed is unclear, but it does seem to be an epidemic at the moment. Perhaps Hollywood plays its part in the glorification of driving fast like movies that sensationalize it, like Driving like a Cullen a few years ago – where number stickers were plentiful, referring to the speed and accuracy the drivers show. Movies like the Fast and the Furious franchise also made street racing sexy and movies like Gone in 60 seconds.
In 2015, especially in the U.S. we are used to getting what we want when we want it, we are becoming less and less patient and always seem in a rush to multitask and get done what we need sooner.
Most of the speeding tickets happen on freeways, where cars attempt to keep up with the “traffic”, the issue is when you are the “traffic.” On the freeway there are multiple dangers: people speeding like yourself, unexpected lane changes, erratic behaviors, tire blowouts or accidents up ahead.
Most vehicle law enforcement is in agreement that there are prudent speed increases that you can enjoy from time to time, such as driving between 5-7 miles over the limit, it is doubtful you will get pulled over. This is also subject to common sense however. If you are on the freeway going 60mph in a 55mph zone, the difference is negligible. Now if you are going 27mph in a school zone where the max speed is 20 mph, then a ticket might be warranted.
Most states disapprove of cell phone use while driving. Texting while driving is not only ridiculous but not necessary. So, illegal cell use is a huge issues around the world because it causes additional distractions for the driver. If you own a cell you know that people call and message and you receive those calls or messages instantly. There is no law anywhere, no rule that says that you need to respond immediately as well. If you are getting behind the wheel of a 1-2 ton heap of metal and gasoline, take that with some responsibility and be aware of your surroundings and your attention span.
On a daily basis there are accidents due to cell phone use in cars, the really bad ones make the evening news. On a statewide level there have been public service announcements regarding the danger of texting. “Don’t let LOL (laugh at loud) turn into DOA (dead on arrival).”
A good way to get pulled over is to have issues with your cars features, a headlamp that is burnt, tail light or turn signal that doesn’t work. Also, if you live in a sunny place such as we do, having tinted windows might be a necessity. There are rules and regulations regarding these too which can result in tickets and fines if not obeyed.
The rule of thumb when it comes to safe driving is a car length and a half distance between you are the car in front of you. This allows enough safe distance for you to be able to stop safely and avoid a collision. If you tail gate as it is called when you follow a car too closely you can be subject to getting pulled over. If you are an erratic driver and your swerve in and out of traffic and if you run stop signs you will get pulled over. A traffic cop is responsible for making sure that the laws are enforced.
If your goal is to know what the worst offenses to a traffic cop are:
1. drag racing
2. driving distances in the passing lane (fast lane – far left lane)
3. Peeling out or smoking tires
4. Driving way over the speed limit
5. Driving way UNDER the speed limit
6. Not paying parking fines/tickets
The most important thing to remember is that when you get pulled over the person doing so is charged with maintaining a safe place for us to be. The roads are supposed to be filled with drivers who are courteous and responsible. A place where everyone is focused 100% on the task at drive – driving safely. So when a cop pulls you over, remember to take the attitude and store it away. They are just doing their jobs and running your mouth will probably ensure you get a ticket where as niceness could let you off with just a warning.