There is a lot of advice on the Internet on how to conduct yourself as you’re being pulled over by a police officer, but not so much on how to reduce your chances of being pulled over in the first place. Let’s take a look at the top 10 ways to minimize the possibility of a big red target appearing on your trunk every time a police cruiser is nearby.
10. Don’t Go Too Fast
This one should be obvious, but a lot of people still like to live life on the edge. Anywhere from 5-10 mph over the limit is risking catching unwanted attention. In general, an officer needs a legitimate reason for detaining a citizen, and this is one of their most popular ones.
9. But Don’t Go Too Slow, Either
Nothing makes a police officer more suspicious than when a driver slows down enough to be noticed. They can tell when a person really doesn’t want to be pulled over. Don’t make it so obvious.
Drive normal when you find yourself among a police cruiser. By intentionally trying to change lanes and avoid them, you are only bringing more attention to yourself.
7. Use Those Turn Signals
Speed isn’t the only thing police watch out for. Failing to use a turn signal while changing lanes or making a turn, is another just cause for a routine pull over.
6. Radar Detector In Sight, Equals an Automatic Ticket-
A radar detector to an officer is like have a bumper sticker that says, “Have Car… Will Speed!” Having one of these in sight will most likely provoke an officer from feeling generous and letting you go, to slapping the maximum fine in the palm of your hand.
5. Looking Fast, is As Bad as Being Fast
Police go by sight when looking for trouble, and a vehicle complete with the latest ground effects, windshield banner, spoilers, loud colors, and louder muffler, make it an easy target. If these vehicles find themselves among a group of “average looking” speeders on the highway, guess which one is getting the ticket?
4. Think Twice About Dark Tint
A little tint to your windows is a great way to reduce heat and glare, but too much will make your vehicle look like you are trying to hide something.
3. Keep Your Vehicle in Good Working Order
Nothing makes a vehicle more of a target at night than a headlight or taillight that is obviously non-functional. Check the functionality of your lights at least once a month. It is also wise to keep the vehicle in reasonable condition (void of dents, duck tape, broken lights, etc), and in decent tune (void of black/blue smoke, loud muffler, etc).
2. Be Aware of the Commentary on Your Bumper Stickers
Although an officer is instructed to never judge a book by its cover… they are only human. Certain bumper stickers give police an idea of what the driver is like. They hint towards the age, musical tastes, political leanings, and sometimes even their stance on legalized drugs. It’s best to keep this stuff to yourself.
1. Keep License Tags Up To Date
A bored cruiser within range will often pay attention to expired license tags. Another guaranteed pull over, is having overly tinted license plate covers, or missing a front license plate in a state which requires them.
When it comes to traffic tickets, your best method of avoidance is preparedness!