There are many ways people try to get out of tickets, but wouldn’t you rather not get pulled over by the cops altogether?
Police officers watch thousands of people drive by each day, and any one of them could be about to speed, run a red light, or commit another driving violation. Police officers cannot keep an eye on every single car, however, so how do they determine who to watch?
What makes you stand out to the police is not a big mystery, if you look at it in the right way. What do you notice when you are driving? Anything that makes a car stand out will cause the police to take notice. Driving a sports car is one of the more obvious things that will draw extra attention from the police, but there are many others you may not have thought of.
Avoid These 9 Things So You Don’t Get Pulled Over by the Cops
- Playing overly loud music
- Spinning your tires
- Having an old, beat-up car. A noisy muffler, for example, will draw attention.
- Eating, grooming, or doing any other distracting activity while driving
- Making eye contact with an officer
- Tinted windows
- Not wearing a seat belt
- Driving without state plates
- Driving a brightly colored car: A red or yellow car will stick out more than a black or gray car.
If you do happen to draw the attention of the police, it does not mean that you are going to be pulled over, or that you have done anything wrong. The police officer may just be following you because you drew their attention with one of the reasons above. What should you do though, if you are being followed? Follow these 3 rules:
1. Remain calm. If you panic and start worrying about the fact that an officer is following you, you are more likely to do something to get pulled over.
2. Do not keep looking in the rearview mirror. You may want to keep an eye on where the officer is, but this keeps you from paying attention to the road. The officer can also see you, and constantly checking the mirror may seem suspicious.
3. Do not make the closest turn to see if the officer will keep following you. If you are uncomfortable, keep driving on the road for a while, and turn onto another road after you have passed a few intersections. Make sure you signal properly in advance, however.
If you do get pulled over, do not panic. If you were following the law, it may be something minor. You could be getting pulled over because there was mud on your license plate light, and it seemed like it was out; you could also just have a tail light out. While you can be ticketed for either of these, typically all it requires is cleaning, or replacing, the light. After you have replaced the light, all you must do is head up to the local police department, have them sign the ticket saying you fixed the problem, and then turn it into the courthouse. Even if you were doing something wrong, don’t worry, there are ways to avoid, or lessen, the ticket.