It happens to nearly all of us at one time or another: we get pulled over and issued a ticket. Tickets of any kind can be a pricy and the whole process can be rather nerve-wracking. However, there are a few basic driving techniques that can help you avoid getting driving tickets. None of these techniques are illegal, but it should be stated that the easiest way to avoid getting a ticket is to simply follow the rules of the road.
One way that people get tickets is by drawing attention too much attention. Aggressive and erratic driving is one way for cops to notice you very quickly. They may pull you over regardless of your speed simply because you are driving so poorly. Drive patiently and defensively to avoid drawing attention to yourself. Blending in with traffic is the easiest way to avoid catching the eye of an attentive cop.
Maintain Your Car
Another way you may stand out to an officer is exterior damage to your car. Cracked windshields, burned out tail lights, scraps along the side of the car, missing rear view mirrors and other issues immediately catch a cop’s eye and are likely to make officers watch your driving more closely.
Many types of exterior damage, such as burned out lights or missing rear view mirrors can actually get your pulled over and issued a fix-it ticket. It’s also important to wear your seat belt at all times as this can be a perfect reason for a cop to pull you over. Bring your car in for regular vehicle maintenance at Terry’s Ford whenever you need repairs.
Watch for Ambush Areas
Cops often pick out of sight areas to hide to catch inattentive, law breaking drivers. These techniques work very well, but can be frustrating to those who aren’t breaking laws. Always be on the lookout for parked cop cars or areas that cops may be hiding. Large bill boards, wide trees, bushes, small public driveways and even car pooling parking lots are all regular places cops may park. Driving as if a police car is always nearby is a great way to avoid driving poorly.
Avoid the Fast Lane
One interesting way to avoid tickets is to stay out of the fast lane as much as possible. Studies have shown that people in the fast lane get pulled over more often regardless of whether or not they’re driving faster. This is because they appear to be driving faster than they should because they are passing the other cars. Also, it is often illegal to drive in the fast lane if you aren’t passing. Stay in the slow lane to avoid these problems.