Nobody likes getting pulled over. As careful as we might think we are, sometimes drivers do things that can tip off a traffic officer to pull them over without even realizing it. Here are some of the big things to avoid if you don’t want to see the flashing blue and red lights in your rear view mirror!
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Obvious but still worth noting. Most officers will tell you that there is a “buffer” for how fast they’ll let you go over the speed limit before pulling you over. Between 5-7 miles over the limit is usually the most they’ll allow, but it’s always up to the officer’s discretion so it’s probably safest to just go the speed limit.
Cell Phone Use
It’s becoming harder and harder to not take a glance at your phone while driving. But traffic officers are looking for you to be looking down at your phone and it’s an easy way to get pulled over. Try getting a car with Bluetooth technology or simply turn it off while driving.
Officers are looking for people who aren’t paying attention to the road, which includes numerous things like eating, shaving, putting on makeup and even changing clothes. You may be in a rush but its best to keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
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Illegal Turns and Violations
You may think because you’re the only car on the road you don’t have to pay attention to certain traffic signs, but you never know when a police cruiser is watching. Improperly stopping at a stop sign, illegal U-turns and failing to yield are common ways to get pulled over.
Last, but not least, always make sure that your car is properly equipped to be on the road. That means all headlights, brake lights and turn lights are working. Also, watch out for heavily tinted windows or cracked windshields which can also get you a ticket.
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