Nothing can ruin your day quite like getting pulled over. Things can go from downright awesome to seriously awful in less than a second when those blue lights pop up in your mirrors. If you’ve been there, you know how suddenly your adrenaline and stress can spike when you’re being pulled over. The fines, court appearances, the whole song-and-dance, is downright awful.
So, what can you do to avoid a run-in with local law enforcement? Well, the simple answer is to just drive safely and keep your eyes peeled for oncoming traffic, but that’s easier said than done. Here are some tips to keep your wheels turning instead of getting pulled over.
The best way to get pulled over is to look conspicuous. We’d suggest avoiding driving red, yellow or orange vehicles, especially sports cars, if you’re looking to avoid getting pulled over. Brightly-colored, fast-moving cars are like candy to police officers looking to make monthly traffic ticket quotas. Typically, these vehicles are pulled over at a disproportionate rate to “blander” looking cars.
Likewise, avoid pulling moves that make your engine roar like a lion. These noisy traffic maneuvers can get the attention of local law enforcement and result in your drive ending with a traffic ticket for reckless driving. Instead, use a lighter foot and avoid sounding like a NASCAR race.
Know Your Area
Every town has that long, flat stretch of four-lane road that inexplicably has a speed limit of 35 MPH. The minute you hit 45 MPH down that flat straight-away, you’ll be catching a big speeding ticket from a police officer who seems to appear out of thin air. The better you are at avoiding such rookie mistakes while driving, the less you’ll be paying in traffic tickets.
One option is to just avoid this stretch of road. However, if that’s not an option, a foolproof plan for such a stretch of road is to set your cruise control to the exact speed limit and just let the car’s automated system deal with how slow you need to go here. You can’t get pulled over for speeding if your car is going the speed limit!
Generally speaking, slow-going, defensive driving won’t result in you getting pulled over. Just take it easy, obey posted signs and traffic laws and keep a cool head while you’re on the road. The more you do this, the more likely it is your rides through town don’t result in run-ins with the law.