Three types of traffic tickets are the most common overall, according to national statistics. Luckily for you, all three are easy to avoid if you know what they are and how to keep yourself from being pulled over. Here are the three behaviors you need to avoid to make it unlikely you’ll be given a traffic ticket.
Driving Without Insurance
The third most common reason for a traffic ticket is driving without insurance. Thankfully, this is an easy one to avoid. Just make sure you have car insurance! If you can’t afford car insurance, then you might consider simply not driving to begin with. Instead, consider using ridesharing services to get where you need to go.
Here’s the thing: if you can’t afford insurance, you know you can’t afford a ticket for driving without insurance. And you especially can’t afford to be sued if you get into an accident and you’re on the hook for someone’s repair bills and hospital bills. So, forego the sketchy activity of driving around town uninsured and save yourself a lot of money.
Driving Under the Influence
You know not to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Ads on TV, admonishments from your parents, and countless accounts in the media have made it clear how bad of an idea it is to drive under the influence. There’s really no way to put this other than to implore you to just not drive under the influence.
Thankfully, you can avoid this type of ticket the same way you can avoid driving without insurance. Just make sure you don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking or doing drugs. Instead, call a cab, get a ridesharing app, or rely on a friend to drive you. If a sober person is giving you a ride, it doesn’t matter how drunk you are, you won’t get in trouble for it.
Easily the most common traffic ticket is speeding. Unlike DUIs and driving with no insurance, this one is a bit difficult to address. Of course, “don’t speed” isn’t the best advice. Make sure you’re mitigating the need to speed through the town by leaving on time for your obligations. If you know traffic is going to be heavy, leave earlier so you can get there in plenty of time.
Most importantly, remember that it’s better to arrive late than to get pulled over and slapped with a big fine for speeding. So, take a deep breath and just slow down.