Everyone wants to know how they can minimize the risk of being flagged for a traffic violation, and the obvious answer is: do nothing wrong. However, many people are stopped for maintenance problems, such as a burnt out headlight, taillight, or turn signal bulb. Therefore, we have compiled a list of some things that will help you avoid traffic tickets.
# 1. Maintenance. We are not talking about oil changes and tire rotation, but have your vehicle inspected about once a month before you leave home. Check that all exterior lights are in good condition, including the license plate light, if you have one. Also check your turn signals, because if they don’t work, a police officer could fine you for failing to signal, even if you did. If something is not working properly, go to an auto parts store or dealer immediately for repair.
# 2. Be on the lookout for speed traps. If you travel a regular route, say to and from work every day, for example, you need to know the places where some officers will regularly sit and try to catch people for speeding and other infractions. Some cops will even check your license plates while you’re driving to see if everything is okay. Make sure your registration is up to date and be aware of speed traps to avoid it.
# 3. Drive has mediocre because. Although this sounds silly, the car you drive will influence the attention paid by police officers on patrol. For example, if you drive a Lexus or Camaro, the police are more likely to identify you. In contrast, driving a Camry or a small SUV like the Ford Escape will allow you to blend in with the traffic, rather than stand out. Sports cars get a lot more attention than minivans, so keep this in mind.
# 4. Watch other drivers. If you are on the freeway, this is a great way to avoid being stopped. Be especially on the lookout for truck drivers as they are experienced drivers and generally know where and when the police will look for speeding drivers and other traffic violators. Also, avoid the flow of traffic. Go at your own pace, and if you must accelerate, never be the last in a line of speeding cars, because you will certainly be the first to be stopped.
Speeding can be dangerous and should be completely avoided. However, if you just can’t keep your lead foot off the gas, hopefully these tips will help you avoid the consequences of your actions. Just remember that getting a ticket could end up being the least of your worries if you don’t follow the rules of the road.