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Depending on the car you drive, you may stand out from the rest. High performance vehicles will always catch the attention of an officer before, say, a Ford Escort.
Now I'm not saying trade in your car for a Ford Escort, but you should realize that what you drive has as much importance as how you drive.
Cars like the Chevy Corvette, Dodge Viper and Ford Mustang are expected to be faster than most cars on the road. As a result, more attention will be focused on them, especially if they are brightly colored.
Red, yellow and neon colors are the worst to try and drive unnoticed with. Silver and black cars are more desirable to drive discreetly in, so are station wagons.
Don't go round them curves too fast. You never know what (or who) may be waiting for you on the other side!
Most cops will admit to targeting the left lane of the highway when looking for speeders. This lane is known as the 'fast lane' and motorists usually do more speeding in this lane than the other lanes.
Your best bet would be to avoid the left lane as much as possible. Use the left lane only to pass slower moving traffic. The middle and right lanes provide more cover when driving.
Knowing where you're driving is also very important. There may not be a cop for miles, but look ahead. See that van parked across the street? There's a computerized radar gun and camera inside. If you speed, you will get caught.
It's called photo radar and it's important that you know if your city uses this type of speed catching method.
Once you find out if your city uses photo radar, your next step is to find out which streets are equipped with this illicit form of speed capture. They'll usually be on heavily traveled roads.
Get more information on photo radar tickets here.
This is a sure fire way to know if trouble is lurking up ahead. Whenever one is traveling on the highway they rarely will apply their brakes, unless someone cut in front of them or they are exiting the highway.
If you notice a group of vehicles applying their brakes, it probably means there is a cop directly ahead.
Slow down the instant you see brake lights or slow moving clumps of vehicles. Estimate where they are in front of you and once you reach that point, look out for any police cars in the distance.
Also, look behind you because it's possible someone noticed an oncoming police cruiser coming from behind which set off a chain reaction of brake lights.
Like innocent little fish swimming past the jaws of a lurking shark, many drivers don't realize the inconspicuous sedan in the next lane is a police officer--until it's too late!
Being able to identify an unmarked police car will keep you miles ahead of the rest. Knowing what to look for is very important.
Most (but not all) unmarked police cars look like regular police cars, without any lights or writing to signify what they are.
Pay particular attention to late model domestic cars like Ford Crown Victoria's, Chevy Caprices, and Ford Tauruses. Some police agencies are beginning to use the new Dodge Charger.
And if you're down South, keep a lookout for any Dodge Intrepids.
All of these vehicles will be stripped down without any markings, hubcaps, or anything else a regular passenger car may have. The trunk will be covered with antennas and more than likely there might be a spotlight on the driver's side door.
It's also important that you know how the front and rear of a police vehicle looks like. Try to make a habit at learning the identifying headlights (and taillights) of these cars. At night, that may be all you have to go by.
Speed traps occur in virtually every part of the country. Knowing where they might be before you get on the road is a wise decision. Find out if the road you will be traveling has any speed traps.
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