By Damon Dallah
Not driving your vehicle is a good way to avoid a speeding ticket. But since most of us have to work for a living, that would not be feasible.
So for the rest of you who don't like the thought of using public transportation, these next pointers should be very helpful.
Most of the time it's the little stuff we tend to neglect that initially gets us pulled over. Then, once we are at the officer's mercy, other more serious (and expensive) violations magically appear out of nowhere.
When it's all said and done, you could wind up with several tickets.
A simple busted taillight could also turn into a seat belt charge, expired license charge, no insurance violation, or some other infringement the officer can manage to find.
Heck, if you just had a glass of wine with dinner, you could get slapped with a DUI too.
So make it a habit to always be one step ahead of the cops. It's not hard to do and the end result could save you hundreds of dollars, your driver's license and possibly your freedom.
Unless of course you like taking the bus.
It goes without saying, but if you want to avoid speeding tickets, then DON'T SPEED! It's as simple as that.
If you are going to speed - save it for the highways.
Speeding within the inner city limits does not accomplish its purpose of getting where you're going sooner. With all the stop and go traffic, you won't gain any substantial amount of time and will wear your vehicle out at a faster rate.
Give your right foot a breather on city streets.
The only way to avoid your next traffic ticket is to stay ahead of the game. The next time you get a chance, take a walk around your car and make sure everything is in working order.
Things like your headlights, tail lights, blinkers and mirrors should all be in functioning condition.
Of course, no one can predict when a headlight or bulb will blow, but a simple check now and again won't hurt.
Also, make sure to rid your car of unnecessary blind spots such as large stickers on the windshield or large items (baby shoes or fuzzy pair of dice) hanging from your rear view mirror. You may not get a speeding ticket, but you could get hit with an 'obstruction of view' charge.
Finally, make sure your license plate sticker is up to date and your tires are properly inflated. It's all these little things that we often forget to do, yet can have an enormous impact on how we are perceived by the officer.
The cleaner, more up-to-date and overall better looking condition your vehicle is in, the less likely you are to be noticed by the officer.
Simple things like a little touch up paint, fixing cracked windshields and various cosmetic repairs will go a long way.
Don't sleep and drive!
Always maintain a good visible lookout of your surroundings. A police officer can be anywhere - not only in front of you.
Beware of turns and curves in the road. Approach bridges and underpasses with caution. Keep your seat in an upright position so you can see clearly and without difficulty.
Staying alert and aware is often forgotten by many motorists. Whether you are listening to the radio or chatting with passengers, focusing your attention on something else other than your driving can be costly.
Driving a beat up 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass in a wealthy neighborhood (especially at night) will trigger any officer's suspicion. I hate to say it, but a black or Hispanic individual driving in a predominately white neighborhood will also trigger an officer's suspicion.
Anyone in this country has the right to drive wherever they want, but try to avoid areas you think the officer will single you out. It's a free country - but then again not as free as we think.
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