3 Ways to Avoid Traffic Tickets

2814882133_ee0f5fc272_bWith many municipalities and states looking to add to their coffers, it’s no surprise they’re looking to nail motorists for traffic infractions. However, you don’t have to let this happen to you. By following a few tips, you can make it safely to your destination without fear of getting a traffic citation. Here’s how to do it.

1. A Few Tricks

If you have a lead foot, sometimes you’ll catch yourself speeding just as you roll by an officer. One tip many officers suggest is to wave at the officer as you pass, which makes them believe you know them. As a result, you might pass by freely. In the case of actually getting pulled over, never admit guilt. Instead, act politely, follow the officer’s directions, and ask for a warning. It’s amazing how many times this works.

2. Know the Law

Because laws vary from state to state, it’s important to know the laws in a specific area, especially if you’re on vacation. Make sure to brush up on laws before you travel, as ignorance to the law doesn’t often work as an excuse.

3. Use Technology to Your Advantage

While you don’t want to use your phone while you’re driving, several apps are great for avoiding tickets if you use them before you hit the road. Trapster and Waze are two awesome apps that provide real-time updates on speed traps and where cops are lurking. Plus, they’re free and work on both Android and iOS.

Don’t get blindsided by tickets that are easily avoided. Instead, stay attentive and remember these simple tips.

 

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