It’s happened to all of us – whether you are speeding, or you roll through that stop sign, or your license tags have slipped your mind and expired, we’ve all been pulled over by the police at one time or another. But don’t despair! There are things you can do to make sure that once you get pulled over by the police, you are polite, courteous, and get through the traffic stop with no drama, problems, or other altercations between you and the officer.
Use these few simple tips here to ensure that, should you ever get pulled over by the police, you don’t experience any problems or create and more significant issues than your basic traffic stop:
The police officer may have pulled you over, but he’s not looking to beat you up or do you harm. Know that, and stay calm during the traffic stop; it doesn’t do either of you good if you are fidgety, agitated, or otherwise nervous. Slow, deep breaths work best, and remember: it’s just a traffic ticket, and not the end of the world.
Hands On The Wheel
Keep your hands up on the wheel when the officer approaches your car during the traffic stop. Remember that they do not know what you have in your car, or who you are, and they may (incorrectly) think that you have a weapon of some sort if they cannot see your hands. Keep your hands on the wheel so they know where you stand, and can take calm in knowing you’re not a threat.
Don’t ignore the officer or be standoffish, but instead be responsive and courteous with them, when they ask you questions or request of you license, registration, or other documents. By being responsive, you lessen the tension in the traffic stop, and you can adequately relay issues and concerns to the officer to make the traffic stop easier and more seamless.
Say What You Are Doing
When you reach down for your wallet to give the officer your license and registration, tell them that is what you are doing before you move your hands. Doing so will prevent the officer from thinking you have a gun, and will allow you to safely move your hands without being fearful of any repercussions from them being uncertain of your movements.
Above all, be respectful fo the officer as you work through the traffic stop. Being respectful can go a long way – not only can it get you out of the ticket, but it can also certainly help ease the traffic stop and make it a safe and quick detour on the journey to wherever you were going.
Traffic stops and police officers are nothing to be afraid of, and nothing to be seeking to avoid. Should you ever be pulled over, be respectful, courteous and forthright, and your traffic stop and interaction with the police officer will be easy and painless, and you can get back on the road to your destination safely and quickly.