Top 5 ways to get pulled over
We’ve all been there: you’re driving along and all of a sudden you see red and blue flashing lights in your rearview mirror. The pang of fear and frustration that comes with that sight can be avoided if you drive carefully. Check out the top 5 most common reasons people get pulled over!
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- Speeding. This one is a no-brainer. The faster you are driving, the longer it takes you and your vehicle to react when necessary. For example, speed limits are lower in residential areas, because there are a number of risks involved with driving on residential roads. A kid could run out into the road, a stray pet could try crossing the street, and if you are speeding, you are less likely to be able to stop in time to avoid hitting them! Make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to reach your destination so that you don’t feel the need to speed.
- Cell Phone Use. This reason is becoming more and more prevalent. Many states have a ban on cell phone use while driving, and for good reason – looking away from the road for even a split second could be the difference between avoiding a collision or not.
- Distracted or Hazardous Driving. Similar to the risks associated with cell phone use, putting on makeup, changing clothes, or even eating food can all be major distractions that cause accidents. Hazardous driving like making illegal U-turns, stop sign and stoplight violations, failure to yield and more are all also reasons for traffic stops.
- Equipment Violations. Expired plates, burnt-out or broken headlights or taillights, certain vehicle modifications like loud exhaust and deeply-tinted windows are some of the most common equipment violations cops pull folks over for.
- Tailgating or Improper Lane Changes. These reckless movements are typically closely watched for by cops. Driving too closely can impact your ability to stop in time, causing a fender-bender, and improperly changing lanes (i.e. cutting someone off, not checking blind spots) can also put other drivers at risk if they have to brake sharply or swerve to avoid hitting you as you make the move.
The biggest takeaway here is to drive safely. Follow all posted signs and be alert and aware of other vehicles and potential hazards on the road. If your vehicle is in need of service, you can schedule a service appointment online or come to Palmen Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM of Racine to get your vehicle checked out today!