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How to Avoid a Speeding Ticket

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

So I thought I’d make a post on how are some ways you can avoid a speeding ticket. We all know speeding tickets are a real pain and one wants to get them. From the hefty fines, to court appearances and to an auto insurance increase, learning how to avoid a speeding ticket on the road will save you a lot of time and money!

Here are some ways to stay under the cop’s radar:

Drive within 5mph-10mph within the flow of traffic. Cops are usually looking for drivers going faster then the flow of traffic. If you drive significantly faster then the flow of traffic, you will stand out.

Try staying in the middle of the pack. If you are in the front and run past cops, you’ll generally be the one that gets pulled over, if you are in the back, the cop will just pull up behind you as well. It’s safer to stay in the middle of the pack!

Find a car going the speed you like. If there isn’t that many cars on the road, find a car that is going the speed you like and following them 50-100 yards behind. They will be your shield in case a cop is hiding up ahead. When they hit their brakes to slow down, that’ll be your warning to slow down as well.

Do not weave in and out of traffic. Weaving in and out traffic is not only very dangerous to yourself and other drivers, but it makes you stand out like a sore thumb. Other drivers on the road will be angered by your driving and will most likely call the cops and report your vehicle in.

Avoid the Fast or Left Lane. Use the far left lane to pass when necessary, but try to stay in the middle lanes when possible. Reason? If a cop is lurking in a cutout along the median strip (or coming at you from the opposite direction on a divided highway) the speeder in the far left lane is the one most likely to become the target. Drivers who get nailed with speeding tickets are often the type who rack it up to 10 or 15 over the limit and remain in the far left lane.

Be aware of your surroundings! On many highways, there are cutouts in the median strip every couple of miles. Usually, you can see these in plenty of time to slow down a little bit in case there’s a cop lurking behind the bushes ready to give you a speeding ticket.

Do not speed if you are the only car on the road! This is very important if you want to avoid a speeding ticket. Most of the time people think it’s ok to go a little faster because there is no one on the road, but the truth is, speeding alone is the equivalent of putting a big banner on your car that says “Ticket Me.” When there is no one else on the road, the cop has nothing else to pay attention to, except for you.

Get a Radar Detector if your State allows it. Read your state rules and make sure it’s legal to have a radar detector before you buy one. A radar detector may cost a few hundred dollars, but if you think about it, just getting one ticket will cost you more. From paying the ticket to having your insurance increase. Having a radar detector can help you reduce your chances of getting a speeding ticket. Keep in mind, just because you have a radar detector doesn’t mean you can go out and speed all you want. A radar detector only works when the cop’s radar is turned on. Sometime cops will use laser or visual and if you speed by them going faster then the speed of traffic, they will still ticket you.

A good radar I recommend is the Valentine 1. It’s been out for a while and this is the only radar I use and trust. Do a google search and you’ll find out how many driver’s prefer the Valentine 1 over any other brand.

Don’t Drive a Flashy Car. Lastly, I am sure everyone already knows this, but if you are in a flashy car and you are speeding, you are going to get ticketed. As unfair as it is, it’s human nature to notice things that stand out in the crowd. Driving a more discreet car such a mini-van or family sedan will help you blend in and avoid tickets more then driving a yellow Corvette.

Hopefully you enjoyed reading this post and you can use this knowledge to help you prevent speeding tickets out on the road. Remember that speeding tickets will raise your auto insurance rates and by having too many of them, you can risk losing your drivers license or risk getting denied auto insurance coverage.