What to do when you’re being pulled over
1. Pull to the side of the road safely
Use your turn signals and slow down. Move as far to the right-hand side of the road as possible so the officer won’t have to worry about being clipped by passing vehicles. Then:
- Turn on your emergency flashers
- Turn off your radio
- Open the driver’s side window
- Keep your hands in plain sight by placing them on the steering wheel
- Ask any passengers to remain quiet
- Turn on your dome light if it’s dark
2. Stay still and try to remain calm
When approaching a vehicle, officers look for movement or suspicious behavior inside the car. Shuffling through your wallet, purse or glove box for your license and registration may look to the officer like you’re attempting to conceal something. Wait until you are asked for the documents.
3. Remain in your vehicle
Unless you’re told to step out, stay in your vehicle. This is for your safety, as well as that of the officer.
4. Cooperate willingly and be patient
Not only will such behavior be appreciated, it may help you remain calm and collected.
While you may explain your situation to the officer, trying to talk your way out of a ticket seldom works. If you disagree with the charge, take the ticket and contest it in court. Accepting the ticket does not admit guilt.
5. Make sure you have proof of auto insurance coverage
You’re should now have a bit more confidence to handle being pulled over..
It’s important to make sure your auto insurance coverage is up to date. In many states it’s illegal to drive without insurance. If you aren’t covered, get an auto insurance quote