Getting pulled over and having an officer give you a speeding ticket doesn’t feel great, nor does receiving mail because a camera dinged you. Sometimes we end up going faster than intended, whether it’s because we’re trying to get somewhere in a rush or because we woke up late for work!
Avoiding those dilemmas isn’t all that difficult though, you just need to keep the right tips in mind. Speeding doesn’t need to be a big problem for you, so remember these tips to prevent yourself from accruing unnecessary speeding tickets.
Stick to the Limit
It might be obvious, but it necessitates repeating: the best way to avoid speeding tickets is to adhere to the posted speed limits. Speeding is a contributing factor to thousands of auto crash deaths per year, so while the tickets may be a bummer, it’s more of a safety issue than anything. If you don’t speed, you won’t need to worry about hurting yourself or others—or getting a costly ticket in the mail!
Often times, speeding isn’t intended to be malicious; we end up driving too fast because we’re in a hurry to get somewhere fast. What most of us don’t realize or account for is that driving over the speed limit usually won’t save you much time at all. On average, going ten over the limit only nets you an extra 2 minutes if the limit is 55 mph, and you’re driving 15 miles. Speeding is, truthfully, impractical. A better approach is to just plan early! Leave home early enough to get where you need to be.
No matter how careful you are, you may end up having to talk to a police officer about your driving speeds at some point or another. Police officers are in high-stress situations, but their jobs are still to keep you safe. Be polite, help them do their job, and you reduce the risk that you get an unnecessary speeding ticket.
Remember that even if you’ve landed a speeding ticket, it doesn’t mean you’re going to need to pay it off. There is a chance you can contest it and take it to court. If you didn’t speed and there is footage available, you may be able to get off without paying your ticket or getting points on your license. Alternatively, if you just schedule your court date as far out as you can, you can sometimes get out of having to pay the fines for your ticket.
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