It will happen to you at some point in your life. One day, you will be heading home from work or running errands and a police officer will pull you over. This may be a frightening and unnerving thought, especially if you are drunk or speeding. After all, traffic stops are never an enjoyable experience.
It may be stressful, but a traffic stop can be quick and smooth if you play your cards right. If you handle yourself correctly, you can have a much more pleasant experience with the cops. Here are some tips for making this undesirable interaction as painless as you can.
1. Pull over quickly but safely
You should pull over as soon as possible, but only if you have adequate room on the side of the road. According to Business Insider, you should only pull over when you can do it safely. If you cannot pull over safely right away, turn your turn signal on and slow down a little bit to show the officer you intend to pull over. But do not wait too long to pull over or else the cop may get upset.
2. Be ready and cooperative
As soon as you stop at a safe space, you should do a few things to prepare to talk to the officer and show you are compliant:
- Turn the engine off
- Roll down the window
- Turn the radio off
- Putt your hands on the steering wheel
If it is night time, you should also turn on your interior light.
3. Do not give the cop an excuse to search your vehicle
The police can only search your car if they have probable cause, a warrant or there is something suspicious in plain view. If you try to throw something out the window or hide something in your car, the cop may have probable cause to conduct a search. Do not make any sudden movements or reach for any objects unless the officer asks you to do so.