According to the National Motorists Association, more than 41 million drivers throughout the United States are ticketed each year for speed related incidents alone.
And that’s not even the best part. $6,232,000,000 – is the average amount of revenue the U.S. receives from speeding tickets alone yearly! This means the average ticket costs $152.00.
When it comes to receiving a traffic ticket – which just so happens to be the bane of any driver’s existence – the long-accepted rule of thumb has been to pay it no matter what it costs.
The reality of this situation, however, is that there are ways to ensure you don’t get ticketed in the first place. The best of which is to obey the rules of the road – many are posted in plain sight!
- Adhere to the Speed Limit
How fast can you go over the posted speed limit before you can reasonably expect to see flashing lights in your rearview mirror? The answer to this question is quite possibly one of life’s greatest mysteries.
If you were to Google this question you would see many vague answers. However, some websites will provide you with the answer of 5 to 10 mph, which is considered by many a speeding “cushion.”
No, this doesn’t mean you should go out right now and test this “cushion”. If anything, you should at all costs adhere to the road’s posted speed limit, as each city and state’s cushioning amount varies.
Although they’re a bummer – especially for those that have a need for speed – speed limits are posted for a reason. Just some of the factors considered include the roadway’s condition and traffic amount as well as an area’s environmental conditions.
- Pay Attention to the Road
Distracted driving is a growing – not to mention, dangerous – epidemic that has been sweeping the nation. Even taking your hands off the wheel is a distraction, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Driving while distracted – talking on a cell phone, texting, eating, drinking, putting on make-up – doesn’t only endanger your life; it also endangers the safety of everyone around you including other drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
Did you know that sending or reading a text message causes a driver’s eyes to stray from the road for 4.6 seconds, which if they’re driving at a speed of 65 mph, is the equivalent of driving the entire length of a football field blind?
Considering that texting and driving is, by far, the most dangerous form of distracted driving there is; it has been banned in 44 states; talking while driving has also been banned in 12 states. It pays to pay attention to the road; trust me!
- Slow Down in Construction and School Zones
Speeding – even if you’re doing the normal speed limit – while in a school or construction zone is one of the easiest things you can do to earn yourself a ticket and a hefty one at that.
Unless you’re a novice driver, it shouldn’t surprise you that in zones marked specifically for school or construction, you’re undoubtedly going to notice a reduced speed limit – regardless of whether children or workers are present or not.
The only difference is that should you get caught speeding (doing one mile over in this case is considered speeding) when children or workers are present you’ll be looking at a ticket worth double the price of a normal speeding ticket.
You should assume, as long as barricades or signs are still present, that these reduced speed limits are still in effect. Lower speeds in these zones are there not to annoy you but to protect everyone nearby.
- Be a Courteous Driver
Whether a driver is tailgating, improperly changing lanes, or failing to yield at a stop sign – you know you’re guilty of at least one of these – today’s drivers don’t always drive as they should.
Want to hear the worst part? All of these maneuvers are reckless, which means you could be putting your safety and that of someone else’s at risk. Equally important is the fact that police officers monitor this type of driving very closely.
Although not exactly a surprise, driving maneuvers such as these often lead to aggressive driving and road rage. While it is true that you can’t control what other drivers are doing; you can control how you’re driving.