Getting pulled over by the police for the first time as a teen driver can be a rattling experience. That is why it is important to consider ahead of time what you would do in the instance that you were pulled over for failure to follow traffic laws.
Experts recommend teens follow these tips:
- Put on hazard lights. As soon as you see that an officer is trying to get you to pull over, you should put on your hazard lights. This serves two purposes. First, it lets the officers know that you see them. Second, it warns drivers around you that you will be slowing down and pulling over soon.
- Find a place to pull over. Above all, this place should be safe. Empty parking lots and wide road shoulders are often the best places for a traffic stop.
- Open your window and turn off your car. Once you are in a safe place, you should roll down your window and shut off your car. If it is nighttime, you should turn on your car’s dome overhead dome light. After this, you should put your hands on the steering wheel. You want to avoid making the officer think that you are hiding something or otherwise making furtive movements.
- Remind yourself to be calm. Being pulled over is scary, but staying calm will ensure that you handle this tense situation as best as you can.
- Respect the police officers. Even if you feel that you are being pulled over for no reason, you must remain polite to all cops. You can speak up for yourself or defend your actions, but you must do so with respect.
- Announce your movements. When asked for license, registration, and proof of insurance, tell the officer where it is before reaching for it.
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