No one likes to get a speeding ticket, but for most of us, seeing those blue-and-red lights in our rearview mirrors is just an occasional fact of life.
That said, there are a few tried-and-true tips and tricks that may help you talk your way out of your next ticket – so check them out below!
5. Wave hello.
If you spot a cruiser on the side of the road, radar at the ready, try waving at the officer. There’s a chance they’ll think they know you and wave back, or they might just assume you’re acknowledging your mistake and planning to slow down asap.
According to officers, this trick can drastically reduce your chances of getting a ticket.
4. Ask before reaching for your wallet.
Roadside stops can be land mines for officers, so showing them you care about their safety can go a long way. To that end, always keep your hands on the steering wheel, turn on your dome light if it’s dark, don’t stare at them approaching in your rearview mirror, and ask before removing your wallet or grabbing your license and registration.
3. Don’t apologize for speeding.
You don’t want to admit guilt if you’re thinking you might want to contest your ticket in traffic court.
2. Ask if they’ll consider giving you a warning.
Warnings sometimes count toward a department’s ticket quota, so if you’re polite, you don’t admit you were speeding, and you smile, they might be inclined to let you off.
1. Ask how their day is going.
One officer on Reddit suggests treating the officer like a human being will go a long way.
“A lot of the time when people make small talk and have somewhat of a conversation it humanizes the people we’re dealing with and makes it harder for us to give someone a ticket.”
I’ve not tried most of these, but I think they’re worth an attempt, don’t you?
If you do (or have) let us know in the comments whether or not they worked!