No one enjoys getting pulled over. Whether going too fast or running a red light, sometimes accidents happen and before you know it, you’re stuck with a hefty ticket and fine. Sometimes, however, the reason the cops pull you over has nothing to do with your speed or careless driving, and is something that can easily be prevented. Here are 5 traffic citations you can avoid:
1. Expired Tags
Getting pulled over for expired tags can catch any driver off guard. Always be aware of expiration dates and when tags need to be renewed to avoid a ticket on your windshield or citation from an officer.
2. Insurance or License Violation
Driving without auto insurance or a license is illegal, and you always want to make sure both are valid and up to date. Make sure you keep your car insurance information in your car at all times, and never get behind the wheel without your license with you. Though a cop won’t pull you over just to check for these things, both are required at any traffic stop or citation.
3. Faulty Headlights, Tail Lights or Turn Signals
Something that often gets overlooks are the lights on your car. Driving at night without proper lights working – this includes the headlights, tail lights and turn signals in your vehicle, can cause a cop to stop you and issue you a citation. Usually, there is no fine here unless you fail to get the problem fixed by a specific date. Avoid the hassle and citation by being aware of any issues with your vehicles lights, and having your car checked by a mechanic every few months.
4. Using a cell phone without a wireless headset
As we’ve written about before, texting while driving is illegal and can cost you a hefty fine if a cop pulls you over. Talking on the phone without the use of a hands-free device is also illegal. Be sure you know the laws regarding car cell phone use, and always use a hands-free device when using your phone in the car. If you have an emergency call to make, pull off the road to do so, so you are not distracted while driving and risking the safety of yourself and those around you.
5. Illegal Window Tinting
Though not all window tinting is illegal, there are a number of restrictions on what is allowed in regards to having an after-market tint applied to the windows of your car. These laws vary by state (California’s can be found HERE), and it’s best to do your research before getting any extra cosmetic work done to your car windows. Cops can pull you over for window tinting, and can charge you if your window tints do not meet regulations.
By staying aware of local laws and regulations, keeping paperwork and tags up to date, and having your car checked by a mechanic on a regular basis, you can easily avoid the hassle of dealing with any of these citations and the pricey ticket that often comes with them.