Monday, June 2, 2014

Top 4 Reasons You Get Pulled Over

We've all been in a situation where we're in a hurry to get to our final destination when, lo and behold, we see flashing lights behind us and get pulled over. It's easier to get pulled over than you think — keep these below five violations in mind the next time you hit the road.
  1. Speeding. This is dangerous for obvious reasons: the faster you go, the longer your reaction time to an unexpected situation, such as an upcoming pedestrian or sudden lane change from another car. Braking distances increase as well, increasing your chances of bumping into the car ahead of you without proper awareness.
  2. Distracting driving. The use of cell phones while driving was banned in several states due to the dangers of distracted driving, with the restrictions ranging from only texting to all use. Drive as though your life depended on it, because even that one second you take to send a text can mean the difference between life and death.
  3. Hazardous driving. The two most common are following too closely (slowing reaction time) and improper lane changes (cutting someone off, changing lanes without looking first, or failing to signal). This also includes stop sign and stoplight violations, improper lane changes, illegal U-turns, failures to yield, and unsafe speeds.
  4. Equipment violations. These include heavily tinted windows, burned-out headlights, broken windshields, expired tags, the lack of a front license plate (in California and some other states) and loud exhaust modifications.