A little fear can go a long way when it comes to saving some money on traffic tickets…and maybe saving a life or two. But if you really have a death wish, just do two (2) or more of these (from Edmunds.com) at the same time:
- Stay in the Fast Lane on Highways – “Life in the Fast Lane” may be your favorite Eagles song from the 70’s, but if you take it literally…your insurance premiums could go through the roof…and your discretionary income down the toilet. Use the left lane of freeways only to pass a slow-poke…then get back over and stay under the radar.
- Speeding – But regardless of which lane you’re in, if you’re exceeding the posted speed limit…AND blowing by the rest of traffic…you probably also play Russian Roulette in your free time. But if you can’t do the time…rather, can’t pay the fine…then don’t break the general buffer zone of 5-7 mph over. Even then, there’s no guarantee…it’s judgement call on the cop’s part.
- Cell Phone Addiction – whether you’re talking or texting, you might as well put bull’s eye stickers on your doors before you get behind the wheel…if you plan on using your cell while driving. Not sure what the cell phone laws are in your state for ALL cell phone use vs. texting…take a look at this chart from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association. But play it safe, because the laws are getting tighter by the month.
- Driving While Stupid – this is a catch-all for the most obvious and common traffic violations like: stop sign and stoplight violations, improper lane changes, illegal U-turns, failures to yield and unsafe speeds. Common sense rules the day on this category.