How to handle getting pulled over by the police for the first time.
Whether you were speeding to impress your friends, running a yellow (or red) light to make it to school on time, or breaking any traffic laws, you may rapidly see police sirens in your rearview mirror. Getting pulled over can be scary and stressful – especially for the first time! Luckily, these tips will help all teens should they see the flashing red and blue lights behind them.
To prepare your teen driver for such an incident, review these tips today:
Slowly (and safely) pull over: Use the turn signal and proceed to the right side of the road. Never stop in an area that seems dangerous (e.g.,. On a corner, blocking an exit, etc.).
Follow the officer’s instructions: Roll the window down and place both hands on the wheel. Do exactly what the officer asks, including providing your license and registration once requested. Should you need to reach into the back seat or glove compartment, alert the officer before doing so.
Be wary of unmarked vehicles: If the officer is driving an unmarked vehicle, don’t be afraid to question their validity. If the officer doesn’t present their badge and ID, request to call another officer.
Show respect: Talk to the officer in a calm manner. Screaming or arguing with their reason for giving you a ticket may end up in a higher fine. Kind and reasonable behavior may merit a warning instead of a ticket.
Return to the road safely: Once the officer has processed your information and written a warning or ticket, signal and be aware of oncoming traffic. Slowly merge onto the highway once it’s safe, and commit to adopting safer driving habits!
For the right protection for your teenager driver, always ensure that there is optimum auto insurance in place. Contact your local professional team at Young Insurance to get started on your Burbank, California coverage today!