Traffic Stops: Safety Tips For Teen Drivers
You look in your rear-view mirror and you see a police officer signalling for you to stop. Your heart skips a beat. What should you do when you’re pulled over for a traffic stop to stay safe? Read on to see our top safety tips for teen drivers during traffic stops.
Why Am I Being Stopped By The Police? Common Reasons For Traffic Stops
Young drivers may be pulled over for a lot of different reasons, but here are a few common reasons learner drivers in this age group may be pulled over.
- Ignoring or not fully stopping at stop signs – If you’re not paying attention, you may accidentally ignore a stop sign, or fail to stop completely. This can get you pulled over, and result in a hefty fine and some major demerit points on your licence.
- Distracted driving – Using cell phones while driving is a sure way to get pulled over. Distracted driving and using your mobile phone while driving is a serious offence, as it reduces your reaction time and endangers other road users.
- Exceeding the speed limit – Speeding is another major offence. Stick to posted speed limits, and slow down if you’re not totally sure about the posted speed limit in a particular area. Remember that in NSW, L platers can only drive a maximum of 90 km/h.
- Not wearing your seatbelt – Failing to wear a seat belt can lead to steep penalties, and also endangers you and your passengers. Make sure everyone in your vehicle is always properly buckled.
- Failing to signal turns – Not signalling turns is a minor offense, but still may get you pulled over, particularly in bad weather conditions.
Our Best Safety Tips For Police Traffic Stops
If you’re a teen driver and are pulled over, here’s what to do.
- Don’t panic – Everything will be okay. Stay calm, and keep driving safely. Start looking for a place to stop, but don’t make any sudden moves. Drive normally and safely!
- Pull over to the far left shoulder or find a turn-off – Generally, you’ll pull over to the far left shoulder on a highway or road without any turn-offs. If you’re near a side street or parking lot, you also can pull into these areas.
Pull over in the first safe place you can find. Generally, it’s okay to drive for a little bit to find someplace safe from other motor vehicles and traffic.
- Get your licence & paperwork out – You’ll need your licence, car registration, and proof of insurance to show to the officer, so have them ready.
- Stay in your car and wait for the officer – Don’t get out of your car. Stay inside, and keep both hands on your steering wheel. Wait for the office to approach, then roll down your window and follow their instructions.
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