The sickening sight of flashing lights is behind you. A cop is pulling you over. This is a familiar scene, but one that none of us want to be in. It can be nerve-wracking to be pulled over, and you may be unsure what to do or how to act. Here are things that you should never do when you get pulled over by a cop.
1. Ignore them.
If a cop is trying to pull you over, always stop. You never know why you’re being pulled over. It may be for something innocent, like warning you that your registration is about to expire or advising you to get a burned out brake light replaced. Refusing to stop just makes you seem guilty and on the run, and will only make cops mad.
2. Be rude.
Never ever be rude to a police officer. If they pull you over, they are in the position of power. Being rude to them will never help your situation any. You don’t need to suck up to them, but you do need to be respectful. Just being polite can go a long way in resolving the situation.
3. Admit guilt.
In my experience, the first thing that a cop asks when they pull you over is something along the lines of “Do you know why I stopped you?”. As a general rule, the best answer is a polite no, or to ask (respectfully) if there’s a problem. It can be tempting to just want to agree with whatever they say, or to admit to guilt under pressure. Sometimes, though, you don’t need to. For example, I was once pulled over on a Friday night. When I stopped, I had absolutely no idea why I had been pulled over. I had been driving exactly one mile under the speed limit and following all rules. The officer said that he pulled me over for excessive weaving and dangerously changing lanes, and asked if I had been drinking. I (honestly) told him that no, I had not had anything to drink. Also, I knew for a fact that I hadn’t changed lanes the entire time that I had been driving on that road, and told him so. He eventually had to let me go because I hadn’t done anything wrong. Sometimes cops are just pulling people over and hoping to get lucky by being able to ticket them. Don’t give them any extra reason to.
I already told you not to admit guilt, but this is very important. Don’t lie either. If the police have clocked you going 80 and have evidence of it, then you’re just stupid if you lie and say you were going 60. Answer questions honestly.
5. Hide Your Hands.
If you get pulled over, always keep your hands in plain sight (preferably relaxed on the steering wheel). When your hands aren’t visible or you reach for something in the car, it puts the police’s guard up. You might just be reaching for a tic-tac, but they don’t know that. In their line of work, they have to consider that you could be reaching for a weapon. Always keep your hands visible.