Well, maybe not genius, but they are good tips anyway!

It’s the time of year where countless Americans brave the unpredictable elements and hit the road to visit their families and friends for the Christmas season.  In Perry Como’s immortal voice:

I met a man who lives in Tennessee,
He was headin’ for, Pennsylvania, and some homemade pumpkin pie.
From Pennsylvania, folks are travelin’ down to Dixie’s sunny shore.
From Atlantic to Pacific, gee, the traffic is terrific!

…and it’s this terrific traffic Mr. Como mentions that attracts other people that will be on the road… the police.

Nothing can ruin that festive spirit like getting pulled over for a citation can!  You’ve set a certain amount of time to reach your destination and now you’re delayed on top of receiving a fine.  Not a great way to start or end your Christmas vacation!

Luckily, we have a few tips to help avoid costly tickets and keep you on your jolly way:

  • Check your lights – before you leave home for the big trip, take the time to do a simple walk-around of your vehicle and make sure that all lights (headlights, break lights, back-up lights, and blinkers) are in working order.
  • Use situational awareness – the term used in concealed to carry courses can be used in day-to-day life as well. Watch your surroundings.  If cars are slowing down, there is a reason – be it an accident or cop watching for speeders.
  • Cruise control – if you have it, use it. It will help you avoid getting a little heavy footed when the scenery is lacking and the roads open up!
  • Know what the speed limit is at all times. ‘Nuff said.
  • Always, ALWAYS wear your safety belt.
  • Be polite – if you are pulled over, be nice! Don’t tempt the officer with a terrible attitude.  Being rude is the fastest way to jump right over a warning to a ticket!  I don’t suggest you grin from ear to ear the entire time you are pulled over (who would do that anyway?), but be polite.

Keep these points in mind and you’ll be good to go on the roads this Christmas.