Driving Tips: How to avoid getting pulled over (Part 2)

Driving Tips: How to avoid getting pulled over


shows "driving while black" is a real phenomenon, with black drivers about 31 percent more likely to be pulled over than white drivers.

Det. Lynn Hampton shows how you can prevent trouble altogether.

One way to reduce the chances of getting stopped in the first place is to make sure you vehicle is working properly. Light issues can make you an easy stop. Police can pull you over if your tail light is out or broken.

Every now and again turn on the car. Turn on the turn signals. Doublecheck to make sure all signals are working in the front and back. Always make sure to use your turn signal when changing lanes or turning corners.

Another area to check are the brake and head lights. Tap on the brakes from the driver's seat and have someone outside the vehicle confirm if all the lights turn on. Have them check for the head lights, too.

Here's something you may not think about: the tags on your car. Make sure they are visible in the correct place of the license plate.

Let's say you've done everything correctly, but you still get stopped. Stay calm.

"If he pulls you over on a street, try and stop on that particular street. Don't turn a corner and keeping rolling," explains Hampton.

Remember, what you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.

"A lot of times people dance around answering the questions and that breeds more suspicion to themselves," says Hampton.

If you have passengers in the car when you get pulled over, make sure they stay calm, too.

"You want to make sure all the passengers are calm and collected in the back. No sudden movements, again. If it's nighttime, you want to cut your interior dome light on so the officer can see everybody in the car."

Although this may sound like common sense, it's better to be safe than sorry.

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