Picture this. You’re riding home from work and your mind drifts off from the series of events the day has brought you. Little do you realize, you start speeding and are now going 59 MPH in a 45 MPH zone.
Crap! You’re getting pulled over.
You heart starts to sink into your chest and your palms begin to sweat. Where should I pull over? Do I turn my bike off? Should I have my license and insurance ready before the officer approaches? These are the kind of questions you probably asked yourself the first time you got stopped by the police.
Unless you enjoy paying traffic fines, then getting pulled over is hardly amusing. We put together some tips to make the experience less stressful for both you and the officer.
Sitting on your motorcycle with the engine running loud and your helmet visor securely shut is not the best way to greet an officer that just pulled you over. Switching your bike off and removing your helmet is a good way to prepare yourself for what’s next to come. Look courteous even if you don’t think you’ve done anything wrong. Don’t even reach in your pocket or compartments to pull out your ID or insurance papers yet. They may think you’re reaching for a weapon of some sort and start to feel threatened. The more at ease the officer feels with you the better.
Keeping your bike in shape will always help smooth things out. You don’t want to be riding around with an illegal plate number, an exhaust that will make your ears bleed and no insurance. But making sure that your negotiations go smoothly is a good way to make sure the cop doesn’t write you up.
Don’t be a jerk when speaking with the officer that just pulled you over. They’re just doing their job, and probably have a legitimate reason as to why they stopped you. Be humble and accept the criticism that you are about to receive – you might even get away with it. Getting angry and mouthing off could wing you up in the back seat of his vehicle, which no one wants. Back talk and mockery will get you no where, so if you disagree with the officer’s decision, do so politely.
Everyone hates a liar. That includes cops too. If you know you were speeding and going 14 MPH over the speed limit, don’t lie about it. Be honest with the officer and admit your fault. You may even get away with it if its your first offense.
If you followed the previous tips, then this next one should be common sense. Once the officer has finished addressing your traffic offense, you don’t want to speed off like a hooligan and leave a bad impression. Start your bike up and leave the scene lightly and courteously. Departing with a drag start and smoking your rear tire will not impress the officer, especially if you were being nothing but polite to him before hand. Who knows, he might even pull you over again for it.
Have you been pulled over on your motorcycle before? Let us know what you did to make the encounter with the police officer go as smoothly as possible.