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With just about everyone driving these days, you'll probably get into at least a couple discussions about the driverless cars, top AZ traffic school questions and advice about how to drive. It could be something like "The local cops never write a ticket for less than 10 MPH over the limit." And then when you take that advice, you suddenly find yourself with a big ticket when you were only doing 53 in a 45. The truth is that while people usually mean well and their advice may even have been true in their personal experience so far, you just can't rely on what are basically the old wives' tales of the road. Here are a few more myths to avoid.
Speed Up When the Light Turns Yellow
Why would people say this when yellow usually means slow down? The thinking is that you should speed up so that there's no chance that you could get caught going through a red light by a camera or police officer if the yellow light ends up being shorter than you think. The truth is that yellow light times are required by law to be set to an appropriate time, so you don't have to worry about getting caught by surprise with a short light. The only thing gunning it does is put you at risk for a speeding ticket and leave a chance that you won't make it before the light turns red.
You Can't Get a Ticket if Everyone Else Was Going the Same Speed
"But everyone else was doing it" didn't work with your mom, and it doesn't work with the police, either. Yes, it's true that there's a lot of roads where many drivers routinely exceed the speed limit. When there's a lot of cars doing that, you might feel like there's no way you can get picked out of the herd. But the truth is, if an officer is out trying to slow that road down and manages to get a lock on your car, you probably will end up with a ticket if you were driving over the actual speed limit.
You Can't Get a Ticket for Going the Speed Limit
You do have to follow the speed limit, but you're also responsible for keeping a safe speed. Most of the time, that safe speed will be the speed limit. However, when visibility is reduced due to fog, rain, or poor lighting, emergency vehicles or construction vehicles are on the side of the road, or ice, water, or debris makes the road surface unsafe, you do need to slow down. If an officer feels that the speed limit was an unsafe speed for the current conditions, you could still end up with a ticket. More importantly, think about your own safety before blindly following the speed limit.
Did you fall for one of these myths and end up with a ticket? You may be able to get out of points on your license and a big insurance premium hike by taking a defensive driver course. In some states you don’t even need to get a ticket to take a course to become a safer driver and possibly receive an insurance discount.
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