It’s happened to most of us at some point in our lives. We’re speeding along in our vehicle, distracted by squabbling kids or thinking about a presentation at work. Then suddenly a red flashing light appears in our rearview mirror. Uh-oh, we’re being pulled over by the police. Bay Area Volkswagen dealers and Cardinale Volkswagen in Salinas share some timely tips for what to do if it happens to you. It’s important to observe these tips to ensure both your safety and that of the police officer.
Show The Police Some Respect
The first thing you should do when you realize that the police have targeted you for a driving violation, is to put on your turn signal and pull over. Turn off the ignition and remain in your vehicle, with both hands on top of the steering wheel. Stay calm and don’t overreact. When the officer approaches, roll down your window so you can talk to him. Be respectful and don’t argue with the police. Do exactly what is required of you. When asked, provide your driver’s license, car registration and proof of insurance. It’s a good idea to let the officer know what you’re retrieving before you reach into your purse, pocket or glove box. In some states, it is necessary to inform the officer if you are carrying a concealed weapon. It helps to know the laws in your state or states you will be traveling through. Allow the officer to explain why he pulled you over. If it’s for a moving violation, such as speeding, he’ll issue you a citation which you will need to sign. Keep this citation as it contains important information. The ticket will tell you the amount of your fine and where to mail it. Alternatively, if you wish to contest the violation, the citation will indicate a court date and time with an address where the hearing will be held. When the officer lets you know you are free to go, put on your turn signal and slowly merge into traffic.
Need A New Vehicle? Come To Cardinale Volkswagen
If you’re looking for a new vehicle, stop by Cardinale Volkswagen, located at the Salinas Auto Mall. We’ve got a great selection of the latest Volkswagen models and preowned vehicles. You’re sure to find the perfect vehicle for your lifestyle and budget. Let our Sales team show you our lineup of Volkswagens, from the 2017 VW Beetle to the 2017 VW Passat.
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