‘Is It OK if I get my wallet out?’iStock/Avid Creative, Inc.
Roadside stops can be the most dangerous (and nerve-wracking) parts of an officer’s job. Showing them you care about their safety will take a load off their mind, and hopefully help win them to your cause. Here’s how to do that without looking suspicious: 1) Keep your hands on your steering wheel throughout the encounter. 2) If it’s dark out, turn on your dome light. 3) Don’t stare at the officer in your side or rear view mirror (“We notice this every time,” says on officer on Reddit, “it looks suspicious and some officers will be more on the defensive.”) 4) Ask permission to remove your wallet to retrieve your driver’s license and your registration.
‘Would you consider giving me a warning?’iStock/adamkaz
In many cases, warnings count toward a department’s ticket quota. Be polite, don’t admit guilt, and you may be able to walk away with a slap on the wrist. Here are 45 things police officers want you to know.
Definitely don’t say: ‘Do you know who I am?!’iStock/KatarzynaBialasiewicz
Same goes for stock bursts of outrage like, “My taxes pay your salary!” and “Don’t you have anything better to do?!” Many officers agree: Not being a jerk is the minimum requirement to getting out of a ticket.