While A Speeder’s Guide to Avoiding Tickets is not exactly a personal finance book, reading it and using some of the knowledge can save you money. It did for me.
Roughly seven years ago I was driving home when I was pulled over. I’m not a terribly fast driver and was completely unaware of why I was pulled over. To be honest I thought the officer was going after someone else. After I stopped the car I did exactly as the book explained. I turned on the dome light, rolled down the window and put my hands on the steering wheel. I didn’t fumble around my car looking for my registration or insurance.
I know I did not receive a ticket because I followed the key advice of Sgt. James M. Eagan, author of A Speeder’s Guide to Avoiding Tickets. While I do think that everyone who drives should read this book, I do not agree with all of the advice that the former sergeant gives.
Reducing Fear Reduces the Chance of a Ticket
In the book, Sergent Eagan explains that when you are stopped by an officer psychology plays a major role in determining whether or not you will receive a ticket. When being stopped by an officer there are two things to remember. You need to reduce their fear and feed the ego. That’s pretty much the basic rule of thumb.
An officer’s job is dangerous. Think of all the horrible events that you read or watch on the news. Every one of those events require officers to respond. These situations are not exactly safe. Therefore, job number one is to make the officer more at ease. For all they know you could be a drug runner or have a body in the trunk.
If you jump out of your car like a raving lunatic, there is a good chance that you’ll get a ticket. If you make the officer nervous, you’ll get a ticket. The best way to make an officer not afraid of you is to keep your hands in view and ask for permission to do anything. Ask if you can get your license. Ask if you can get your registration. If you reduce an officer’s fear, your chance of receiving a ticket is reduced.
Feeding the Ego Reduces Chances of a Ticket
Aside from reducing fear, you need to feed the officer’s ego. Often you can feed the ego by doing the same things you do for reducing fear. Asking permission. Knowing whether they’re state, city or county. Also by knowing their rank and acknowledging it.
There is more to the book than just getting out of an actual speeding ticket. Sergeant Eagan gives all types of tactics on how to beat radar and when the best time to speed is ect… I’m not a fan of many of his techniques, however, the knowledge I learned about reducing an officer’s fear and feeding their ego was enough to get me out of a ticket and more than covered the cost of the book.
I would recommend that anyone who drives a vehicle read this book. Also, if you find yourself getting pulled over on a regular basis this book is a must.