Avoid Getting a Traffic Ticket in Columbia, MO
Being a college town, Columbia, MO is loaded with drivers prone to getting a traffic ticket. We're going to look at a few common causes for tickets and a few tips for avoiding them.
Inexperienced drivers more likely to get a traffic ticket
At best, college students only have a few years of driving experience. Most of that driving experience comes from traveling the same roads again and again in their home town, which usually wasn't Columbia, MO.
Distracted Drivers get more traffic tickets
The students fortunate enough to have cars are frequently asked to give rides for the gang to get to an event by over stuffing the car with riders. College students have a statistically higher use of cell phones and other portable devices that can distract hearing and vision when use during driving.
Driving borrowed cars can lead to tickets
Every day, students are borrowing cars that they are not used to driving. Mirrors aren't' adjusted, seats are not correctly positioned. Emergency brakes are in different locations. Each car also handles differently in rain, ice and snowy road conditions.
Short trips through multiple speed zones and intersection types can get you nailed for traffic tickets
Downtown Columbia, MO and the college campuses all have a variety of speed limits and intersection types. In addition, foot traffic changes dramatically during the day, creating different levels of distraction risk for drivers.
So, if you're a student in Columbia, MO, here's a few tips on avoiding traffic tickets:
- When you borrow a car, make sure you take a second to check that the mirrors, seat and steering wheel is adjusted correctly, before you put the car in gear. Make sure you already are familiar with any button or knobs you'll need before pulling away. This means to check where the lever is for the windshield wipers if it's drizzling during a dreary Columbia November day. Or, know how to turn on the high-beams if you're on your way to somebody's house along any of the back roads just outside of town.
- Put the electronics down, seriously. You can get from one side of town to the other in 15 minutes. Make a concerted effort to avoid texting and checking email on your phone for 15 minutes. There's no text that needs to be returned right away that's worth risking running through a stop sign and endangering yourself, your riders and pedestrians.
- Don't even go near the driver's seat if you are under the influence of any alcohol or drugs. Getting pulled over for a DUI can be a world of hurt that leads to many legal, financial and personal freedom troubles. A $10 cab ride, or 15 minute walk is always a better investment.
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