The team at MyDriverLicenses.org knows that even if you are not an experienced driver, you probably know that you can get pulled over for speeding or driving recklessly. This is common knowledge. However, there is a plethora of offenses that most drivers don’t even know exist. Although rare, police officers can pull you over for these not-so-common traffic violations. If you are interested in knowing what these offenses are, take a quick look at the list below.
- Driving Too Slowly
Speeding is one of the most common traffic offenses in the United States, and if you go too fast, you could end up losing your license. Conversely, driving too slowly can also get you pulled over. Law enforcement officials often become suspicious of anyone driving too slowly, and some may be quick to take action. Driving slowly can also be dangerous if you are going below the speed limit in the fast lane. Simply put, if you intend to drive slower than normal, MyDriverLicenses.org recommends choosing the far-right lane.
- Incorrectly Changing Lanes
There is a correct way to change lanes and an incorrect way to change lanes, and if you opt for the incorrect way, expect to be notified by a police officer or state trooper. When changing lanes, you are not allowed to do the following:
- You cannot change lanes at an intersection.
- You cannot change lanes without using your signal (in many jurisdictions, you must turn your signal on at least three seconds before changing lanes).
- You cannot change lanes while driving over solid-colored highway lines.
The team at MyDriverLicenses.org knows that these three rules can be difficult to remember, but if you want to avoid a ticket, you may want to write them down.
- Not Using the Left Lane to Pass
A common rule of thumb is to never use the left lane unless you intend to pass another vehicle. This is one of the first facts students learn in driver’s education, but over the years, many drivers will forget it. If you attempt to use the left lane (fast lane), and do not pass, law enforcement officers have the right to give you a ticket. In modern times, and in most metro areas, the left lane now serves as the “fast lane,” but contrary to popular belief, the left lane was originally used for passing.
- Using a Phone
Did you know that, in some states, you can be ticketed for using your cell phone while driving? Many people do not. In any case, after a significant spike in crashes caused by distracted drivers on their phones, some states and metro areas have outlawed the use of phones while driving. Many cities still allow individuals to use their phones for emergency purposes, but, in other locations, you could face legal action if you are caught texting or having a general conversation. These laws may even apply to drivers at stop lights.
Remember the rule about maintaining a distance of roughly one car length between your car and the one in front of you? If you don’t, the MyDriverLicenses.org team is here to tell you that you may be in danger of getting pulled over for “tailgating.” Tailgating occurs when you follow the car in front of you too closely, even during bumper-to-bumper traffic or rush hour. For every 10 mph you are going, maintain a length of one car between you and the vehicle in front of you (ex: 30 mph = three car lengths).