If you’ve ever gotten a traffic ticket, you probably remember it as a traumatic experience and something that you likely don’t want to relive again in the future. Even though it’s a negative, and it will cost you some money, it’s also a good learning experience. If you use the ticket as an experience to encourage you to drive more carefully, you might be able to avoid additional tickets in the future.
Take a Defensive Driving Course
Going through a defensive driving course is one of the best things that you can do if you get a speeding ticket or a ticket for another moving violation. The course will teach you how to drive more safely and how to stay within the limits of the law.
There are many different defensive driving courses to choose from, but make sure that you pick one that is approved by both your insurance company and your state’s DMV. If you take the right course, you can get a nice discount on your insurance, and keep additional points off your driving record as well.
Re-Read that Handbook
It’s easy to forget some of the rules you have to follow while out on the road. Especially if it’s been awhile since you received your license. The best way to make sure that you are up to date on current laws is to read through a current copy of the DMV handbook that’s given out to drivers trying for their permit. The book will help you figure out what you have forgotten and will likely make you into a better driver overall while helping you avoid future tickets.
Take a Practice Test
Another way to quickly refresh yourself about driving laws is to take a permit practice test. A practice test will help you go over road signs and other information pertinent to driving safely. It will show you what knowledge you lack and what could use a little refreshing.
One of the best things that you can do is to simply slow down and drive a bit more cautiously. If you are driving too quickly, or you are in too much of a rush, you are bound to make a few mistakes. Take your time and really focus on what you are doing. Don’t try to be the fastest driver, or the first person through an intersection. Instead, let other people go ahead of you and take a more relaxed approach to driving.
If you frequently speed or break other laws because you are in a hurry, do yourself a favor and leave your home early. Give yourself an extra 15 minutes to get where you need to go and you’ll find it easier to follow all the laws as you get there.
Getting a ticket is certainly no fun, but if you really learn from the experience, it could be the last ticket that you ever get. Just make sure that you learn from the ticket and that you don’t allow it to become a common occurrence or you could have a license suspension in your future.