Most drivers get tickets for things like speeding or driving through a stop light, but some also get tickets for not following the signs posted on the sides of the road. Below are the most common violations that people make, and the tickets that go along with them. Inform yourself, and make sure that you aren’t making these common mistakes. As long as you take the time to understand the different violations, you shouldn’t have any problems.
Rolling Through a Stop Sign
By far, one of the most common mistakes drivers regularly make is going right through stop signs. Stop signs are there to make sure you stop and take a look around. They’re necessary for safety, and drivers that blow right through them cause crashes frequently. Not coming to a full stop at a stop sign can lead to costly fines, points added to your driving record and can leave you as the at-fault driver if a crash occurs.
Making an Illegal U-Turn
Many intersections have signs restricting U-turns and it is important for you to obey them. The area near the sign has been determined too dangerous for making a U-turn safely. These signs are in place because the flow of traffic is too fast for a U-turn to be carried out without slowing down traffic and forcing dangerous braking and other unsafe activities. Making a U-turn at such an intersection puts you at risk, not only physically, but financially. You’ll get several points added to your driving record in the process and if you crash it will be your fault.
Ignoring a No Turn Sign
At intersections all over the country, signs are posted restricting turns. These signs need to be obeyed, but they are one of the most common for people to ignore. If you turn in a direction that goes against one of these signs, you should expect fines and points on your driving record.
Every traffic sign is put in place to help you and other drivers stay safe out on the road. If you are ignoring them, you are putting yourself at risk in the process. Police officers are always on the lookout for drivers that aren’t properly following the posted signs. Do yourself a favor and pay close attention to the signs so that you know what you should be doing, and how to avoid getting slapped with a ticket.
If you aren’t sure what all the posted signs mean, you should take the time to review them until you do understand them all. Not following a sign can put you in danger while driving, especially if it’s one of particular importance.