Whether your first traffic ticket is a speeding ticket or a ticket for improper passing, you don't want to make it a common occurrence, especially when you consider the common repercussions, such as:
- Hefty fines.
- Driving record points, if applicable to your state.
- Possible driver's license suspension (contingent on the severity of the violation).
- Increased car insurance rates.
- Possible court and legal fees if you challenge the traffic ticket.
You may, however, have the opportunity to mitigate the penalties. This will depend on your state and situation. In some instances the presiding court or your Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will remove points and possibly the charge from your driving record for completing a state-approved driver improvement course.
Avoid Future Traffic Tickets
The best way avoid future moving violations is to adopt better driving habits; otherwise, the penalties keep getting stiffer. Multiple speeding tickets, for example, in a short period of time, will cost you money and lead to the suspension or revocation of your driver license.
To help improve your defensive driving skills consider:
- Enrolling in a defensive driving course of your choice. Online or classroom does not matter. Both teach the latest traffic laws, keeping you current. As an added bonus, you may also receive a discount in your car insurance rates. This, of course, will depend on the polices of your carrier.
- Refreshing your driving comprehension by re-reading your DMV's driver's license handbook – yes, the same one you studied for your permit. You can download this from your DMV's website, or grab a hardcopy from any DMV office.
- Taking several online practice tests. These provide quick refreshers on road signs, spacing, maintaining proper speeds, and more. You can find these quizzes online and in the back of DMV driver's license manuals.
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