Nobody likes to be cruising down the roads in North Carolina and then suddenly notice dreaded red and blue flashing lights in the rearview mirror. Usually, this means that you are about to receive a traffic ticket for speeding. However, there are several ways that you can avoid traffic tickets. According to USA Today, a healthy dose of common sense tips can help you prevent spending your pocket money on traffic fines.  

The first and likely most obvious tip is to avoid speeding in the first place. Clearly, if you are going the speed limit you are not going to get a traffic ticket. However, this may seem obvious on the surface, but it is likely there are certain triggers that tempt you into driving faster. A very common speeding trigger is lateness. Lots of people are tempted to speed if they are running behind on appointments or meetings. Taking an extra 10 minutes in the morning can help ensure that you stay at the speed limit while on the way to work. 

Regularly looking at your speedometer will also help you keep track of your speed. People are prone to “highway hypnosis,” meaning that driving for a long time at high speeds can leave you numb to your speed. Strong emotions, either negative or positive, can also goad you into driving at higher speeds. Thus, if you have had an extremely emotional day, it may not be a bad idea to take public transportation home. 

If you have already gotten a traffic ticket, see if you can attend an additional driving course. For certain types of driving infractions, taking a course could help get it dismissed or potentially remove points from your license.