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Money Leaks: Speeding Tickets

There’s only one way to avoid a speeding ticket – driving within the speed limit.

Sometimes it’s all too easy to speed. You start following the flow of traffic and the next thing you know, you’re ten miles over. As there are more and more traffic cameras automatically catching speeders, the likelihood that you get dinged for it goes up.

So how can you avoid it? There are several ways, some of which are more useful than the advice of “slow down.”

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The only way 100% guaranteed way to avoid a speeding ticket is to drive within the speed limit. When you think about it, speeding is about saving time right? The faster you get somewhere, the less time you spend in the car. When you start doing the math, the time you save by going 80 MPH instead of 60 MPH is probably not worth the risk. If you have a fifteen mile drive, it’ll take you fifteen minutes going 60 MPH. At 80 MPH, it’ll take you 11.25 minutes. You save a little under 3 minutes. You risk getting a speeding ticket. Why not leave three minutes earlier?

If that’s not enough of a reason, my next advice is to avoid being the fastest car in the left lane. You can follow traffic on highways and as long as it’s not abnormally fast (within ten miles of the speed limit), it’s unlikely that you’ll be pulled over. A police officer can only pull over one person and it’ll be the lead car blazing down the highway. I don’t recommend you drive fast but if you’re following traffic, you should be ok.

Be especially vigilant in low speed limit areas, like near schools. First, there’s the higher risk of hurting someone. Speeds are that low for a reason and it’s in everyone’s best interest that you drive safely and slowly, including yourself. Second, it’s easier to drive 80 on the highway when the posted speed is 60. Drive 50 in a posted 30 and you are begging for a disaster.

Finally, if you do get dinged, maybe these tips on how to get out of a speeding ticket [4] can help.

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