No matter how hard you try to avoid getting booked by the traffic police, at one point in time or the other, you may get unlucky. Well, there is nothing wrong with it except that it eats up time, money and yes, also invites unwanted attention from fellow drivers. (OMG, did he jump a red light?)
Just keep in mind these three tips, and you shall enjoy a challan free ride.
1. Obey The Traffic Rules
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I know it sounds too obvious but can’t help it. Obeying rules is the most important thing if you want to avoid getting booked by traffic police.
Stop at signals, park your car in the parking zone only, drive within permissible speed limits, always wear your seat belt and so on. You know the rules, right? But, at times you break them.
You know why?
Because you were late.
You need to reach office by 9:30 and guess what? It’s 8:50 already.
Here comes the tornado on the road, watch out, you little fellas!
Vrooom, Screech, Honk…Honk…Honk!
Jump the red lights, take wrong turns, do everything you can to reach office on time.
(I can understand where you’re coming from because I was in the same shoes some years ago. My office used to be in Gurgaon and no matter which road you take, they are all congested and overcrowded like hell. There is so much of chaos and confusion especially in the peak hours that you feel doomed.)
So what’s the solution?
Well, the solution is as simple as the problem: Leave home one time 🙂
- Why can’t I leave for work on time?
- Do I need to stop cramming my ‘To Do’ list?
- Should I cut down on my TV watching time?
- Do I need to keep my clothes in the proper place the night before?
- What lifestyle changes I need to make so I can leave for work on time?
I can tell you from my experience that waking up late in the morning is one of the main reasons for getting late for work.
If your office starts at 9:30, consider that you need to reach at 9:15 sharp and then plan accordingly. (No, keeping your wristwatch 15 minutes faster doesn’t help, don’t even think about that)
That way, you can leave for work at least 15-20 minutes earlier than usual. Not only will you be able to follow the traffic rules and avoid getting fined, but it’ll also help you reduce travel time, fuel consumption and stress levels.
2. Want to Avoid Getting Booked by the Traffic Police? Always Carry the (Valid) Documents
The first two words you shall hear from a traffic police officer would be ‘LICENSE please!’ And then other documents. Make sure you’re carrying these documents every time you drive.
- Driving license
- Car’s registration certificate (RC)
- Original copy of your car’s insurance policy
- Valid Pollution under control certificate (PUC)
3. Stay Calm and Polite
Stay calm and polite.
Don’t panic when you’re asked to stop. There’s no reason to take the traffic police officer for an enemy. He is a public servant performing his duty.
Turn the engine off and get out of the car. That’ll make you look approachable and co-operative. If you are wearing sunglasses, remove them. Having eye contact is a must for a productive conversation.
If you remain inside the car with your sunglasses on, he might think – ‘एक तो ग़लती कर रा है अर उप्पर ते हीरो भी बण रा है, गाड्डी में ते उतरा भी नि जात्ता.’
Don’t give any explanation because he’s not interested in your stories, instead greet the officer and admit your mistake. It can make a lot of difference. I remember that strategy made a difference for me. How? Read on.
I was returning home after work when a police officer stopped me and asked for the documents. I had everything in place except for my bike’s insurance policy. The policy was expired, and I didn’t even know that I needed to renew the plan every year.
I admitted my mistake, and I was willing to pay the fine, did not argue or even tried to defend myself. I told that I was dumb to stay misinformed about the annual renewal of the insurance policy.
The officer looked at my face for a few moments. (That must have been his first chance to come across a wise guy like me. 🙂 )
He asked me where I work; I told him that I worked for a Radio Station and showed him my I-card. He thought for a moment and let me go with a warning to get the bike’s insurance policy renewed at the earliest. I thanked him and left.
And got the insurance policy renewed the same day.
The idea here is to admit your mistake, stay calm and polite and chances are you might get away with little or no fine.
So, drive safe and please don’t honk.