It happens every time you drive. Your eyes dart around the road and to the rearview mirror searching for police cars, even though you're doing nothing wrong. I also like to set my cruise control to 9 over the speed limit. I never really knew why, until this:
A retired NYPD cop said you'll probably NEVER get pulled over for going up to 9 mph over. YAY! But if you do, he offers these tips:
1. Make sure everyone in the car has their hands visible. Cops are always on edge during routine stops, because they never know what you have in the car. Show your hands to prove you're not holding anything. Also if it's dark out, turn your interior lights on.
2. When he asks, "Do you know why I pulled you over?", play dumb. Act like you have no idea, then be super apologetic when they explain. (I always wondered what you're supposed to do when they ask that!)
3. Be a woman. Seriously, they're easier on us. Sorry, guys! ;)
I also have a friend who's a police officer, and he says to do exactly this when you get pulled over:
1. Roll down your back windows. Cops will always look in the back window, so make it easier for them by rolling them down.
2. Turn off your car and put the keys on the dashboard. Routine traffic stops can be very dangerous to cops, so make sure they know you're not about to drive off.
3. Tell them what you're doing at all times. If you reach in your glove box for your registration, say "I'm getting my registration out of the glove box." Or "I'm reaching for my purse to get my license." Even though they just asked for that, they can't assume that's what you're reaching for.
Bottom line, they'll be a lot easier on you if you make them feel at ease.
A couple people I know have tried this, and they all got away with no ticket. Also, don't drive like a d-bag and get pulled over in the first place. ;)