Being a commuter has its benefits and its drawbacks. One of the benefits is that you get to be in control. You control when you leave from home, when you leave from school or work, and you get to travel in the comfort of your own vehicle. You can listen to your own music, or talk to yourself if you want to. You also get to live in the comfort of your own home.
There are several drawbacks. Commuting takes time. When you’re a working adult who is also in school, time is a precious commodity. It shaves off precious moments that you could be using to work, eat, or study. Chances are that you don’t really have a choice in the matter.
In order to make more use of your time and be more accepting of your status, here are a few tips you can learn in order to make it not such a pain. One way to become more comfortable, is to try to manage your stress. There are many ways to do this. One way is to just calm down when you’re driving.
By all means, if you must use your cell phone, use them hands free. Try not to change lanes when traffic is slow, because it rarely makes a difference. Make eye contact with other drivers as often as you can, and try to avoid getting angry over little things. If you put on a relaxing album or an entertaining audiobook, itcould become less of a hassle and more of an enjoyable experience. You may even start to look forward to your commute time because it will become your schedule alone time.
Avoid getting pulled over. The most obviously way to not get pulled over is to simply follow the speed limit. Speed limits are there for a reason; they help you stay at a safe speed while driving. It is not just about getting a ticket. It is also about avoiding accidents. If you have a lead foot, then you can count on getting pulled over by a policeman at least once in your life, or heaven forbid, an accident.
If you do manage to get pulled over, do not be rude to the police officer. Be as polite as possible, and if you know you were breaking the law, admit to it. If you believe that you weren’t speeding, you can ask the police officer to see the radar gun he used to pull you over. Many states require that if an officer pulls you over, he or she must show you the radar gun. If the officer refuses to show you the gun, you can always just take the issue to court after they’ve issued you a ticket. The key is to stay calm and not be a jerk to the officer.
With the high costs of traffic tickets these days, always contest your ticket. If given the chance, always contest by mail. You can explain your position by mail. If you don’t succeed there, you can still go to court. If the officer does not show up in court, your case will be automatically dismissed.
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