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How to manage your stress during a traffic stop

On Behalf of | Nov 28, 2021 | Criminal Law |

Being pulled over while driving can be a stressful experience for anyone, even if you believe that you have done nothing wrong. Yet, if you drive long enough, it is likely that the police will pull you over at some point. 

Understanding how to stay calm during a traffic stop will reduce the chance it turns into something unpleasant.

Pulling over safely is critical 

Seeing the flashing lights of a police car behind you can easily cause you to panic. Being in such a stressful situation could result in you making hasty decisions. However, acting impulsively might place you in danger or lead to further problems. Although you should not take too long to pull over when the police ask you, you need to find a safe place to do so.

Manage your breathing 

Being anxious can lead to numerous physical symptoms. One of the more common occurrences when facing high levels of stress is hyperventilation. This can be scary for the individual concerned, but there are ways to address it. Simply taking a few deep breaths can greatly improve the situation and allow you to address the matters at hand appropriately. 

Remain polite and calm 

Being pulled over can be very frustrating, especially if you have done nothing wrong. Nevertheless, it is important to remain as polite and calm as possible. Being rude or aggressive towards law enforcement is only likely to escalate matters.

Remember that if the police issue you a ticket for something you did not do, you have options to contest the charges later.