When Your Rig Gets Pulled Over

 

It’s more common than not that when you are a truck driver you will be pulled over by the police at least once in your career. This being said, it is important that you know the best practice for handling something like this. So let’s take this one step at a time.

When you see that you are being pulled over, you will clearly pull over to the side of the road where it is safe to do so and put your truck into ‘park’. When you see the officer is getting out of his/her vehicle go ahead and get out your paperwork and Commercial Driver’s License. Make sure to remain in your seat with your sea tbelt still on, as to not make the officer nervous.

When the officer approaches you and asks for your documents, hand them to him/her. The officer will then ask if you know why you are being pulled over. It is always best to respond in a way that does not admit any guilt at all, replying with a simple “I’m not sure, Officer.”

Regarding the rest of the interaction, it is important that you remain succinct while still being polite. It is also incredibly important that you remain respectful and honest throughout your conversation with the officer as well. Remember, police officers, especially ones who are patrolling the highways are simply there to protect you and other drivers on the road.

No one wants to be pulled over but at the end of the day, one citation will not ruin your driving career, especially if you are cordial to the officer.