Nobody is thrilled during a traffic stop, not you, not the officer, not your checkbook. For an officer, it’s the unknown of what’s ahead of them that makes them a little uneasy. There are a few things you can do to keep both sides comfortable and safe.
Give the Officer a Wave
This will let the officer know you’re aware that he or she is pulling you over. It’s a terrible thing to admit, but it will get your traffic stop off to a bit better of a start.
Roll Down All of Your Windows
Most cars have tinted windows, which makes it difficult for an officer to get a good look at what’s inside your car.
Flip the Dome Light On
If it’s dark out, turning on your dome light and letting the officer see the inside of your care will help the officer feel a whole lot more comfortable.
Keep Your Hands at 10 and 2
Quick movements make officers a bit wary, so keep both of your hands at 10 and 2 on the wheel.
Let the Officer Know You’re Carrying
The last thing you want is an officer to be caught off guard by seeing you’re carrying without being notified first. As soon as the officer finishes his “spiel,” as Chuck Inderrieden says, let him or her know you’re carrying. You can say something along the lines of “Officer, I just want to let you know I’m appendix carrying. What would you like me to do next?”
Officers recognize that people who are concealed-carry permit holders are among the most law-abiding citizens around, so in addition to doing the five things listed above, you can help assure the officer that they’re safe.
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