Oh boy! Here's a terrible feeling, you look in the rearview mirror of your car and what do you see, a police officer with their lights on attempting to pull you over. Great!

What do you do next?

Well, if you know what's good for you, you'll want to slow down, signal, and move over when it's safe. Once you've stopped your car, put the vehicle in park, and turn off the ignition.

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I'm not speaking from experience here, I've just watched a number of episodes of "On Patrol Live."

Should you find yourself in that situation somewhere down the road, here are a few tips to help you navigate a stressful experience courtesy of the website Top Driver.

First, if you are ever stopped in your car by a police officer, stay seated and do not get out of the vehicle, unless instructed to.

Yes, you will need to roll down the driver's side car window far enough to speak with the officer...

And to pass documents like your driver's license and proof of insurance back and forth. If your car has tinted windows it's also a good idea to roll them down far enough for the officer to see inside the vehicle.

Keep your hands in plain site, you're already involved in a stressful situation, so stay calm and wait for further instructions from the police officer.

Upon request, show the officer your driver's license, vehicle registration, and insurance card. Hopefully, you have all that stuff with you. If not, chances are your already bad day is about to get worse, as a traffic citation is more than likely in your future.

Remember to always be civil and respectful. Arguing with the police never ends well. If you feel like you're being unfairly charged, argue that point in court, not at the scene with the officer involved.

Should you receive a citation, remember to sign it. Otherwise, you can be arrested. Again, you can always fight the case in court later.

Remember, if you are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and refuse to take a blood, urine, or breath test, your driver's license may be suspended. So it's probably best to comply with the request being made.

Following these simple tips and answering the questions asked of you the best you can in a calm, and respectful manner will hopefully result in you being let off with a warning instead of a citation.

Good luck, I hope this helps, and I also hope there are no police cherries and berries in your future anytime soon.

Source: Top Driver

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