Speed limits exist on every road in Georgia – even if they’re not clearly posted sometimes.
Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you drive in Georgia to avoid getting a speeding ticket – and all the consequences that come with it, such as having to go to court when scheduled (and risk an FTA warrant if you miss your court date), points on your license, fines, and defensive driving if convicted.
Cruise Control is Your Friend
Cruise control is a great way to keep your foot off the gas and your car going at or below the posted speed limit. It takes care of the thinking for you.
Sometimes, it’s rough and a bit slow going up a hill, but it’s worth the delay, if it keeps you from getting a speeding ticket in the long run.
Know the Posted Speed Limit – and Obey it.
Always obey the posted speed limit. If you see a speed limit sign, remember – that’s the max you can go on a road. Try to aim to be below it or right at it, if at all possible. Keep your eyes open to see what the speed limit is on the stretch of road you’re on, as it can change several times as you travel, even on the same road.
Another helpful tip is to use a navigation app such as Apple Maps or Google Maps or Waze, as they usually will tell you on-screen what the posted speed limit is in that area – but be careful, the app may not be up-to-date with construction zones or other changes to the speed limit in that area.
Keep One Eye Open…for the Cops
If you know that you already suffer from a bad case of “lead foot syndrome”, go ahead and do yourself a favor – tell yourself that, somewhere, coming up soon, is a police officer ready with his or her radar and cop car, just waiting to pull you over. If that’s not a deterrent, I don’t know what is.
Keep an eye out and be cautious – while we definitely recommend that you don’t speed at all, if you have a hard time reigning it in, just remember that there’s a cop out there somewhere who is itching to pull over speeding cars – and that’s one more headache in your life it’d be better to not deal with.
Slow down and carry on!
Heavy Traffic is Not Your Friend
Try to stay off the roads when there’s a lot of traffic – to the extent that you can. This is because, psychologically, we’re tempted to drive faster in order to pass other cars and get to where we’re headed as efficiently – and fast – as possible. Also, you can find yourself “going with the flow” very easily – and if that flow of traffic exceeds the speed limit, then you’re a prime candidate for a cop to pull you over for speeding.
If you do have to drive in heavy traffic, it’s a good idea to utilize the cruise control option we talked about earlier, to give you a max limit, without having to think too much about speed as you focus on the other traffic around you.
In Summary – Avoidance is Better than Fighting a Speeding Ticket Later
Life is life and it’s really hard not to speed at times.
But by using your cruise control, knowing what the speed limit actually is, keeping an eye out for cops, and avoiding heavy traffic when possible, you can greatly increase your odds of driving at or below the speed limit and at the same time decrease your chances of getting a speeding ticket.
If you do find yourself on the receiving end of a speeding ticket, make sure to consult with a local traffic ticket lawyer before your first court date.