A Great Way to Avoid Speeding Tickets

Hopefully I’ve caught you before you’ve left for your Thanksgiving travels. If so, pay attention. If not, I hope you didn’t get a speeding ticket!

One of the Busier Travel Days of the Year

Thanksgiving is one of the busier travel days of the year. Many people travel to visit family either for a few days or just for dinner on Thanksgiving day. Some people fly and others drive but I’d say most people have to drive at least part of the way unless they take a taxi.

Whenever you drive there is always a chance you’ll pass a police officer and there is a chance that officer will be looking for speeders. If you’re not careful you might end up with a ticket.

I know some people speed on purpose because most police officers allow a fudge factor for a certain amount of miles per hour over the speed limit. If you’re one of these people this tip can still, potentially, help you out.

Then there are others, like myself, who never intend on speeding but don’t constantly stare at the speedometer because the road and your surroundings are more important than staring at your speedometer. Occasionally your foot or the flow of traffic will get the best of you. When you glance at your speedometer you realize you’re speeding… whoops!

Whoops! Was That a Police Officer?

In either of these cases let’s pretend you fly by a police officer without noticing you were going faster than the police officer’s fudge factor. The lights and siren go on and the officer pulls up behind you. You pull over and realize that he’s not going to let you off.

You just got a speeding ticket on the way to visit your family for Thanksgiving. So much for a happy holiday. Now you have less money to spend on Christmas presents or anything else you were planning to spend money on in the next month because you have to write a check for speeding.

This Could Have Been Prevented With One Easy Step

Yes, going the speed limit is the obvious answer but we all know we don’t stare at the speedometer the whole time. Instead, let your car do the thinking for you. If you have a vehicle with cruise control, how often do you use it? I use mine all the time to prevent me from speeding and you should too!

All you have to do is click a couple buttons and the car will maintain your current speed. I use cruise control on my way to and from work every day to make sure I don’t go over the slow 35 mph speed limit.

It can also prevent you from going with the flow on the interstate where people sometimes speed 15-20 mph over the speed limit. It is so easy to do when you’re on a straight road with no traffic lights and cruise control will help you avoid falling into that trap.

Cruise control isn’t perfect though so you should still check your speed. My car will speed up a mile per hour or two whenever I go down a steep hill. I also never use my cruise control in the rain to prevent hydroplaning.

Does your car have cruise control? If so, do you ever use it? Why or why not?

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About Lance Cothern

Lance Cothern, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is the founder of Money Manifesto. You can read more about him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest.


  1. Greag won’t let me drive on vacations anymore because I am 2 out of 3 for getting a speeding ticket! Twice as we headed down south and I was driving I got a big fat ticket. When I get on the open road, I just let the speed get away from me. I should definitely use cruise control…..

  2. When I read the title I thought, “I’ve got a great way, dont’ speed!” Haha, it IS Hard sometimes when everyone else is driving around fast and crazy. But I just get in the right lane, go the speed limit, and let all the crazies pass me by. Safer that way and less stressful.

  3. Staying at the speed limit will reduce your gas consumption especially on the freeway, where going 60-70 is going to yield much better mileage than going 80-85. I think cruise controls is great. I use it a lot in the summer when we’re towing our camper as it helps me maintain a consistent speed, though when it’s a hilly area, I find that it’s better to try to handle the pedal myself.

  4. I use cruise control quite often, especially on the back roads near my house where the speed limit is 25 MPG. It’s so hard to go that slow, so the only way I can do it is to put it on cruise! lol.

    I haven’t gotten a speeding ticket in many years, but there was a 2-year span where I collected 9 of them. Yikes!

  5. I got out of a ticket because of cruise control. It was a holiday weekend and we were going out of town. I set the cruise control and relaxed. Unfortunately, I passed a CHP car. She pulled me over! I explained that I set the cruise control and she let me off.

  6. We use cruise control all the time when on trips or vacations. We usually set it for about 5 mph above the limit and adjust as necessary. We use it because it makes a long drive just a little easier and you don’t constantly have to watch your speed.

  7. I always use cruise control! I mainly use it because I hate people who can’t keep a constant speed. People who go from 40 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour on the highway in a matter of seconds drive me nuts.

  8. Well, I only ever use cruise control if we’re on the open highway – and when I do I set it to about 10 or 15 km/h over the limit and then just keep an eye out. Generally this is keeping pace with the fast lane of traffic, so I don’t think I warrant being pulled over for it. It is great for fuel consumption for sure – just remember you’ve still got to react to the road conditions in front of you, not just the physical road.

  9. I don’t use cruise control – I find it makes me less attentive to driving. But my husband loves cruise control and therefore refuses to take my car on long trips since it doesn’t have that add-on.

  10. I don’t use cruise control, but since getting a hybrid, I don’t speed very much either. I used to be one of those people who would go 15 miles over the speed limit on the freeway, but now that I have a display showing me my fuel consumption, I drive much closer to the speed limit! 🙂

  11. K.K. @ Living Debt Free Rocks! says:

    My dear husband introduced me to using my cruise control feature a couple of years ago and I’ve been using it for extended highway driving ever since…interestingly enough I’ve never gotten a speeding ticket on any of those trips 😉

  12. Nate Fancher says:

    Haha. Love this post. We traveled today and actually saw 7 cops giving out tickets – one right after the other. We were lucky to show up later otherwise we may have been one of the cars on the curb…. I turned on my cc right after that!

  13. Lots of cops out there with the holiday weekend coming. Definitely a good idea to use cruise control if you have it! I always try to especially on the longer commutes (my foot gets heavier the longer the drive!)

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