There are a number of reasons a trucker may get pulled over. With all of the time spent on the road, it is almost certain that a trucker will get pulled over at some point in his or her career. It may happen at an inspection, scale station or while driving down the road. It may happen at an inspection or scale station or it may happen while you are driving down the road. Here’s what to expect and how to be prepared:
1. Don’t remove your seatbelt
Make sure the officer has seen you wearing your seatbelt before you take it off. It usually won’t be necessary for you to take your seatbelt off at all, so it’s best to keep it on unless the officer requests you to get out of the cab.
2. Have your paperwork ready to give to the officer
Keep all of your paperwork, including your CDL and shipping documents, in a safe space near the driver’s seat. If possible, keep the papers in a spot where you can reach them without removing your seatbelt. The last thing you want to do is get up to search through the entire cab for important papers while the officer is waiting. It can make the officer concerned for his or her safety since they have no idea what you may grab while you are looking for the papers.
3. Be honest
Answer all of the questions the officer asks with short and honest answers. Be polite and respectful, but don’t say anything that may sound like an admission of guilt. GetLoaded.com suggests it’s best for drivers to say something along the lines of “I’m not sure, but I know you’re out here for my and other motorists’ safety, so I’m sure you’ve stopped me for a good reason” when asked if the driver knows why they were pulled over.
Do you have any other tips for what to do if you get pulled over? Share them with us in the comment section!