Pulled Over: What Every Teen Driver Should Be Ready to Do

Pulled Over: What Every Teen Driver Should Be Ready to Do

Teen driver at the wheel

Getting pulled over can be stressful and scary for teens — especially if they don't know how to handle the situation. Teach your teens how to react if they see flashing lights in the rearview mirror:

Slowly pull over

Use the turn signal and proceed to the right side of the road. If the location seems dangerous, continue driving until you find a safe, well-lit place to stop. As long as it's clear that you intend to pull over, most officers will understand.

Follow the officer's instructions

Roll down the window and place both hands on the wheel. Do exactly what the officer asks, including providing your license and registration once requested. Alert the officer before reaching into the backseat, the glove compartment or into a purse or other bag.

Be wary of unmarked vehicles

If the officer is driving an unmarked vehicle, don't be afraid to question their validity. Ask to see the officer's badge and photo ID. If the officer won't present it, request to call another officer. Always call 911 if the situation appears to be threatening or unsafe.

Be respectful

Talk to the officer in a calm manner — shouting and using profanities will not help. Officers can use their own discretion when deciding whether to issue a ticket. Kind and reasonable behavior may merit a warning instead of a ticket.

Return to the road safely

Once the officer has processed your information and written a warning or ticket, signal and look for oncoming traffic. Slowly merge onto the road once it's safe. Always remember to buckle up — a fine for not wearing your seat belt is one less thing you should have to worry about.


The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm®. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under our policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.