If you pass a traffic cop, smile and wave as you drive by
Officers that are parked and looking for speeders generally have a threshold -- it varies in every situation, but they give you some leeway where it's OK to speed a few mph. If you're going five to 10 over and suddenly see an officer, smile and wave as a way of acknowledging that you're paying attention and slowing down. "Personally," Matt says, "when I see that, I say 'you're on my team.'"
Don't have a radar detector
Law enforcement officers are trained to visually estimate your speed within 5mph. More often than not, they're using their eyes to catch you; then they flip on the radar to get official verification of your exact speed before they turn on their lights.
That means if you're speeding and your radar detector goes off, you're already busted. Matt jokingly calls them "ticket detectors." Plus, "if you can afford a radar detector, you can afford a ticket." Translation: no soup for you.
Put your turn signal on the second you see their flashing lights...
If you get pulled over, start off on the right foot by communicating with the officer, especially if you're somewhere that's too dangerous to immediately stop. Says RJ, "Show me that you see [that I'm pulling you over] but are looking for a safe spot."
Matt takes it a step further: if you're speeding and you see the officer start to turn around to come get you, go ahead and pull over at that point. You're minimizing the time the officer has to question your intent, and that helps put him or her at ease.
... but stop immediately if the siren comes on
Don't even bother trying to find a better spot to pull over. If the officer hits the siren, he or she considers it safe enough to stop right here. "If I put on my siren you should just pull over. A citizen might not feel it is a safe spot but as an officer, I might be happy with it," says RJ. Keep going, and you're raising all sorts of red flags.