You’ve probably heard that cops are supposed to always drive legally, right? Well, most people don’t know what else cops are supposed to do when driving a car. Maybe you’ve even seen it in movies or television shows and thought, “Yeah, huh. That doesn’t happen in real life.” But you’d be surprised at how prevalent this stereotype is. After all, one of the symbols of law enforcement is the police cruiser — even if many of them aren’t actually driven properly! The truth is that many officers simply forget about the little details that make their cars look good on the outside and protect them from intrusion on the inside as well. Keep reading to find out why cops touch the back of your car, and what they’re really doing to keep it safe for everyone.
Why Do Cops Touch The Back Of Your Car?
Cops touch the back of your car as a way of reassuring you that they are there to help. It’s not an official policy, but it’s become a common practice over the years. Most cops believe that it’s important to make sure that the public knows that they are welcome and that they are willing to help in any way possible.
What are the reasons Cops Touch The Back Of Your Car?
You Park In An Illegal Zone
We all know that parking is a huge pet peeve for some cops. If you’re constantly getting a ticket for parking on the wrong side of the road, or parking in an illegal zone, then those cops may be extra cautious when they pull you over. They might even pat down the back of your car to make sure that you aren’t hiding any illegal goods or evidence back there.
You’re Stopped For Another Vehicle Violation
One of the most common reasons why cops touch the back of your car is to check out another vehicle violation. Maybe you have some dents on your vehicle or another unregistered part attached to your car. Maybe you forgot to put on your turn signal. These minor vehicle violations are enough to turn a cop’s head, and they might decide to stop you and check your car. The cop may pat down the back of your car, look under the hood, or even open the trunk to get a better look. The officer may even open the glove compartment to check for any paperwork. This is why it’s important to stay on the right side of the law, so you don’t get stopped and cited for another vehicle violation.
You Have A Suspicious Person Or Package Inspection
Cops might see something suspicious when they pull you over, or they might just want to make sure that you aren’t hiding any contraband inside your car. If the officer sees a suspicious person or sees something in your car that looks out of place, then he might decide to check out the back of your car. The officer might even pat the back of your car to make sure that there isn’t something dangerous under the seat. Cops might also decide to open your trunk to inspect any packages that you have inside your trunk. This is a common practice in some states, but it’s not common in many others. If the officer opens your trunk and sees that you have any packages inside your trunk, then you should be careful.
The Environment Is Unfriendly For Police Vehicles
The most common reason why cops touch the back of your car is to check the condition of your vehicle. When cops pull you over, they are probably not feeling too friendly towards you either. It’s important that you are respectful towards the officer at all times, but it’s also important that you let them do their job. If the cop is cursing at you or being disrespectful, then it’s best that you let them do their job without making a scene. However, if the officer is being professional, then it’s best that you be respectful too. When the officer walks up to your car, it may be best that you keep your license and registration out of view. This is so that the officer doesn’t have to open your glove compartment or trunk to see what you have inside your car.
You’ll Be Exercised As A Part Of Random Checks
One of the most surprising reasons why cops touch the back of your car is to make you bend over to prove that you aren’t concealing anything under your butt crack. Yes, you read that right. Your butt is the most likely spot on your body to get patted down by a cop. This is an embarrassing but common practice that some police forces engage in. Some police forces may pat down your legs and/or pat-down your butt to see if you have anything hidden underneath the seats. Many police forces have policies in place that allow them to search any part of your body if they have a reasonable suspicion that you are hiding something underneath there. If your state has laws that allow random searches, then it’s best that you don’t keep any illegal items in your car. It’s best that you get rid of them as soon as possible because you never know when a cop is going to randomly search your car.
You’ll Be Handcuffed And Put In The Backseat
The final and most surprising reason why cops touch the back of your car is to handcuff you and put you in the back of the car. While it might be embarrassing, or it might be humiliating to be put in the back of a police car, it’s actually very dangerous. When a cop handcuffs you, it makes it hard for you to alert anyone that you are in danger by yelling for help. It also makes it hard for you to escape from the car if you see something suspicious. Police officers have the right to handcuff you as long as they feel that you are a danger to anyone or that you are a danger to yourself. When a cop handcuffs you, it’s best that you let them handcuff you, because it gives them an excuse to touch the back of your car.
Installing A Backup Or On-Board Vending System
Cops like to keep their cars in good working order, and it’s easy to forget to change the backup battery in a car that’s been sitting in the garage for months. But when it’s important to have a backup, there’s no point in having a dead battery. The back of the car usually contains a backup battery that powers a specific system in the car. This can include lights or audio equipment that won’t work if the main battery dies. The backup can also be used to flash a warning light or make a siren sound. A third option is for the backup system to provide power for an onboard vending machine. This can include water, soda, or snacks. If a cop is on patrol and notices that his fellow officers are hungry, he may have the vending machine open up to help solve the problem.
How can we solve this problem?
There’s no need to open the back of the car and expose your passengers to pathogens just to wash the back bumper. That’s where many cop cars are parked, and that’s not a place for cleaning supplies. A decontamination hose in the back of the car is much safer, as it can be run through the engine compartment or trunk. In addition to being a convenient way to clean the car quickly, it’s also a way for cops to decontaminate themselves or other officers who have been exposed to bacteria or other pathogens.
Fire Suppression System
A fire suppression system in the back of the car actually uses water, so it would seem like the last thing you need protection against is fire. But remember that most cop cars are parked in garages, which are often filled with combustible materials. If the fire suppression system is activated, it will flood the compartment with water and help to put out the fire. The best way for a cop to find this out is to touch the back of the car. This system is also useful for keeping the cop car from exploding in a fire. It may be more useful than a containment foam system, which is triggered only by heat and does not stop an explosion.
Driving Safety Device
Some departments and states require their officers to wear a device on the back of the car that indicates their presence to prevent dangerous driving. The device may have a light that turns on when the car is driven, or it may emit a sound or vibration. This is usually done to protect officers from being surprised by other drivers. A cop touching the back of your car might be doing this to see if the driving safety device is on.
Every cop car is different, but the general principles are still relevant. Whether you see a cop driving slowly, or racing through a red light, the most important thing to remember is that they are in a very vulnerable position. By keeping your distance and driving carefully, you can keep yourself safe while they are protecting you. From touching the back of your car to installing a backup battery, when you see a cop driving a car, there’s a chance they’re checking for potential threats to their own safety and the safety of others.