Inspired by this thread here:
Whenever you see people in movies and TV shows pulled over by the police in the US, they stay in the car with their hands on the steering wheel and wait for the police officer to come to their car.
I’m told this is widely considered a good thing to do, at least in the US.
When I lived in NZ, however, I was told by several people- including a police officer friend of the family- that staying in the car was a BAD idea, and the best thing you could do when pulled over was to get out of the car… It’s a bit hard to drive off or try and run the policeman over if you’re standing outside the vehicle.
In my own experiences being pulled over by the police in Australia and New Zealand, I’ve always gotten out of the car to talk to the police officer- except at roadside RBT checkpoints, where you’re supposed to stay in the car because it will only take a minute anyway- and certainly, I’m always more comfortable talking to the police when the car’s door isn’t creating a sort of “barrier” between myself and the policeman, and the police seem to prefer it since they can see what I’m doing if I’m standing in the open.
Of course, Australia doesn’t have CCW laws like the US does, so a police officer pulling someone over for an RBT or to check their vehicle is roadworthy isn’t likely to get a 9mm shoved in their face for their trouble…
Anyway, what’s the conventional wisdom where you live? Step out of the vehicle to talk to the police officer, or stay in your seat and wait for them to come to you?