How To Avoid A Ticket Using A Radar Detector
You’re cursing down the road, your favorite song comes on the radio and suddenly your foot feels heavier than it did before. Perhaps it’s the tapping along to the tune. Or, maybe it’s the freedom of the cool wind blowing in your air. Whatever the case, before you know it your speeds have climbed 10, maybe 15 miles above the posted speed limit.
Come on, we’ve all done it! Speeding isn’t smart, but we’re all human and slip ups behind the wheel, or more appropriately at the pedal just happen.
Unfortunately, for many, up to 100,000 times a day in the United State alone, this free-spirited kind of driving can lead to a ticket. If you think speeding tickets aren’t serious, think again. Not only do they cost the driver money for the ticket and points on their license, that same driver will keep paying for that ticket on their insurance for three to five years. It really adds up.
Now, to avoid a ticket, the smartest thing to do is to not speed. Period. End of discussion. But since we’re all human and that favorite song is calling on the radio, we can expect to slip up from time to time.
Here’s where a radar detector can come in and save a driver the hassle of getting pulled over and the several-year nightmare that may ensue with higher insurance rates. A well chosen radar detector that’s properly mounted can warn the driver to slow down and behave in just the nick of time.
The best way to use a radar detector, however, is to couple it with common sense. A detector should not be used as a “license” to “fly under the radar.” Making excessive speeding a common driving practice is not only dangerous it’s just plain not smart. Accidents happen and it’s simply easier to avoid them at slower speeds.
That said, there are times when we all creep up over the speed limit. Using a detector to “bring you back to reality” and warn you of an impeding speed trap can help a careful driver remain so.
Shopping for a good radar detector will depend on the area in which you drive. Some law enforcement agencies still rely on radio waves; other use light. Knowing what you’re dealing with is half the battle.
Once you buy the right kind of detector, make sure it’s installed correctly and make sure you can see the readout and ensure the alert is one you can hear without causing a startle reaction. Then couple the detector’s use with common sense while driving and you’ll find a detector is a good tool to help you avoid tickets and keep your driving habits in check.