The Basics On Shopping For A Radar Detector
So, you’re tired of being a moving target? Don’t want to be blind-sided by an expensive ticket? In fear of red and blue flashing lights ruining your day as you cruise a bit above the speed limit on the way to work?
If so, a radar detector might be in order. They can help level the playing field and assist you in avoiding a costly mistake. But, before you rush out and plunk down a few hundred dollars, it’s a good idea to know a little about what’s available, what’s legal and what to avoid.
In the most simplistic terms, radar detectors pick up the radio wave signal police radar guns emit. In doing so detectors allow motorists to know when an upcoming speed trap is likely. Under the best case scenario, a detector will give a driver enough time to slow down and move at speeds in accordance with the posted limits. (Although, it’s always a good idea to remember certain circumstances can result in a ticket no matter how good a detector is.)
Buying a radar detector is a good way to help avoid a ticket, but not all detectors work for every driver.
Before heading out to buy there are a few things a consumer should know.
Local laws – Federal law only prohibits the use of radar detectors in commercial vehicles that weigh 10,000 pounds or more. Local and state laws, however, can vary, so check them out.
Age of the detector you’ll be buying. If you’re buying used, know the manufacturer date. The frequency that most law enforcement officers use for their detection of speeds has changed in recent years. Inasmuch, the machinery motorists need to detect the radar guns has changed as well. If a detector is several years old, steer clear.
Consumer reviews – It’s a good idea to check out reports about reliability, functionality and so on before purchasing any expensive electronic equipment, radar detectors included. Look around and see what other drivers have said about certain models and check industry sources as well.
Costs – Don’t buy something you can’t afford, but certainly don’t expect to get the best unless you’re willing to pay a little more. It’s the inner workings of a detector that make one model more effective than another.
Alert systems – Make sure the manner in which the detector lets you know you’re in a danger area won’t be a distraction to you while driving. It doesn’t pay to avoid a speeding ticket only to be charged with an accident caused by a startle situation!
For those who want to avoid a speeding ticket, a radar detector can be a very good choice. But as it is with all electronics, you get what you pay for. Research can reveal the best makes and models and save a consumer a lot of expense on ineffective equipment. Check out the models before you buy and the laws, too.