Testing Radar Detector Effectiveness Before Buying
Anyone who has had a speeding ticket knows how costly they can be.
The first hit is the ticket itself. Running around $100 and up, way up depending on how fast you’re going, the first hit is a big one. But not as big as the hidden costs that follow. The insurance increases for the next three to five years are where the real hurt of a speeding ticket can be felt, and felt for a long time at that.
What’s a driver to do? Slow down? Sure, in some cases that’ll work. But for others, a radar detector is the answer. Whether the driver has a bona fide lead foot or simply “slips up” from time-to-time, a good radar detector is a wonderful way to avoid a repeat ticket. The blinking lights or audible alarm that a detector sends out are great little wake up calls to slow down, pay attention and take the lead shoe off!
But how can a driver be certain the detector they buy will really work?
There’s no simple answer to that question, but there are steps a driver can take to ensure they’re getting the best radar detector for their money.
The smartest place to start is by reviewing the makes and models available in a certain price range. This means checking out what’s available, including features. These can range from combination detectors that read radar and lasers to those that have a built-in GPS system, too. It’s up to the buyer here, really.
Once a few makes and models are chosen, the next step involves a little good old fashion research. Check out the brands that are of interest and pay close heed to both expert reports and those from consumers as well.
There’s no way to tell for certain by personal testing if one detector works better than others, but there are consumer reporting companies that test the different models without fear of getting a ticket.
If a driver wanted to test models before relying on one, he or she would have to mount each one and drive around playing chicken with a speeding ticket. All in all not a good idea.
When reading the reports on models chosen, pay close attention to those that have scored well with both past purchasers and the experts. These are the ones that are most likely to perform when they’re needed.
While there’s no way to tell for certain which model will work best for a particular driver, a little research can pay off with a solid model that might just help a driver avoid another costly ticket.