Originally Posted by Brunes
And I would argue that there is never NEED for a radar detector - Go the speed limit and you don't have to worry.
Nope... You're correct. There is no NEED for a detector I completely agree. I don't even do the speed limit most of the time which is some of the reason for my decent mileage that I get in my truck (my wife gives me hell all the time about it). But I do own a detector and it has saved me while traveling in unfamiliar places or if your mind begins to wander (we are all guilty of this I don't care what anyone says). A detector will only work effectively if there are cars in front of you that are also getting detected. My detector has picked up radar well over a mile ahead on flat land on the freeway. It caused me to look down and make sure that I was going the speed limit. If you are the only vehicle on the road and a cop turns on his radar all your detector is telling you is you are about to get a ticket. I have my laser portion turned off on mine as it will do no good because the officer is pointed directly at your vehicle and even if it were to go off it is way
too late to make any sort of adjustments.
Funny story... I have about a 40 min drive into work every third day. It is all back road through the country and there are about 3 different places that a County Sheriff will sit. I travel this stretch enough to know where he could be (not that I speed anyway). I rounded a corner the other morning and sure enough he was sitting there. As soon as he saw me he flipped on his radar and my detector went full blast for about 2 seconds and then it was gone. You could almost tell the officer was like "ah.. fuck it" since I was going about 10 miles under the speed limit and he just shut it off. It was kind of funny to me. I love my drive into and home from work. I am almost always the only vehicle on the road and the drive is beautiful through farm land and towards the end mountains. Why the hell would I want to speed? Besides... I'm never in a hurry to get anywhere.
I look at detectors like this. If it saves you from 1 ticket it has paid for itself.