What is it?
To first of all answer your question, radar, laser, and other police frequency detectors are not illegal outside of Virginia and the District of Columbia (D.C.) Radar detectors are only illegal in commercial vehicles or passenger transport vehicles. Basically if you drive anything bigger than a standard pickup truck, you should not use a radar or laser detector in your vehicle.
You could probably imagine why anyone would want a radar detector. It’s primarily for all of you speeders out there who would like to avoid a fat traffic ticket. Even if you’re not an excessive speeder, you may even find laser or radar detectors to be useful. There are some areas where police or highway patrol officers are more tolerant of minor speeding, yet there are also those areas where they seem to pull over anyone going 1 mile per hour over the speed limit. If you drive in Los Angeles, 10 to even about 20 miles above the posted speed limit signs may be tolerated as long as it’s with the flow of traffic, however, going 80 in a 65 MPH zone in the middle of Utah may not be so tolerated by the highway patrol. Whether or not you’re an intentional speeder or a faster-than-most type of driver, a radar or laser detector could save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
Another much less-popular usage for a radar detector is for the detection of emergency vehicles. This helps a lot if you’re listening to loud music in your car and can’t hear audible sirens outside. Some Cobra radar detectors are capable of detecting emergency vehicles approaching your location so that you may safely move aside for them.
Let’s go over some of the most important features that you’ll want to look for in an effective radar detector.
Radar Detectors Features:
First, figure out how much you want to spend. You’re more likely to find high quality brands and products within the $120 to $200 price range. Cobra radar detectors are some of the best quality ones you’ll find in this price range, as well as Beltronics detectors in the lower end of the price range.
Next, find the most comprehensive detection available in each of the products. Simple radar detectors will not detect laser or the most high-tech police speed readers out there. Police speed readers have progressed as fast, if not faster than the commercial radar detectors. Laser detection was developed after radar for much more accurate and longer range detection; and they have also implement KU-band hard-to-detect radar speed gun. In addition, the police have also used VG-2 radar detector-detectors to find suspected speeders.
Scary huh? Well don’t worry because Cobra digital radar and laser detectors have you covered. Cobra detectors are capable of reading simultaneous signals with multiple channel detectors. This means that if there are more than one cop out there, some Cobra laser/radar detectors could track up to 12 signals. It could detect radar, laser, and even KU-band signals with Spectre or VG-2 detector-detector coverage. Some Cobra radar detectors also have voice alert feature that announces the detection of nearby signals. Most units, even Beltronics radar detectors, also feature a city/highway mode switch that reduces the amount of false signals that could be detected or triggered from other wireless radio transmissions such as wireless internet, handheld devices, etc.
There are also bells-and-whistles features in some of the more expensive models. For instance, the higher-end cobra radar detectors feature battery voltage meter and an 8-point compass that indicates where the detected signal is coming from. My best advice to you is to find a radar detector that functions effectively with all detection and “stealth” coverage with as little bells-and-whistles as possible to reduce the price. Don’t just settle for the cheapest radar detector because they’re likely to fail you and more likely to waste your money… not to mention a hefty traffic ticket! I suggest looking for Cobra radar detectors or BEL radar detectors as they seem to have more effective features than most generic brands.