radar detector

Pax Hack

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I rarely speed and if I do it's accidental, but given the bump in insurance premium and the likely (?) deactivation for a ticket I'm thinking of getting a radar detector. The last time I had one was 25 years ago and they were a lot simpler then. I do NOT understand them now. In my state they are legal but they can't be mounted to the windshield. Must be put on the visor or dash. Anyone recommend one that isn't over $250? I'm looking at this one:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005IQGNCU/?tag=ubne0c-20

Thank you so much. I've met the smartest group of guys on here. People who condescend to Uber drivers are crazy....a lot of us be smart!
 

reg barclay

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Maybe your area is different. But where I drive, if you are doing the same speed as most sensible road users, and not doing any other strange maneuvers, then even if you are going 5 or so mph over the limit, the chances of getting stopped for speeding are virtually zero. That's my experience at least.
 

Pax Collector

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Speeding tickets won't be your problem if you don't go more than 5mph on city streets and 10mph on the highway.

Now, IF you must get one, Amazon has a bunch of them. The one you mentioned is a relatively cheaper brand, but like many things you get what you paid for.
 

TomTheAnt

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The one you mentioned is a relatively cheaper brand, but like many things you get what you paid for.
This. With that said, though, I think at least some models of Escort are pretty good.

I've been out of the radar detector game for over 15 years, so my info might a bit outdated. Back then I had a Valentine One and that thing blew everything else out of the water. I think it is still being made and I'm sure they've made improvements to it, so it might be worth checking out. It'll be more than $250 though...
 

LetsGoUber

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Firstly I think speed detectors are waste of time because by the time to detector picks it up your pretty much popped anyways
It’s been years.. but that was my experience. Stopped using one the day a cop jumped out of the bushes at me and I skidded to a stop just past him and had to go back to him.
 

Seamus

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We have had other threads on the same topic. As I've said before I think a radar detector is a bad idea to use while Ubering with pax in the car. Sends the wrong message and some pax may flag you for safety. What you do personally with no pax in the car is entirely your business.
 

CarpeNoctem

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It’s been years.. but that was my experience. Stopped using one the day a cop jumped out of the bushes at me and I skidded to a stop just past him and had to go back to him.
There can be times that no detector will ever give enough warning but if you learn to use them properly and decipher what they are telling you, they can be worth their weight in gold - if you happen to have a heavy foot.

But as Seamus said, I can't see needing one with a pax in the car. You are going to dare the pax to not report you for speeding plus all the noise? YMMV
 

Gilby

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I bought one two months ago. I don’t speed, but it reminds me to slow down for school zones. Riders haven’t commented on it.
 

brick656

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I bought one two months ago. I don’t speed, but it reminds me to slow down for school zones. Riders haven’t commented on it.
How does it remind you of a school zone? Nothing there to detect, unless the warning shows your speed. None in my area have those.
 

Pax Hack

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In San Diego I've noticed speed limits change to a significantly lower speed with no warning or notice and I go right through them at the old limit.. I also tend to creep up to go with traffic, which is sometimes faster than I want to go. I notice but it takes a moment sometimes. I'm not perfect. It's unlikely I'll get a ticket, but the consequences for getting that unlikely ticket are so great that it's making me concerned. I think everyone has found themselves suddenly going faster than they meant to.

I'm also concerned about my wife who has a lead foot and our insurance will go sky high if/when she gets a ticket. Avoiding one ticket will pay for the detector.

I had a detector in the 90s when I was much younger and had a new Corvette. It saved me many times. Not one ticket. I never zoomed past the cops. I was warned well in advanced.
 

Gilby

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How does it remind you of a school zone? Nothing there to detect, unless the warning shows your speed. None in my area have those.
Where I live the school zones have speed indicators that use radar to display your speed. My detector alarm goes off well in advance of seeing the speed readout at the school crossing. In traffic, your speed can be masked by cars ahead of you. Officer with radar or laser gun can select individual vehicles to target.
 

FLKeys

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My GPS warns me when I am approaching school zones. I hardly ever use it any more but the warning is there.

If you are not a speeder and want that warning if you do exceed the speed limit of if the speed limit changes on you use WAZE app. Mine chimes when I go 5 MPH over the limit. Pretty sure you can set it for what ever level you want. It is nice when the speed limit changes with out warning as it also chimes. It is user supported so if you find a mistake in the app you can submit a map correction to have it fixed.
 

UberBeemer

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This. With that said, though, I think at least some models of Escort are pretty good.

I've been out of the radar detector game for over 15 years, so my info might a bit outdated. Back then I had a Valentine One and that thing blew everything else out of the water. I think it is still being made and I'm sure they've made improvements to it, so it might be worth checking out. It'll be more than $250 though...
V1 is expensive, but works very well. I use mine as insurance. Speed limits change frequently here, and some small town cops have nothing better to do than speed traps. With a detector, i won't get caught flat footed.
 

Taksomotor

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V1 is expensive, but works very well. I use mine as insurance. Speed limits change frequently here, and some small town cops have nothing better to do than speed traps. With a detector, i won't get caught flat footed.
So you are speeding but not getting caught because of radar detector and you are lecturing me on safety :smiles:
 

PlayLoud

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I rarely speed and if I do it's accidental, but given the bump in insurance premium and the likely (?) deactivation for a ticket I'm thinking of getting a radar detector. The last time I had one was 25 years ago and they were a lot simpler then. I do NOT understand them now. In my state they are legal but they can't be mounted to the windshield. Must be put on the visor or dash. Anyone recommend one that isn't over $250? I'm looking at this one:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005IQGNCU/?tag=ubne0c-20

Thank you so much. I've met the smartest group of guys on here. People who condescend to Uber drivers are crazy....a lot of us be smart!
Radar detectors are mostly beneficial if you're going down a long straight Interstate, and there's a cop driving with the radar in his car. You'll get a hit on his radar, but the smart cops are hiding behind a corner, where you won't get the notice until it's too late. Other than that, it's not going to help much.
Around town, you're going to get false alarms from all over the place. You'll end up turning it off.

Since you said you only speed by accident, you shouldn't need a radar detector. I personally believe the best tool for avoiding "accidental" speeding tickets is Waze. Its speed limits are usually accurate, can always be referenced (unlike signs on the roads), and it has an accurate speedometer right next to the limit display. The speedometer changes color (to red) if you're speeding. This is especially helpful if the speed limit changes without your knowledge.
 

Bbonez

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I run a Uniden R3 in Dark mode and self test turned off. I am in SoCal also and turn off K and X band so essentially Ka only. My detector is quiet unless there is a legitimate threat. With the R7 being released this month you should be able to pick up a used R1 or R3 cheap on Ebay. Technically the cop could issue you a fix it ticket if its mounted on the windshield but I haven't had any problems. I have it hardwired so there are no wires hanging and have it mounted behind the tint strip and can flip the visor down to cover it if I want to.
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SatMan

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In San Diego I've noticed speed limits change to a significantly lower speed with no warning or notice and I go right through them at the old limit.. I also tend to creep up to go with traffic, which is sometimes faster than I want to go. I notice but it takes a moment sometimes. I'm not perfect. It's unlikely I'll get a ticket, but the consequences for getting that unlikely ticket are so great that it's making me concerned. I think everyone has found themselves suddenly going faster than they meant to.

I'm also concerned about my wife who has a lead foot and our insurance will go sky high if/when she gets a ticket. Avoiding one ticket will pay for the detector.

I had a detector in the 90s when I was much younger and had a new Corvette. It saved me many times. Not one ticket. I never zoomed past the cops. I was warned well in advanced.
'78 Silver Anniversary Edition here....detector helped ...But now, laser is too fast for detector to help.
 

Bbonez

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But now, laser is too fast for detector to help.
That's like saying cops should not wear bulletproof vests because some rounds can penetrate them. In California radar is used FAR more than lidar. I get frequent saves with my RD. Here is one from January:

Laser protection is good too but a good set of jammers is expensive.
 

Boca Ratman

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just use Waze. Google maps has started with speed trap warnings too but right now Waze is much more reliable. In my opinion Waze is more reliable than a radar detector.

hopefully people using Google maps will make it as reliable, I prefer maps
 
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