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How to use a radar detector

Many people believe that a radar detector gives them the freedom to drive fast. But that is wrong; a radar detector gives you the freedom to drive but not fast and dangerously. The aim of the radar detector is to help you drive safely, without having to worry about speed tickets. But, it does not give you the freedom to drive fast and carelessly and cause accidents.

Recently, I spoke to a traffic radar instructor and from him I understood one important point. If you are going to use a radar detector, he recommends looking for a portable radar detector and you should be aware of its uses. If you do not understand the use of a radar detector clearly, you will end up in more trouble.

The job of a radar detector is to read certain frequencies and alert you. The frequencies they read usually are frequencies of radar guns installed by traffic police. So don’t assume that your radar detector will inform you about a traffic police or traffic vehicle that is there to check the speed of your vehicle.

When you are using a radar detector, it is very important to mount the device correctly. If the radar detector is not mounted correctly, you will not be able to track the signals of the radar guns. Mounting a radar detector too high can cause you to take your eye off the road and cause accidents. So, be sure you are mounting your radar detector correctly for best results.

Reading alerts is very important if you want to successfully use a radar detector. There are various signals /alerts sent by the radar detector. So, you must be able to understand each one.

As a driver, never expect too much from your radar detector. I have seen many people are overconfident after installing a radar detector in their vehicle, and they end up getting speed tickets.  A radar detector only confirms the presence of radar guns. You have take responsive action and save yourself from speed tickets.

The right mode is important when you are using a radar detector. I often see people using the wrong mode and getting caught for over speed. If you are travelling in the city, you should make sure you set the city mode in your radar detector. If you set the highway mode and drive in the city, you will receive more alarms.

Using a radar detector does not guarantee you anything but using a radar detector efficiently in the right sense will help you follow the rule of law and keep you protected.