Using a radar detector for the first time may be fruitless if you’ve never worked with such a device before or if you have no idea about how it works. There are a few tips that any beginner should know to get the most out of their investment.
First of all, the radar detector should be mounted correctly, so that it can detect a radar beam but not impair the driving. As many states have laws that prohibit attaching devices to the windshield, make sure you’re following the legal prescriptions. Most of the time, having a radar detector set that high won’t let it detect anything relevant, since the police usually targets the license plate and the headlights. Also, just like any other device that calls for your attention, having a radar detector in front of your eyes might lead to more serious consequences than a speeding ticket. There are different ways and accessories that allow you to mount the radar detector low, on the dashboard or the lower part of the windshield.
As some radar detectors have high sensitivity, you may end up being falsely alarmed quite a lot, especially if you’re driving in the city. To minimize these, use city mode when you’re in the city, and highway mode when it’s the case. Each of these modes has a preset sensitivity that will manage the bands with a high rate of false alarms. However, don’t get to comfortable with the idea that low intensity chirps are not relevant. It is best that you pay attention to the band and signal strength displayed by you device and consider the possibility that the alert is real. While the X band is known for the high rate of false alarms, the KA and laser bands are almost always accurate.
Another tip is that you set your mind to be fast in reaction. If you decided to spend money on a device that warns you about the danger of being caught speeding, you might as well hit the brakes or reduce your speed as soon as it tells you to. Overconfidence can always hurt a driver, and you should never forget that.
As a last advice, if you’ve been tipped by you detector and you want to push the brakes, make sure the road conditions and the traffic situation allows you to do that without having the car behind you leave its print on the back of your car.