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My opinion on radar detectors.......don't waste your money. 90% of the police units out there use LASER and it takes only a pull of the trigger and one/third of a second to get my reading. You will NOT be slowing down quick enough. There are LASER blocking devices sold out there, but in most states those are illegal. The departments using RADAR units are the ones that can't afford the newer units. I can have three cars riding abreast of each other and I can see the speed of ALL 3 in a matter of seconds.
 

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I'd have to agree. I have an Escort my brother gave me as a Christmas gift and I can't say I've ever felt like it saved me from a ticket.

I was either going the speed limit already or the cop wasn't using radar. I guess it might be handier on road trips, but I'll be testing that one myself soon.
 

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Valentine One for me. True, if you get hit by laser, you’re done but if you’re driving fast and it starts beeping, arrow pointing forward, you know there’s trouble ahead. It’s saved me numerous times. Here in Colorado Springs the “motors” use pulse RADAR and I’ve avoided getting written up many times. Worth every penny.
 

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Radar detectors are a waste of money. For the ones that do actually work, by the time they can detect the radar signal, the cop has your speed. And like others said, lasers are more prevalent, more accurate and instantaneous. If you try to defeat them, they'll know and nick you for that too.

I just completed a 2400 mile round trip from Western PA to south FLA. On my return trip, I made 1210 miles in 16 hours and 20 minutes. The way I averaged over 74 MPH (and didn't get a ticket was this):

When traffic is running 85 in a 70.....run 84 in a 70. All through I-75 in Florida, there was 10% or more of the cars running over 85. As long as you're not the fastest in a group of fast running cars, you're good.

If you're not in traffic, running out by yourself, stay at around 10% over posted. I run 79 in 70. 73 in 65. 67 in a 60 and 62 in a 55. I've runn through dozens and dozens of radar traps at these speeds and have NEVER been stopped.

Find a running partner that's more conspicuous than you. I hooked up with a purple Porsche Cayman in Northern Florida, and I tailed him the whole way to SC. We routinely ran over 90. If the two of us would have hit a speed trap, I'm banking on the po-po stopping the purple exotic, over the black Challenger. (This is still a little risky).

Passenger in the Porsche was using a traffic APP (I could see it when I pulled beside him a couple times), and every time he moved to the right lane to run 75 MPH, we'd round a bend or crest a hill, and there's be a cop in the median or along the side running radar. As long as people are using these APPs and reporting cop locations, this can help you avoid them. The problem, obviously, is that you need a co-pilot, because you can't be looking at the APP and driving at the same time.

Stay in the right lane as much as possible. If you're not passing, you must drive in the right lane (it's the law in most states) and if you're running out in the left or middle lane, the you're inviting police attention. I found that even when I was going 10 over the posted and passing lots of cars running 5 over, many of them run the middle lane on a 3 lane, and that opens up the right lane many times. In traffic, police are watching the fast lane, and unless you're running like an idiot, you can pass lots of traffic that's hogging the middle or left lane, by going right. And no, passing on the right is not illegal unless in a specifically posted zone.

Don't draw attention to yourself when changing lanes to pass. If you're in a mass of slower traffic, and using your car's capabilities to pass and navigate through the traffic, even if you temporarily have to accelerate to speeds over 85, the police are less likely notice your speed (say they're not running radar, but just watching from an overpass), if you change lanes smoothly. If you hop lanes like the old Frogger game, you'll be noticed.

And probably the best advice....when in construction zones or residential areas.....stick to the exact posted speed limit. I've gotten two speeding tickets in the past 10 years (none in my Challenger) and one was for going 45 in a 35, the other for going 37 in a 30. Both in residential areas.

There are lots of more effective techniques to avoid getting nicked for speeding than radar detectors.

Drive safely.
 

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Radar detectors are a waste of money. For the ones that do actually work, by the time they can detect the radar signal, the cop has your speed. And like others said, lasers are more prevalent, more accurate and instantaneous. If you try to defeat them, they'll know and nick you for that too.

I just completed a 2400 mile round trip from Western PA to south FLA. On my return trip, I made 1210 miles in 16 hours and 20 minutes. The way I averaged over 74 MPH (and didn't get a ticket was this):

When traffic is running 85 in a 70.....run 84 in a 70. All through I-75 in Florida, there was 10% or more of the cars running over 85. As long as you're not the fastest in a group of fast running cars, you're good.

If you're not in traffic, running out by yourself, stay at around 10% over posted. I run 79 in 70. 73 in 65. 67 in a 60 and 62 in a 55. I've runn through dozens and dozens of radar traps at these speeds and have NEVER been stopped.

Find a running partner that's more conspicuous than you. I hooked up with a purple Porsche Cayman in Northern Florida, and I tailed him the whole way to SC. We routinely ran over 90. If the two of us would have hit a speed trap, I'm banking on the po-po stopping the purple exotic, over the black Challenger. (This is still a little risky).

Passenger in the Porsche was using a traffic APP (I could see it when I pulled beside him a couple times), and every time he moved to the right lane to run 75 MPH, we'd round a bend or crest a hill, and there's be a cop in the median or along the side running radar. As long as people are using these APPs and reporting cop locations, this can help you avoid them. The problem, obviously, is that you need a co-pilot, because you can't be looking at the APP and driving at the same time.

Stay in the right lane as much as possible. If you're not passing, you must drive in the right lane (it's the law in most states) and if you're running out in the left or middle lane, the you're inviting police attention. I found that even when I was going 10 over the posted and passing lots of cars running 5 over, many of them run the middle lane on a 3 lane, and that opens up the right lane many times. In traffic, police are watching the fast lane, and unless you're running like an idiot, you can pass lots of traffic that's hogging the middle or left lane, by going right. And no, passing on the right is not illegal unless in a specifically posted zone.

Don't draw attention to yourself when changing lanes to pass. If you're in a mass of slower traffic, and using your car's capabilities to pass and navigate through the traffic, even if you temporarily have to accelerate to speeds over 85, the police are less likely notice your speed (say they're not running radar, but just watching from an overpass), if you change lanes smoothly. If you hop lanes like the old Frogger game, you'll be noticed.

And probably the best advice....when in construction zones or residential areas.....stick to the exact posted speed limit. I've gotten two speeding tickets in the past 10 years (none in my Challenger) and one was for going 45 in a 35, the other for going 37 in a 30. Both in residential areas.

There are lots of more effective techniques to avoid getting nicked for speeding than radar detectors.

Drive safely.
I have talked to police who have told me you will not get pulled over for 7-8 miles over the speed limit. So when cruising on the highway, I usually will do 77-78 in a 70mph speed zone. Never have gotten pulled over. Occasionally when all looks clear I'll get on it and break a 100 quickly and bring it back down :smile:
 

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I have talked to police who have told me you will not get pulled over for 7-8 miles over the speed limit. So when cruising on the highway, I usually will do 77-78 in a 70mph speed zone. Never have gotten pulled over. Occasionally when all looks clear I'll get on it and break a 100 quickly and bring it back down :smile:
Same here. I have a relative who's a retired state trooper. They're looking for the excessive (unsafe) speeder. Also, the part about "conspicuous" cars. He told me that he would stop the exotic or red sports car out of a group over a regular car every time, because that driver is more like to be a habitual speeder. I witnessed, with my own steaming naked eyes, a red Mitsubishi 3000 culled out of a line of a dozen speeding cars by the Ohio Highway patrol. All 12 or so cars (minivans, sedans, SUVs and this one red Japanese sports car) all going 20 MPH over the posted, and they pulled the red car over.
 

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Same here. I have a relative who's a retired state trooper. They're looking for the excessive (unsafe) speeder. Also, the part about "conspicuous" cars. He told me that he would stop the exotic or red sports car out of a group over a regular car every time, because that driver is more like to be a habitual speeder. I witnessed, with my own steaming naked eyes, a red Mitsubishi 3000 culled out of a line of a dozen speeding cars by the Ohio Highway patrol. All 12 or so cars (minivans, sedans, SUVs and this one red Japanese sports car) all going 20 MPH over the posted, and they pulled the red car over.
I've heard that about red sports cars, apparently there's more to it than just myth.
 

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I'd argue that any "impact" color (Sublime, TorRed, Yellow-Jacket, any Orange, B5 Blue....maybe even PCP) that stands out in the crowd, would be a target.

Take a look out over a larger parking lot (the one where I work has hundreds of cars). From my 3rd floor perch, all of the black, white, navy, dark-red, silver, gray and any earth-tone.....all blend together. But the bright red, neon green, orange, yellow, etc....each jump out of the crowd.

That's one really nice advantage of my black car. I can disappear into a crowd of cars if I've been misbehaving in traffic.
 

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After 26 years "on the job" and 5 more to go.....I will admit that I go after the cars in which the appearance of the vehicle screams...."Look at me !" Brighter colors always attract the eye, loud exhaust, dark tinted windows and the sports cars (Vettes, Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers and WRX's) get my undivided attention. I mostly go after the guys who perform "exhibition of speed". Don't attract attention to yourself and you will be fine. Only problem, here on Challenger Talk....everyone of 'US" idiots are driving a car that says " Look at me!" .>:)
 
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