Never take a knife to a gunfight. That also holds true for radar detectors. Yet too few detector owners seem to get the message.
"Don't bother me with the text display and stuff, hide everything," one customer, a Porsche 911 turbo owner, told us. "I don't even wanna see the detector." He'd just paid over two grand, including a custom installation with laser jammers, for an Escort custom-installed remote system. Now he had zero interest in being educated on how best to use the gear for its intended purpose: avoiding speeding tickets.
Performance Tips Highlights
- Where to mount the detector
- How to react to an alert
- Factory-default settings to avoid
- When to use Highway mode
- Optimizing for best performance
- Using Spec Display to cut bogus alerts
This attitude isn't unusual: it's the norm. His Porsche was packing the world's best radar detector and laser jammers—and as he left the parking lot, we knew he'd be getting more tickets. Fewer perhaps, but his risk level hadn't decreased noticeably despite the expensive hardware.
Like most new radar detector owners, he assumed that the electronic countermeasures would automatically protect him. His logic was partly valid—he certainly had an advantage over someone without a detector. But he lacked the key element that would've made his Escort vastly more effective as a ticket-prevention device: knowledge.
For example, new owners are baffled by frequent Ka-band alerts when there isn't a cop around for miles. After a while they hesitate to react, figuring it's another false alarm. But sometimes it's not, and they're toast.
Performance Tips explains how to interpret these alerts and weed out the non-threatening ones at a glance. For example, say you're driving on I-70 in central Missouri and the detector barks a Ka-band alert. If the Escort is left in its factory-default settings, all you'll know is that it's detecting Ka-band radar. But how to tell if it's alerting to a passing Cobra radar detector—or the Stalker radar of a Missouri Highway Patrol Hemi-equipped Dodge Charger hunkered down over the next hill? Performance Tips tells you how.
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As they say, knowledge is power. It's yours for the asking when you do business with Radartest. We're the only outfit that tests every product we sell—and we back it up with the personal service that keeps our customers coming back.