While no radar detector can perform miracles, the new generation of detectors offer additional features to protect drivers from speed traps and speeding tickets, such as Instant-On protection.

How Do Radar Detectors Work?

A policeman's radar gun will send out multiple radio waves at one time.  A radar detector can usually pick up on these waves before your car is detected on the gun's scan.  When these radio waves hit the car you are riding in, the sensor in a personal radar detector will send an alert to let you know that your car is being targeted. Technologies continue to evolve for police and private drivers. Drivers that want to continue to use radar detectors should stay current with evolving radar technologies.

Are Radar Detectors Legal?

The answer to that question depends on which state you live in. While federal law prohibits them from being used in commercial vehicles of a specific size, it does not prohibit their use in privately owned cars. In addition, according to AAA, all states except Washington, D.C. and Virginia permit radar detectors for personal cars. However, it would be wise to double-check with your state DMV before purchasing one to ensure you have accurate, up-to-date information.

Current Radar Detection Technologies

Radar detectors are now more integrated into the driving experience. Many offer GPS to provide drivers information on where radars are located and how fast the car is traveling. Certain models can self-adjust to switch between highway and city mode, saving the driver some time and hassle, while GPS models provide safe driving features such as warnings when you go over the speed limit or when the terrain suddenly changes. Some models will even remember speed traps, sudden stops, or traffic light cameras. Others are compatible with smartphones to warn drivers of known locations where law enforcement or cameras are frequently used in real time.

Types of Radar Detectors

There are three main types of detectors currently being sold. The first two are simple self-installs: the corded and the cordless. Both are mounted to windshields with suction cups. The third type, the remote-mount detector, requires a professional installation but provides the best protection against theft because the type of installation makes it hard to see. To find a professional installer, or to find out more about pricing, models, and available features, contact Communications Center. You can find the right radar detector and start driving without fear today. 

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