Recently, I’ve been driving around with the Cobra XRS 9970G for the review that we just wrote on it and for the most part it provided ample warning of radar signals, it didn’t overwhelm us with its range. On the other hand, it also didn’t overwhelm us with its false alerts either.
This brings us to a huge question about how to buy the correct radar detector for your lifestyle. Do you want one that goes off at every little thing and annoys you and your passengers, but picks up the real stuff from miles away? Do you tend to drive the speed limit, but would like the situational awareness that a radar detector gives you for those times when you may drift above the speed limit? Are you just a casual speeder who needs ample warning, but doesn’t want the radar detector to go off and disturb others?
We are going to attempt to categorize the different types of the top rated radar detectors for users, and describe the detectors we’d recommend for them. We are very interested to hear your thoughts, so comment away…
You may be thinking, why does a non-speeder need to know what best radar detector for the money? In most situations, they probably won’t, but there are several situations where a radar detector could come in handy and provide situational awareness to help avoid unwanted situations.
- When other drivers first spot a police officer, they usually overreact, causing a safety issue by braking or switching lanes too fast. A person with a radar detector will likely know about the officer long before their car comes into view. They’ll be able to slow down and put enough distance between them and the next car to be able to react to any other drivers who may slam on their brakes or swerve out of their lane when they first spot the police officer.
- A similar scenario presents itself with police cars rushing to the scene of a crime or to help someone in need. If the police officer has their radar gun turned on as the speed to their destinations (and go through red lights), the driver with the radar detector will know ahead of time and may be able to mitigate a dangerous situation at an intersection.
Extreme range is not a real need for the non-speeder, we’d probably recommend a mid-level detector such as the Beltronics V940, or the Whistler Pro78-SE. These two detectors will provide sufficient range to help the non-speeder be aware when police are in the area, but will not overload the user with a ton of false alerts.
The casual speeder
The casual speeder is someone who tends to obey the speed limit most of the time, but every once in a while will exceed the limit, but never by more than 5-10 miles per hour. These people are looking for a detector with excellent range, but also one that will not give excessive false … Read More