Radar and Laser Detectors – What really works?

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With all of the gimmicks and gadgets on the market, what can drivers effectively do to avoid dealing with speeding tickets?

It seems like there’s a million different products out there claiming to shield your vehicle from the all-intrusive electronic arm of the law. There are companies claiming that everything from plastic license plate covers to liquid spray will effectively evade the radar and lasers of the boys in blue. But many of these products are really designed for one thing only – fleecing consumers. The solution to overcoming police radar and laser technology is found in technology that can detect and/or evade police speed guns. In this article we’ll be discussing factors to consider when purchasing a radar/laser detector, and also which models offer the best protection for the price.

There are currently three bands of radar utilized by the police. X-band was the first to be put into use, followed by K-band in the 70’s, and now the latest - the Ka-band. All of these different bands are easily picked up by any radar detector of reasonable quality. However, different radar detectors have very different range and signal discrimination. There are a lot of signals out there that can set off a radar detector, including everything from microwaves to garage door openers. A good radar detector will have the ability to discriminate between such signals and actual police radar.

With laser speed readers, commonly utilized by highway cops, there are other issues to take into account. There are two types of laser trap prevention – laser detectors and laser jammers. In every state other than Virginia and the District of Columbia, radar and laser detectors are perfectly legal to keep in your vehicle – however, the legality of laser jammers and laser scramblers vary from state to state. Either way, 360 degree detection is a necessity, as police will appear from almost any angle. Since laser is a much more focused beam, usually spanning the hood of your vehicle, it can be more difficult to detect. So you’re going to want a device with a long range of detection. If you’re driving down the road and a law officer is reading speeds a mile down the road, the chances of you picking up the signal with a quality detector are fairly good.

One of the finest models on the market right now is the Escort 8500 X50 (http://www.radarsource.com/escort-passport-8500.htm). It features a radar detection range of 1.5 miles, picks up all frequencies of radar, and has 360 degree protection. It features full laser detection with long range accuracy. The Escort 8500 X50 is frequency upgradeable, meaning that the microprocessor can be reprogrammed to combat future radar and laser technology.

Another high-quality model is the Beltronics “Bel” RX65 Pro (http://www.radarsource.com/beltronics-rx65.htm). Special features include 3 different modes of selectivity, allowing you to determine the sensitivity of detection based on your surroundings, Ku-band detection allowing you to take your Bel RX65 Pro to Europe and utilize it there, and also includes Shadow Technology to evade radar detector-detectors.

The Beltronics RX65 Pro is comparable in price to the Escort 8500 X50. Both are available with rush shipping from RadarSource.com (http://www.radarsource.com), an authorized dealer of both Beltronics and Escort Radar Detectors. Their customer service staff is knowledgeable, and readily available to help you decide which radar detector is the right one for you and your radar detection needs.

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