Does anybody ever use these anymore? Just curious if anybody has any experience with radar/laser detectors. Going on a road trip with miles of open highway, thought it might be nice to have one along.
The best way I found to stop getting tickets was just not driving stupid fast, regardless of the radar detector I had. Guess it was just part of growing out of my early-mid 20's. I just try to keep within 9 mph over the speed limit, unless traffic is generally moving faster. Seeing as highway speed limits are 65-75 mph these days, that means going 74-84 mph, depending on the state.
I still have the detector in my basement somewhere, but have not used it in years. If you drive faster as a result of having one, you are likely going to get more tickets, and for higher penalties. I have been driving now for about 26 years. I got more speeding tickets in the 5 years I used one than in the other 21 combined.
I realized I was just not gaining much by going 85 instead of 75. Just wasting gas and getting running a better chance of getting tickets and (worse) points on my license.
The reason I say 10 mph over the speed limit it that in my state (VA) if you are less than 10mph over the limit it is a fine, but no points on the license, which is what can really get you with insurance rates. Plus, most cops are not going to bother with a smaller infraction like that.
Anyway, I guess they can't hurt, as long as you don't drive faster as a result of having it.