Every first Saturday of the month, there is a car show in Scottsdale. Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Bugattis, Zagatos – whatever you want, it will probably show up. To keep things safe, the Scottsdale police also show up. They walk the show – they’re car guys too. They also patrol the streets near the show. With radar.
How do I know?
About two weeks ago, I got an Escort Max 360 radar + laser detector to try out.
- Number, type and strength of signal in a user specified, advanced display mode.
This is the latest and greatest detector from Escort, the industry leader. Escort Radar products are recommended over Valentine One and other competitors. The Escort 360 comes loaded with state of the art technology. The technology of radar/laser detectors has leapt miles ahead to keep you aware of threats that constantly heighten.
But back to Scottsdale Road and the car show. I knew when the detector received a signal. The dual antenna, front + rear detection rapidly scanned for surrounding threats. The Digital Signal Processing provided extreme range and lightning fast response. I set the unit to chime, rather than buzz, one of the many customizable user settings.
I knew where the signal originated. Arrows indicated the direction of the radar source, giving me 360° protection. The arrows moved from front to side to rear as I passed a stationary source.
I knew how serious the source was. I set the Max 360 to differentiate the signals – Red for Ka, blue for K and green for X band.
- Ka signal to the side.
Thus, I knew that the police were enforcing traffic safety to protect those expensive exotic cars. I knew to look for the source of a Ka signal before I saw it. On a flat clear city road, I got about a mile notice. I did not have a chance to test the unit on the open highways by press time.
I also knew the signal was real. The Max 360 has GPS-powered AutoLearn technology, which intelligently rejects false alerts based upon signal frequency and location. So, that X-band signal from the storage place, probably a motion sensor, doesn’t send repeated false alarms every time I pass. Unlike the old days, radar detectors are smarter than ever before.
As for the police, for the first couple of days, I found myself a little hesitant to use the unit in their presence. I felt like I was giving them more reason to scrutinize my driving. I don’t know why, because, if anything, I drove slower and even more carefully with the unit on.
Anyway, that feeling passed. Radar detectors are legal across the U.S., except in Virginia and D.C. Some college age kids in my car did not believe me, but it’s true. (They are also illegal to use on U.S. military bases, so when I dropped off a guy at the National Guard base, the unit was not present.)
Mistakes on the enforcement side happen even when you don’t call attention to yourself. My old boss Martin got a photo radar ticket when he was trying to (legally) turn right on red at the same time as another driver was setting off the camera. If a detector saves you from even one ticket, it’s paid for itself. Escort believes so strongly in the product that it offers a “Speeding Ticket Limited Guarantee” including both radar and laser speeding tickets when purchased factory direct at www.escortradar.com
Here’s the bottom line on radar + laser detectors. They are more relevant now than ever before and, thanks to technology, smarter than ever before. They are definitely safety devices. I appreciate marked police vehicles out on the road – they lessen the risky behaviors of some drivers. But, they have another effect, like Arizona’s ill-conceived experiment with highway photo radar. They startle drivers. Most people do not consider themselves “speeders” but the reality is that most drivers travel roads where speed limits change without their awareness. People see traffic enforcement and sometimes do drastic things like hitting the brakes, even when their speed is fine. This can lead to traffic backups and sudden stops and a surprise test of your following distance.
Having a Max 360 not only warns you of radar signals, it alerts you to situations where other drivers might be prone to sudden reactions around or especially in front of you. With the number of miles I drive, and the things I have seen on the road, I appreciate any extra warning.
- Someone will probably over-brake when they see this.
If safer driving, precise detection and ticket protection on the road appeal to you, check out the new Max 360 and Escort’s full line of detectors and see for yourself how extra information helps you drive safer.