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It's been a really long time since I've purchased a new radar detector, we're talking like 10 years. Does anyone have any opinions on the best newer once? I've heard that it's the new Uniden R3, but not 100% sure.
Any help would be awesome, thanks!
 

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A radar detector is only as good as the operator. If you don't understand how to use it properly, it's going to be useless.

1) A detector does not make you invincible from tickets. The increased use of Lidar / POP make radar detectors more and more obsolete.
2) A detector is a tool in the arsenal, but you still need to be aware of your surroundings. Be looking for potential speed trap locations, etc.

I've had a Valentine 1 for many years, and have not been stopped for a speed-related incident outside of visual estimation. I typically follow the rule of thirds/fourths/fifths (depending on traffic); for every 2-4 cars that I pass, one car passes me. This ensures that there are plenty of better fish in the sea for LEO to pull over. Those passing vehicles also become my "rabbits"; I can see them hit their brake lights unexpectedly (e.g., not approaching traffic), they may have gotten something on their detector I haven't picked up yet or noticed a LEO running a speed trap.

There is no "best" detector on the market. They key is to buy a quality detector, understand it's signals, and use the device properly (as a tool, not a blanket ability to speed). If you go with a high-end detector, it should suit you well. They will all have their pros/cons. If you want a good detector, expect to spend $400+.

The big key is to know the type of enforcement that is used in an area. Here in NY, I can ignore anything that isn't Ka-Band, and they are running it constantly. I'm to the point where I tone out the alerts that aren't Ka. That's caused me trouble in other states (e.g., PA) where they utilize other bands, but I've been lucky enough to avoid roadside chats with LEO. If you live/travel in areas that are heavily Lidar enforcement areas, a detector isn't going to do you all that much good. In those instances, you may want to consider a laser jammer. For areas that are POP radar enforced, you really need to be even more concerned with having "rabbits".
 

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The WAZE app is good for knowing when the police are for the most part. I tend to stay around 5 over the speed limit and haven't been pulled over in 15+ years. Also the normal LEO rule is +9 you're fine, +10 you're mine, but that's not allows the case.
 

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^^ Me too. Except I did get a ticket a couple years ago first long trip in the WRX but instead of my normal 5 over, I was doing +14 and indeed a state trooper got me.

I still have a CB in the car. Used to be the truck drivers would always warn other truckers when they last saw a bear. Listening in on channel 19 was a good way to tell where speed traps were. But nowadays there is not NEAR as much trucker talk on the CB as there used to be. I think they are on cell phones instead.
 

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I've always wanted to try one. But I fear the complexity of them and feel like in the end I might be that person that can't figure out how to use it... a friend has a fancy one and it chirps and bings and flashes and all sorts of stuff. Also it goes crazy every time he drives by a jail. Feel like I'm just better off doing my best to be a decent and courteous driver
 

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I have had a valentine 1 since 2012 and its paid for itself many times over but you still have to be aware for laser
 

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A radar detector is only as good as the operator. If you don't understand how to use it properly, it's going to be useless.

1) A detector does not make you invincible from tickets. The increased use of Lidar / POP make radar detectors more and more obsolete.
2) A detector is a tool in the arsenal, but you still need to be aware of your surroundings. Be looking for potential speed trap locations, etc.

I've had a Valentine 1 for many years, and have not been stopped for a speed-related incident outside of visual estimation. I typically follow the rule of thirds/fourths/fifths (depending on traffic); for every 2-4 cars that I pass, one car passes me. This ensures that there are plenty of better fish in the sea for LEO to pull over. Those passing vehicles also become my "rabbits"; I can see them hit their brake lights unexpectedly (e.g., not approaching traffic), they may have gotten something on their detector I haven't picked up yet or noticed a LEO running a speed trap.

There is no "best" detector on the market. They key is to buy a quality detector, understand it's signals, and use the device properly (as a tool, not a blanket ability to speed). If you go with a high-end detector, it should suit you well. They will all have their pros/cons. If you want a good detector, expect to spend $400+.

The big key is to know the type of enforcement that is used in an area. Here in NY, I can ignore anything that isn't Ka-Band, and they are running it constantly. I'm to the point where I tone out the alerts that aren't Ka. That's caused me trouble in other states (e.g., PA) where they utilize other bands, but I've been lucky enough to avoid roadside chats with LEO. If you live/travel in areas that are heavily Lidar enforcement areas, a detector isn't going to do you all that much good. In those instances, you may want to consider a laser jammer. For areas that are POP radar enforced, you really need to be even more concerned with having "rabbits".
This is the most important information. It's also worth verifying that they are not somehow illegal in your area.
The WAZE app is good for knowing when the police are for the most part. I tend to stay around 5 over the speed limit and haven't been pulled over in 15+ years. Also the normal LEO rule is +9 you're fine, +10 you're mine, but that's not allows the case.
Must be nice. Round here +anything ticket. I know a few folks who have quite a few <5 tickets.

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The WAZE app is good for knowing when the police are for the most part.
WAZE is as good as the community members you live near, and requires you to be streaming data on your cell phone while driving. Also, LEO in my area monitor WAZE and will adjust their location after being "outed". Also, if you're caught using WAZE while driving to report cops, it's a 5-pt ticket here in NY (12pts = suspended license), the same as texting & driving. WAZE is certainly a helpful tool to be monitoring if you can afford the data use, but certainly not something I would rely on to avoid getting a citation for speeding.
 

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WAZE is as good as the community members you live near, and requires you to be streaming data on your cell phone while driving. Also, LEO in my area monitor WAZE and will adjust their location after being "outed". Also, if you're caught using WAZE while driving to report cops, it's a 5-pt ticket here in NY (12pts = suspended license), the same as texting & driving. WAZE is certainly a helpful tool to be monitoring if you can afford the data use, but certainly not something I would rely on to avoid getting a citation for speeding.
Ouch, even if it's on a mount running like gps?

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Ouch, even if it's on a mount running like gps?
Physically operating your phone while driving
 

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i got an escort max 360 last year and love it. its not the most sensitive detector on the market but its loaded with features.

but there are a lot of good detectors on the market. https://www.youtube.com/user/TravelCam1111 is a great resource for figuring out witch one is right for you.
I looked at the reviews and was not impressed. I've been looking for a Uniden R3 after seeing reviews and such. But still awesome to get personal experience from others.
 

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If you drive the same roads over and over, there is nothing to replace observation. When and where do law enforcement setup and how, that sort of thing. They tend to use and re-use what works best for revenue collection.

I'm fortunate enough to live in the last state where RADAR / LIDAR is only authorized for use by state police on state highways. Local law enforcement does not use RADAR / LIDAR. I've learned most if not all of their methods.

Look and learn.
 

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If you drive the same roads over and over, there is nothing to replace observation. When and where do law enforcement setup and how, that sort of thing. They tend to use and re-use what works best for revenue collection.
Observation is big. When LEOs are literally hiding in the woods, a detector becomes pretty handy.

I got tagged by radar in one of these situations on the way to one of the Victory Meets at a high rate of speed in a work zone trying to finally get past left-lane squatters. Luckily, traffic was heavy, so the officer couldn't merge into traffic immediately, there was a rest area ahead, and I "really had to pee" so I stopped and went to the bathroom (I saw them fly past the rest area with lights on as I was walking in). That was when I learned that PA uses K-Band...
 

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Ah Victory meets ... you were well within your constitutional rights to get there ASAP.
 
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