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What Are Car Radar Detectors?

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Radar detectors can be a great tool for drivers as long as they're legal in your state. If you're considering investing in a radar detector for your vehicle, here's everything you need to know before you buy.

What Are Car Radar Detectors?

A radar detector in your car is a device that can pick up on X-band signals from other devices, letting you know when there's a device putting out X-bands nearby. According to Thomas, X-band radar can detect objects two to four miles away thanks to its low frequency and high output. Because the radar guns that law enforcement officers use typically operate at about 10.5 GHz, you can pick those radar guns up with your radar detector while you're driving.

Why Use a Radar Detector?

The simple reason to use a radar detector is to make sure you're not caught in any speed traps by the police. It's common for police to sit in areas where the speed changes or drivers frequently speed, and they may even set up an automated speed safety camera to catch you speeding. When you have a radar detector, you can see where radar guns and speed safety cameras are in use and slow down as you approach those areas.

Are Radar Detectors Legal?

You might get a hard time from police if they spot a radar detector in your car when they pull you over, but these devices are actually legal in many states. Even laser jammers are legal in several states. That being said, it's always smart to check the laws in your state before you use radar detectors.

Connecting Your Radar Detector

If you want to hardwire a radar detector to your car, all you have to do is connect it to the radio fuse wire. If you don't want to hardwire your radar detector, you can simply connect the power supply to your rearview mirror or your cigarette lighter socket.

Investing in a radar detector is a smart way to save on speeding tickets and avoid accidents. When you see a radar gun being used a mile ahead of you, you know it's time to slow down soon. Want to learn more about radar detectors and how they can help protect you? Contact The Specialists today to learn more about our products.

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