I bought an Escort last year for my big summer trip, and it certainly saved
me on several occasions (esp. with a couple of laser hits). But for years I
have been able to pretty much stay out of trouble by listening to my intuition.
Sometimes it is just the shape of the headlights in the rear view mirror which
gives you pause, sometimes it is the behavior of cars 300 yards ahead of
you, slight little things they do when they've seen the LEO before you have,
but whatever it is it has saved my bacon on a number of occasions. Happened
again just the other day when I was on an onramp and something about
the headlights behind me set my alarm bells ringing. Sure enough it was
a LEO, who tailed me for a bit then passed me.
I guess I "learned" this years ago (punk kid phase) when I was following an
older couple in their Cadillac, I noted the detector on their windshield, but
sped blithely by them when they slowed down, only to get nailed by radar
when I crested the hill ahead. Decided after that to always pay attention to
the smallest clues no matter how seemingly insignificant (of course in this
particular case it was like a bright flashing neon warning sign which I
Slowing down just to be safe costs you a few seconds of travel time but
can save you tons of money and hassles. Just my 2 cents.