Hey guys, newbie here... although just fyi I'm not really a forum newbie I'm actually a moderator (with over 35,000 posts) on boards.ign.com which is the 2nd largest board on the internet. I've been lurking here for a good two days reading many misc. threads and the FAQs gathering as much information on everything as possible. with that said, thanks for the wealth of information you guys provide
Anyway, recently I've been looking into purchasing a RD since I've been traveling a little more. The problem is I can't figure out if I can justify $300 for the Escort 8500 X50. I've never had a speeding ticket in my life and I am nearly 22 years old. For the most part I travel around the city (I am a pizza driver too), I drive occasionally an hour or more to see friends or family and more recently a three-hour drive to see my girlfriend. That should be ending soon, but until then...
I'm a good driver and I am proud that I've never had a ticket because I almost always set my cruise control to only 7-8mph over the limit. The problem is I sometimes get impatient and want to go 80-85mph or like 70mph in a 55mph zone. Recently on one of my 3-hour trips I got pulled over going 63-64 in a 55mph zone and he was very nice and gave me a warning. This is where I started thinking that I could've prevented that.
I think the reasons why I would want one is to protect myself and to alert me when I am over the limit when I occasionally press the gas pedal too far. I'd rather never have a speeding ticket and never have to pay one. I wouldn't purposely use it so that I could speed, but I'm sure I'd feel more comfortable if I was speeding and had a RD on my dash.
So, convince me if you think I can justify spending this much on a RD. I don't need a super fancy one nor can I afford one over $300. I feel like I'm often times paranoid of the LEO even when I'm not going more than 7-8mph over the limit. I've been pulled over twice and warned both times. I fear that next time I'd actually get a ticket. The other thing is that I'd be afraid of new technology coming out too soon and then I'd feel like I wasted $300... I looked around online and found one on Amazon, but I'm not sure if it's from an authorized dealer. I'm sure you guys know of some decent places selling them at decent prices... if you can't post them then don't worry about it.
Sorry for the long first post, but I appreciate any replies
EDIT: I just want to add that sometimes I feel like the little speeding actually makes little difference in arrival to my final destination. I've also been told "just go the speed limit or 5 over. It's not hard. Don't waste $300 when you can have self control and be patient. It's not worth going 15 over to save yourself 5 minutes on a trip". These are the things that kind of bring me back to reality and think maybe I don't need a RD.