OK, so I've been searching this forum and reading a lot of intersting posts about instant on (I/O).
As in my post just the other day about my 9500ci failing me, I had since learned from this forum I was hit by I/O as the lead car.
I have also since learned to always have a rabbit.
But I'm still not truly understanding the benefits of having detector capabilities (except for a CB radio). If one always must follow a rabbit to avoid being the lead hit on I/O, seems the chances are almost always (I've read exceptions however) that the rabbit gets taken down.
I've been a spirited driver for 10+ years and always used a rabbit and always slowed down in any area that appeared to be a good place for a LEO. In 10+ years I've never had a ticket. Only since breaking the rule of following a rabbit and relying on my radar detector (all of 1 week old), have I been pulled over for speeding.
I'm a complete newbie to RDs and jumped right into a $2K 9500ci device without understanding the limitations. To me, I/O is a game changer and my 9500ci was a waste. Even a V1 would have been a waste IMHO.
So again, if one must always follow a rabbit just in case of I/O, than why not just follow the rabbit, save your $$ on a V1, 9500ci, or other such device, and speed carefully (if there is such as thing as speeding carefully).