I've been researching radar detectors and laser jammers for the past few months, and used this forum for a large portion of it. I know I am most likely getting the Escort Redline and Laser Interceptor dual... once that tax return comes in
I have some questions about actually using these devices and how to drive with them, these may be noobish questions to some of you but I at least have a fairly good idea about this whole thing since I've been reading up on it for a while.
First some background info on my driving habits...
I've had a license for 8 years. I got two speeding tickets in the first 2 years, and none since. Most of my daily driving is on public roads where its either not an option to speed, or I just don't have any reason to make up time.
However, when I'm on the interstate, its usually for longer distances (2+hrs), and I travel like this at least once a month. On the interstate I set cruise control to 9mph over. I know 10mph over is the magic number where cops start pulling people over, but I know they can and will pull you for 5 over, which makes me nervous doing 9 over. And on 2+ hour trips, averaging a few mph more adds up to a lot of time.
So, basically the reason I am getting a RD/LJ, is so when I'm on the interstate I don't have to worry as much about speeding, and therefore able to make up a lot of time.
So onto some questions...
Lets say I have my redline and LI installed and tested to work properly. What is a reasonable amount over the PSL I can drive on the interstate, assuming I know how to work everything? I believe this will change for the time of day, especially night/day, who else is on the road if anyone at all, and the terrain, etc.
Going along with that question, what are the actual driving techniques for different situations? I read about follow a rabbit, etc. I'd rather not have to do that though. Also slowing down over the crest of a hill.
Next question is, does a radar detector pick up laser? I will have a jammer, but if cars ahead of me are getting hit by laser, will my detector alert me of that?
I've seen a lot of laser guns tagging cars in videos online, but none for radar. Where does a cop with a radar gun have to be in relation to you to pick up your speed? For instance, if I'm driving on the interstate with trees thickly separating the two sides, and a cop is sitting in that, can he get me as I pass in that split second?
Thats it for now. I'm sure I'll post on here when I finally get all this to install. Basically looking for specific tips on how to effectively use a RD/LJ and how fast over the PSL I can 'safely' go.