Hey everybody! I'm new to the forum so bear with me as I state my situation and what I am looking for. I'm currently a college student in upstate New York.
I stay on my campus but travel a lot between school, home, and elsewhere. What is unique about my situation is that the routes that I take are very diverse. Between school and home, I drive through a lot of back roads where there are occasional state troopers out and about, as well as a handful of highway driving where a number of state troopers and county sheriffs watch regularly. Both the highway and the back roads are winding and hilly since they are all in and around mountains and valleys. Other than that, the small college town has a state troopers barracks, state university police, and county sheriffs office.
Other driving includes trips where I drive through well populated cities like Syracuse and Rochester (not quite NYC, but you get the point of diversity in my routes).
I'm unsure if climate has a significant effect on these devices, but conditions here range from 100 plus degrees in the summer to a negative twenty with wind and snow in the winter.
I have never had a run in with officers until the first week of college last year, and since then I have received four tickets, two of which were speeding, an "inadequate" muffler, and a seatbelt violation (while I had it on, which was interesting, but I guess they can get away with whatever they want). At this point, as a broke college student, I cannot afford to deal with it anymore, especially since my experiences include things that I am not even guilty for.
I am searching for a radar detector in the hopes of becoming more aware of my surroundings, as well as attempting to save some cash. I am not here looking for a device to give me a free pass. I am also not looking for people to tell me to stop doing 7mph over the speed limit and put a stock exhaust on my truck. I am looking for honest advice.
The device would go into my tuned 2001 Silverado 1500, and I've got an iPhone 5S (may or may not be relevant depending on your suggestions).
I've done a handful of research to try and separate the fact from fiction. After finding out that some of these things may actually help me, I've found a few detectors that I may be interested in. Three that stand out to me are the Escort Redline, the Escort Passport 9500ix, and I've heard only a little about this Valentine V1. I want to get some more opinions, like if there are other brands or detectors that I should be searching for. What would be ideal for my situation?
Thanks, your help is greatly appreciated.