The ambush frequently happens after you receive a weak signal and ignore it as a false alert. This alert can be an indication of the following:
- All police radar guns are directional, meaning they send the signal in the direction the gun is pointed. As you approach an officers location, it maybe pointing in another direction, thus the weak signal on your radar detector. As you approach, it is re-targeted toward your location.
- The law enforcement officer is further down the road, using his instant-on radar gun.
- Another law enforcement trick is to do radar enforcement in locations known for false alerts. Regular travelers of this route start ignoring the usual alert that they receive when in this area. To avoid this trap, consider a detector that has the ability to detect multiple threats
A good formula to use to determining if the range of your radar detector is adequate to avoid an ambush is "Capture Area x 6". This formula is allows you to detect the police in enough time to safely slow down and to observe the events taking place around you, to then determine the reason for the alert.
New Jersey Superior Court Judge Reginald Stanton's ruling which stated that an officer should not target vehicles further then 1000' could be used as a baseline. However very few officers know anything about this ruling and often start obtaining a vehicle tracking history the moment that they observe your vehicle.
Under normal circumstances, the longest range an officer can lock on and make any type of target vehicle identification on a flat roadway using radar, is approximately 1/4 of a mile. Therefore using my formula, you would want to have a detector that has at least, 1.5 miles of detection.
However, there are also some variables in the where police speed enforcement is used, such as hills and curves. Therefore, if you live or drive in an area that has allot of curvy, mountainous roads, you would want to increase your capture area to at least a four mile distance.
During one of my latest Long Range Test the Passport Max2
was able to detecting K and Ka band signals at a distance of over 8 miles away.
Therefore, when your radar detector goes off, make sure that you are traveling at the legal speed limit and are obeying all other traffic rules, until you are SURE the threat has ended.
Use the correct mode
"You’ll go crazy listening to false alerts if you don’t use the correct mode.”
– Radar Roy
Use City Mode for city
When driving in the city, switch your radar detector over to city
mode. This will reduce the sensitivity of the radar detector (usually on
X band only) or leave the sensitivity unchanged and raise the threshold
of the unit, when the audio alerts sound.
By doing this, you will significantly reduce the number of false alerts your radar detector will receive.
you will have a more relaxed driving experience without having to
listen to your radar detector’s false alerts to other devices such as
automatic door openers, alarm systems and even other radar detectors.
Use Highway Mode for highways
When you activate highway mode on your radar detector:
For the VERY BEST range on the highway, always use Highway Mode!
- You increase the sensitivity of your radar detector to receive at its maximum range
- Your detector’s audio alerts are restored for low signal strength encounters
- Your detector is at maximum performance and more likely to warn you of threats ahead on the roadway, including instant-on radar.
You can forget about the changing modes with the new Escort and Beltronics GPS enabled radar detectors.
– Radar Roy
of the GPS based Radar Detectors offered by both Escort and Beltronics
such as the Passport Max2, the Escort 9500ix, the Bel PRO 500, the Escort
9500ci and the Passport IQ automatically sense the speed that you are
driving and adjust the sensitivity accordingly if switched into auto
Each millisecond an officer is prevented from obtaining a tracking history
report means miles per hour taken off your speed if you react in time.
Even if the effort seems fruitless, apply your brakes immediately upon being warned by your radar detector. If you apply your brakes immediately, you could beat an officer to the punch, even if he is using instant-on radar.
Remember, police radars are machines and don’t ALWAYS work correctly.
common errors radar and laser guns and their operators make, consider
downloading my 78-page Radar Detector Buyers Guide E-Book, which I offer
as my free gift to new members of Radar Roy's V.I.P. Group.
Always be alert of road conditions when applying your brakes,
especially when driving in inclement weather, on roads with potholes, and/or when other vehicles are close behind.