Today’s radar detector technology helps drivers of every kind; from the sprinter to the business commuter. With today’s GPS-enabled speed camera detectors, drivers can have the best of GPS tracking in their vehicles along with an alert when approaching photo enforcement devices. These detectors go a step farther than that by also providing long-range radar detection for city driving and highway traveling. Here are the ins and outs of speed camera detectors and how they can work best for any driver on the road today.
Cities and freeways all over the country are utilizing machines to nab speeders and red-light runners. This is a good thing for the safety of everyone on the road. But for the professional driver, it can be a nuisance. As unexpected tickets show up in the mail, the frustration over not knowing what was coming can really add up. These devices are not intended to help drivers beat the law and avoid punishment. However, for the distracted driver, an accidental ticket can be easily avoided by having one of these GPS-enabled speed camera detectors mounted on the dash.
The first way they help is by detecting the radar bands and signals emitted from virtual speed traps. Though they work wonders for detecting police radar as well, the real benefit is protecting you from what you can’t see. Red light cameras and speed cameras can literally be mounted anywhere, even in the most unexpected of places. These speed camera detectors can tell you, well ahead of time, that you are approaching one and will give you the chance to slow down within speed limits (or stop in time for a red light). End result: fewer moving violations.
The next advantage to having a speed camera detector is that these units all come with GPS. Though they don’t work like a Garman does to tell you where to go in order to get somewhere, the unit is tracked by GPS to tell the driver 2 vital things: where the virtual speed traps are and how fast the vehicle is traveling. In units like the Escort Passport 9500ix for instance (the top-rated unit on the market right now), pre-loaded virtual speed trap information is already programmed into the device so that no matter where you are in North America, this unit has you covered.
Even better than that, however, these amazing devices also alert drivers to intersections they are approaching that are known to have either red light cameras or speed detectors installed. This helps drivers avoid going too fast or running right through a red light due to distraction. GPS detectors use Global Positioning Systems to also track how fast a vehicle is traveling. The unit alerts the driver when they are approaching a speed trap and briefly shows how fast they were traveling at the time of the alert. Drivers can add new speed trap locations and red light cameras into the database and it will remember that area and alert the driver from that point on.
Though there are many GPS detectors on the market today, some work better than others. Knowing what features to look for can help you make the very best choice for your particular needs on the road.