A short guide to buying a radar detector

The flash that precedes receiving a speeding fine may not be something you have to live with.

With the cost of speeding tickets climbing - along with the added inconvenience of demerit points - getting a radar detector could be a no-brainer.

Are you a professional driver who relies on their driver's license to earn a living, or are you simply a driver who occasionally oversteps the speed limit inadvertently?

Buying and using a quality radar detector can make a difference to, and greatly improve your driving enjoyment and relaxation, with good quality undetectable radar detectors available from around $1000

Radar detectors are designed to help level the playing field when you may be travelling slightly above the speed limit.

Detecting an alert from an approaching radar equipped patrol car can give you, in many cases, enough time to slow down and reduce the chance of receiving a speeding ticket.

Put simply, radar detectors help motorists determine whether or not their speed is being monitored with speed measuring radar.

There are two different categories of radar detector which may be suitable:

  1. Windscreen mounted, stealthy - Radar detector detectors (RDDs) cannot detect these. An undetectable radar detector should be located appropriately in a sun visor pouch and powered remotely. Escort Redline models are recommend in this category. These include a GPS database for fixed camera alerting. Laser defence packages are available with these types.
  2. Customised/built-in - these units require specialist installation and are top-performing detectors with GPS for fixed camera alerts and an option for integrated laser defence. These units are stealthy and we recommend Stinger or Escort products in this category.

We would recommend selecting an optional sunvisor pouch and hardwire kit when purchasing a windscreen mounted radar detector.