Installing Radar Detector | How to Install a Radar Detector

Radar detectors are typically placed on or above the dashboard facing forward with a clear line of sight out the front windshield. Most radar detectors come with suction cup mounting brackets so the unit can be mounted and dismounted to different locations. Many states (such as Minnesota and California) have specific laws prohibiting or limiting the use of any devices attached to the windshield.

Before installing radar detector, you need to investigate any legal restrictions in your state before installing a radar detector.

Installing Radar Detector

General guidelines for radar or laser detector placement:

  • For detection of radar signals, the higher the better (such as below the rearview mirror or on the visor).
  • For detection of laser signals, the lower the better (such as on the dash board).
  • If your detector has both radar and laser detection capabilities, choose the lower position as laser is more difficult to detect than radar and needs the optimum placement.
  • Any obstructions in the rear window will limit the effective range of detectors with rear coverage.
  • Avoid placing the detector behind parking stickers, toll road transponders or wiper blades that will obstruct the radar signal’s path.
  • Window tint can reduce the range of radar detection. Avoid installing the detector on the visor or at the edge of the headliner as many windshields have a factory tint. Metallic or ‘hybrid’ window films on rear and side windows may also limit the effective range of radar detectors with rear coverage.

Installing radar detector

Consider a Radar Detector as a Safety Device

The purchase and use of a radar detector is worth more than avoiding the cost of a ticket or higher insurance premiums. It also helps increase safe driving habits.

Some interesting facts about speeding in general:

  • Speeding is a contributing factor in approximately 1 out of 8 crashes.
  • Speeding is a contributing factor in approximately 1 out of 3 fatal crashes.
  • 86% of speed-related fatalities occur on roads that are not highways.
  • More than 60% of all crashes occur between the speeds of 0 and 40 mph.
  • The force of impact during a crash is more than 33% greater at 35 mph than at 30 mph.
  • Each 1 mph reduction in average speed translates to a 5% reduction in vehicle crashes.

End of installing radar detector guides.

Source: NHTSA

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