For the last couple of weeks I’ve been driving around with a shield. No, not like a bronze Roman shield hanging out the window. I’m talking about an invisible shield generated by the Escort 360 radar detector which gives me a heads up when it detects radar signals around me. Why? The answer is simple: several months back I got a ticket when the speed on the road I was driving on changed very suddenly without my knowledge. I was upset about that and thought to myself I’d be more careful in the future.
But you can only be so careful. Without a doubt there are times when you’re driving along and you miss things — like speed limit signs. It just happens. And that is exactly why I was thrilled to not only learn about the Max 360 radar detector but to actually have a chance to try it out.
Now you should know right up front that radar detectors are perfectly legal in all but two states. It’s a bit of a myth that you aren’t supposed to use them. So ya — since I can, I definitely will.
The Max 360 is powerful. It can detect several different types of radar over long distances. And it’s surprising exactly what it finds. I expected it to find police cars with radar guns aimed at the road. I didn’t expect it to find radar signs (you know the ones that tell you how fast you’re driving over the speed limit) — but it makes sense now that I’ve experienced it. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, I was amazed to find out that the Max 360 can even detect radar coming from planes! That’s how thorough the Max 360 is.
And it’s incredibly easy to tell which direction a radar signal is coming from. That’s thanks to the blue arrow lights that indicate whether a threat is coming from in front or in back or from either side of your vehicle. The lights are quite accurate and easy to see and, when paired with alert noises, make a great system for assessing potential speed situations.
I’ve definitely been enjoying the red-light camera alerts. Of course there are several red light cameras I am aware of ...