If you are looking for amazing performance from a new radar detector for your vehicle, drop by Street Smart Automotive Solutions in Flowood and ask about our custom-installed solutions. In this article, we are going to compare and contrast the benefits of portable, windshield-mounted radar detectors with an integrated solution like the K40 Rl360i.
Custom-Installed Radar Receiver Performance
When it comes to any type of antennae, size matters. The radar receiver antennae included with a custom-installed detector is larger than most portable units. This size gives them an advantage in terms of sensitivity and long-range performance when looking for X, K and Ka-band signals. When seconds matter, radar antenna sensitivity is a big deal.
Laser Detector vs. Laser Defuser Technologies
If you are looking at a high-performance portable radar detector like the K40 RLS2, you’ll see that it includes a Laser Detector. The detector functions by watching for signals from LIDAR guns and alerting you when one is detected. Unfortunately, if a police officer was targeting your vehicle, this warning is an announcement that he knows how fast you are driving.
If you want protection against police LIDAR, then you need a laser defense system like the Laser Defuser Optix and g5 from K40. These systems work with remotely mounted radar detectors like the RL360i and RL360di to confuse the LIDAR gun with a scrambled signal until you can slow down to a legal speed. If you’re quick and smooth, you can slow down and cancel the transmission so the police officer will get a legal speed reading and let you carry on with your trip.
Convenience, Safety and Security
Portable radar detectors are designed to attach to your vehicle’s windshield using suction cups or to a custom rearview mirror bracket. While this does place the system directly in your field of vision, that convenience can also serve as a distraction and may keep you from seeing traffic lights or road signs. Add to that, coiled power cables hanging from the windshield are another distraction that we simply don’t need.
Another concern about portable units is theft. Seeing a $400 radar detector on your windshield may prove to be too tempting for an opportunistic thief. With a rock through your side window, in three seconds your investment is gone.
Finally, portable detectors can be a hazard if you are in a serious accident. The last thing you need if you are rear-ended on the highway is to be hit in the head by a 5-ounce hunk of plastic and metal.
By contrast, a custom-installed radar detector is essentially invisible in your vehicle. There are only two small warning lights that we install the location of your choice to warn you as to which direction an alert is coming from. All the hardware for the system is mounted under the dash, and the radar receivers are concealed behind the front and rear bumper covers.
Visit the Radar Detector Experts at Street Smart Today
If you are shopping for a radar detector for your vehicle, we invite you to visit Street Smart Automotive Solutions in Flowood today. Our team would be happy to design a custom-installed radar detector solution for you. If you have any questions, call our store or send us an e-mail using our contact page.