If you want the best protection possible against speeding tickets, the team at Extreme Audio in Mechanicsville or Midlothian can answer your questions about custom-installed radar detectors. While portable radar detectors are easy to install and great for rental cars, an integrated system provides clean cosmetics and improved performance.
First and foremost, a custom-installed radar detector becomes a part of your vehicle. There’s nothing attached to the windshield or rearview mirror bracket to distract you or clutter the interior of your car. All the wiring will be hidden from view, leaving the power outlet free for a cell phone charger.
In the event of a severe accident, portable units have the potential of coming loose from the windshield and causing damage or injury. The control modules for a custom-installed laser defense system and radar detector are mounted inside the dash, improving your safety in these extreme cases.
Reduced Theft Potential
A premium portable radar detector can easily cost more than $600. Mounted to your windshield, these are a popular target for thieves. Nobody wants to come out of their home, work, a movie or a restaurant to find a window broken and a radar detector missing. Our custom-installed solutions are nearly invisible. We typically mount the radar receiver antennae behind a plastic bumper cover, and the laser sensors are small enough to blend into a grille or hide in an air duct. Inside the car, K40 systems can be used with a wireless remote control to make the system completely invisible. If you have chosen an Escort system or the K40 Expert interface, we can conceal the control panel inside a storage tray to keep things clean. Once our team has finished integrating your detector system, would-be thieves will never know there’s anything to steal.
Speaking of keeping things hidden, the Escort MAX Ci detector is not only invisible from outside the vehicle, it’s undetectable by radar detector detectors.
Don’t confuse laser detection with laser defense. Portable detectors, on their own, will only provide an alert that your vehicle has been targeted by an officer with a lidar gun. In most cases, if you are speeding, then you are already caught and will be getting a ticket. Lidar guns can calculate your speed in less than a half second. This short time makes it impossible for you to react to a warning. A laser defense system gives you time to slow down before the officer can take a reading.
In the case of K40 products, if you want a laser defense system, you’ll want to go with their RL200 or RL360 systems. Escort offers its ZW5 laser defense add-on package for portable units like the MAX 360c and RedLine EX.
Long-Range Radar Sensitivity
The radar antennae included with a custom-installed radar detector are much larger than those built into a portable unit. This increase in physical size makes them more sensitive to radar signals, giving you more time to check your speed before an officer can take a reading.
Heat-Blocking Windshield Films and Coatings
If your vehicle’s windshield has heat-rejecting film or built-in heating, as is common with many Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Land Rover, Ford and Tesla vehicles, then a windshield-mounted radar detector may not work at all. These metallic layers can dramatically reduce or block the transmission of radar signals, leaving you vulnerable.
Protect Yourself with a Radar Detector Solution from Extreme Audio
If you’re interested in purchasing a radar detector for your car or truck, drop by Extreme Audio in Midlothian or Mechanicsville and speak to one of our product specialists. We will work with you to understand how you drive and inspect your vehicle to determine a solution that will meet your needs and expectations. For more information, call our location nearest to you or send us an e-mail using our contact form.