Hey guys. So in sponsor chat a few days ago I mentioned that I would like to buy a police radar/laser detector so that I know when it's safe to speed without getting pulled over. . I was immediately ripped apart by a LOT of people who think that I am being reckless and putting other people in danger by driving quickly so let me first clear a few things up:
I am a cruise control driver. I like putting my foot down but I drive SO MUCH that it is in my best interest to find an opening in traffic and lock in the cruise control. I only drive fast if I need to pass a car, or group of cars that are a serious impedence (or swerving). I will also drive fast if it is late at night, or on a totally empty road. I will slow down as soon as I catch up to traffic.
It is my philosophy NOT TO BE THE FASTEST CAR on any stretch of road. I try to make sure there is a car going faster than I am, and if you drive on a freeway and still believe ANY mph over the speed limit is dangerous, you are part of the problem. Here are some other neat tips and tricks to stay safe and keep traffic moving,
Turn signals are on almost every car on earth, use them so that people behind you (and oncoming traffic) know if you're about to make a turning move.
Look in the direction you are turning or changing lanes. Hell, look both ways, go exorcist in your Kia. Seriously, a quick glance could save you from some hurt.
I know you want to swerve to avoid that pothole/object/damaged road, but sometimes you have to eat a pothole... like when there is ONCOMING TRAFFIC!!! It's ok, relax, slow down and suck it up. If the pothole is massive and devastating, stop entirely, and wait for the oncoming traffic to finish.
If you have the Right of way, and there are cars waiting, Please go. It's not a waiting game and it's in everyone's best interest if SOMEBODY gets it moving.
When you're passing another vehicle, please pass it quickly (ESPECIALLY TRUCKS)! The more time you spend alongside another car, the more opportunity for you to hit them, or them to hit you. Just pass em, or let them pass you.
Old people can be dangerous, there's really no way to tell if you're driving behind a blind elderly person but if you think a driver anywhere around you is dangerous, get away from them. This sometimes requires violating the speed limit. Occasionally a driver is too fast or dangerous to pass, if it's that bad, just hang back and hope they don't drive into oncoming traffic.
The left lane is not just for fast people, sometimes you need to exit left, but if people in the slower lanes are passing you, you should probably move over. This applies to any lane when traffic is open. If you are being passed on both sides you are in the wrong lane.
The police in America will not pull you over for speeding unless you are going 10+mph over the speed limit. This is because <9mph over the speed limit is not a primary stop and search offense. If you are going 65mph in a 60mph zone, and you get pulled over, the police are looking for something else.
Not wearing your seatbelt IS a primary stop and search offense, so buckle the fuck up.
There is a law in most states that you can go up to 15mph over the posted speed limit in order to pass a vehicle that is driving too slowly (under the speed limit). Check your local laws.
Buy a pair of those stick-on fish eye mirrors for your side view. New cars and all trucks have huge blind spots and these cheap little mirrors are going to be the best money you've ever spent on your car. Set up your large mirrors to give you a wider view, and tilt a little higher, and stick the fish eyes wherever is convenient (recommended bottom outside corner).
If the weather is legitimately dangerous, pull over or stop in a safe place as soon as possible. There are people who will drive 40mph in a 60mph zone because of a light rain. Whether you want to pass them or not is your call, but your car's performance in bad weather depends entirely on your TIRES! If the whole world is spinning around you, or it's raining so hard that you can't even see the nose of your car, just immediately find a place to stop.
If it's raining, foggy, snowing, or any other precipitation; turn your lights on. It's not for you. It's to HELP PEOPLE SEE YOU!
CARS ARE HUGE METAL MACHINES!!! They are extremely deadly and the speeds we drive them at can deliver a LOT of energy on impact. That's why even fender benders at high speeds do a lot of damage. Treat driving your car as if every other car is a gigantic scary monster truck, and you will be better off for it.
Edit 7/18: Police do NOT need a real reason to pull you over. Cops see minor offenses as excuses to stop and run your paperwork, and smell the inside of your car for alcohol or weed. If you've been pulled over for 'nothing' just pull over and be nice. They want to see if you're doing something they can actually arrest you for. Just give them your paperwork. If you give them too much shit for pulling you over for 'nothing,' it's only going to upset them. You can flirt, or joke, or chitchat with the cop that pulled you over; but try not to be mean, or give them a reason to dig deeper.
Drive safely everybody! Have fun though!
EDIT: Radar detectors are now fundamentally flawed because many cars have radar assisted features. Back-Up sensors, radar guided cruise control and lane assist/lane management systems WILL SET OFF RADAR DETECTORS.
Overall great purchase, worth every penny so far!
*Revised 7/18 - Even with the abundance of radar assisted vehicles, it's very easy to tell the difference between a Drug Mart electronic door (or a lexus with radar guided cruise) and a speed trap.