Let me start out by saying that Hooniverse in no way advocates exceeding the posted speed limit on any public road, nor ever offers a hearty hells-yeah when someone puts the pedal to the metal outside of a closed course. Okay, now that that’s out of the way, do you use a radar detector as insurance against the speeding tax?
Radar is an acronym for RAdio Detection And Ranging and was initially developed in the years leading up to WWII. It’s first use was to detect objects over great distances, spotting incoming aircraft long before they could be seen by even the googliest of binoculars. It was years later – sometime in the nineteen fifties – that it was found that it could also be bounced off a car on the road and, through the use of analysis of its decreasing or increasing duration, that car’s speed could be determined, and it realized a new function as an addendum to the long arm of the law.
The seventies saw a boom in counter measures offered for sale. Radar detectors seemed, for a while at least, to level the playing field. Today, with instant-on and frickin’ lasers, the effectiveness of the windshield-mounter detectors seems to have been marginalized. In some states their use remains illegal, requiring the judicious use of a tissue box on the dash to hide the contraband multi-band. Regardless of that, some drivers still like the extra security a detector affords. Are you among those radar detector users?
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