I haven’t had a ticket since I bought my Valentine One, and I speed all the freakin’ time. The detector is wired in to my ignition, so it turns on when I turn the key. This is Rule One of owning a radar detector: It’s not just for long trips. Drive with it always, learn the locations of dummy signals (automatic door openers and the like) in neighborhoods where you do the most driving, and you’ll be able to distinguish the cops from the noise. For best results, hang your detector up high, next to the rear-view mirror, where it can get a clear view of the road ahead and behind.
But there’s a second component to speeding and getting away with it, and that is “intelligent speeding”. The best way to do it, even without a radar detector, is to find yourself a “rabbit”. No matter how fast you drive, someone’s probably driving faster. Let them get a good distance ahead, but not out of sight, and keep up with 'em. They’ll hit the radar first. If the road is lonely, stick near the speed limit until someone blows past you, let 'em put some distance on, and then pace 'em.
Don’t speed too much going around curves, under bridges, over hills, or anywhere you don’t have good visibility of the road ahead. That’s where cops hide. Speed up again when you’re on the other side and can see far ahead.
If you do get hit by the radar, get your foot off the gas, but don’t touch the brakes. Cops recognize that “front end dive” that the cars of folks with radar detectors make when they get zapped, and they love to ticket 'em.
In closing, the Valentine One radar detector gets my heartfelt endorsement. It’s not cheap, but it is well worth the extra cash. It has soooo many great features, many of which you don’t find on ANY other detectors. It has two antennas, one for the front and one for the back. The CPU can determine, by measuring the signals obtained from each antenna, where the radar is coming from, and indicates front, rear, or side on an arrow display. It even counts the total number of radar signals present (up to 9) and shows you how many it senses on its display. The unit is solidly built and intelligently designed; the power cord can be replaced with any standard telephone cord. Its range is incredible; I’ve picked up cops over 2 miles away in the city, even farther away on the highway where there’s no interference. It is truly a thing of beauty.