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How to Use a Radar Detector in Pleasant Hill California: Do’s & Don’ts for Success on the Road

Are you thinking about buying a radar detector? Radar detectors and scramblers are relatively simple to use, but there are a few tips and tricks to making the most of the device. Discover how to use a radar detector properly, and you’ll be one step closer to a future free of speeding tickets.


DO mount the radar detector correctly. If the device is mounted incorrectly on the windshield, it may decrease its effectiveness at catching the cop’s radar.  Your detector should be mounted in the center of the windshield, just below the rear view mirror. In this position it is difficult to see by cops or would-be thieves. Your device will have an unobstructed view of the road, be convenient for button operation, and always in the driver’s peripheral vision. Since the driver should be checking their mirror on a regular basis, this allows them to be aware of the current threat condition without actually looking at the detector. For help mounting a new detector/scrambler in the proper position, we offer detailed installation instructions.

DO use the correct mode. Our radar detectors and scramblers have two settings, one for city driving and one for highways. While in heavily populated areas, place the unit in ‘CITY’ mode to decrease the sensitivity (range) and reduce false alarms. On the highway, feel free to use ‘HIGHWAY’ mode for maximum detection range. All Rocky Mountain Radar products are fitted with proprietary electronic designs to significantly reduce false alarms.

DO learn what the detector’s signals and alerts mean. Be sure to read the owner’s manual thoroughly, so that you understand what the different lights and sound alarms mean. If you have any questions after purchasing a device from Rocky Mountain Radar, our friendly staff will be happy to help you understand how to use a radar detector to its full advantage. Just contact us by phone or email.

DO react immediately. Drivers should never apply the brakes as soon as the alert signal sounds; instead, just remove your foot from the accelerator and check your speed. If you are speeding excessively, then apply brakes to slow down – or, better, shift to a lower gear. The deceleration of the car can help to beat the radar gun by having a changing speed for the radar to track. Always brake safely and slowly, while taking into consideration the road conditions and weather.

DO keep the device in the shade. Like all electronic equipment, radar detectors can be damaged or have their lifespans shortened by extremely high temperatures. Vehicle interiors can soar to over 150 degrees in the summer, so keep things cooler by parking away from the sun, investing in a sunshade, or stashing your device in the glove box or under the seat.


DON’T play with the device while you’re driving. Drivers should adjust the sound, LED dimmer switch, city/highway mode, and other functions before hitting the road. Just like mobile phones or MP3 players, radar detectors can be a distraction while driving.

DON’T start driving like a bat out of hell wherever you go. A radar detector can protect you from speeding tickets, but it can’t protect you against accidents if you are driving carelessly or recklessly. Drivers should always maintain a safe speed, allowing enough time to react and enough space to stop the vehicle if required.

DON’T make the mistake of thinking that all radar detectors are the same. They vary greatly in quality and technology. Only Rocky Mountain Radar devices, such as the C435 Radar Detector & Scrambler, feature innovative scrambling technology as well as a whole host of proprietary technology. Micro-scan is 2-4 times faster than other detectors and provides 100% probability of detecting POP Radar; Smart-Scan repeats the scan where a signal is first detected before moving on the the rest of the scans. These two features greatly reduce response time and false alarm rate. Only Rocky Mountain Radar offers two and three-year warranties on their products.

The C435 Radar Detector & Scrambler doesn’t just tell you that a cop is nearby – it actually confuses the police radar gun. By adding extra information to the return signal, our detector/scrambler disables the radar’s ability to lock onto a speed and makes it virtually impossible for the cop to get an accurate reading – and to give you a speeding ticket!

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