I'm not arguing the use...I'm a detector enthusiast from way back to the days of Fuzzbuster. Ahh, that black box on the dash, with the glass cone light that would glow and make the haunting oooooooo sound....I got the Passport first gen when it came out, then had various Bels over the years. Last one I bought was a 985 and it's still in service in my best friend's car. I bought a V1 for the Vette, and had it hard wired/mounts for both the Vette and GTI....make no mistake about the arrows, they're not a gimmick...once you go from a radar detector to a radar locater....all the difference in the world. The only issue I had with the V1 was the amount of falses in urban areas...I found myself ignoring it. So, I bought the X50 for the GTI and the V1 was dedicated to the Vette, it's use being mainly out in the open country where the V1 rules. The X50 has been and is now, the best (all things considered) detector I've ever owned. It's sensitivity is excellent, but also has filtering so it doesn't make me nuts in town. Sure miss those arrows though.IF you are the ONLY car on the road this is true. How often are you on vacant roads these days? There is at least 1 other car ahead of you somewhere within the range of the radar detector to trigger the cops radar first 95% of the time. That is a large enough percentage to make the use of the detector valid. Will it warn you 100% of the time? No. Could it save you more than the cost of the detector by saving you 1 time? Yes!
I've never encountered VASCAR that I know of, although I've been in a few areas where they have warning signs of surveillance, and I've seen some strange markings on the road I assumed were VASCAR, but no units to be seen.Out on the highways- they use VASCAR a lot.
And it sux when you have a bus moving along with you....dominates the K band on the detector so it's basically useless while the bus is around you. I friggan hate them drones.that's crazy!!!