So you've decided to hit the road, Jack. There's no denying the appeal of the open road: adventure and our great country laid out before you in endless potential. Or, if done wrong, a surrealistic, soul-crushing nightmare. Whether you're embarking on a rite of passage or simply trying to get from point A to B, let these insider's tips be your guide, and fill your journey with miles and miles of smiles.
Avoid fire from smokey.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more than one hundred thousand people receive speeding tickets every day – that's a tidy 36 million a year. And to put to bed the in-state/out-of-state debate, statistics don't lie: According to autoinsurance.org, out-of-state drivers are 20-plus-percent more likely to be ticketed for speeding than locals (and in-state drivers are ticketed 10 percent more outside of their hometown).
Since it's unlikely that your lead foot will lose weight anytime soon, though, we recommend downloading the free Trapster app. It pulls together user-sourced data about the location of red-light cameras, speed cameras, and crafty law patrolmen lying in wait, and then adds all of it to a map, identifying the law enforcement hot spots in your area so you can avoid them. The app can also deliver voice alerts as you approach a trap or if you exceed a speed limit.
The tried and true option is a top-of-the-line radar detector. Today's models are much more reliable and sophisticated than the one you had in college. We like the Escort Passport 9500ix. It can detect multiple radar bands and filter out false alerts, and even uses GPS to help you mark the location of speed cameras, red light cameras and to identify from where false alerts are emitted.
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