The best road trip companion
As we drifted across the miles of barren desert through Arizona, New Mexico, and into the open plains of Texas and Oklahoma, my mind wandered in and out of what I was doing. And through the long stretches of nothingness, one of many thoughts dawned on me.
It wasn’t about the nature of being human, or the frailty of our modern world, but something far less important in the grand scheme but hugely important to the task at hand. We had already been traveling for 18 hours, and there I sat, in Matt Farah’s Million-Mile Lexus, contemplating: “What is the best road trip companion?”
My first thought drifted to my wife who sat next to me. Throughout the trip, she handed me drinks, rubbed the back of my neck, and kept me awake by cracking jokes and being the awesome woman she is. However, not everyone has a significant other. So is it your dogs? A case of Monster Energy? A gigantic bag of teriyaki beef jerky? As I reflected on the thousands of choices I had before me, the tiny plastic box suction cupped to our windshield began emitting a piercing sound, brought me back into the realm of now, and answered my question. A radar detector we had been using since we left California is the best companion, and this is one of the best.
Before our trip, Cobra Radar Detectors reached out and asked if we would like to test the company’s new DSP 9200 BT, which we promptly agreed to because we’d need all the help we could get getting from California to Illinois in just two days. The Cobra DSP 9200 BT was the ace up our sleeves to get there on time. Before we began our journey however, I took the Cobra unit out for a spin, and was quickly impressed by its sensitivity. Where we live, radar detectors tend to have a hard time picking up police bands due to all the interference by the canyons walls of solid rock. Cobra’s DSP 9200 BT however, notified me farther than any of the other detectors I’ve tested recently.
What made the experience better than others is the smart phone app Cobra developed. Not only can the community of Cobra users indicate police presence, much like Waze, but it will also give you the details of where Speed and Red Light Cameras are throughout the country. This functionality is brilliant when traveling in an area you’re unfamiliar with. California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, and finally Indiana. Eight states and over 2,000 miles in a Lexus with close to a million miles, which cruised best above 70 miles per hour. Through it all, not a single ticket. The trip from Los Angeles to Chicago took just 28 hours. We traveled throughout the night, and into the most abandoned city centers imaginable, and yet, no tickets. We weren’t even stopped. We just cruised and whenever we heard the Cobra sound off, we slowed it back down. I’ve been stopped before on road trips, and there’s nothing more demoralizing than being stopped at 2am and having to continue knowing the rest of the trip you’ll be doing 55-60 miles per hour. The Cobra DSP 9200 BT solves that headache.
Speeding tickets range depending on how fast you are going and where you received them. If you’re in Virginia, plan on spending a few nights in jail, in Texas, they may just send you off with a warning. My father found out that speeding in California isn’t exactly a good idea when he received a $500 fine. It can also lead to points on your license and it possibly being revoked. Given those realities, spending $126 on the Cobra DSP 9200 BT isn’t what you’d call a bad investment. The Cobra DSP 9200 BT gives you peace of mind and for all those getting ready to embark on road trips; it makes for the perfect road trip companion. Follow @jonathon_klein