Fall is just about here. Is your car ready? Here are some must-have accessories to keep on hand this season.
Bluetooth tracking tag. The lazy days of summer have ended, and you probably now have a lot on your mind. The last thing you want to worry about is where you placed your keys. You’ll always be able to find them with a key finder such as this.
Emergency kit. Unfortunately emergencies happen. It’s always best to be prepared. Throw a kit like this in your trunk, and you’ll be able to handle most situations that arise.
Windshield washer fluid. As the temperatures drop, you’ll want to replace your windshield washer fluid with one suited for colder weather.
Trash cans. Fall means kids sports…which means carpools…which means messy cars. Keep all those snack wrappers in one place with a car trashcan such as this.
The T3: Car theft happens in every season, so protect your car with the T3 Vehicle Security System. The T3 alerts you immediately if your car has an emergency or unauthorized movement. You call the T3 to connect a 3-way call to the 911-Operator located closest to your car – even if you are thousands of miles away. You are talking directly to police within seconds of the emergency. No call center is used – saving you time and money. For more information and to purchase your T3 system visit our website.
TECH TIP: The T3 owner sets their phone number in the T3 memory and T3 always sends notifications to the owners phone. T3 will only answer calls from the owner’s phone and from the owner’s authorized emergency contacts. T3 can also let the child (or the parent) tap their phone to unlock the car door.
It’s that time of the year – students are heading back to college! If your college student is taking a car with him/her to campus, here are some safety tips to keep in mind:
Park in well-lit areas and be aware of your surroundings.
Have your cell phone readily available when walking back from the parking lot in case of an emergency.
Make sure your windows are up and your car doors are locked.
Keep your valuables hidden, as well as any personal information/identification such as mail or bills.
Keep your car keys in a secure spot in your dorm room and have them out and ready when walking to your car.
Follow your campus’ traffic rules.
Always be alert and focused while driving. There are many pedestrians and bicyclists on campus, some who are not always paying attention.
Never drink and drive.
Never text and drive.
To give yourself some peace of mind while your child is away at school, install a T3 from 911Tracker. If your child’s vehicle is stolen, moves without authorization, or is involved in an accident, the T3 will notify your child and you (as the emergency contact), and can connect you directly to the 911 operator located nearest the vehicle. Not only will the T3 protect your child’s car from theft, but you can keep track of the vehicle without being intrusive. You have the ability to check the location of your child’s vehicle at any time by sending a text message to the T3. The T3 will respond with a text showing GPS speed, direction, and location.
T3 Tech Tip: The T3 will automatically notify the owner if the vehicle battery is getting low.
Thinking about taking a road trip to visit a national park this fall? It’s a great time of the year to go, with temperatures beginning to drop, crowds starting to thin, and all of the beautiful changing colors. Here are three parks to keep in mind:
Sequoia National Park, CA. While you may not be able to take your eyes off the giant trees, you’ll also want to walk up the 400 steps to reach the top of Moro Rock for spectacular views; visit General Sherman, believed to be the world’s tallest tree; take a tour of Crystal Cave; and explore one of the park’s many trails. For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/seki/index.htm
Yellowstone National Park, ID, MT, WY. You can’t visit without a trip to Old Faithful, known to erupt about every hour and a half; the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a favorite hiking spot; the Grand Prismatic Spring at Geyser Basin is the largest hot spring in the U.S., Gibbon Falls is wondrous, and the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is a great place to learn about wildlife. For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm
Acadia National Park, ME. It may not be beach weather, but you’ll want to visit Sand Beach known for its beautiful views and shell fragments; Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on the North Atlantic Sea Board; and Schoodic Peninsula is the only section of the park that is located on the mainland of Maine. For more information visit: https://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm
TECH TIP: If your vehicle has an emergency or a crash, the driver can turn off the key and sound the horn for at least 8 seconds and T3 will send a vehicle alarm to the owner (and authorized emergency contacts). This assumes you had the yellow wire connected to the vehicle horn during the installation and that your horn does sound with the key off.
Having an RV allows you to hit the open road whenever you want while having all the added comforts and conveniences of home. But because you travel with many of your belongings, it is important to take precautions to secure your RV. Here are a few tips to help keep your RV safe from theft.
PARK SMART. Be careful where you choose to park your RV. When choosing an RV park, make sure it has nightly patrols and is well lit. And if you have to park your RV in a parking lot or amusement park, it should be in a highly visible area near security personnel. So, if you are away from your RV, someone else has an eye on it.
LOCK IT UP. This might seem pretty obvious, but oftentimes people run for a quick errand and forget to lock their RV. If it is locked, it will discourage thieves from making your RV a target.
OUT OF SIGHT. Don’t leave expensive items in plain sight. Items that are of higher value like Ipads and other electronic devices should be stowed away and locked up when you are not using them.
LIGHTS ON. If you are away from your RV at night, keep Interior lights on. Lights left on inside the RV will keep criminals guessing if someone is home. Also, exterior motion detectors are a good way to discourage thieves.
INSTALL A T3 Vehicle Security System. Experts advise that the only way your RV will be protected is for owners to install an aftermarket engine immobilizer and a GPS tracking device like The T3 Vehicle Security System. With the 911Tracker T3 Vehicle Recovery System, you are alerted the moment that your RV has unauthorized movement or a pre-installed vehicle alarm goes off. The alert will show you the GPS location, speed, and direction that your RV is traveling, and you can easily connect to the 911-Operator closest to your RV, allowing you to speak directly to police within seconds of the emergency. No call center is used – saving you time and money. Saving valuable time can save you, your family, your RV and your belongings. Want to start protecting your RV? Contact us to learn more 877-744-3361!
We know it can be difficult to get all of your errands and shopping done during daylight hours, which oftentimes means you’re walking to and from your car in the dark. Parking lots can be a bit scary at night so we want to make sure you’re using the correct precautions, as well as point out some T3 features you may not know about.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 14% of all vehicle collisions resulting in damage happen in parking lots, so be aware of other drivers.
Be on the lookout for pedestrians.
Avoid parking in dark, secluded areas.
Be aware of your surroundings. If you see something suspicious, go back into the store you just left and ask for help.
Always lock your car doors as soon as you get in.
If you are going to multiple stores, be sure to keep shopping bags and other valuables out of site. You don’t want to make your car look more appealing to thieves.
When going from place to place, it can sometimes be difficult to remember exactly where you parked. By installing a T3 Tracker on your vehicle, you can find the exact location of your car with a tap on the app. You’ll never have to wander through the parking lot looking for your car again.
The T3 will also protect your car by notifying you immediately if your car makes an unauthorized movement or a factory installed alarm is triggered. This will give you a chance to contact 911 as soon as possible with the gps coordinates of your vehicle and the direction it is traveling.
Other helpful features of the T3:
You can check the location, speed, and direction of your vehicle anytime you want.
In the event of an emergency, you can contact the 911 operator closest to your vehicle even if you’re thousands of miles away.
You can unlock your doors with a simple text.
There is no activation fee, no contracts, and no cancellation fees.
The T3 offers complete privacy. With your secret pin you have complete control over your account. All account information is sent via text between the T3 and your cell phone, but only when you request it. It is never stored or sent via the internet.
Follow these tips to keep yourself, and your vehicle safe. For more information on the T3 and its capabilities, visit our website, https://www.911tracker.com/.
TECH TIP: An authorized emergency contact can call the T3 and the T3 will answer their call. The contact can have T3 make the 3-party call to 911 to explain the emergency.
Summer is in full force with many vacations happening and families headed on those summer road trips. Summer is also the hottest time for auto theft in the United States. In order to raise awareness about how car owners can protect from vehicle theft national organizations have been promoting July as National Vehicle Theft Protection Month.
Here are some simple tips that auto owners can do to protect themselves from theft or break ins. These tips may seem like common sense but most are often overlooked.
Lock your doors.
Remove your keys from the ignition and never leave your car with the engine running.
Close your windows completely.
Never hide a second set of keys anywhere on your car.
Never leave packages or personal items in plain view.
Park with the wheels turned toward the curb, even in driveways or parking lots. This makes your car difficult to tow.
Always use your emergency brake when parking.
Park in well lighted areas or attended lots.
Keep your registration card in your purse or wallet, not in your glove compartment.
Have your vehicle identification number etched into your windshield.
It is also encouraged to install theft prevention devices (alarms, ignition locks, kill switches) as well as a vehicle tracking system to help make it easier to recover a vehicle should it be stolen. When you install the 911Tracker in your vehicle you have a 90% chance of it being recovered within a 24 hour period which limits the amount of damage that could occur during the time of the car being stolen. When installing 911Tracker in your vehicle you are fully protected at all times unlike other anti-theft devices. For more tips on protecting your vehicle whether it’s new or a classic gem head over to our website, because we know all too well that EVERY MINUTE COUNTS.
As temperatures climb, riding your motorcycle becomes uncomfortable and in some cases, even unsafe. It is important to find ways to keep cool on the road when the sun is beating down. Here are some tips for staying cool during the hot months.
Stay hydrated! Drinking enough water is always important, but when you’re riding your motorcycle, the hot air constantly blowing on you will dehydrate you quickly. Keep a water bottle with you while you’re on the road and stop at least once an hour to refill it and hydrate. A camelback is also a good idea- you can fill it with half water and half ice to keep you cool for long rides. And keep in mind, when it comes to hydration, water is the best option. Caffeine, sugary drinks, and alcohol will not hydrate you.
Keep yourself covered. It may sound strange to wear more clothing when it is hot out, but when your skin is exposed to hot moving air, it increases your body temperature and how much you sweat. Wear breathable, ventilated, loose gear with moisture wicking material to keep you cool. If you are riding in extreme conditions, dampen your clothing for some relief. You could also wear a wet bandana around your neck or sport a cooling vest to keep your core cool.
Protect your motorcycle. Another way to stay cool while riding in the heat is to keep the sun from heating up your bike. Placing a piece of sheepskin, wool side out, on the seat will help. Also, place a white towel on the seat when you’re not riding. It is also a good idea to cover black gasoline tanks with a towel as well.
Avoid high heat. During the hot Summer months, it is usually hottest between noon and 5:00pm. If you can, try to avoid riding during these hours.
Staying cool in the heat is a serious matter. Overheating is dangerous and potentially deadly. As you are riding you may dismiss or not even notice some of the early warning signs of dehydration, like headaches, cramping, or slight dizziness. Make sure to stop frequently and allow yourself to cool down and rehydrate.
TECH TIP: T3 will automatically notify the owner if the vehicle battery is getting low.
Father’s Day is right around the corner, let’s forget the neckties and wristwatches, and get the Dad in your life the tech he really wants. You might even find a little something for yourself along the way. Here are some of our personal favorites!
Amazon Kindle – Yes, tablets and smartphones can double as e-book readers. But the $79 Amazon Kindle has a long-lasting battery and a paper-like screen that avid readers will appreciate. You can even set it up and download some of the new books that dad would like to read over the summer.
Wireless Keyboard – Dad loves his tablet but still isn’t keen on the touch screen? Get him a wireless keyboard that he can easily use with his tablet so dad feels like he is back on his laptop or PC again, but with a smaller screen.
Bluetooth Speaker – There are many on the market but the JBL Flip is a great choice for under $100. It’s portable, rechargeable, has speakerphone capability, sounds great for its size, and works as a wireless speaker with virtually any smartphone or tablet. The perfect way to introduce Dad to the world of wireless audio and he then can jam out to some music while working out in the yard.
Fitbit – Thinking dad needs a little motivation to stay fit? Get him a Fitbit which tracks every part of his day including activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep which will help dad stay motivated and for him to see how small steps make a huge impact.
Universal Home Remote – Now this is cool! You can now control your TV and house with one simple remote and it’s easy enough for a 5 year old to use it so dad certainly can. The Logitech Harmony Home Control can control your living room TV and even shut off lights around the house using your smartphone.
Streaming Device – Does your dad love to watch a little TV? With Roku, dad can watch what he wants, when he wants. Roku 3 offers the largest variety of content, the most affordable and simplest to use.
Phone Security Camera – The Piper Home Security Camera can be viewed through your phone whenever you desire. If dad wants to take off on a trip he doesn’t have to worry because the Piper Security Camera keeps everything safe. It’s a Z-Wave transmitter too, so you can even turn lights on and off and monitor when doors are opened and closed.
Portable Jump Starter – No need to ask for assistance next time dad’s car doesn’t start. If he has the Powerall Element, Dad will be ready to jump-start his own or anyone else’s car within seconds. The Element is a very portable battery pack with enough juice to crank over a car’s engine, and also features an emergency LED flashlight.
Anti-Theft GPS Device – Besides keeping dad’s vehicle safe from theft the 911Tracker T3 GPS Device can check the location of your vehicle and if someone else is driving the vehicle dad can check remotely how fast the car is going, direction of the car and even location. Perfect for dads with teenage drivers.
Bluetooth Speakerphone – We all know how important it is to drive without distraction and in most States driving while using a cellphone is illegal. If your dad doesn’t have a built in bluetooth system the Jabra Freeway Bluetooth Speakerphone is the next best thing. The bluetooth speakerphone allows you to make calls hands free and also listen to music through Pandora or music stored on your phone.
Summer is the traditional time when individuals and families go on vacation. It often involves packing up the car and heading out on a road trip. During the months of June through August, there is an increase in auto related accidents due to increased vacation travel and increased road work. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends the following tips to keep in mind before you hit the road this summer travel season.
Before You Leave
Service Your Vehicle–Regular maintenance on your vehicle is important to prevent a breakdown. If your car hasn’t been in for a tune-up, make sure it gets done before you leave.
Roadside Emergency Kit–Even with thorough maintenance on your vehicles, sometimes a car trouble is inevitable. In case of a breakdown keep a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle which includes a jumper cables, flares, a tire jack, water, and other essential items that would help if your car breaks down.
During your trip
Buckle up–All passengers should wear their seatbelts while the vehicle is on the road. According to the CDC, seat belt use is the most effective way to reduce injuries in crashes and save lives.
Traveling with children–Take proper safety precautions when driving with children. All children 13 and under should ride in the backseat. Car seats and booster seats should be installed properly, and never leave children unattended in a vehicle.
Be alert–Keep your eyes on the road. Any texts or phone calls can wait, and if they can’t, pull over to address them. Also, if your trip is a long one, plan for some stops along the way.
Stay safe and happy travels!
TECH TIP – If your vehicle has an emergency or a crash, the driver can turn off the key and sound the horn for at least 8 seconds and T3 will send a vehicle alarm to the owner (and authorized emergency contacts). This assumes you had the yellow wire connected to the vehicle horn during the installation and that your horn does sound with the key off.
With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start to summer, many of us will embark on a road trip. Whether it is to the mountains or down the shore, heading across the country to visit family or going on an RV adventure, here are a few tips to consider before you hit the road.
SLEEP. It is important to get a lot of rest before driving. According to sleep experts, try to get at least two consecutive nights of 7-8 hours of sleep before your trip. This helps to eliminate any risk of drowsy driving. It is important that when you feel tired, you take a break from the road.
KEEP HYDRATED. By staying hydrated, you increase your energy reserves. Although drinking lots of water might increase the number of stops you have to make on your trip, water will ensure that you stay energized and alert while driving.
MAKE FREQUENT STOPS. Getting out to stretch your legs or use the restrooms is a great way to break up the trip. Experts suggest making scheduled stops about every two hours during a long drive.
DRIVE WITH A COMPANION. Depending on the circumstances, driving with a companion might not be a possibility. If it is, a companion will not only serve as someone to talk to and keep you focused and alert, but can help with little ones or pets that might be traveling with you, assist in navigation, and share the driving tasks with you.
KEEP KIDS ENTERTAINED. If you are traveling with children, make sure they have plenty of things to keep them busy. Snacks, entertainment, coloring books, anything that will occupy their interest. Games while on the road, like the alphabet game can keep the whole car engaged.
LISTEN TO THE RADIO. Listening and singing along to good music, downloaded books or podcasts will help keep your mind engaged and active so you don’t start to drive on autopilot.
By following these tips, your next trip should be a relaxing and safe one!
TECH TIP: With the T3 from 911Tracker you don’t need to worry about roaming charges or dead spots! The T3 will automatically find the strongest cell phone signal from T-Mobile or AT&T depending on your location!