Author Archives: Deanna

DIY Motorcycle Maintenance

If you want to keep safe and save yourself a little bit of money on your motorcycle, there are a few ways that you can easily maintain your bike.  Depending on your bike, these tasks may vary, so you should consult your owner’s manual before you do it.

1. Change the Oil–your oil should be changed after several thousand miles in order for your engine to run properly.  Make sure, that before you change the old, you take a short five minute ride, just to warm up the engine. This will help the oil drain easier.  Turn off the engine, stand your bike upright, remove the drain and oll plugs and let the oil drain into a pan (make sure to remove the oil filter as well).  Once you have it drained, replace the oil filter, put back the parts you removed and refill using a funnel.

2. Replace the Air Filter–your air filter is what keeps debris out of your engine.  It is important that it isn’t dirty or clogged because then your bike won’t run properly.  Generally, changing the air filter is easy. But on some bikes, they can be hard to get it. Removal of the gas tank and other parts may be necessary to access the air filter.

3. Maintain Tire Pressure and Tread–Checking a tire’s air pressure is simple–you just need to locate the valve on the inside of the wheel and press an air pressure gage on the valve stem. The correct PSI for your tires is located on the sidewall of the tire.  Fill the tire so it meets the correct PSI, do not over inflate. Checking your tread is easy as well, there is a wear indicator (a rubber knob located in the grooves of the tire). If you find that your tread is low, your tire should be replaced by a qualified mechanic.

4. Change the Coolant–Coolant is important to your motorcycle because it prevents your engine from freezing or overheating.  To change the coolant, remove any parts or bodywork to gain access to the coolant drain bolt. Using a drain pan under the engine, remove the bolt and make sure you remove the radiator cap.  Once drained, replace the drain bolt and use a funnel to refill.

5. Keep a Clean Chain–When your chain gets really dirty or at the suggested mileage for your make and model, you will need to clean the chain.  Use a gentle bristle brush, while the rear of your bike is elevated and the transmission is in neutral. To lubricate the chain, apply chain lube.  

Simple Spring Maintenance Tips For Your Car

As winter winds down and the weather gets nicer, you need to make sure that you are properly maintaining your car.  Most importantly, you or your mechanic should check your engine and your alignment and suspension. Here are a few other easy things that you can do to get your car ready for spring.

Clean the Inside

Spring is the perfect time to clean the interior of your car.  Remove and throw away all the trash and debris that has accrued over the winter.  Vacuum the carpets and seats and wipe down all interior surfaces. Choose a warm, sunny day to complete this job.  

Wash and Wax

Now that the winter is over, a thorough wash and wax is important.  Winter driving can cause road grime, debris and salt to build up on your car which can affect the paint and finishes.

Tire Pressure

Cold winter temperatures cause your tire pressure to decrease and warmer temperatures can cause the pressure to increase, so make sure you check your tire pressure and that it meets your manufacturer’s specifications.

Wiper Blades

Your wiper blades may have taken a beating over the winter due to snow and ice, so you should check them for any signs of cracking or wear.  Because the spring brings with it rain and thunderstorms, you need to make sure your wiper blades are in good working order.

And don’t forget to install your T3!

5 ways to prevent distracted driving

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Increased in-vehicle technology like cell phones and dashboard touch screens actually are a threat to our safety.  Each day, almost 9 Americans die and 100 are injured because of distracted driving. Here are a few ways that distracted driving can be prevented:

  1. Don’t eat while you drive
  2. If you feel tired, pull over.
  3. Before you get on the road, finish dressing and any personal grooming, including applying makeup.
  4. Make sure children and pets are secure before hitting the road. Reaching into the backseat can cause you to lose control of the vehicle, so if they need your attention pull off the road.
  5. Only use your cell phone in emergency situation when you are driving.

TT3 Tip: Did you know that the 911Tracker lets the owner or their authorized emergency contact call the 911-Operator located closest to the vehicle.

Did you know that if you have your T3 call 911, the 911 operator will be able to see exactly where your car is located?  When the T3 user (either owner or their emergency contact) is talking to the 911 operator, either the T3 user or the 911 operator just presses 3 and the T3 speaks the pinpoint GPS location along with the speed and direction of the vehicle. Allowing emergency responders to get to the exact location of your emergency and help.

WHY CHOOSE T3? The T3 Vehicle Security System is different than any other anti-theft system. No call center is used, saving the T3 owner time and money. Not only can it be a lifesaver in an emergency situation, but the T3 will alert you if there is any unauthorized movement in your vehicle.

There is no activation fee, no contract or cancellation fees, and you always get our 911Tracker 30 day Risk Free Guarantee. You can cancel your current plan and begin a new plan at any time. We also provide complete security and we never share your information with anyone.

For more information on the T3 Vehicle Security System visit https://www.911tracker.com/products.

Do You Have A Teen Driver? Install a T3!

When your teen starts driving, often as parents you are consumed by worry. According to recent statistics over 290,000 teenagers were injured and more than 2500 teenagers were killed in the United States due to car accidents.  By installing a T3 in your vehicle, you can help improve your teen’s safety on the road and give you peace of mind,

Here are just a few of the features:

  • T3 follows the instructions that you text from your phone.  
  • T3 alerts you immediately if your car has an emergency or unauthorized movement.  
  • You can check the location of your vehicle anytime by sending a text message to the T3.
  • The T3 responds with a text showing GPS speed, direction, and location on Google Maps™.
  • T3 also has starter disable/enable and the ability to unlock the car door that you control with secure text messages.

5 Pothole safety tips

As the winter months draw to a close, everyone can feel the toll it has taken on the roads.  Potholes are everywhere–some are rather large! Potholes can cause damage to your vehicle including flat tires and suspension and alignment issues, so it is important to learn how to handle them in order to minimize the potential damage they can do to your car.  Here are 5 tips:

  1. Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the car in front of you. This will help you spot the potholes ahead of you.
  2. Avoid large puddles of water.  These can just be potholes in disguise.
  3. Slow down.  Let’s face it, sometimes you just can’t avoid hitting a pothole, so slow down and grip the wheel so you won’t lose control of your vehicle.
  4. Inflate your tires.  By having your tires inflated to your vehicle’s manufacturer’s recommended level, you can minimize potential damage.
  5. Get suspension checked.  Another way to lessen the damage when you can’t avoid hitting a pothole, is to make sure that your vehicle’s suspension is in good condition.

Sometimes potholes are just unavoidable and your vehicle may sustain some damage.  By following these tips and learning how to safely handle them, it may help to save you frustration and money down the road.  

Tips for being a motorcycle passenger

Have you ever been asked by a friend or family member to take a ride on their motorcycle? Maybe you jumped at the chance to be a passenger or maybe you felt a little bit of fear and trepidation because you were not sure what to expect.  There is a lot of information out there to teach you how to ride a motorcycle, but there are a few things you need to know about being a good passenger too. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Wear the right safety gear.  When you are the passenger, wear gear that will protect you from the elements and make you safer in case of an accident while riding.  You should wear footwear that protects your feet, a helmet, gloves, a long sleeve shirt and pants that are durable. Don’t forget to dress appropriately for the weather.

Getting on the bike.  It is important before you get on the bike that the footpegs are down.  And if you don’t know what the footpegs are, your rider will know and can help you.  Stay away from the hot exhaust pipes anytime your get on or off the bike because they will cause severe burns.  Once the bike and rider are stable and ready, step on the footpeg and swing your leg over the bike to the other footpeg.

Keep your feet on the footpegs.  Once you are in position, your feet should be planted on the footpegs for the duration of your ride. By dangling your feet, you could come into contact with the rear wheel or the muffler which is dangerous for you and the rider.  By keeping your feet on the footpegs, you are keeping yourself and the rider safe.

Sitting on the bike.  Try not to hang or wrap your arms around the rider.  By doing so, you affect their ability to control the bike by putting your weight on them.  Instead, hold onto the rider’s hips or the tank especially when stopping. Try not to squirm or move around too much because this affects the balance of the bike.

Look over the rider’s shoulders during turns.  While the rider leans into the turns, you should not.  If you follow this rule of thumb, you will be positioned perfectly for a turn–look over the rider’s shoulder in the direction of the turn.  So that means if you are turning right, you should look over the rider’s right shoulder; if you are turning left, look over the left shoulder.  If you line up your body with the rider, it will keep the bike from leaning more than it should.

Dismounting the motorcycle. You should only get off the bike when the rider tells you it is okay to do so. If you do so when the rider isn’t expecting it, the sudden weight change could pull the motorcycle over or cause the rider to drop the bike. Don’t forget about the hot exhaust pipes while dismounting either.

Be an active participant.  When you are a passenger on a motorcycle, you can help the rider by being alert and prepared.  Be ready for sudden braking or changes of direction by paying attention to the road. You can also be another set of eyes for the rider, looking for any hazards or animals that may run into the road.

If you are prepared before being a passenger on a bike, it can be a fun experience for both you and the rider!

Plan a Safe Road Trip This Spring

As the weather gets warmer, it is a great time to take a road trip.  Whether it is a short trip to pick up a child from college or one that leads to an exciting adventure, planning and preparing ahead of time will make your trip a smooth one.  Here’s what you should do before you hit the road:

Plan, Plan, Plan!

Sometimes a spontaneous road trip sounds exciting, but if you want to have a good and safe trip, planning is key. Knowing where you are going and the route you are going to take should be a priority. Putting into your GPS will give you a place to start, but you may also want to have a good old-fashioned map too.  Often, especially if you are traveling in mountainous or more remote regions, cell phone service could be intermittent or non-existent. Having both methods gives you the back-up you need if technology should fail you.

Visit your Mechanic

As part of your planning, take the time to let your mechanic assure you that your car is ready!  Have him check tires, fluid levels, etc. This will eliminate any major unforeseen problems while on the road.  Additionally, make sure that you have a working spare tire and a tire repair kit because flat tires can happen anywhere.

Bring an Emergency Kit

Everyone should keep a first aid kit in their car at all times, you never know when you are going to need it.  When you head out for a road trip, you will need an emergency kit that includes a tire gauge, fix a flat, a life hammer (in case you are submerged in water), flares, a blanket, jumper cables and a basic set of tools.  To have added peace of mind in case of an emergency, consider installing a 911Tracker on your vehicle before your trip. Family members can check your location, a cellphone connection is built right into the device so family members or friends who know you are on the trip, will always be connected.

Happy and safe travels!

Stop Worrying: Seniors Driving and How Not To Worry

One in six Americans drivers are 65 years of age or older.  Just because a person is aging doesn’t mean that they are a bad driver or should no longer be allowed to drive. In fact, many aging drivers are just as sharp behind the wheel as they were when they were younger.

Even if your aging parent is strong and in good health, you may still find yourself worrying about their safety and whereabouts when they are driving alone. Constantly checking-in on your parent is difficult for both your parent, who is used to their independence, and for you, who now has to take on the role of caretaker. You might be concerned when they are driving alone, perhaps they are sometimes forgetful or they are unreachable because their cell phone isn’t turned on.

An easy way to give you peace of mind without having to constantly check-in is by installing the 911tracker on your aging parent’s vehicle.  It will allow you to check on their location to ensure that they have arrived home safely. Another feature of the 911tracker is that a cell phone connection is built right into the device, so you will always be connected (even when their phone isn’t turned on).  With the simple installation of the 911tracker to your parent’s vehicle, you can end your worries while allowing your parents to keep their sense of freedom and self-sufficiency.

Defrosting Car Windows in the Winter



You’re running late to work and go outside to discover your car windows are frosted. Here are a few tips on how to fight the fog and frost so you can get to where you need to go as quickly as possible.

Wake up earlier to put your heater on.

Waking up earlier will allow you the necessary time to start your engine, turn on your defroster setting, and put the heat all the way up to absorb the excessive moisture in your vehicle.

Crack your windows.

This will help speed up the process of exchanging humid air in your car with the outside air.

Turn the AC on.

It’s winter, why on would you turn on the AC? Well, the turning on the air conditioning helps the air inside the car dry faster.

Don’t let the cold temperatures make you late in the morning anymore!  When you are expecting cold weather, give yourself plenty of time to defrost your windows. Remember, driving with your windows frosted is dangerous and can easily be avoided if you follow these tips.


Tech-Tip: Your authorized contacts can check on the location of your vehicle anytime (especially if ice/snow is making the drive slippery)