Author Archives: Deanna

911Tracker visits the 13th Annual Custom & Classic Car Show

911Tracker had a wonderful time at the 13th Annual Custom & Classic Car Show held on May 4 on the Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) campus. There was a record number of amazing vehicles (243) of every size, shape, and description competing for trophies.

We were delighted to see so many new faces, many of whom came by our booth to learn more about and purchase the T3. We had a great conversation with an officer who has been with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) for over 20 years. He says that every morning they receive an updated list of stolen vehicles, and nationwide that list has about 200,000 vehicles! He was really impressed with the T3.

We look forward to heading back to the SVCTE campus soon to talk with the students about developing and working with T3 products.

To learn more about the T3 visit our website. 

Check out some of our photos from the event:

With T3 raffle winner, Mr. Rojas

 

Four Tips for Driving in the Rain

April showers bring May flowers…but they also bring wet roads and sometimes hazardous conditions. Here’s some tips for keeping safe on the road during those downpours:

  1. Before you get on the road, make sure your windshield wipers, headlights, tail lights and brakes are all functioning properly.  Traction on tires should also be good, as threadbare tires and wet, oil-slick roads are not a good combo. 
  2. Turn on your headlights. With low visibility you’ll want others to see you, and you’ll have a better view of what’s in front of you.
  3. Slow down and don’t get too close to the car in front of you.  It’s easy to lose traction on wet roads. If you do end up hydroplaning, continue to steer in the direction you want to go, and ease off the accelerator.   According to Geico, it might take three to five adjustments to get back on course.
  4. If you cannot see, pull over and turn on your hazard lights.  It may be raining too heavy, or your windshield may be fogging up. Just wait it out until you have a visible view.

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.

5 Tips in Preparing for a Motorcycle Road Trip

The weather is warming up, and it’s time to get back on that bike. Are you planning a long-distance road trip this spring or summer? Here are some ways that you can prepare:

1.      Plan your route. Figure out where you want your final destination to be, and work your way from there. Mark out all the places you’d like to see, the places you’ll stop to eat, where you’ll lodge and the gas stations along the way.   

2.      Know your limits. You probably know how many miles you can go within a one day. This will help keep you on track, and allow you to build in some rest breaks.

3.      Pack carefully. Check the weather conditions before you leave, and pack many thin layers (best if they are waterproof and well ventilated), but don’t over pack…no need to carry the unnecessary weight, and cheaper items can always be bought at convenience stores on your route. Along with a safety repair kit and first aid kit, keep snacks and water on hand as well.

4.      Inspect your bike – or even better – get it serviced before you go, to make sure everything is in proper working order before you hit the road

5.      Your road trip will take you to unfamiliar locations. Protect your bike with T3 Vehicle Security System.  The T3 will alert you immediately if your bike is moved. Your phone will show GPS location, speed, and direction. You call the T3, press # and T3 connects you to the 911-Operator located closest to your bike and T3 can let police track the thief with real-time location of the bike. Learn more here.

Enjoy the ride!

T3 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.

Tips for Reducing Sun Glare

We love the sun, but it can become a big obstacle while driving, creating temporary moments of blindness, especially right after sunrise and before sunset.

If you are on the road, here are some ways AAA suggests to reduce sun glare, which can help avoid accidents:

  • Put down the sun visor to block out the sun
  • Wear sunglasses, specifically a polarized pair, which offers the best protection against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Give yourself time and room to react. If you’re having trouble with visibility, you’ll want to leave plenty of space between yourself and the car in front of you, and not travel so fast.
  • Keep the windshield clean inside and out (and check for any cracks). Smudges make it even more difficult to see in front of you.  
  • Keep the dashboard clean. The less obstruction the better!
  • Look for the marked lanes, and make sure you are in your lane.  

Following these tips will help to make your drive a bit safer.  Because after all, a sunny day makes for a happier commute and/or road trip.

T3 Tech Tip: The T3 will automatically notify the owner if the vehicle battery is getting low.

If You Are an Uber or Lyft Driver, This is Why You Need a T3

Are you an Uber or Lyft Driver, or have a loved one who is? If so, you are often on the road alone, many times late at night, and sometimes in remote areas, allowing people you have never met before into your vehicle.  There’s always a risk involved when picking up strangers, but a T3 can help keep you or your loved ones safe.

While it’s something nobody wants to think about, if you don’t make it home from your shift, your T3 emergency contacts can easily pinpoint exactly where your vehicle is located, or even track your whereabouts during your shift.  And in the case of a carjacking, the T3 gives you the ability to deactivate your ignition and send real-time info to the police.  The carjacker won’t get very far, and your vehicle will be recovered.

The 911Tracker T3 Vehicle Recovery System will also alert you instantly if there is unauthorized movement in your vehicle or a pre-installed vehicle alarm goes off. Within seconds you can connect to the 911 operator closest to your vehicle and share the GPS location, speed, and direction your vehicle is traveling. No call center is used – saving you time and money.  No other anti-theft system can do this!

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.

 

TECH TIP: The T3 owner can add, change, or delete the phone numbers for their authorized emergency contacts at anytime.

 

A T3 for when Seconds Matter

Seconds matter, especially in an emergency situation when a life is on the line. A recent Wall Street Journal article discusses the difficulty 911 call centers have in pinpointing the location of a call to 911 coming from a cell phone, and the technology Google is testing out to improve the accuracy. “Federal regulators estimate shaving a minute off response times could save as many 10,000 lives each year.”

If you have the 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. Emergency responders can get to the exact location of the emergency and help save lives.

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.

TECH TIP: When the T3 owner has contacted police about theft of their vehicle, the owner can send a secure message to the T3 to disable the vehicle starter and help police catch the thief.

New T3 Android App

You asked for it and we delivered! Head to the Google Play store to download our new free  Android app 911Tracker T3 App that will allow for you to check the status of your vehicle in one simple tap! You can now:

◦ See Google Map™ with location of your T3 right on your homepage 
◦ One tap shows real-time GPS location including speed and direction
◦ One tap shows status with ignition, vehicle alarm, vehicle battery voltage, starter enabled
◦ One tap has your phone talking to the T3 — Then a second tap has you talking to 911
◦ One tap lets you choose which of your T3 units you are seeing (can be up to 50)
◦ One tap lets you see past information for messages & calls
◦ If T3 sends you an alarm, you choose if it should sound when phone is vibrate mode
◦ One tap to Settings

Settings
◦ One tap to select T3 Mode
◦ One tap to unlock vehicle door
◦ One tap to disable or enable vehicle starter
◦ One tap to have your T3 call your phone
◦ Lets you enter phone numbers for Emergency Contacts

Menu
◦ Provides Help for Checking the T3, linking to your MyTracker, T3 configuration
◦ Lets you set up an App PIN for security
◦ Lets you add another T3 for your App
◦ Shows you suggested uses for your T3
◦ Provides T3 User Guide
◦ Provides T3 Installation Guide
◦ Provides T3 Troubleshooting

Want to get your new T3 App Setup? It’s easy!
◦ Just download and install — just enter T3 phone number and T3PIN
◦ Lets you be a T3 Owner or a T3 Emergency Contact
◦ Lets you change the T3 nickname
◦ Lets you change your phone to a new phone
◦ Lets you change your T3PIN

Road Trip Resolutions

Did you make a new year’s resolution to take more road trips this year? Whether you are looking for warmer weather, scenic views, amusement parks or wildlife discovery, here are three to start with now:

The Big Bend: Named after a large bend in the Rio Grande River, this park is located in west Texas and borders Mexico, covering over 800,000acres. Winter is a good time to set up camp if you are not a fan of the brutally high temps that come with summer. The weather varies in winter though, while it can be mild, subfreezing temperatures can also occur – so be prepared! While you’re there take the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, the most interesting of the paved sightseeing routes in Big Bend National Park, “giving the greatest variety of habitats, geology and a variety of interesting short walks and interpretive pull overs,” according to visitbigbend.com Plan here: https://visitbigbend.com/category/bb-national-park/

The Florida Keys: Want to get away from the arctic chill? Just keep driving south onto the Overseas Highway. The trip should take close to four hours from Miami to Key West. Take in the beautiful views as you cross over the Seven Mile Bridge that connects the Middle Keys and Lower Keys, and if you want to get out of the car for a bit, take a walk along the Old Seven Mile Bridge, where there is plenty of wildlife to spot.  When you get to your destination, learn to sail, snorkel, and try some key lime pie. And if you’re a cat lover, you’ll want to visit the Hemingway House of Cats.  For ideas on where to stop along the way, visit: https://travel.usnews.com/features/the-ultimate-florida-keys-road-trip

Southern California: Want to make everyone happy on your road trip? This one is loaded with everything from amusement parks to discovering the desert, to national parks, so everyone will be able to check something off their list. Create your detailed itinerary using suggestions found here: www.visitcalifornia.com/trip/ultimate-southern-california

For some road trip tips check out http://911tracker-blog.com/road-trip-tips/.

TECH TIP:  When the T3 is in temporary Master Mode, T3 automatically sends text notification if vehicle ignition is either on or off but the vehicle starts moving.

Winter Car Essentials


It’s cold out there! Taking a road trip this winter? Road conditions are more hazardous this time of year. It’s important to be prepared if a snowstorm hits, ice forms on your windshield, or your car breaks down. Here are some suggested essentials to keep in your car during the winter season:

-Cell phone and portable cell phone charger (so you’ll have enough juice to call for help)
-Water and non-perishable snacks (these are always good to have on hand)
-Blankets & hand warmers (to stay warm if you break down)
-Flashlight and extra batteries (if you break down in the dark)
-Windshield scraper (clear windows are a must while driving)
-Shovel (in case you have to dig out your car)
-Jumper cables (a must to revive a drained battery)
-First aid kit (this is good to keep in the car year-round to treat someone who is hurt)
-Tool kit (a small one doesn’t take up much space and is useful in fixing minor problems)
-Salt or sand (to help tires get traction)
-A T3 Vehicle Security System (Did you know you can set emergency contacts to receive T3 notifications?)

Stay safe and warm out there!