Keeping your loved ones safe is so important. Whether they are your parents, grandparents, or neighbors they mean the world to you. With Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (December 3–7) upon us here are some helpful tips on how to keep these important people safe while driving.
1. Consider the Health and Medical Conditions of the Driver – Problems with eyesight, sleep, tremors, or memory can make driving more dangerous. Make sure to ask yourself or a loved one the following question: Can you remember the routes you frequently drive? Do traffic signs and signals, or other motorists make you feel overwhelmed while driving? Have you recently received a ticket or citation for a driving violation, or been in a minor crash?
2. Consider Adapted Vehicles – Vehicles can be easily adapted to meet the need of your older driver. It can be as simple as adding a swivel seat or pedal extender.
3. Use Drive Assistance Technologies – Using cars that have automatic vehicle braking, backup cameras and blind-spot detectors help to minimize the risk of an accident. Another assistive technology to have installed is the T3. This device can help keep track of a cars location, assist in a crash, unlock the car door, and give the status of the car’s battery.
Winter is here and the roads are slick. Make sure you’re prepared for snowy weather ahead by following these winter safety tips!
1. Get Your Car Serviced – Make sure your car is in tip-top shape and ready to handle all kinds of weather.
2. Know Your Car – Familiarize yourself with your car’s safety manual. Get to know the different features of your car, especially ones that can help on wet and icy roads.
3. Stock Your Vehicle – Also be prepared for “the worst case scenario”. Pack things like a snow shovel, kitty litter, and blankets.
4. Stay Safe While Driving – Stay alert and monitor things like the gas tank. For long trips make sure to schedule driving breaks to get food, return text messages/calls and take time to stretch. Avoid risky behaviors like distracted driving and texting.
Tech Tip: If you are concerned that your car battery is getting low while the car has been sitting for several days, just ask T3 to send you status. The T3 return message tells the voltage. If the voltage is less than 11.5V, the battery is getting low enough that the car needs to be started soon.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It’s a time to enjoy a day filled with friends, family, delicious food, and football. It’s also a time the roads will be extra busy as everyone rushes around to get to their destinations. According to the NHTSA, “Our roads are particularly dangerous around Thanksgiving. During the holiday weekend in 2016 (6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, to 5:59 a.m. on Monday, November 28), there were 341 people killed in traffic across the country. About half of those who died weren’t wearing seat belts.”
NHTSA reported “Most often, younger people and men are failing to buckle up. Among 13- to 15-year-olds killed in crashes in 2016, 62 percent weren’t wearing seat belts. Similarly, 59 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds killed in crashes were also not wearing seat belts. That same year slightly more than half of men killed in crashes were unbelted, compared with 40 percent of women.” Buckling your seat belt increases your chance of surviving a crash so please remember to buckle up this holiday season.
Tech Tip – If a family member is traveling with your vehicle and you would like to know if they are parked and the ignition is turned off, just ask T3 to send you status. The return message will tell you if ignition is ON or OFF.
Daylight Saving is a great reminder to check some items off your to-do list. Weather it is to change the batteries in the smoke detector, schedule your yearly checkup, or catch up on sleep, it’s important to add checking your car’s recalls to the list.
According to the NHTSA “In 2018, there were over 900 recalls affecting over 33.5 million vehicles in the United States. Every vehicle recall is serious. Yet only about 75% of vehicles recalled in a given year are ever fixed.”
It’s important to make sure you and your passengers are safe. To help, check your car’s recalls! To find out about your car’s recalls visit NHTSA.gov/Recalls and enter your vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN).
T3 Tech-Tip –If you are parking your vehicle at the airport, put the T3 in Master Mode and then when you return, put back into Auto Mode . T3 will notify you if the vehicle is moved more than 2-3 blocks even if it is “hot wired”, taken by use of a duplicate key, or is towed.
Our T3 Vehicle Security System is a great product to have, immediately notifying you if your car has an emergency or when there is an unauthorized movement.
We are offering two Fall Specials this season:
Our T3-SS3 Vehicle Security System specialincludes the T3 Tracker AND a 3-month Silver Service plus free shipping in the USA. The normal price of this product is $289 but with this fall special it is only $199!
The T3-SS12 T3 Vehicle Security System special includes the T3 Tracker AND a one-year Silver Service plus free shipping in the USA. The normal price of this is $432 but this fall special is only $299.
It’s getting colder and winter is right around the corner. It’s important to make sure your car is ready for the possible snowy and slipper weather. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind as you get prepared.
Antifreeze in most newer cars are designed to last up to 5 years or 150K miles but older cars might not be so lucky. Older cars might need a “flush-and-fill” to ensure the engine components don’t freeze up.
Cold weather can take a toll on a car’s battery. If you’re already experiencing trouble with your car battery it might be worth getting a new one before winter hits.
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.
Winter weather means icy windshields and salt covered cars. Don’t forget to change your washer fluid to one that can handle the colder temperatures. It’s also important to replace any worn wiper blades to ensure you can get all that dirt off you windshield. Most importantly, make sure to get your ice scraper out of your trunk or closet and in a place you can easily get too!
Life gets busy. Between traveling for work, dropping your son or daughter off at college, or taking a mini vacation to get away from it all, the last thing you want to do is worry about your car. Be worry free by installing the T3. The T3 offers amazing features to allow you to check-in. Here are just some examples to help put your mind at ease:
If you are parking your vehicle at the airport, put the T3 in master mode and then put back into guard mode when you return. T3 will notify you if the vehicle is moved more than 2-3 blocks even if it is “hot wired”, taken by use of a duplicate key, or is towed.
If you are concerned that your car battery is getting low while the car has been sitting for several days, just ask T3 to send you status. The T3 return message tells the voltage. If the voltage is less than 11.5V, the battery is getting low enough that the car needs to be started soon.
If your car has been sitting for many days, T3 will automatically send you a low-battery notification when the car battery gets down to 11.0V.
If a family member is traveling with your vehicle and you would like to know if they are parked and the ignition is turned off, just ask T3 to send you status. The return message will tell you if ignition is ON or OFF.
If a family member is traveling with your vehicle and you would like to know when the vehicle starts moving again, just ask T3 to go into master mode. When the vehicle moves more than 2-3 blocks, T3 will send you a moving notification.
If a family member is traveling with your vehicle and you would like to know their location but they have driven into a remote area that is not within range of a cell tower, just ask T3 for its current gps location. The cell carrier system automatically keeps trying to deliver the message. As soon as the vehicle is driven back into a cell coverage area, T3 will receive the message and respond with the current location.
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:
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
Grand Teton National Park, WY. The Grand Teton National Park offers amazing views of the Oxbow Bend. Take time and explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place. You will be sure to fall in love with the wildlife, beautiful fall colors, and smaller crowds. For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/grte/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
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 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.
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.
Windshield washer fluid. As the temperatures drop, you’ll want to replace your windshield washer fluid with one suited for colder weather.
The 911Tracker T3: Car theft happens in every season, so protect your car with the T3 Vehicle Security System is different because you are in charge. T3 follows the instructions that you text from your phone. T3 alerts you immediately if your car, truck, motorcycle, or RV has an emergency or unauthorized movement. You call the T3 to connect a 3-way call to the 911-Operator located closest to your vehicle – 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 T3system visit our website.
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 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.