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911Tracker T3 FAQs

Do you have a question about the 911Tracker Vehicle Security System? We have answers!

Q. What type of vehicle can use the T3?
A. T3can be installed in any type of vehicle that has a battery and a location where the unit will not be exposed to moisture. Cars, Motorcycles, Work Trucks, Food Trucks, and even RV’s! Plus with the T3 you don’t need to pick just one. You can rotate it between vehicles with the Cable-Kit-T which includes Cable Kit including cable, fuses, starter disable relay, and Backup Battery including overload protection!

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Q. What is required to install T3?
A. The package includes everything needed, including T3 device, cable, and installation kit to connect to the vehicle.

Q. Do I need to connect to a website to operate the T3?
A. No.  Each T3 has its own phone number.  You just send a text message to the T3 from your mobile phone or smartphone.

Q. How do I check the location of my vehicle?
A. Just sent a text message with your secret 5-digit PIN and the letters gps and T3 will respond to your mobile phone with time, date, location, speed, and direction.

Q. Do I have to turn on the T3 when I leave my vehicle?
A. No. T3 senses if the key is turned on or off.  If the key is off, the unit automatically enables the movement notification and vehicle alarm, if your vehicle has an existing alarm system.  When the key is on, the unit disables the alarm notification

Q. What do I do when T3 sends me an alarm notification?
A. The alarm notification includes time, date, location, speed, and direction.  If you determine that an emergency is occurring, you call your T3.  It speaks to you and says press # to call police.  When you press #, the T3 calls the nearest 911 and when the 911-Operator answers, you can explain the emergency to the 911-Operator.

Do you still have a question? Check our FAQ or contact us at Phone: 877-744-3361  or sales@911Tracker.com we would love to talk to you!

How to be 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!

A T3 on your Harley with TSSM will text you as soon as a thief starts to roll your bike away.

Gift Ideas for Your Car-Loving Valentine

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, but there’s still plenty of time to get your car-loving Valentine a gift he/she will love.  Need some ideas?  We have some:

Exotic Car Racing Experience. Make your Valentine’s heart really race with this gift! Click on the link to find one in a city near you. 

Road Trip Book. Inspire your Valentine with this book, or a similar one, to plan the ultimate road trip. 

Coffee Table Book – Bring the fun inside with a visual coffee table book like this one.

Scale Model – One is never too old for a die cast model of his/her favorite car! Your Valentine can proudly display on a shelf. 

T3 Vehicle Tracking Device You know your Valentine loves his/her car. So protect it with the 911Tracker T3 Security System. The T3 can be discreetly and easily installed in his/her car and will send an alert in the case of unauthorized movement or an emergency. 

T3 Tech Tip: T3 can send the car owner a text that shows his/her vehicle’s location, speed, and direction any time. 

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.

Newer Cars Are Safer Cars

As the years pass, we noticed how much technology has made an amazing impact on the world around us. From hands free devices to back up cameras technology has helped to make our everyday commute safer. According to the NHTSA “The average vehicle on the road in 2012 would have an estimated 56% lower fatality risk for its occupants than the average vehicle on the road in the late 1950s. NHTSA estimates that vehicle safety developments helped raise the annual number of lives saved from 115 in 1960 to 27,621 in 2012. Cumulatively, these improved safety technologies saved over 600,000 lives between 1960 and 2012.” This means technology has SAVED LIVES!

However, with new technology comes higher prices but not for long! In August 2019, the average price of a new passenger vehicle was about $37,000 but the “NHTSA is working to keep regulations reasonable so cars, trucks and SUVs — with the latest safety features — are more affordable and families can be safer on the roads. We are committed to letting consumers choose the vehicle that best meets their needs while keeping them safe. ” Check out more about technology will impact you next vehicle purchase – https://www.nhtsa.gov/newer-cars-are-safer-cars

Tech Tip – If your T3 notifies you with an alarm message and you want to alert 911 of the emergency but when you call the T3 you just get ringing but no answer, the T3 is temporarily out of the cell coverage area.  Just send T3 a text YourPIN call.  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 will call your phone back so you can press # to make the 3-way call to 911.

Drive Sober this Holiday

This holiday season the NHTSA is partnering with law enforcement to spread the messages: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and If You Feel Different, You Drive Different — Drive High Get a DUI. The campaign runs from December 11, 2019 through January 1, 2020. NHTSA and local law enforcement will be out educating people about the dangers and consequences of driving drunk and high, and that law enforcement will be stepping up patrols to get impaired drivers off the roads.

According to NHTSA, “Last year, there were 10,511 people killed nationwide in drunk driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third of the yearly driving fatalities. The tragedy of these deaths is felt year-round, but for many, most strongly during the holidays.” It is important to be prepared this holiday.

1. Think ahead! If you have holiday parities on the calendar make sure to figure out how to get home safely once the celebration ends. Explore options like a designated driver, public transportation, Uber, and Lyft.

2. Make sure your family and friends are safe. If you see a loved one impaired take away their keys and encourage them to join you in using public transportation or help them make arrangements to get home safely .

3. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement immediately. Doing so could save the life of the driver, passenger, and others on the road.

Stay safe 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.

Source – https://www.nhtsa.gov/drunk-driving/drive-sober-or-get-pulled-over-holidays

SAFE Vehicles Rule Will Put More Americans In Newer, Safer Cars and Trucks

Did you hear that last year the NHTSA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency together proposed the Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule?! This proposal is said to help establish new fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for model year 2021-2026 passenger cars and light trucks.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator, Heidi King, “Today, automakers are struggling to meet the existing standards. EPA’s latest ‘Trends Report’ showed that despite record fuel economy gains, all but three of the thirteen major automakers failed to meet their performance targets for the 2017 model year.” The NHTSA says “The SAFE Vehicles Rule encourages innovation and allows automakers the flexibility to respond to consumers’ needs.“

Learn more about what this new rule could mean for you by visiting https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/nhtsa-deputy-administrator-king-congress-safe-vehicles-rule-will-put-more-americans

Tech Tip: 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.

Keeping Older Drivers Safe

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.

Source – https://www.nhtsa.gov/older-drivers/keeping-our-older-drivers-safe-road

Winter Driving

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.

Learn more winter driving tips here – https://www.nhtsa.gov/winter-driving-tips

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 Travel Safety Tips

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.

Source – https://www.nhtsa.gov/seat-belts/thanksgiving-travel-starts-buckling