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Plan a National Park Road Trip this Fall

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

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

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.

 

Goodguys 32nd West Coast Nationals Car Show 8/24 – 8/26

We’re not wishing the summer away, but we are looking forward to August, because we’ll be attending the Goodguys 32nd West Coast Nationals Car Show! Will you be there too?

The 3-day show takes place at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA, August 24 -26 and features over 3,000 rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks all from 1972 and earlier. Share your love of cars with the family and cheer as America’s most beautiful street rod is crowned.  Spectators can enjoy a Nitro Thunderfest Dragster Exhibition, numerous displays, live music entertainment, and a kids zone complete with arts & crafts, games, prizes, and free make and takes.  New for 2018 is Spectre Performance All American Sunday (8/26) welcoming American made or powered vehicles.

This is the sixth year in a row we will be a vendor.  We’d love it if you would stop by our booth to say hello and learn more about the T3 Tracker and all of its capabilities.  For details and ticket/registration information please visit the Goodguys Website.

What to Know Before You Hit the Road in Your RV

Summer is here! Which means it’s time to hit the road and explore new sites. If you’re planning on taking your first RV trip, here are some things to keep in mind:

Practice. An RV will not maneuver like a car. It’s best to practice driving and parking before heading out for your first big trip.

Service your RV. You’ll want everything in top notch condition (waste water system, brakes, tire pressure, batteries, lights, etc.) before you go.

Stock up your RV. It’s always a good idea to carry a tool kit and emergency kit if planning to travel in a remote area, and you’ll want to hit the grocery store to buy your essentials such as paper towels, toilet paper, sunscreen, bug spray, food, etc. to last a good duration of your trip.

Sleep. Make sure to get a good night’s sleep before your trip. According to sleep experts, it is important to actually get at least two consecutive nights of 7-8 hours of sleep before you begin your drive. This way you can avoid any drowsy driving.

Map out where you’ll stay. Whether you plan to rough it, or would like to feel more at home being hooked up to electricity, water, sewage and cable, you’ll want to research ahead of time. You’ll need a reservation at some RV parks.

Think about bringing along your car. If you’re planning to spend a significant amount of time at your destination, it may help to have a car. Having to park somewhere in your RV every time you leave the RV park can be a challenge.

Protect your RV and belongings with the T3. With a T3 you can check on the location of your RV or status any time you wish. If there happens to be an unauthorized movement, or a factory installed alarm is activated, the T3 will alert you via a text message that will show the GPS location of the RV, the speed it is traveling, and the direction it’s going. You can then easily connect to a 911 operator closest to the RV to report the theft and get immediate help. No call center is used, saving time and money.  The T3 is the only anti-theft device with these capabilities. You can also easily transfer the T3 to another vehicle as well.

You can learn more about the T3 here.

Have a great trip!

TECH TIP: The T3 owner sets their phone number in the T3 memory and T3 always sends notifications to the owner’s phone.  T3 will only answer calls from the owner’s phone and from the owner’s authorized emergency contacts.

911Tracker Talks to SVCTE Students about Developing a Quality Product

911Tracker was honored to be invited to the Silicon Valley Career Technical Education center to talk about the development of the T3 Vehicle Security Tracker and the new project we are currently working on, as well as offer career advice to students and explain what is involved in developing a product and what to keep in mind when starting a business.

I started the presentation off by talking about my schooling and early career experience. We discussed how important it is to take a summer job relevant to the field you are training in because not only will you gain valuable technical skills and hands-on experience, but you will make many connections and learn how to communicate and collaborate with people in the workplace. We also talked about getting a well-rounded education in engineering to create a diverse background of knowledge.

We discussed the pros and cons of working in small, medium-sized, and large companies, and what to think about if you’d like to become an entrepreneur.  I talked about my first start-up that I developed with my friend Ron, Comsift (ComSifter is a web filter that blocks out adult content), and how that led to the opportunity to develop 911Tracker.  I talked about all the obstacles and challenges my business partner Calvin and I ran into, and all the changes we had to make to bring 911Tracker to the market.  To learn more about 911Tracker, please visit here.

I thoroughly enjoyed talking to these talented students and received many insightful questions. We wish them much luck as they continue their education and begin their careers.

Thank you Jim Burnham for taking these photos:

Five Tips for Keeping Your Car Cool this Summer

Summer is right around the corner and temperatures are rising. And we can’t think of anything more uncomfortable than getting into a scorching hot car. Here are some ways you can keep your parked car a little bit cooler.

1. If garage parking is not available, find a shaded parking spot.
2. Keep your windows slightly cracked (just enough to prevent anyone from breaking in). If you have a sun roof, it’s a good idea to crack this as well to create airflow.
3. Use a sunshade. It really helps to keep that direct sunlight out of the car. You may even want to consider also using a sunshade in your rear window.
4. If you have leather seats, they’ll get hot quick if left in the sun. They won’t get as hot if you lay blankets or towels over them. There are also products on the market like cooling seat covers that will help.
5. Leave your doors open for a few minutes before getting in.

Stay cool this summer!

T3 Tech Tip: T3 can show the owner their vehicle’s status anytime they wish. Status includes: Ignition on/off; Vehicle alarm sounding yes/no; Vehicle starter relay disabled/enabled; Vehicle battery voltage; T3 Guard Mode status.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Car-Loving, Fun-Loving Dad

 

We found some great Father’s Day gifts for the dad who loves cars and is all about having fun.

With this t-shirt, dad gets a massage and the child gets to play cars. Win win!

Eating cereal just became even more enjoyable with these tire bowls.

Give dad his space with this personalized garage plaque.

These socks are sure to give him a good laugh.

If he’s a Star Wars fan, he’ll love playing around with these decals.

Let him relive his childhood with a slot car race track.

While dad may be all about fun and games, he won’t want others playing around with his car. A T3 from 911Tracker will keep his car safe and makes a great gift. 

Happy Father’s Day!

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.