Category Archives: Car Safety

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.

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.

 

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!

Holiday Break-ins – Be Protected!

You’ve probably noticed that every year around the holidays, the media is warning holiday shoppers of car break-ins. According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) vehicle burglaries tend to increase around the holidays.  So do vehicle thefts, with New Year’s Day ranked at the top for number of car thefts.  

Here are some things you can do to stay vigilant while at the mall and other shopping areas checking off everyone on your shopping list:

  1. Make sure your car doors are locked
  2. If you are making multiple stops on your shopping excursion, make sure the purchases you have placed in your car, and any other valuables, are out of sight
  3. Park in a well-lit spot
  4. Install the 911Tracker T3 Vehicle Recovery System in your vehicle

With the 911Tracker T3 Vehicle Recovery System, if there is unauthorized movement in your vehicle or a pre-installed vehicle alarm goes off, you will be alerted instantly. 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!

The 911Tracker T3 Vehicle Recovery System also makes an excellent holiday gift for family and friends!

For more information call us at 877-744-3361.

The T3 and Your Vehicle’s Warranty

The T3 Tracker is a one-of-a-kind anti-theft and tracking device with capabilities no other product on the market has. We get questions daily about the T3, what it does, and how it works. But recently we’ve been getting a lot of questions about how installing a T3 on your vehicle will affect the vehicle’s warranty. The good news is, it won’t.

By law, any properly installed and functioning aftermarket system, including a security or remote start system, will not void a vehicle’s warranty. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act of 1975 was passed to protect consumers from dealerships insisting that only their authorized parts and labor were covered under their warranty, and that if a dealership deemed a product unauthorized, it would void the warranty.

Keep in mind though, that if you start tearing up wiring and drilling unnecesary holes, then a warranty issue could arise. So make sure that you seek help from a professional installer when adding an aftermarket system or product to your vehicle. And to make this process even easier for you, you can purchase your T3 from one of our qualified partner dealers.

With a T3 Tracker safely, and correctly, installed on your vehicle, you will have peace of mind in knowing that if your car makes an unauthorized movement you will be notified immediately. If someone steals your car, the T3 will send a message to you. Once you receive that message, you verify that there is in fact an issue, and then you can call the T3 and the 911 operator nearest the vehicle. The T3 will provide the owner and the 911 operator with the real time location of the vehicle and the direction it is heading in so law enforcement can help stop the crime in progress.

Not only will your vehicle be protected by its warranty, but it will be safe thanks to the T3. For more information on the T3 Tracker visit our website (https://www.911tracker.com/), or give us a call at 877-744-3361.

TECH TIP: When the T3 owner has contacted police about the 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.

Are You Prepared For An Emergency?

If you were to break down on the side of the road, would you be prepared? If you have a T3 Tracker you can send your coordinates to family or a friend so that they can easily send help. But what about while you’re waiting for help to arrive? Do you have supplies to keep yourself safe?

We recommend keeping the following items in your car in case of emergency.

-First Aid Kit

-Flashlight with batteries

-Quart of oil

-Rag

-Water

-Protein Bars

-Duct Tape

-Jumper Cables

-Blanket

-Matches

Emergency preparedness kits come in all shapes and sizes. You can always add more, but we wouldn’t recommend starting with anything less than the items listed above.

Some other items you may want to consider adding are:

-Flares

-Hand Warmers

-Sunscreen

-Phone Charger

-Basic Tools

-Change of clothes

-Poncho

-Gloves

Is there anything we haven’t mentioned that you think should be included in an emergency kit?

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

 

The T3- More Than Just An Anti-theft Device

On top of being a one of a kind anti-theft device, the T3 Tracker can also help you through a number of everyday situations. It will simplify your life, reduce stress, and give you peace of mind for less than $10 per month.

Here are some ways that the T3 can help in everyday situations:

-With the T3 you can keep tabs on your teenage drivers or aging parents without distracting them with a call or text. The device allows the owner to check the vehicle’s location and direction.

-It can be difficult to time dinner so it is ready when your partner gets home from work, especially when traffic is involved. With the T3 you can check on their progress without interrupting their concentration.

-When you drop your car off at the shop to get serviced, they usually give you an estimate of how long it will take- but things can happen and times can change. With the T3 you can see when the technician does a road test which usually means your car will be done soon. This way you can be productive while you’re waiting without wasting time.

-Do you have a teenager learning how to drive? If you’re worried about them taking the car out without permission or while you’re not at home, the T3 allows you to disable the starter. This way you don’t have to worry.

-Have you ever locked your keys in the car? It can be difficult to get AAA or other help immediately. With the T3, you can open your doors in just seconds.

-If you have a car that doesn’t get driven very often, you may worry about the battery running low. Thankfully with the T3, it won’t be a surprise as you’ll get a notification telling you when the battery is low.

-It can be worrisome when older relatives get in the car after a holiday dinner and have a long drive home in the dark. With a T3 installed on their vehicle you’ll be able to track their progress and see that their car has arrived home safely. You get peace of mind without bothering them with a phone call.

-Do you have family members taking a road trip? While they’re away, track their progress with the T3.

-AND — T3 is ready 24/7 to protect you, your family members, and your vehicle if there is an emergency. If your vehicle is stolen, moves without authorization, or is involved in an accident, T3 notifies you and your emergency contacts and can connect you directly to the 911-Operator located nearest the vehicle.

With the T3 you can not only protect your car from theft, but also keep track of your vehicle and loved ones in a safe, non-intrusive way. For more information on the T3 visit our website.

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

 

It can happen to you – Protect Your Vehicle

The incidence of car thefts in US has risen steadily over the past couple of years and keeping your vehicle locked in a garage isn’t enough to deter thieves. Not only will they still take your car, but they may then use it to continue their spree.

In a recent incident in San Jose, California, a home was broken into on a weekday between 12:30 and 12:55pm. The thieves took valuables and then fled in the homeowners car that was parked in the garage. The car was then used in a number of other robberies in San Jose, and surrounding areas. There was a police-involved car chase, but the robbers managed to flee, and eventually abandoned the vehicle. The robbers are still at large.

If the owners of the stolen vehicle had a T3 Tracker installed they would have been able to use the 3-way call feature to alert the police department closest to the vehicle’s location of the theft. The police would then also have access to the exact GPS location of the vehicle and the owner could remotely disable the car’s starter, leading the police right to them. In this case, the car would most likely have been returned to the owners quickly, without the car chase, and they may have been able to get all of their valuables back. It also would have prevented the subsequent break-ins and the thieves would have been caught.
It is always a good idea to keep your car doors locked and valuables out of sight. But unfortunately, even a garage isn’t guaranteed protection. For more information on the T3 Tracker and to order yours, go here, https://www.911tracker.com/products.

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

Protecting Your Service Vehicle

Vehicle theft is big business. If you are a business owner and you have a service vehicle or a fleet of service vehicles, they can be particularly vulnerable because of the value contained within them. Consider the following ways to protect your service vehicles.

 Tinted Windows and Safety Glass

A very effective way to deter thieves from targeting a service vehicle is by tinting windows to the highest legal level and having shatterproof glass.  It is a two-fold approach since thieves will not be able to see what’s inside the vehicle and even if they try a smash-and-grab the window won’t shatter if they do try to break in.

Place Valuables Out of Sight

One of the best ways to deter thieves is by placing valuables out of sight.  Be sure to put important documents in the glove box and keep equipment and electronics hidden away. Thieves are less likely to break in if there doesn’t look like there is anything of value to take.

Keep the Car Secure

Keep the doors locked and the windows up whenever your vehicle is unattended. Do not leave an extra set of keys in the car and if you have to park along a curb, keep your front wheels turned in.

Use an Anti-theft Device

By installing a T3 tracker, you not only save money, but you’ll have peace of mind in knowing that your vehicle has a voice. The T3 alerts you via text if your vehicle alarm is triggered or if the car makes an unauthorized movement. It provides you with the GPS coordinates of the vehicle, the direction it is going in, and the speed it is traveling. You also have the ability to connect to 911 and the authorities closest to your vehicle’s location via three-way call. You can also disable the starter and unlock the doors via secure message.

Your service vehicle isn’t just for transportation, but it also acts as a warehouse for your equipment. Don’t risk losing thousands of dollars in equipment and hours of work, protect your vehicle today. Let us help you get started, https://www.911tracker.com/contact-us.

 

TECH TIP: Did you know that T3 will automatically notify the owner if the vehicle battery is getting low?