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Car Show Etiquette

Summer is one of the best times to head out to car shows, but if you’ve never taken your classic car to a show before, you’ll want to make sure you’re up to date on car show etiquette before you do. Depending on the type of show, on top of etiquette, there are some other things you may need to know. National shows are huge- most will require you to register your vehicle, and some will charge a fee. For many smaller regional or local shows you can just show up and park without registering or paying a fee, but it is always best to get all of the information ahead of time so you can be prepared.

Once you have all of the information you need and are registered (if it’s required), you’ll want to display proper etiquette. Here are some tips for maximizing your car show experience.

-Show up on time- When you’re heading out to a car show, especially a large one, you want to make sure you’re on time. Running late will result in a lot of frustration, for you, and the organizers, and will most likely land you in a poor location.

-Take one spot- We know you are proud of your vehicle and want to show it off, but it is important to take one spot and not spill over into other people’s areas.

-Don’t leave until the show is over- Leaving early not only looks bad, but it is also dangerous to spectators. If you absolutely have to leave early, make sure to speak to a staff member about your situation when you arrive so that they can position you nearest an exit.

-Be kind to the staff- Most car shows are staffed by volunteers. Things can get hectic and the staff may not know the answers to all of your questions- be courteous and if you need more help, ask for the show director.  

-Stay calm- It can be hard not to get upset when someone touches your car after you’ve spent hours waxing and polishing it to make it look perfect. Not all spectators understand this, so politely let them know that your car means a lot to you and you would rather them just look.

-Be respectful- Everyone has different tastes and budgets, so if the vehicle next to you doesn’t have perfect paint or the style isn’t for you, keep it to yourself. It’s best to offer constructive criticism and sound advice, rather than to insult someone’s hard work.

-No racing- Racing in the areas surrounding the car show before, during, or after it, brings you, and the show, the wrong kind of attention. It’s a quick way to get a ticket, or even get kicked out.

-Keep in mind that you are a guest of the car show and what you do at the venue ultimately reflects the shows coordinators. Relax, be patient, be respectful, and have fun!

Also, if you are traveling to a show and need to stay in a hotel for the weekend, you’ll want to make sure your car is protected.  By installing a T3 Tracker on your vehicle, you’ll know within seconds of a theft and can easily connect to a 911 operator closest to the car. It is especially perfect for cars without security systems.

Now that you know general car show etiquette and how to keep your vehicle safe, it’s time to find some shows in your area. We’ve always liked the Good Guys shows which happen all over the country. Check out their website to find the one closest to you.

TECH TIP: The T3 Owner can change their secret PIN anytime they wish. T3 will only act on commands that have the owners secret 5-digit PIN.

Road Trip Tips

With the weather warming up and the school year winding down, now is the time to start planning for your upcoming road trips. Follow these tips for a fun and safe ride. 

  1. Service your vehicle– Regular maintenance is important to prevent a breakdown but it is always a good idea to get a tune-up before a long drive.
  2. Sleep– Make sure to get a a lot of rest before your trip. According to sleep experts, it is important to 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. Although if you do feel tired while on your trip, it is important to take a break.
  3. Emergency Kit– It is always a good idea to have a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle. Even with proper maintenance trouble can still arise. Be sure to include jumper cables, flares, a tire jack, water, blankets, and a first aid kit. Also be sure your spare tire is properly inflated.
  4. Put your cell phone down– Distracted driving can be incredibly dangerous. While you are driving, keep your focus on the road in order to keep yourself, your passengers, and the other drivers on the road safe. By doing this, you’ll also avoid fines in many states.
  5. Stay hydrated– Drinking water may increase the amount of stops you have to make, but it will also keep you energized while driving. It’s also a good idea to pack a water bottle for all of your passengers as well.
  6. Traveling with children– Make sure to take proper safety precautions when driving with children. It is important that all car seats are properly installed and children are sitting in a seat appropriate for their age, height, and weight. All children 12 and under need to be safely buckled in the back seat and never leave them in the car unattended.
  7. Have a GPS handy– Not only does a GPS help you get from point A to point B, it will also help you find alternate routes due to traffic, construction, etc. It is also a great way to find the nearest restaurants, hotels, and hospitals.
  8. Keep your car safe– Keep your car safe while you are on your road trip with a T3 Tracker. Not only is your vehicle your mode of transportation, it is also a surrogate home while you are on the road. You don’t want it to be at risk. With the 911Tracker T3 you will be alerted of any unauthorized movements your car makes via text alert. You can then connect with a 911 operator nearest your vehicle in order to get your car back.

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

Everything you wanted to know about the T3

Do you think you would benefit from installing a Vehicle Tracking Device on your car or motorcycle? We would agree! Let us help answer any pending questions that you may have so that you can start protecting your most valueable possession!

Q.What type of vehicle is the T3 compatible with?

The T3 tracker can be installed on any type of vehicle that has a battery and a location where the unit will not be exposed to moisture/the elements. 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 the device between vehicles with the Cable-Kit-T, which includes cable, fuses, a starter disable relay, and a backup battery with overload protection.

What is required to install the T3?

The package includes everything you need. A full installation kit,  the T3 device, and cable.

Do I need to connect to the internet to operate the T3?

No.  Each T3 has its own phone number.  You just send a text message to the T3 from your mobile phone or smartphone to operate it.

How do I check the location of my vehicle?

A. Send a text message with your secret 5-digit PIN and the letters “gps” and your T3 will respond to your mobile phone with the time and date, and the location, speed, and direction of your vehicle.

Q, What do I do when my 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 the 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 877-744-3361  or sales@911Tracker.com. We would love to hear from you!

stay safe on Mischief Night

It is autumn–a time of leaves changing, carving pumpkins and choosing Halloween costumes.  But with Halloween comes Mischief Night.  Mischief Night has historically been a time where pranksters cause harmless mischief.  Occasionally though, vandals can use this time to cause destruction to your vehicle.  Take these precautions to protect your vehicle as Mischief Night approaches.

Park in the Garage. If you have the option to park your vehicle in a garage, Mischief Night is the night to do it.  Although pranks usually just involve egging or crisco-ing door handles, this type of vandalism can cause damage to the paint on your vehicle.

Keep Your Lights On.  By keeping the lights on at your house and in your driveway, you can signify to the vandals that someone is home and you are watching.

Keep Valuables in the House.  You should never keep valuable items in your car.  Make sure that your wallet, purse or any electronic devices are secure in your home as to not attract any would be criminals.

Check Your Insurance Policy.  If a vandal gets really destructive and decides to spray paint your vehicle, comprehensive car insurance will protect you from general vandalism.  Before Mischief Night arrives, it might be a good idea to double check your insurance coverage.

Install the T3 Vehicle Security System.  With the 911Tracker T3 Vehicle Recovery System, you are alerted the moment that your vehicle has unauthorized movement or a pre-installed vehicle alarm goes off. The alert will show you the GPS location, speed, and direction that your vehicle is traveling, and you can easily connect to the 911-Operator closest to your vehicle, allowing you to speak directly to police within seconds of the emergency.  No call center is used – saving you time and money.  Saving valuable time can save you, your family, your vehicle and your belongings.  LoJack® doesn’t do this.  OnStar® doesn’t do this.  No other anti-theft system can do this. Want to start protecting your car or motorcycle? Contact us to learn more 877-744-3361!

TECH TIP: T3 owner can set each emergency contact to either receive T3 notifications or not receive T3 notifications.

Classic Car Storage Tips–Winterizing Your Classic Car

While you soak in these last few warm and sunny days, it might be hard to believe that the cold and snow is on its way.  But, it will be here before you know it, so it is time to think about storing your classic car.  It is best to put the work into your car now before your car goes into storage, so that after you survive the cold, dark days of winter, your car is ready to go on that first beautiful spring day.  Here are a few tips to get you started.

Routine Maintenance.  Before you begin winterizing, make sure you address any routine maintenance issues. It is easier to get them done now, so you don’t need to worry about them over the winter.  So get a tune-up or replace that taillight bulb before you store your vehicle.

Fill up the gas tank.  Fill the tank completely and add a fuel stabilizer to it. Once you do that, take the car around the block a few times so it can work through the system.  By filling the tank, it will also cut down on the amount of water that might condense in the gas tank.

Replace fluids.  Replace fluids such as coolant, brake and transmission fluids . And make sure when changing the oil, you replace the filter as well. This will protect your vehicle from corrosion.

Disconnect the battery.  Disconnect or remove the battery and store it in a cool, dry place. You can prevent the battery from dying by hooking it up to a charger while it is in storage. – If your car is in a safe place, and you disconnect your battery you can still use your T3 in a separate vehicle you just need our Cable Kit T.

Reduce tire pressure/Remove tires. Should you inflate, deflate or your tires?  Many car enthusiasts have varying opinions about what to do with the tires.  Here are two options: remove them or deflate them.  If you remove the tires,place the car on jack stands which will help to preserve shocks.  If you do this be sure to overinflate your tires slightly because they will lose pressure over the cold winter months.  If you don’t have jack stands, your other option is to reduce the pressure in the tires. This will alleviate strain on the suspension system.

Wash, Wax and Cover.  After washing and drying your vehicle, add another layer of protection by waxing it with a high quality wax.  Vacuum and shampoo interiors and be sure to use an interior wax inside to prevent drying and cracking of surfaces.  Store some mothballs inside the car, under the dash and in the tailpipe to discourage critters from making your car their home. Cover with a breathable car cover to prevent mold and allow dry to air circulate.

These are just a few tips to get you started to winterize your classic car. As you talk more to other classic car owners, you will get lots of tips and advice.  The most important thing is to follow a plan that works for you and your classic car. 

Tech Tip: If your vehicle has an emergency or a crash, the driver can turn off the key and sound the horn for at least 8 seconds and T3 will send a vehicle alarm to the owner (and authorized emergency contacts). This assumes you had the yellow wire connected to the vehicle horn during the installation and that your horn does sound with the key off.

 

Tips to keep car your from getting stolen

Every 46 seconds, a motor vehicle is stolen in the United States. Recently, the Insurance Information Institute reported that 689,527 vehicles were reported stolen each year. It is important that you take preventative measures so you won’t become a victim of theft. Here are a few ways to help protect your vehicle.

LOCK IT UP. This seems like a simple way to keep your car from being stolen, but many people often forget to lock their doors. Keep your car locked at all times, even while you are driving to stay protected.

TAKE YOUR KEYS WITH YOU. Never leave your keys in the car. Many people put a spare key under the driver’s mat–don’t do it. This only makes things easier for thieves. Also, if your car is running, do not leave it unattended.

HIDE YOUR VALUABLES. Do not leave valuables in your car, especially within eyesight of someone passing by. It just makes your car seem more appealing to a thief.

BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU PARK. Since most car thieves do their work at night, be mindful of where you park your car. A well-lit area in a highly visible area is the best place to park.

PURCHASE AN ANTI-THEFT MECHANISM. Consider buying an anti-theft mechanism that locks onto the steering wheel. Although car thieves have very little trouble removing them, often times if it is between your car with the device and the car parked next to you without it, thieves go with the easier choice.

INSTALL AN AFTERMARKET ENGINE IMMOBILIZER AND A GPS TRACKING DEVICE. The best way to protect your vehicle is to install an aftermarket engine immobilizer and a GPS tracking device like the T3 Vehicle Security System. With the 911Tracker T3 Vehicle Recovery System, you are alerted the moment that your vehicle has unauthorized movement or a pre-installed vehicle alarm goes off. The alert will show you the GPS location, speed, and direction that your vehicle is traveling, and you can easily connect to the 911-Operator closest to your vehicle, allowing you to speak directly to police within seconds of the emergency. No call center is used – saving you time and money. Saving valuable time can save you, your family, your vehicle and your belongings. LoJack® doesn’t do this. OnStar® doesn’t do this. No other anti-theft system can do this. Want to start protecting your car or motorcycle? Contact us to learn more 877-744-3361!

Vehicle Warranty

Today we would like to point out a question that asked a lot from our customers and that is Will adding a T3 void my vehicle’s warranty?

And the answer is NO, it will NOT VOID YOUR WARRANTY.

From time to time, we receive calls from our customers stating that they are being warned by their auto shop that if a T3 is installed in their vehicle, their warranty will be voided.  We want you to know that 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, signed into law in 1975, was needed to protect consumers from car dealerships that were demanding that only their authorized parts and labor were covered under warranty, any other parts that the dealership deemed unauthorized would void the warranty.  (For example, if you replaced your wiper blades with non-authorized blades, then the dealership would void the warranty on the engine and exhaust.)  The Act protects your right to have an aftermarket system installed without your warranty being voided.  Keep in mind, if you start tearing up wiring and drilling holes that aren’t necessary for the installation of an aftermarket system, you could have warranty issues with your dealership.  That’s why you should always seek professional installation when installing an aftermarket system to your vehicle.  We have already done the work for you, make your life easier by purchasing a T3 from one of our qualified partner dealers.

Tech Tip: When the T3 is in temporary Move Mode, T3 will not send notifications. This mode is used if owner is having the vehicle towed.

Tips for teaching your teenager to drive

When your teenager gets their learner’s permit, the first step in becoming a licensed driver, it is an exciting moment.  Even if you hire a driving instructor to help your teenager learn to drive, you will still be called upon to be their co-pilot as they practice their driving skills.  It is a big task because there is so much for them to learn.  Here are a few tips to make your job a little easier.

 

Knowing Your State’s Requirements

Every state has different requirements for a driver to obtain their license.  Some require a combination of classroom hours and adult-supervised behind-the-wheel training. It is important to know what is required by your state so that you are meeting those requirements.

 

Getting Behind the Wheel

The first time your teenager gets behind the wheel, not only will they be nervous, but you might be nervous as well. Both of you should take a deep breath and relax.   

 

Start lessons in a parking lot–This is a great place to begin a driver’s lesson. Your driver will have the space to really get the feel for the vehicle.  Here they can learn to turn the wheel smoothly, use the brake comfortably, and accelerate easily.  

 

Road Practice–After a few parking lot sessions, your teen will be ready to try the car on the road. It is always a good idea to start off on back roads and roads with less traffic. As they get increasingly comfortable behind the wheel, make sure to teach them to drive on highways, at night, and in different types of weather in order for them to learn the skills they will need as an independent driver.

 

Driving Independently

Eventually all those practice sessions will have paid off and your teen will be granted their driver’s license.  Once they get their license, it is important to set rules that your driver must follow when they first start driving independently.  Such as:

  • Seat belts for everyone in the car
  • No using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving
  • Follow all driving laws
  • No speeding

To ensure that your teenager is following the rules that you set, install a T3 from 911Tracker. You can check the location of your vehicle any time by sending a text message to the T3. and the T3 will respond with a text showing GPS speed, direction, and location on Google Maps™.

 

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

Safe Summer Driving Tips

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Summer is a traditional time with individuals and families go on vacation.  It often involves packing up the car and heading out on a road trip.  During the months of June through August, there are an increase in auto related accidents due to increase vacation travel and increased road work.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends the following tips to keep in mind before you hit the road this summer travel season.

Before You Leave

  • Service Your Vehicle–Regular maintenance on your vehicle is important to prevent a breakdown.  If your car hasn’t been in for a tune-up, make sure it gets done before you leave.
  • Roadside Emergency Kit–Even with thorough maintenance on your vehicles, sometimes a car trouble is inevitable.  In case of a breakdown keep a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle which includes a jumper cables, flares, a tire jack, water, and other essential items that would help if your car breaks down.

During your trip

  • Buckle up–All passengers should wear their seatbelts while the vehicle is on the road.  According to the CDC, seat belt use is the most effective way to reduce injuries in crashes and save lives.
  • Traveling with children–Take proper safety precautions when driving with children.  All children 13 and under should ride in the backseat.  Car seats and booster seats should be installed properly, and never leave children unattended in a vehicle.
  • Be alert–Keep your eyes on the road.  Any texts or phone calls can wait, and if they can’t, pull over to address them.  Also, if your trip is a long one, plan for some stops along the way.

Stay safe and happy travels! 

T3 Summer Specials

We are offering two Summer Silver Specials. Plus additional discounts if you order multiple units.

  • T3-SS3 T3 Vehicle Security System that includes the T3 AND a 3-month Silver Service Plan plus free shipping in the USA — Normal price is $289, but T3-SS3Summer Silver Special is only $199 a saving of $90 Click here for T3-SS3 Special$189 per unit with two or more per order.
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Tech Tip: The 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.

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Tips for Long Drives

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With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start to summer, many of us will embark on a road trip.  Whether it is to the mountains or down the shore, heading across the country to visit family or going on an RV adventure, here are a few tips to consider before you hit the road.

SLEEP.  It is important to get a lot of rest before driving.  According to sleep experts, try to get at least two consecutive nights of 7-8 hours of sleep before your trip.  This helps to eliminate any risk of drowsy driving.  It is important that when you feel tired, you take a break from the road.

KEEP HYDRATED.  By staying hydrated, you increase your energy reserves.  Although drinking lots of water might increase the number of stops you have to make on your trip, water will ensure that you stay energized and alert while driving.

MAKE FREQUENT STOPS.  Getting out to stretch your legs or use the restrooms is a great way to break up the trip.  Experts suggest making scheduled stops about every two hours during a long drive.

DRIVE WITH A COMPANION.  Depending on the circumstances, driving with a companion might not be possibility.  If it is, a companion will not only serve as someone to talk to and keep you focused and alert, but can help with little ones or pets that might be traveling with you, assist in navigation, and share the driving tasks with you.

KEEP KIDS ENTERTAINED.  If you are traveling with children, make sure they have plenty of things to keep them busy.  Snacks, entertainment, coloring books, anything that will occupy their interest.  Games while on the road, like the alphabet game can keep the whole car engaged.

LISTEN TO THE RADIO. Listening and singing along to good music, downloaded books or podcasts will help keep your mind engaged and active so you don’t start to drive on autopilot.

By following these tips, your next trip should be a relaxing and safe one!

TECH TIP: With the T3 from 911Tracker you don’t need to worry about roaming charges or dead spots! The T3 will automatically find the strongest cell phone signal from T-Mobile or AT&T depending on your location!