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Keep your vehicle in good condition this winter

With the cold weather approaching, there are some things to be aware of to keep your car in prime condition.

Install a T3. It lets the car owner and their emergency contacts check the GPS location, which could be critical if your vehicle is stuck.  The T3 also lets you check the battery voltage and notifies you if your battery is getting low.

Replace your windshield wipers. Who knows when the first snowfall will come, perhaps it will snow again on Halloween. In the cold, your wipers can freeze and crack. Make sure to have your windshield wipers replaced so that they work properly and can help keep your windows clear.

Consider new tires. Hydroplaning and spinning out of control is scary and no fun. If your tires do not work the best in the snow, consider getting them changed now before winter arrives. Check your tires pressure to make sure your tires are always filled with air because colder temperatures cause tire pressure to drop.

Check your brakes. Whether a car’s brakes struggle in the cold or snow depends on the type of car it is, but it’s crucial always to make sure they are working correctly. Whether it be driving in rain, sleet or snow, it’s best to make sure they are right and prepared for any weather. You should consider getting them checked every other oil change.

Check your oil. Cold weather can wreak havoc to your engine. Motor oil thickens when it is cold outside, making it harder for the car engine to turn over and start. Be mindful to check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommendation.

Keep your eye on your car battery. Without your car battery, your car would not be able to start. Extreme cold weather can cause your battery to freeze. Try and drive your car every day because starting up your vehicle recharges and warms up the battery. Remember you can easily check your car battery with your T3.

There is time before the freezing, cold winter is here but it’s always helpful to start planning on what precautions to take for the upcoming season. Winter will be here before you know it, be prepared!

All about the 911Tracker for your RV

Before heading out on the road to work, run errands, or go on a road trip you want to know that your RV will be safe under any circumstance. The911Tracker is the perfect device to ensure 24/7 protection!

  • You can check the location of your RV at any time!
  • If there is an unauthorized movement you will be alerted via a text message showing the GPS location of the RV.
  • You’ll never have to worry again about not knowing where you parked your RV or if somebody is going to try and break in and steal it.
  • The 911Tracker offers GREAT protection to guarantee that your RV is safe at all times.

Don’t wait, contact us today and check out our website to see how you get your 911Tracker!

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.

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.

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.

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.