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Tips for Surviving Traffic

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Whether you are commuting to and from work every day, carpooling to your child’s daycare in the morning, or hitting the shore for the summer, traffic is an inevitability.  These easy tips will help you survive being stuck in traffic gridlock.

  • Timing –A few minutes can make all the world of difference between heavy traffic and smooth sailing.  If you find that there is heavy traffic as you head out the door, try leaving 5 minutes earlier if possible. Often those extra few minutes save you time and stress by helping you avoid delays.
  • Planning–using a traffic app can really help with the planning of your route.  There are two popular and useful apps that help you avoid delays and minimize the time spent in your car. If you haven’t started using a real-time traffic app, you might want to give one of these a try. Waze–a community based traffic app which allows for others in the waze community to share real-time information regarding traffic.  Waze will help re-route to avoid delays. Beat the Traffic–an app that provides up to the minute travel information that makes travel easier and accounts for unexpected events.
  • Relaxing–Even with timing and planning, sometimes traffic is unavoidable. So why not make the best of it.  Put on your favorite music.  Try listening to a podcast, a talk radio station, or listening to your favorite book.  It is an enjoyable way to pass the time and you just might learn something along the way.
  • Safety–Remember that weaving in and out of traffic, speeding up and slowing down, and becoming aggressive can cause safety hazards and potentially more traffic.  Although traffic is frustrating, using safe driving habits will help keep the traffic moving.

Here’s to safe and stress-free travel!

 

T3 Tech Tip: The T3 can send the owner a text that shows their vehicle’s location, speed, and direction any time they wish.

Long Term Vehicle Storage – are you protected?

LONG TERM VEHICLE STORAGE

There are many reasons that might require a car to be put in long term storage. Perhaps its winter weather and that convertible is no longer practical or maybe you have been deployed for military service or sent a distance for work. By following these preparation tips for long term storage, not only will prevent damage to your vehicle but may save you dollars in costly repairs.

Indoor storage is the best way to store your car for long periods of time.

Preparing your vehicle
Clean the vehicle–Make sure that not only is your car washed, waxed, and allowed to air dry, but that it is completely vacuumed of all crumbs and dirt. Critters love empty vehicles, and you want to make sure there are no food sources in your stored vehicle for them to find. Empty a box or two of moth balls on the floor of your vehicle to discourage critters from finding their way in.

Lubricate door hinges and hood release latch–Latches and hinges need to be protected from moisture.

If your vehicle will be parked for over a year then you should also —

  • Flush the brake fluid–Brake fluid retains moisture which can eventually lead to rust and corrosion in the brake system. Flush the old brake fluid with new.
  • Remove the spark plugs–In order to prevent rust and corrosion, make sure you remove the spark plugs and spray some oil into the cylinders. The spark plugs can then be reinstalled and the plug wires reconnected.
  • Put jack stands under the vehicle to raise the wheels off the ground.

Protect the vehicle from rodents/critters–Critters can crawl into just about any opening in the vehicle and set up house, so make sure to stuff clean rags or aluminum foil into the tailpipe, engine air intake and the fresh air intake.

Install a T3–Installing a T3 on your vehicle, will not only protect it, but give you peace of mind while it is in storage. And make sure to put your T3 in Master Mode to alert you if your vehicle moves. Want a T3 for yourself? Enter to win a $50 giftcard to Amazon and you can put that towards your own T3!

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are you a disconnected driver?

Are you a “disconnected” driver?

Do you tend to small tasks while driving? Maybe catch up on phone calls? Or answer a quick text? You are at risk of receiving a hefty fine from local authorities, or worse injuring yourself or someone else.

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Did you know that driving a vehicle while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Want to stop being a disconnected driver? You can start by putting your mobile phone in a glove compartment or handbag while driving. Most phones now come equipped with Silent Phone options, so that you can stop temptation from distracting you while driving but allow for the important phone calls to sstillill ring That way if your phone goes off when on “silent” you’ll know that it is an important call and that you need to pull over somewhere safe.
However, disconnecting driving does not only involve your phone. “Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.” The State Department of New Jersey lists the following as being a distraction:
• Texting
• Using a cell phone or smartphone
• Eating and drinking
• Talking to passengers
• Grooming
• Reading, including maps
• Using a navigation system
• Watching a video
• Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

Let’s help do our part in changing statistics, and do our part by focusing on the road and not what’s on our screens.

Spring Cleaning: Classic Car Prep

classic car prepCar Show Season is upon us! Which means it’s time to start airing out your vehicle and performing a series of checks to ensure that you have enough time to take your car out for a spin as soon as that first show drives into town!

Whether you winterized your vehicle or not, you need to complete a thorough investigation and CHECK EVERYTHING! To help get you started we’ve compiled a list of hot spot areas that tend to need a tune up from over the winter:

  • Check and change the fluids.
  • Test your wipers.
  • Tires – do they need air, are they flat or spotted?
  • Open the hood – how does your wiring look? Sometimes animals chew through some of the wires over the winter, so make sure nothing is disconnected.
  • Take a look under your car to make sure nothing leaked.
  • Test your lights. And don’t forget to check your brake lights!
  • Charge your battery.
  • Run your car for a few minutes before taking it out for a spin. As the car is running look under the vehicle again to make sure nothing started leaking.
  • Wash, dust and polish. You are ready for a drive!

Another thing to consider before heading to your first car show is installing a T3, because classic car shows are notorious for being targeted for theft opportunities. When installing a T3 on your classic car you have two options: a standard T3 or a Cable-Kit-T which would allow for you to plug in your T3  at the show and then move it back to your daily vehicle once you arrive home. By having a T3 installed while attending out of town shows you are able to react quicker if your car has unauthorized movement. Just set your T3 to Master mode, and it will alert you the moment the vehicle is moved. You instantly receive access to the GPS coordinates, speed, and direction that your vehicle is moving. As well as easily connect to the 911-Operator closest to your vehicle, allowing them to dispatch an officer. Helping bring your beauty back where it belongs and not gone forever.

Interested in purchasing your own T3 or Cable-Kit-T? Head to 911Tracker.com. We are also giving one lucky reader a chance to WIN $50 to Amazon so that you can use your gift card to put towards protecting your vehicle! Or of course, to pick up other car show preparation products! Head here to enter!

Car Theft on the Rise – Learn How to Protect Your Vehicle From Being Stolen

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You never think it will happen to you. You lock your car and you feel protected because you may have a built in alarm system that makes a nasty sound when someone tries to break in. There is something you need to remember……it can happen to you and it has happened to over 700,000 Americans. We don’t want you to be next. Here are some tips to keep you and your vehicle safe.

“Anywhere that you’ll be parked for a long time – churches, sports venues, concerts, etc. – are targets for car thieves,” continued Golling. “That applies to the theft of the car itself and items in the car. Remove everything from your car when you’re at those kinds of places.”

Below are some best practices from Todd Golling to make your car less of a target.

  • If you don’t want it stolen, don’t leave it in your car. Simple as that. A visible iPod or GPS is a temptation for “smash and grab.”
  • is particularly important when traveling. Remove everything from your car at a hotel. Thieves patrol hotel parking lots and look for things like out of state plates, or suction-cup marks on the windshield to indicate a GPS device might be in the car.
  • It sounds simple, but make sure you lock your car. Even if you’re only leaving it unattended for a minute.
  • If you go on a shopping trip, keep a blanket in your car to cover the items you buy. Thieves are less likely to take the risk of breaking into your car if they don’t know what they’re getting.
  • Don’t keep spare keys to your car or house anywhere in your car.
  • Don’t leave anything with your address on it i.e. mail, registration, insurance card.
  • Locking gas caps, wheel-locking nuts, and engine immobilizers are a great way to tell the thief “It’s not going to be easy!”

Now that you have these tools you can now keep your vehicle safe at any point of the year. If you car does happen to get stolen remember that your vehicle can be recovered. Roughly 46% of all stolen cars are recovered, but may be damaged or have belongings removed.

 

Top 5 states for vehicle recovery

Washington – 71%

Utah – 63%

South Dakota – 61%

Nevada – 61%

California – 60%

The lowest five states for vehicle recovery  

Michigan – 19%

Pennsylvania – 26%

— Arkansas – 28%

— Alabama – 28%

— Mississippi – 29%

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Accident Preparation – Here’s what you need to do

accident preparationThe car insurance industry estimates that you will file a claim for a collision about once every 17.9 years.

Do you know what to do when in an accident?

Be Prepared:

  • Put your important information in the glove box or center console of your vehicle. This should include your ID cards and vehicle registration. It’s also a good idea to include a list of emergency contacts  and a copy of your health insurance card.
  • Add your T3 contact phone number onto your cellphones speed dial. That way you can contact the authorities in a click of a button.

After you are in an accident:

  • Assess the situation. Are you hurt? Is anyone in your vehicle hurt? How about the other vehicle, do you see movement? If everyone is ok, then it’s time to check your vehicle.
  • If your vehicle is safe to drive you should move your car to a nearby safe location. Make sure you stay as close to the scene of the accident as possible. If your car is NOT movable, you should go stand on the sidewalk. Do not stay sitting in your car.
  • Once you are in a safe location, you need to contact the police. If you pre-installed the T3 on your speed dial, this step is simple! Just click the designated speed dial button. T3 answers and you press # to call 911. While talking to the 911-Operator you can press 3 to have the T3 speak the GPS lat/long, so police know your exact location.  This is much better than if you call 911 directly since the 911-Operator will most likely see a large circle on their map screen that could be half a mile wide. Every minute matters!

If a police officer is not dispatched, you will need to exchange information with the other vehicle. Here’s what you need to receive:

  • Contact information – Names, phone numbers, addresses and email address of all occupants. And if there are any witnesses.
  • Photos of the vehicles involved.
  • Company name, policy number and phone number of the other vehicles insurance information.
  • Location of the accident – Call the T3 for your exact location and write it down.

If a police officer was dispatched, you would need to ask them for:

  • The other vehicle’s insurance information
  • Police report number
  • Phone number
  • Officer name
  • Badge number

Finally, call your insurance company and let them know what happened.

A few days after the accident you will need to call the local police station to pick up a copy of your police report.

July is National Vehicle Theft Protection Month

Summer is in full force with many vacations happening and families headed on those summer road trips. Summer is also the hottest time for auto theft in the United States. In order to raise awareness about how car owners can protect from vehicle theft national organizations have been promoting July as National Vehicle Theft Protection Month.

Here are some simple tips that auto owners can do to protect themselves from theft or break ins. These tips may seem like common sense but most are often overlooked.

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  • Lock your doors.
  • Remove your keys from the ignition and never leave your car with the engine running.
  • Close your windows completely.
  • Never hide a second set of keys anywhere on your car.
  • Never leave packages or personal items in plain view.
  • Park with the wheels turned toward the curb, even in driveways or parking lots. This makes your car difficult to tow.
  • Always use your emergency brake when parking.
  • Park in well lighted areas or attended lots.
  • Keep your registration card in your purse or wallet, not in your glove compartment.
  • Activate any anti-theft device you have when you vacate your car.
  • Have your vehicle identification number etched into your windshield.

911Tracker Theft BannerIt is also encouraged to the install a theft prevention devices (alarms, ignition locks, kill switches) as well as a vehicle tracking system to help make it easier to recover a vehicle should it be stolen. When you install the 911Tracker in your vehicle you have a 90% chance of it being recovered within a 24 hour period which limits the amount of damage that could occur during the time of the car being stolen.

When installing a 911Tracker in your vehicle you are fully protected at all time unlike other anti-theft devices.  Right now you can save big with our 911Tracker Summer Specials and if you are feeling lucky enter to win a 911Tracker GPS Recovery Device by entering on our website. For more tips on protecting your vehicle whether it’s new or a classic gem head over to our website, because we know all to well that EVERY MINUTE COUNTS.

 

Effectiveness of Traditional Car Alarms & Better Alternatives

The first documented case of car theft was in 1896. Vehicles are valuable, pretty easy to sell and they have a built in getaway system. Recent reports indicate that a car gets broken into every 20 seconds in the United States. Traditional car alarms have been around for decades with some effectiveness but it’s just not good enough. We’ve learned that 63% of vehicles have alarms and 41% of stolen vehicles have alarms which means car alarms are 35% effective in deterring theft. Doesn’t give you much sense of security does it? Here are some other interesting statistics….

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Mechanical Steering Wheel Locks -7% effective

Window Security Etching – 14% effective

Central Locking Vehicles – 32% effective

GPS Tracking Devices – 77% effective

While car alarms are not required in the United States but in Canada, Australia and many other European countries they require ignition kill switches. By far vehicle tracking devices are the most effective, because we all know audible systems is really just a noisemaker.  It might deter a thief but if they do steal the vehicle there is NO WAY to track the vehicle. This is why GPS Tracking Devices are so effective.

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The 911Tracker GPS Tracking Device 

* Gives you the location of your vehicle allowing you to recover it.

* Saves you money because it can lower your car insurance.

* If you parked your car with your T3 in Master mode, you will receive notification as soon as your vehicle is moved. This is perfect for when parking at the airport, auto body shop or valet.

* When you are talking to 911 on the 3-way call from the T3, the 911-Operator will see your vehicle location using their normal E-911 screen. If the 911-Operator presses 3, the T3 will voice the real-time speed, heading, and pinpoint GPS location.

* T3 includes a vehicle starter disable/enable relay that you can control by sending your secure text message to prevent the thief from re-starting your car.

* The 911Tracker has a back up battery so if the thief disconnects the vehicle battery you are still protected.

We spend thousands of dollars on the vehicles we drive, why wouldn’t we want to protect them just as we do our homes?  Tracking devices are highly-effective in protecting against theft and hijacking, and for assisting in the recovery of your stolen vehicle. To learn more about the 911Tracker and how we are making a difference head to our website.

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Car Show Etiquette

Summer is one of the best times to head out to different type of car shows. If you’ve never taken your car to a show before it’s best to know car show etiquette before you arrive so you don’t make newbie mistakes. Before we get started on the Do’s and Don’ts of Car Shows lets go over the types of shows a person can attend. We have national shows that are huge, most if not all will require you to register a spot for your vehicle and a fee could be involved. If you attend a smaller regional or local Car Show you could just show up and park your car without registering or paying a fee. It’s always best is get all the information needed about the show before the date so you are prepared.

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Car Show Etiquette 

SHOW UP ON TIME – We all have days of running late but when you want to head out to a car show especially a large one; you want to be on time. Getting to the car show late will result in a lot of frustration when you don’t get a great spot and are sitting in the back.

TAKE ONE SPOT – Everyone wants room to move so people can easily view your amazing vehicle, but lets keep it to one spot. You could see some vehicles parked diagonally across a few spaces but they could be a sponsor who paid for the privilege.

LEAVING EARLY – If you know that you will need to leave the show early, don’t take a prime spot in the middle of show. Leaving early when it’s packed with spectators looks bad and could be dangerous because of children and pets running around. When you arrive speak to staff member and tell them your situation so they can position you near the exit to make it easier on everyone.

BE NICE TO THE STAFF – Most of the staff at car show events are volunteers who enjoy being around cars. As we all know things can get hectic and the volunteer may not know the answer to all your questions. It’s best to try and find the show director and hash out your problem before loosing it with a volunteer.

BE POLITE WHEN SOMEONE TOUCHES YOUR CAR – When you’ve spent hours waxing your car and making it look perfect we realize that you don’t want fingerprints all over it. Some spectators who attend a car show understand how seriously we take our vehicles. All you need to do is politely explain how much your car means to you and you would prefer them to ask before touching.

BE RESPECTFUL – Everyone has different tastes and budgets. Just because the vehicle next to you doesn’t have perfect paint or the style isn’t for you, just keep it to yourself. It’s best of offer real advice or help instead of putting down someone’s work.

NO RACING – Racing on the surrounding streets before, during or after a car show brings the wrong kind of attention to you, fellow attendees and the show organizers. It’s a quick way to get you a ticket or even kicked out of the show.

By far the most important thing for you to remember is that you are a guest of the car show and what you do at the venue ultimately ends up as a reflection on the coordinators. Just be you, patient, and most importantly respectful of others and everyone will have a great time.

Something to KEEP IN MIND – If you are traveling to a show and need to stay in a hotel for the weekend, you might be worried about keeping your car safe while parked. If the car has a T3 GPS Tracker and a thief tries to steal it, you will know within seconds after the car starts moving. You can easily have T3 connect you with 911 nearest your vehicle. Our device is perfect for those classic cars that don’t have a security system.

Now, you know the expectations when attending a car show with your vehicle and how you can keep your vehicle safe, but where are the shows? There are a zillion car shows throughout the country during those summer months, some better known than others. We’ve always liked the Good Guys shows which happen all over the country.  We are having a booth at the West Coast Nationals in August, hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Easy Car Cleaning Tips

It doesn’t matter if you drive a new, used or classic vehicle you want to keep it looking new for years to come. As we hear more and more about how products are affecting our environment and personal health we want to make sure we are using products to protect our vehicle and the environment too. Here are some easy GREEN ways you can keep that car looking new without wasting water or hurting the environment.

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Go Waterless – This may surprise you but you can clean your vehicle without water. You can purchase eco-friendly “waterless car wash” products. Our favorite is EcoTouch. With using a simple  microfiber towel you can get your vehicle looking brand new without any water at all. You can even make your own cleaner and place in a spray bottle. All you need to do is spray the cleaner over the dirty parts of the vehicle and simply wipe with a cloth and then buff the area with another dry cloth.

Use Vinegar – Soak a nonabrasive rag with a vinegar water solution and then rub off the dried on bugs. Make sure you rinse well with water afterwards because vinegar can strip the car’s finish.

Got Sap or Tar? Try this – Open up your pantry and grab some peanut butter or shortening to get rid of sap or tar on the exterior. All you need to do is dab a bit on the spot and let it sit for a few minutes then wipe it off with a clean cloth. Then clean as you normally would.

Use A Squeegee – The best thing to use when washing any sort of window is to use a squeegee. You will get the cleanest windows and best of all you are not wasting a ton of paper towel.

Baking Soda – You can easily soak up odors using simple baking soda, it’s non-toxic and cost almost nothing. Just sprinkle on your cloth seats, car mats, interior carpet and let sit for about 30 minutes then vacuum it up.

DIY Armor All – In a small container mix together 1 part lemon juice and 2 parts olive oil. Dab small amounts onto a cloth and rub it all over the dashboard and other plastic or vinyl surfaces. You can also take a old toothbrush using the solution to work in those hard to reach places. After you are done buff off with a clean rag. Use a container with lid so if you have any extra oil solution save it for future uses.

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To help you get your vehicle ready for Spring we are offering a fun Car Care Giveaway from Eco Touch . Throughout National Car Care Month we will be sharing tips on how to keep your car running and looking new, keep your car safe from theft and ways you can stay safe while on the road. Our goal is to make sure businesses, individuals and families to provide a rapid, affordable, and superior safety/security access to public safety by developing systems that will save lives and protect property worldwide.

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