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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.
  • T3-SS12 T3 Vehicle Security System that includes the T3 AND a one-year Silver Service Plan plus free shipping in the USA — Normal price is $432, but T3-SS12Summer Silver Special is only $299 a saving of $133. Click here for T3-SS12 Special $279 per unit with two or more per order.

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!

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%

 See how the T3 from 911Tracker can help  Protect Your Vehicle, by giving it a Voice! Click here for more information.