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Back to School Driving Tips for Teens

VTS_01_1It’s that time of year – SCHOOL STARTS! The roads are more congested with school buses, kids walking to school and crossing streets without looking, and new teen drivers headed to school on their own. If you have a teen driving to school or has a car at college these tips that will keep you and others safe.

GET ENOUGH SLEEP –  Your teen needs at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. When a teen doesn’t get enough sleep and hitting the road as early as 6:30 am for school and then heading to after school activities which means not getting home to sometimes later in the evening.  This results in drowsy driving, and it can be just as risky as driving drunk. Make sure your teen takes a break, eat high energy foods to help stay alert or if things get really bad call a parent to come and pick them up.

SCHOOL BUSES – Teens needs to be aware that it’s illegal in the US to pass a school bus that is stopped loading and unloading children. Teens need to be more cautious when driving through areas where children are waiting for buses, because of kids darting in and out of the road.

SPEED LIMIT – School zones have different speed limits during different times of the day. Check posted limits and flashing signs to avoid getting a ticket.

DISTRACTED DRIVING – Avoid cell phones, playing with the radio, eating, putting on makeup or talking with friends while driving, all of these things will decrease your ability to pay attention to the road. A distracted driver cannot be a good driver.

CHANGES IN WEATHER – Fall brings changing falling leaves and wet roads which makes the roads slippery. Allow for greater stopping distance when driving on wet leaves or road.

PARKING – Make sure your teen leaves for school with plenty of time left to find a parking space. The student lots are always a zoo which can lead to many fender benders because of being in a rush to get to class and not paying attention to others around you. A good rule of thumb – get to school a little early and leave a little late to avoid the rush.

DRIVE A SAFE CAR – One of the best ways to keep your teen safe is by making sure they are driving a safe car. When buying a vehicle for your new teen driver, make sure it has good safety ratings and is reliability.

Keeping Families Safe

Parents can also keep a better on their teen by installing the 911Tracker T3 Device. It allows parents to track their teen while driving to make sure they get to their destination safely. The T3 is currently on sale through our website —-> take advantage of this deal and learn more about how the T3 Recovery Device can help the whole family stay safe while on the road.

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11 Car Insurance Discount Tips

911 tracker twitter 3Owning a car can be expensive and part of that expense is related to car insurance. There could be a dozen different opportunities for you to save money on your car insurance premiums. These tips will help you cut down on your insurance costs but still remind safe and secure while traveling in your vehicle.

 

10 Car Insurance Discount Tips 

Multiple Discount – You can save money on your car insurance if you also have renters, homeowners or other insurance policies with the same agency. Another bonus to have all your insurance needs in one place is that you are dealing with one company, one agent and not many.

Safe Driver – When you are considered a safe driver you can see discounts up to 45% which is HUGE! So keep your diving record clean and it could save you big time.

Keeping Up Your Grades – If you have a child in college under your policy, you can see if your insurance company offers a discount when a child gets good grades. Auto insurance companies will frequently offer discounts to young drivers who maintain a B average.

Drive A Safe Vehicle – The better your car is equipped to keep you safe from harm, the bigger the savings you’re likely to see on your car insurance bill. F

Vehicle Has ABS – Having an anti-lock brake system makes it easier for you to handle sudden stops, and it keeps your brakes from locking up. By having a ABS system in your vehicle you could save about 10% on your insurance premiums.

Install An Anti-Theft Device –  Newer vehicles have a anti-theft device but even that can’t stop a car theft. When you install a system like the 911Tracker you may automatically get another discount, which could save you about 10% off your premium.

Sign Contracts Early – Do not wait until your policy’s expired to renew or switch to a different auto insurer. Many auto insurance companies offer discount incentives for early signing, potentially knocking off another 10% off your bill.

Automated Payment – If you set up a form of automated payment you could also possibly get a discount off your bill, just check with your insurance company.

Military Discount – Anyone who has been in the military knows that military discounts plentiful. Many auto insurance companies provide discounts for current and former members of the military and their families.

Low Mileage – The idea behind a low mileage discount is that the less you drive the less chance you have of getting into an accident and causing the insurance company money. If your insurance company offers this type of discount you could save as much as 10-15% off your premium.

Defensive Driver Discount – Ask your insurance company about discounts if you take a defensive driver course. Again, not every insurance company offers a discount but if they do, it might be worth 10% off your premium. As a bonus you end up learning some important defensive driving techniques that will help you avoid accidents and keep you and your family safer while on the road.

There are so many ways to save money on your car insurance that you can easily take advantage of just by giving your insurance agent a call. You might be only eligible for one or two but every discount adds up which means more money in your pocket. What are some ways you have saved money on your car insurance?

 

Summer Car Care Tips

911 Summer Car care tips logoAs summer approaches we start thinking about all those family road trips which means that we need to make sure our vehicles are in good working condition. From the heat of the sun and humidity everything from paint to tires are subjected to harsher than normal conditions. If you ignore routine maintenance you could end up stranded while on the road. Here are some tips to make sure your vehicle continues to run well and you stay safe while road tripping this summer.

CHECK FLUIDS: The fluids you need to worry about is engine coolant, motor oil and windshield washer fluid. Checking your fluids are easy but if you need help you can go to your local mechanic and they will help you along the way. When adding new fluids make sure the level is between the minimum and maximum markings and always add fluids when the car engine is cool NOT hot.

CHECK TIRES: Making sure your tire pressure is correct is so important especially in the hot summer months. Why your might ask – well as the weather gets hotter outside the air in your vehicle’s tires expand. Tires that are over or underinflated can reduced the vehicle’s handling because no one wants to have a blow out on the highway. To make sure you are adding the correct amount of tire pressure check the label in the door jamb or glove department. Make sure you carry with you a good dial type tire pressure gauge.

REGULAR OIL CHANGES: Keeping up with your oil changes are important throughout the year but especially in the summer when you are traveling longer distances. Regular oil changes and the replacement of your air cleaner and fuel filters can keep your engine running well longer but also improve your fuel economy. When you do regular maintenance your vehicle takes in less fuel to make that long road trip less expensive.

MAINTAIN AIR CONDITIONING: We all know that air conditioning doesn’t help your fuel economy but it does improve your aerodynamics and it’s ideal on the highway. Using the air conditioning during road trips also reduces driver fatigue. Before the summer begins have your system checked by a professional. If your vehicle isn’t getting cool enough changes are you have a leak. Sometimes we want to put a patch on it by adding refrigerant but that is only a temporary solution. Infest in proper repairs that will keep your air conditioning running well throughout the summer season.

KEEP YOUR CAR COOL: We know how to keep our vehicle cool while driving but you still need to keep it cool when it’s parked. The heat of the sun can cause cosmetic damage to your vehicle. To protect your paint and interior try parking in the shade or garage when possible. Use a sunshade that keeps the sunlight out of the car which reduces fading, drying and cracking inside your vehicle and also keeps the vehicle cooler.

EXTERIOR CLEANING: By keeping the exterior of your car clean and protected by regularly waxing your vehicle using a UV protection can reduce sun damage and help paint from fading.

When following these key tips will help your vehicle perform better in the summer heat and also keep you and your family safer when traveling. At 911Tracker it’s our goal to help vehicle owners stay safe throughout the year. To help you keep your favorite vehicle clean and protected throughout the summer we are offering a Car Detailing Kit Giveaway  worth $90 to the 911Tracker community members. Enter Below – A winner will be chosen on June 30, 2014 at random through Rafflecopter. Good Luck and have a great time this summer traveling.

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National Safety Month Tips

National Safety Month LogoJune is National Safety Month. Injuries are the leading cause of disability for people of all ages and the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1-44. Did you know that every 4 minutes someone dies in the US from an unintentional injury, that is 120,000 people every year.

The top 3 causes of unintentional injury in the US are poisoning, motor vehicle crashes and falls. In 2012 motor vehicle crashes resulted in 36,300 deaths with 26% of all crashes were caused while using a cell phone. So many of these injuries and deaths can be prevented when people practice safe behavior. Here are things that you can personally do to protect yourself and others while on the road.

NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH TIPS 

 KNOW THE RULES OF THE ROAD:  Make sure you are fully aware of the driving rules of the place you are driving in. Especially if you are traveling to different states where the rules could change. About 30% of all road accidents occur because people don’t know and don’t follow the rules of the road.

BE CAREFUL:  Drivers need to be careful of what they are doing and others as well. There are many people on the road that shouldn’t be, and that means we need to be fully aware of everything and everyone on the road.

BE MINDFUL OF OTHERS: While driving we can become distracted by many things; cell phone, children, eating that can cause us not to pay as much attention to the road. We need to be mindful of other drivers as well as individuals on bikes, joggers or people just walking on the side of the road.

BE PATIENT: There is a lot or road rage going on these days because lets face it, everyone is in a hurry and no one has patience’s. Many people have lost their lives on the road due to impatient drivers. Stay calm and remember your destination will be there even if you are 10 minutes late. Out of 100% of accidents 20 of them occur because someone is not doing the right thing at the right time.

INSPECT YOUR VEHICLE: Before you travel make sure your vehicle is in good and working order. So many accidents occur because of a faulty car. Sometimes the simplest issue could cause a major accident. Spent that extra time beforehand to have your vehicle looked at by a certified mechanic before traveling long distances.

On the 911Tracker Blog our goal is to keep families safe. We thought it would be helpful to give you a recap of our safety posts so you have useful information all in one place.

* Safety for Small Business Owners 

* Tips for preventing Distracted Driving 

* Preventing Classic Car Theft 

* Spring Car Care Tips

* Tips for Parents with Teen Drivers 

* Mistakes NOT to make AFTER an Accident 

* Preventing Your Vehicle From Theft

* Tips on Driving in the Snow 

To get the latest information on ways to keep your family save on and off the road subscribe to 911Tracker and also head over to the National Safety Council.

Benefits of a GPS Tracking Device for Small Business Vehicles

GPS Tracking Small Business LogoChances are if you are a small business owner you are focused on everyday issues that you haven’t given much thought of protecting your company vehicles from theft, until one of those vehicles are stolen. When something like that happens the police often has little to offer other than taking your information and hope something comes up.

If you have a GPS theft recovery system for your small business vehicles then you can protect your investment and then have a REAL chance to recover your vehicle. Here are some main reasons why small business owners with company vehicles need to carefully consider a GPS theft recovery system.

Faster Recovery Time – Without a GPS tracking system the chance of finding a stolen vehicle is very slim and if you did finally recover it, there could be damage which would cost your business greatly. With a tracking system like the 911Tracker you would get a text as soon as your vehicle was moved and then you can connect with the authorities to give them the exact location of your vehicle so it can recovered within a short period of time.

Protects Equipment – When a personal vehicle is stolen chances are you don’t have many other valuables in the car. With a small business vehicle you could have thousands of dollars worth of tools and equipment that could be stolen too. Therefore you are not just losing a vehicle but important materials that you need to run your business.

Monitor Drivers – When you install a vehicle tracking device you can track your company vehicles to make sure your employees are using the vehicles for authorized projects, prevent employees from logging overtime for work that they didn’t do, stop employees from taking long lunch breaks, log activity when employees leave a job early.

Reduce Insurance Costs – Many insurance companies give discounts up to 35% for companies that have their company vehicles equipped with a GPS tracking device.

A vehicle is stolen every 33 seconds, don’t let your company vehicle be next. What have you don’t already to make sure your equipment and vehicle are safe at all times?

***** The 911Tracker can save your company money and gives you peace of mind that your vehicle and company equipment is safe at all times. Learn more HERE

Road Trips – Essentials When Traveling with Kids

Road Trips with KidsAs the school year draws to a close we begin to think about summer vacations. At least once throughout the summer families take some sort of road trip. Whether you are traveling just for a few hours or days, there are things you will want to have in your vehicle when traveling with children.

 

Road Trips – Essentials When Traveling with Kids

Bathroom Supplies – You never know when one of your kids (or yourself) will need to go to the bathroom. You could be on the road with no bathroom in site for miles. Make sure you have a few rolls of toilet paper, paper towel, wipes on hand in case you need to stop on the side of the road. These items also will work out well to clean the kiddos up after eating or if they get sick in the car.

Travel Games – Having some compact travel games on hand that the kids can do themselves is key to a more peaceful ride. They are also easy to store in the pocket behind the seat so the kids can grab a game when they want to.

Healthy Foods – Having foods on hand is a great way to save money and time while traveling. Pack a cooler with your favorite healthy snacks and drinks. You can even pack a lunchbox for each child with their food options, this will limit auguring among the siblings.

Electronics – Nothing entertains children more than movies or a tablet where they can play games or read books. If you don’t have a built in DVD unit in your vehicle you can get a Dual DVD player for under $200 which work very well. You can also limit the time they are on these devices so they can time to do other things.

Books – Purchase some books that the kids can read during the road trip. If you are heading to a new state or town that you have never been before try to find books that are age appropriate so they can learn more about their vacation spot.

Safety Kits – You never know what mishaps will happen during a road tip, plus you want to stay safe when you get to our destination. This Travel-Tot Kit gives you all the necessary equipment for you to childproof hotel rooms or even grandma’s house. The kit includes; finger pinch guard, electrical outlet plug covers, foam corner guards, door knob cover, cord wind-up, sliding door lock, cabinet lock, multi-purpose straps, water thermometer, bandages, forehead thermometer, and “shhh, Travel-Tot sleeping” door hanger.

We hope these tips help make your road trips less stressful. What are some of your favorite road trip tips when traveling with kids?

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Ways to Make Your Car More Eco-Friendly

Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Forest, VirginiaIn honor of Earth Day we are sharing with you ways to make your car more eco-friendly. Not all of us can afford a new hybrid or all electric vehicle, but want to make our gas powered vehicles a bit more eco-friendly.

There are plenty of ways to get more miles per gallon out of your conventional vehicle, thus reducing carbon emissions without the cost or commitment of a new vehicle. The bonus benefit is that many of these tweaks will save you lots of money while costing you very little, relative to the price of a new green car.

Ways to Make Your Vehicle More Eco-Friendly

Reduce Air Conditioning – It may feel great, but riding around with the air conditioning cranked up increases fuel cost from 13% up to 21%. If it’s cool enough, use the flow-through ventilation instead of rolling down the windows or using the AC.

Reduce Car Weight – Got a roof rack? Take it off unless you need it because you can improve your fuel economy by 5%. Also, avoid your car as storage, because 100 pounds of gear in the rear of the vehicle can increase fuel consumption by 2%.

Get A Tune Up – You can boost your mileage by 4% when getting your car a tune up.

Purchase Low-Rolling Resistance Tires – Waste less energy and have the potential to save 100 gallons of gas when compared to other tires. If you aren’t in the market for new tires, keep your current tires properly inflated. Running on under-inflated tires can reduce your fuel consumption by 3%.

Change Motor Oil – Switch to synthetic motor oil and it will help your vehicle run more efficiently under extreme conditions, and it can last up to three times longer than pure petroleum based oil. This can save you 15-24 quarts of oil per year.

Choose the Right Type of Gasoline – Iyou’ve been paying extra for high grade stuff, chances are you’re wasting money without any increased performance. With today’s technology vehicles can run just as well on regular gas without damaging your vehicle and it will save you lots of money yearly.  

For more car care and safety tips head over to our blog main page.

 

 

 

Tips to Prevent Distracted Driving

distracted driving logoThroughout the month of April we have been giving tips on the risks of distracted driving and what you can do as a responsible driver to decrease your changes of getting in a accident because of being distracted.

 

 

Did you know that 100 people everyday die in car crashes because of distracted driving? There are so many risks when driving distracted. Here are some facts.
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Distractions take a motorist’s attention off driving, which can make a driver miss critical events, objects, and cues or abandon control of a vehicle, all potentially leading to a crash. Distracted drivers put not only themselves at risk, but everyone else using the road.

5 tips to Prevent Distracted Driving

Put aside electronic distractions – Don’t use cell phones while driving – handheld or hands-free – except in absolute emergencies. Never use text messaging, email functions, video games or the internet with a wireless device.

Eat Smart – If possible, eat meals or snacks before or after your trip, not while driving. On the road, avoid messy foods that can be difficult to manage.

Enlist a Co-Pilot –  When driving with others, enlist their help with directions, handling the kids or pets so you can focus on driving.

Secure Children and Pets – Before hitting the road make sure children and pets are secure in car seats and have everything they need.  By reaching into the backseat it could cause you to lose control of the vehicle and get into an accident.

Make Car Adjustments Beforehand – Before leaving your driveway make sure your GPS, seats, mirrors, climate controls and sound systems are set before hitting the road.

Although most distractions are avoidable, some distractions are impossible to completely prevent – instead they must be managed. Driving requires your full attention. Take charge by using these tips that will help you eliminate distractions so you can focus on the road ahead.

 

 

Classic Car Theft on the Rise

classic car protectionClassic Car theft is on the rise, so much so that the police created a network to help recover these stolen vehicles.  Stolen classic cars are happening throughout the United States but is more prevalent in Southern California.

Classic cars are targeted because they are easy to sell overseas. People would pop them in containers and ship them overseas and a lot of them were a “for order situation”.  Classic cars are worth much more than the average new vehicle and most times the classic car is one of a kind.

Most of the time when a classic call is stolen it’s never found because of the lacking built in security system that newer cars have.  For that reason classic cars are far more difficult to track.

There are a few things you can do to protect your classic vehicle from being stolen.

Classic Car Protection

Keep Verifiable Records – Be sure the VIN and title information match that of your car.  Something like this that is overlooked, could create huge problems later if your vehicle is ever stolen, and law enforcement is attempting to recover it.

Be Smart At Car Shows – When visiting car shows, or even taking your classic car out for a spin around the neighborhood, make it a habit to check your rear view mirror!  Professional car thieves actually go to these events in search of their next target.

Be Careful When Selling – When selling your classic car be wary of the payment method, 150 cashier’s checks is not the best way to except payment because they could be bogus. The best payment options would be wire transfer.

Trust You Mechanic –   If you take your classic vehicle for restoration to a body shop, or mechanic make sure they have a good security system so your vehicle is protected at all times.

Embrace Technology – Since classic cars do not have built in security system you need to install something that you feel will protect your vehicle while not in use. There are many choices to choose from especially our own T3 Tracker. You can now save when purchasing a tracker which saves you $95.

To learn more about the advantages of installing a T3 Tracker in your classic car – GO HERE! 

 

 

 

5 Safest Vehicles for Teen Drivers

????????????????When buying a vehicle for your new teen driver, safety and reliability are most important for parents.  While some teens may want a vehicle that drives fast, rides low or has those florescent lights underneath, most parents have a more practical priority. When shopping for a car look for vehicles with advanced safety features.

 

SAFETY FEATURES

*Electronic Stability Control *

*Has Curtain Airbags

*Good Crash-Test Results

*Gets at least 20 miles per gallon in city & highway driving.

* Choose a 4V engine because it has limited acceleration capabilities which makes it less likely that your teen will push the vehicle to extralegal speeds.

What NOT to get….

Pickups and SUVs – They have a high center of gravity which makes them more prone to roll over.

Sports Cars – They beg to be driven too fast and have a higher rate of accidents than other cars.

5 Safest Vehicles for Teen Drivers

Toyota Corolla – One of the safest cars on the market and a doable price point whether you buy new or used. You can purchase a four speed, five or six speed automatic transmission which will improve on fuel.

Honda Civic- Is a nice looking vehicle and is very popular with teens. The Civic has good fuel economy; wide variety of engines and transmissions; comfortable and well-built interior.

Ford Focus – This modernized vehicle is safe but yet stylish. It’s well made and safe which could include the MyKey system. It provides a healthy amount of technology for those teen drivers. Some of the unique features include automatic headlamps and sync voice-activated cellphone and audio controls which will help your teen keep their eyes on the road.

Volkswagon Golf – This safe choice is one of the most fun to drive for a teen, because of the shiftable automatic transmission. Parents can also breathe a sigh of relieve by knowing it has 6 airbags that will keep your child safe in case of an accident.

Hyundai Sonata – This vehicle is larger than the others but since it provides a little extra bulk it may help keep your teen safer in a crash, and best of all….It’s also very affordable.

As a parent you may never be totally at ease when your teen is on the road. Just knowing that your teen is in a safe vehicle and follows these driving safety tips will give you peace of mind.

Another way to keep an extra eye on your teen while they are driving is to have a vehicle tracker installed in your vehicle. By doing this you can view exactly where your car is and how fast the car is traveling. This will give you extra security that your child is safe.