As the weather gets warmer, it is a great time to take a road trip. Whether it is a short trip to pick up a child from college or one that leads to an exciting adventure, planning and preparing ahead of time will make your trip a smooth one. Here’s what you should do before you hit the road:
Plan, Plan, Plan!
Sometimes a spontaneous road trip sounds exciting, but if you want to have a good and safe trip, planning is key. Knowing where you are going and the route you are going to take should be a priority. Putting into your GPS will give you a place to start, but you may also want to have a good old-fashioned map too. Often, especially if you are traveling in mountainous or more remote regions, cell phone service could be intermittent or non-existent. Having both methods gives you the back-up you need if technology should fail you.
Visit your Mechanic
As part of your planning, take the time to let your mechanic assure you that your car is ready! Have him check tires, fluid levels, etc. This will eliminate any major unforeseen problems while on the road. Additionally, make sure that you have a working spare tire and a tire repair kit because flat tires can happen anywhere.
Bring an Emergency Kit
Everyone should keep a first aid kit in their car at all times, you never know when you are going to need it. When you head out for a road trip, you will need an emergency kit that includes a tire gauge, fix a flat, a life hammer (in case you are submerged in water), flares, a blanket, jumper cables and a basic set of tools. To have added peace of mind in case of an emergency, consider installing a 911Tracker on your vehicle before your trip. Family members can check your location, a cellphone connection is built right into the device so family members or friends who know you are on the trip, will always be connected.
One in six Americans drivers are 65 years of age or older. Just because a person is aging doesn’t mean that they are a bad driver or should no longer be allowed to drive. In fact, many aging drivers are just as sharp behind the wheel as they were when they were younger.
Even if your aging parent is strong and in good health, you may still find yourself worrying about their safety and whereabouts when they are driving alone. Constantly checking-in on your parent is difficult for both your parent, who is used to their independence, and for you, who now has to take on the role of caretaker. You might be concerned when they are driving alone, perhaps they are sometimes forgetful or they are unreachable because their cell phone isn’t turned on.
An easy way to give you peace of mind without having to constantly check-in is by installing the 911tracker on your aging parent’s vehicle. It will allow you to check on their location to ensure that they have arrived home safely. Another feature of the 911tracker is that a cell phone connection is built right into the device, so you will always be connected (even when their phone isn’t turned on). With the simple installation of the 911tracker to your parent’s vehicle, you can end your worries while allowing your parents to keep their sense of freedom and self-sufficiency.
You’re running late to work and go outside to discover your car windows are frosted. Here are a few tips on how to fight the fog and frost so you can get to where you need to go as quickly as possible.
Wake up earlier to put your heater on.
Waking up earlier will allow you the necessary time to start your engine, turn on your defroster setting, and put the heat all the way up to absorb the excessive moisture in your vehicle.
Crack your windows.
This will help speed up the process of exchanging humid air in your car with the outside air.
Turn the AC on.
It’s winter, why on would you turn on the AC? Well, the turning on the air conditioning helps the air inside the car dry faster.
Don’t let the cold temperatures make you late in the morning anymore! When you are expecting cold weather, give yourself plenty of time to defrost your windows. Remember, driving with your windows frosted is dangerous and can easily be avoided if you follow these tips.
Tech-Tip: Your authorized contacts can check on the location of your vehicle anytime (especially if ice/snow is making the drive slippery)
During the holiday season you need to make your pennies last as long as they can. So we thought it would be fun to put together a few tips on how to improve your gas mileage whether you use the advice for you or share the article with your kids here are a few ways to save!
1 – Take it easy on the pedal. Did you know that you use more fuel when you are driving fast? You probably did. But did you know that same goes when you’re coming to a stop, don’t slam on your breaks the last second. Be cautious and mind your distance from the driver in front of you so you can avoid sudden breaks.
2 – Inflate your tires to the correct pressure. Because driving on low tire pressure increases the rolling resistance of your tires on the ground service which uses up a lot of fuel.
3 – Keep your gas cap fully sealed. Because as gas caps get old, cracks can form letting oxygen get to your gas tank.
Don’t get jammed in holiday traffic this Thanksgiving try and steer clear of a headache and stress. Too bad we can’t travel by flying sleigh! Typically around the country, travel times go up by at least 20 percent the Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving. Make sure to follow this straightforward tips to get where you’re going safe and on time!
The earlier you leave, the better! Plan, to give yourself more time in case there is traffic, which there will be. Leaving to go on a Thursday morning would be the best time.
Try and stay calm and don’t get stressed! Congested roads don’t cause stress, our minds do because we get anxious.
Hold back your road rage. Try not to take other drivers anger personally because everyone is frustrated and wants to get to where they’re going.
Be cautious. Watch for intoxicated drivers. It is known that the drunk-driving rate will increase over the holiday period
Let this holiday season go by smoothly by trying to make it through the horrendous holiday traffic.
And if you still need a gift idea for the holidays, surprise your loved one with a 911Tracker. The 911Tracker is excellent for the everyday car, motorcycle or a classic beauty. When you install a 911tracker in a vehicle it:
-keeps their vehicle safe when it is parked
-allows them to check their location if they forget where they put it
– it even lets them see if the car is on the road, how fast the vehicle is moving and the location should they need to!
– if there is an emergency, 911Tracker lets the owner or their authorized emergency contact call the 911-Operator located closest to the vehicle
Fall is just about here. Is your car ready? Here are some must-have accessories to keep on hand this season.
Bluetooth tracking tag. The lazy days of summer have ended, and you probably now have a lot on your mind. The last thing you want to worry about is where you placed your keys. You’ll always be able to find them with a key finder such as this.
Emergency kit. Unfortunately emergencies happen. It’s always best to be prepared. Throw a kit like this in your trunk, and you’ll be able to handle most situations that arise.
Windshield washer fluid. As the temperatures drop, you’ll want to replace your windshield washer fluid with one suited for colder weather.
Trash cans. Fall means kids sports…which means carpools…which means messy cars. Keep all those snack wrappers in one place with a car trashcan such as this.
The T3: Car theft happens in every season, so protect your car with the T3 Vehicle Security System. The T3 alerts you immediately if your car has an emergency or unauthorized movement. You call the T3 to connect a 3-way call to the 911-Operator located closest to your car – even if you are thousands of miles away. You are talking directly to police within seconds of the emergency. No call center is used – saving you time and money. For more information and to purchase your T3 system visit our website.
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.
For the 6th year in a row, 911tracker hosted a booth at the Goodguys 32nd West Coast Nationals Car Show, a 3-day show in Pleasanton, CA.
It is always a wonderful time to connect with fellow enthusiasts like ourselves and inform everyone about the T3 and all of its capabilities.
One of the best things about the Good Guys Car Show is getting to experience the thousands of amazing and beautifully cared for rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks all from 1972 and earlier.
It is also a great place to visit tons of vendors and exhibits and give away a few T3s.If you didn’t get a chance to make it out to the show, don’t worry! Our Summer Special is still available — just visit https://www.911tracker.com/products
Are you going to the Goodguys 33rd West Coast Nationals Car Show August 24th-26th? The 3-day show at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA features thousands of rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks all from 1972 and earlier. America’s most beautiful street rod will be crowned and spectators can enjoy a Nitro Thunderfest Dragster Exhibition, numerous displays, live entertainment, and a kids zone complete with arts & crafts, games, prizes, and free make and takes. Share your love of cars with the family!
There will also be a number of vendor and manufacturer exhibits, including a 911Tracker/911SafeTrack booth for the 6th year in a row. Make sure you stop by our booth to say hello and learn more about the T3 Tracker and all of its capabilities. We are located at #188 Building A. This is the same spot as last year!
For details and ticket/registration information, you can find it on the Good Guys Website.
Thinking about taking a road trip to visit a national park this fall? It’s a great time of the year to go, with temperatures beginning to drop, crowds starting to thin, and all of the beautiful changing colors. Here are three parks to keep in mind:
Sequoia National Park, CA. While you may not be able to take your eyes off the giant trees, you’ll also want to walk up the 400 steps to reach the top of Moro Rock for spectacular views; visit General Sherman, believed to be the world’s tallest tree; take a tour of Crystal Cave; and explore one of the park’s many trails. For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/seki/index.htm
Yellowstone National Park, ID, MT, WY. You can’t visit without a trip to Old Faithful, known to erupt about every hour and a half; the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is a favorite hiking spot; the Grand Prismatic Spring at Geyser Basin is the largest hot spring in the U.S., Gibbon Falls is wondrous, and the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is a great place to learn about wildlife. For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm
Acadia National Park, ME. It may not be beach weather, but you’ll want to visit Sand Beach known for its beautiful views and shell fragments; Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on the North Atlantic Sea Board; and Schoodic Peninsula is the only section of the park that is located on the mainland of Maine. For more information visit: https://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm