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Best Places to Drive in The Fall

Best places to drive in the fall

During the fall, the gorgeous oranges, yellows and reds of the changing leaves are all around us.  But in some parts of the country, the trees are just begging for visitors to take a long drive to enjoy their beauty.  While New England is one of the most well-known places to view fall foliage, check out these other places to enjoy the colors of fall as well.

Columbia River Highway

The Columbia River Highway in Portland, Oregon will take you through Mount Hood National Forest and along the Columbia River for breathtaking views of the autumnal colors of the ash trees, cottonwoods and the big leaf maples. Make sure to stop and see the beautiful waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge in your travels.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

If you like a long drive, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is the place you will find it. Traveling east to west, the Upper Peninsula is 384 miles.  The scenery includes not only the reds, yellows and oranges of the majestic changing leaves, but views of three Great Lakes as well.

Shenandoah National Park

Skyline Drive in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park is 105 miles of colorful vistas. Enjoy the fall foliage as you take a ride on one of America’s Best Scenic Mountain Drives.

New York

One of the best places to see the changing leaves of fall is in the Catskill Mountains. Follow New York State Route 23 west for 50 miles of scenic mountain views.  There are plenty of places to stop along the way as you delight in the spectacular  all around.

There are so many places to take in the eye-catching beauty of the foliage, and there is such a short window of opportunity before the leaves have fallen.  So get out there, take an adventure and enjoy the ride!
Tech Tip: T3 will automatically notify the owner if the vehicle battery is getting low.

2015 most stolen car is….

In 2015, the Honda Accord and Honda Civic top the list as the most stolen vehicles in America, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) annual “Hot Wheels” report.

Using data from law enforcement agencies across the country, the Honda Accord was stolen 52,244 times. The most frequently stolen model years were 1994, 1996 and 1997.   Following right behind the Honda Accord was the Honda Civic, with a total of 49,430 thefts. Thieves targeted model years 1997, 1998 and 2000, according to the NICB.  

The data released in the “Hot Wheels” report is a reminder that older model vehicles are targeted most by thieves. FBI statistics also state that the value of the average stolen vehicle is $6,537.  Vehicles like older model Honda Accords and Civics are often stolen for the resale value of their parts.  

Just because your car isn’t the latest model vehicle on the road, it is important to protect your car from theft.  One 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? Contact us to learn more 877-744-3361!

 

Tips for Riding Your Motorcycle in the Fall

Summer is beginning to wind down, the days are getting shorter, the leaves are beginning to change, and the cool Autumn air is moving in. While taking your bike out on the open road during the fall provides riders with the best views of nature’s beauty, it also creates new conditions to prepare for during the coming months.  Keep these tips in mind while riding your bike in the fall.

WATCH FOR FALLING LEAVES  

The changing leaves are beautiful, but falling leaves can be dangerous for riders.  Whether the leaves are dry or wet, they both can be potentially dangerous.  Be on the lookout for piles of dry leaves.  They could be covering large potholes or problems in the road.  Wet leaves create slick road surfaces. If you encounter dry or wet leaves on your ride, you should drive slowly until you have passed them to ensure your safety.

DEER SEASON

During the Autumn months, deer become more active. It is important to stay alert while riding, especially in more rural areas. While riding, try to scan the road just off the shoulders and watch for areas that deer may be crossing.  Generally, deer movement peaks during dusk and dawn, so it is important to be on the lookout during these times.

FROST AND ICE

Because the temperatures begin to drop during the fall, many mornings there will be frost on the road. Be aware of any frost you see on the roads because there may also be a thin layer of ice along with it than can create extremely slippery and hazardous conditions for riders. Shaded areas begin to freeze first, so be particularly cautious in these areas.

DRESS FOR THE WEATHER

During any season, one of the most important things to remember is to dress for the weather.  While the fall can bring warm days and very cold nights, dressing in layers is a must.  Leather will keep you warm and protect you from the wind while riding.  Also, don’t forget to pack your rain gear because you never know when you could encounter cold rain.

Riding in fall is one of the best times of year to ride. Not only do you experience the scenic beauty of the changing leaves, but the cool Autumn air creates near perfect conditions. By following these precautions, your Autumn ride should be a safe and enjoyable one.

 

GOOD GUYS show recap

For the fourth year in a row, 911Tracker was able to present our T3 Vehicle Security Tracker at the Goodguys Car Show in Pleasanton, CA!

We always love the opportunity to connect with vehicle enthusiast like ourselves.

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In addition to the conversation and giveaways, the Goodguys Show is a great place to see some amazing cars and appreciate the thousands of hours that went into them.

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Plus, grab a few great deals on industry products.

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And giveaway a few T3’s

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But don’t worry if you were unable to make it to the show, we will let you in on the after party fun with a Fall Special and a giveaway to win your own T3! Stop by our page next week to get all of the details!

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GOODGUYS Giant Car Show!

Are you going to The Goodguys Rod & Customs GIANT Car Show on Aug 26, 27, 28? The 3-day show in Pleasanton, CA features thousands of hot rods and customs, tricked out trucks, mighty muscle cars and regal classics sprawled throughout venues such as lush fairgrounds, super speedways and large outdoor stadiums!

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The cars, the vendor exhibits, the adrenaline-pumping Goodguys AutoCross, the live entertainment and colorful people create a festive atmosphere charged with electricity. You don’t want to miss it! Plus, for the 4th consecutive year 911Tracker will have a booth at 188 in Building A [YOUNG CALIFORNIA BLDG] – Which is right inside, air-conditioned halls showcasing our T3 GPS Device and other products that keep vehicles and families safe at all times.  So make sure you stop by our booth and cool off… you will even have a chance to ENTER TO WIN YOUR OWN T3!

Speaking of raffling something off, how would you like to win a $50 gift card to Amazon? Now you can! Follow the steps below so that you can have the chance to win $50 to Amazon. You can even put it towards a 911Tracker! That’s right, you can purchase us right on Amazon. Check it out!

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tips for staying cool on a motorcycle

As temperatures continue to soar during the summer months, it is important to find ways to stay cool when you are riding your motorcycle. There are a lot of things to consider when you ride in the heat.  Here a few tips that will keep you cool while riding in hot temperatures.

KEEP EXPOSED SKIN COVERED

It almost seems strange that you need to wear clothes to keep you cool.  But when your skin is exposed to hot moving air, it actually increases your body temperature and how much you sweat. So it is important to keep skin covered.  It is best to wear breathable, ventilated gear or loose clothes with moisture wicking material to help keep you cool. If you are riding in extreme high heat conditions, wetting down your clothes will provide relief from the heat.  Also keeping a cold wet bandana around your neck will help draw heat from your body.  A cooling vest is a really good investment, because it will keep your core cool.

STAY HYDRATED

Anytime you are in hot temperatures, it is important to drink lots of water.  When you’re on your motorcycle, the hot wind blowing over you will dehydrate you quickly.  A few ways to have enough water to drink are to:

  • Wear a camelback.  You can fill it up with half ice and half water, and it will stay nice and cold for longer rides.
  • Carry a water bottle. Fill with ice and water and stop at least once an hour to refill and to have a nice cold drink.
  • REMEMBER: All beverages are not created equally when it comes to hydration.  Only water (or perhaps a sports beverage) will sufficiently hydrate you.  Caffeine, sugary drinks, and alcohol will not keep you hydrated.

PROTECT YOUR BIKE

Here are a few ways that you can keep the hot sun from heating up your motorcycle:

  • Cut up a piece of sheepskin and put that on the seat, wool side out.
  • Cover your seat with a white towel when you are not on your bike.
  • Cover black gasoline tanks with a towel as well.

Protection from the heat is not a joking matter because if your body does overheat it is dangerous and can be potentially deadly.  As you are riding you might start to notice early warning signs of dehydration like a headache or cramping.  Stop and allow yourself time to drink and rehydrate.  It doesn’t take a lot for your body to overheat, make sure to take proper precautions so you can stay safe and enjoy your ride.

Tech Tip: When the T3 owner receives a notification and decides that their vehicle is being stolen, the owner can have the T3 make a 3-party call to 911-Operator located closest to the vehicle.

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.

Comparison of the T3 & Verizon HUM

When looking for Anti-Theft and Vehicle Tracking Services it is easy to become confused by the different products on the market. In the past we’ve compared the T3 to other anti-theft devices, as well as the Find My Phone App, but never Verizon HUM. So we thought we should!

Verizon HUM and the T3 share some of the same functionality, but they each have unique functions as well.

Both devices allow you to find your car’s location and the speed it’s traveling. However if your vehicle is stolen, the T3 sends an immediate text to the owner. HUM does not alert anyone of a theft. You have to notify HUM call center that your car is missing. T3 is completely hidden in your vehicle so a thief has no idea that that it is there.  HUM is visible to the thief, so they unplug it and throw it out the window.  T3 gives you the ability to disable/enable your vehicle’s starter so once a thief turns off your car they can’t restart it. T3 can also let you unlock the doors.

The other main difference between the HUM and the T3, is the T3’s ability to let you tap your phone and T3 will connect you directly to the 911-Operator in the same vicinity as the car – even if you are thousands of miles away. Police see real advantage in hearing immediately from the owner (instead of a 3rd party call center), the ability to receive real-time GPS location, and the owner’s ability to disable the starter. Since 911Tracker has a patent on remotely commanded 3-party call to police, no other anti-theft systems can do this, including OnStar®, LoJack®, HUM®, etc.

Want to learn more about the T3? Check comparisons — https://www.911tracker.com/comparisons.html   Give us a call! 877-744-3361

TECH TIP: If the vehicle has an existing alarm system, T3 can sense if it has been triggered and will send notification to the owner.

An average stolen car costs….

Is Your Car or Motorcycle a Target For Thieves?

Every 46 seconds, a motor vehicle is stolen in the United States.  Recently, the Insurance Information Institute reported that a staggering 689,527 vehicles were reported stolen each year.

Just because you aren’t driving the latest model car or a luxury vehicle doesn’t guarantee that you won’t be a victim of theft. Actually, your older model vehicle might be exactly what the thieves are looking for.  According to the FBI, the value of the average stolen vehicle is $6,537.  Thieves do not discriminate between new, luxury, or older model cars because they are targeting a vehicle for the resale value of its parts.  In fact, about 75,000 vehicles are stolen each year for their airbags alone, so that thieves can cash-in on them.  But don’t forget that a thief can look at your registration in the glove box to get your home address and use the garage remote to get into your garage!

The National Insurance Crime Bureau states that motorcycle theft has risen by 6 percent in 2015.  Most motorcycles are stolen during the warmer months of the year.  Just like motor vehicles, thieves aren’t just targeting luxury models, every motorcycle is a target.

The only way to thwart potential theft is by taking preventative measures to protect your car or motorcycle..   Experts advise that the only way your car or motorcycle will be protected is for owners to install an aftermarket engine immobilizer and a GPS tracking device like The T3 Vehicle Security System.  With the 911Tracker T3 Vehicle Security 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? Now you can we are giving one lucky winner a T3! Enter now giveaway ends at the end of the month. 

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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.

Tips for A Long Motorcyle Ride

tips for long motorcycle ridesSummertime is the perfect time to pack up and head out on a motorcycle road trip.  If it is your first time or you are a seasoned traveller, being prepared before your ride will give you peace of mind and make the trip more organized and enjoyable.  Here are a few ideas to help before you hit the open road.

 

Because you will encounter weather extremes while on the road, it is essential to pack the right gear.  Your gear should keep you safe and protect you from the weather because it could be chilly in the morning, hot by noon and teaming with rain by the evening.  Make sure you pack:

  • High quality all-weather gear
  • Extra pair or two of gloves
  • Bandannas (to keep your neck cool or the dust/bugs out of your mouth)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm

 

It is also important to consider your comfort as you ride.  Things to ask yourself are:

  • Are your levers adjusted properly?
  • Is your windshield the right size?
  • Is your helmet shield tinted? Or do you have sunglasses (and don’t forget to bring an extra pair)

 

Finally, while cell phones can help you with roadside assistance, it is still important to consider the following things for your bike:

  • A flat tire repair kit
  • Extra fuses and a flashlight
  • A T3 Vehicle Security System.  The T3 will alert you immediately if your bike is moved. Your phone will show GPS location, speed, and direction. You call the T3, press # and T3 connects you to the 911-Operator located closest to your bike and T3 can let Police track the thief with real-time location of the bike.  Contact us to learn more!

TECH TIP: When the T3 is in normal Auto/Guard Mode, T3 automatically sends text notification if vehicle ignition is off but the vehicle starts moving or is towed.