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Family Road Trip Tips

Family Road Trip Tips

Summer is a great time to hit the road with your family to see some new sights, visit loved ones, or just get away for a bit. Traveling with little ones can be difficult, so here are some tips for easing stress and making it more enjoyable.

  1. Packing for a trip is a massive undertaking, especially when the whole family is going. To make it easier, make packing lists for each member of the family this way the kids can help gather their own belongings and have some say in the clothes they bring. The lists will also make repacking at the end of the trip easier and help to ensure nothing gets left behind. You can also store these lists on your computer for future trips!
  2. If you are planning to make any overnight stops on the way to your final destination, pack a small suitcase for the whole family with everything you need for that night and clothing for the next morning. This way you only have to bring one bag in, instead of everything you packed for the whole trip.
  3. Bring some plastic grocery bags along for trash and wet or dirty clothes. They’re also good incase someone gets carsick.
  4. Bring along pillows for car naps and comfort in hotels along the way.
  5. Pack a small cooler with drinks and snacks to keep kids happy and cut down on unnecessary stops.
  6. It’s a good idea to look at your planned route on a map to get an idea of when you may need to stop for bathroom breaks, meals, and even just stretching your legs. Be sure to combine gassing up with previous planned stops so you don’t have to keep stopping and starting.
  7. Does anyone in your family have asthma or allergies? Before you head out, run the AC in your vehicle with the windows open for about ten minutes. This will get rid of mold and dust mites.
  8. To keep kids busy in the backseat (and cut down on mess), get each of them a cheap metal cookie sheet. These make great lap desks and food trays. They’re also magnetic so kids can even learn with magnetic letters and numbers while on the road.
  9. If you plan to drive through the night to cut down on traffic and get to your destination faster glow sticks and book lights will make the trip a little more fun for the little people with you, as well as give them the ability to read or color at night without distracting the driver.
  10. Make sure all of your identification and vehicle paperwork is up to date- drivers license, registration, insurance, inspection, etc. You could be hit with a rather large ticket if you get pulled over in another state.

Family vacations are fun, but they can also be a lot of work. Make sure you’re prepared for your time on the road with the tips above. Also be sure your car is ready for the road with these tips.

Road trips are the perfect time to make sure your car is protected with a T3 Tracker. You don’t want to get halfway to your destination and then have your car stolen overnight. The T3 can give you peace of mind and ensure your trip goes smoothly.

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

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

With Father’s Day fast approaching now is the time to get the perfect gift for the car lover in your life.

 

Help him start his day right with a car themed mug. 

At 911Tracker we can help keep tabs on his vehicle, but this little gadget will help him keep track of his keys.

Personalize his space with a metal sign.

He can take his love of cars with him to the office with these great cufflinks.

Help the car enthusiast in your life keep their vehicle safe with a T3 Tracker from 911Tracker.

 

2017 Spring/Summer Car Show Calendar

Are you a car show enthusiast?  There are a variety of car shows taking place throughout the United States this summer. Whether you’d like to show off your classic car, or just gather with other classic car lovers, there is something fun for everyone. So bring the whole family and make new memories while checking out the different hot rods and classic cars. Start by planning a road trip to one of these shows:

July 13 & August 10, 2017. Danville Hot Summer Nights. Danville, CA. This car show takes place on both dates.  There will be fun for every member of the family. See the cars your parents had, cars you had as a teenager in high school, cars you wish you had, cars you never saw or will see again!

July 15, 2017.  The 2017 Summer Showdown Car Show & Silent Auction. Louisville, KY. Trophies will be given out to the Top 40 vehicles and proceeds from the Summer Showdown Car Show will benefit the Michael Feger Paralysis Foundation.  There will also be a silent auction, 50/50, gift card board, raffles, over $400 in door prizes and free face painting.

July 21 – 23, 2017.  Chevrolet Performance Car Craft Summer Nationals.  Beech Bend Raceway Park, Bowling Green, KY.  This three-day event is the country’s premier gathering of street machines and muscle cars that showcases more than 2,500 performance cars and attracts upward of 25,000 enthusiasts from across the country.   Events will include: Show ‘n’ Shine competition, Autocross, Burnout competition, Drag Strip ‘fun-runs’, Dyno, Professional Drift exhibition and more.

August 5 & 6, 2017. Madison Classics. The Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn, WI. The car show offers over 1,300 car part vendors, perfect for finding the parts you need for your car projects. There are also hundreds of cars for sale. With over 13,000 spectators the Swapmeet is a great place for vendors to sell their cars, car parts and car accessories.

August 10-12, 2017. Branson Summer Cruise.  Featuring the Show’n’Shine with over 500 cars and trucks on display at The Shepherd of the Hills Historic Homestead.

GoodGuys Car Shows –  Goodguys produces some of the world’s most dynamic automotive events throughout the year around the country, and has a few different shows going on this summer. They are the largest hot rodding association with over 70,000 active members worldwide. Expect to see candy colored hot rods and customs, tricked out trucks, mighty muscle cars and regal classics.

These are just some of the car shows going on around the country this summer. Which one are you most looking forward to? If you are new to the car show scene, here are some tips for making sure you and your vehicle cruise right through.

 

TECH TIP:  Did you know that the T3 owner can change T3 Mode to select either Auto/Guard or Master or Move.

Vehicle Security Device – Winter Specials

Have you been thinking about getting a Vehicle Tracking Device? Now is your chance!

We are currently offering two different Winter Specials, plus additional discounts when you order multiple units. 

The T3-KS3 T3 Vehicle Security System includes the T3 Tracker and a 3-month service plan along with free US shipping. As part of our Winter Special, this system is only $199 (regularly $275). But if you purchase two or more systems, they go down to $189 each including the 3 month service plan.

The T3-KS12 T3 Vehicle Security System includes the T3 Tracker and a 1-year service place along with free US shipping. This system is regularly $359, but through our Winter Special you can get it for only $299. But purchase two of these systems and get them for $279 each including the full year service plan.

Plus, we also offer the Cable-Kit-T Accessory which provides cable and a backup battery that may be installed in your alternate vehicle. It gives you the option to move the vehicle security tracker from your primary vehicle to other vehicles for only $39.

Don’t forget, there is no activation free, no contract or cancellation fees, and you always get our 911Tracker 30 day Risk Free Guarantee. You can cancel your current plan and begin a new plan at any time. We also offer complete security and we never share your information with anyone. Your secret PIN gives you complete control and the location text goes directly to your phone and is never stored.

For more information and to purchase your T3 system through our special, visit our website here.

 

Choosing the right anti-theft device for your vehicle

There are many different options when it comes to anti-theft devices for your vehicle.  Having an anti-theft device on your vehicle has many benefits. It will give you peace of mind when you park your vehicle at home or work and it often keeps your car insurance rates lower.  Consider the following options when choosing the right anti-theft device for your vehicle.

 

STEERING-WHEEL LOCK

These devices go over the steering wheel and lock it in place so that your vehicle cannot be driven until the device is unlocked.  Because this anti-theft device can be seen through your car window, it is often effective in deterring potential thieves from breaking into your vehicle.  It is also the most economic anti-theft device on the market.

 

KILL SWITCH

These devices must be installed in your vehicle.  They are designed to shut down the electrical system of your vehicle. This device usually requires the owner to perform a series of routines before a vehicle can be started.

 

CAR ALARM

When someone attempts to break into your vehicle, touches your vehicle or tries to open your door without a key, these systems are activated. They usually set off a loud siren that will stop thieves in their tracks. Insurance companies often provide discounted rates for vehicles with car alarms.

 

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!

 

WIN the perfect gift!

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Looking for a gift for the person that has everything and wants nothing? Get a Vehicle Tracking Device to protect their most prized possession!

The T3 Vehicle Security System is different because you are in charge. T3 follows the instructions that you text from your phone. 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. LoJack® doesn’t do this. OnStar® doesn’t do this. No other anti-theft system can do this.

When used as a security system, a Vehicle Tracking System may serve as a double layer of protection or as a  replacement for a traditional car alarm. The shortcoming with traditional car alarms is that they simply sound the car horn. We have become so de-sensitized to hearing car alarms as a society that most people will ignore a horn blaring even when a theft is in progress so it has limited benefit as a deterrent. But when a vehicle tracking system is installed on a vehicle you will receive a direct alert that the car is having unauthorized movements even if you are thousands of miles away from your vehicle at the time of the theft. Plus, the  ability to track your vehicles movement and location.

As you can imagine not all vehicle tracking systems are created the same but our specific  system (the T3) is so small that it may be installed on any vehicle and can be hidden in many places such as behind a glove box, behind the instrument panel, in a console, under a seat, or under parcel shelf. And since T3 has a connector on the side, it allows for you to swap it between vehicles if you wanted to!

Other features of the T3 include:

  • It alerts you via text if your existing Vehicle Alarm is triggered
  • It alerts you if your vehicle has unauthorized movement
  • Provides you with the GPS coordinates, direction and speed that the vehicle is moving
  • Allows you to connect to the authorities nearest your vehicle’s location via three-way call technology
  • You can send a secure message to disable/enable vehicle starter
  • You can send a secure message that lets you unlock your vehicle door
  • You can move it from vehicle to vehicle

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Things not to do on a road trip

Thanksgiving is a time when everyone heads home to be together. If you are choosing to hit the road for the holidays, here are 5 things you don’t want to forget.

  1. DON’T forget to have your car thoroughly maintenanced before heading out on your trip.  Get fluids, tires and oil checked to be sure that your car is reliable and running as it should be.
  1. DON’T forget to check the air pressure in your tires.  Make sure that your spare tire has adequate air pressure as well.
  1. DON’T forget to have an emergency kit in your vehicle which will hold you over until help arrives.  Make sure it includes jumper cables, a flashlight, blanket, and a first aid kit.
  1. DON’T forget your cell phone and a way to charge it while traveling. Your cell phone most likely contains your GPS, which is a must when traveling in uncharted territories.
  1. DON’T forget to sign up for a membership with a roadside assistance program. You will be thankful for it if your car happens to breakdown or you have another emergency.

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels!

TECH TIP: T3 owner can set each emergency contact to either receive T3 notifications or not receive T3 notifications.

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.