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 a 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!
Are you getting your RV ready for camping season? There are many things that you need to check on your RV to get it ready, but there are a few things you don’t want to forget. To get your RV ready for a safe and worry-free camping season, here are 4 things you don’t want to forget:
Batteries: Oftentimes, RV owners remove their batteries for the winter. If they were properly stored over the winter, your battery still has likely lost a percentage of its charge. Stored batteries tend to lose about 10% a month. The first thing you want to do is fully charge the batteries. After it’s fully charged, you should add distilled water following instructions by the manufacturer. A quality service facility can help you do all of this, if you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself.
Water System: If you winterize your RV using antifreeze, it is important to run fresh water through the water system so that all remnants of the antifreeze have been cleared. Inspect your water heater also. If it was placed bypass mode during the winter, take it out of by-pass mode. If there is any antifreeze in the water heater, it needs to be trained. Additionally, replace any water filter cartridges that were removed.
Tires: Tires lose air pressure when they are in storage, which means they could be dangerously low. Check the tire pressure with a tire gauge and make adjustments according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. Don’t forget to check that your spare is in good working order and its tire pressure is correct.
Oil Level: Make sure you inspect the oil level in the generator. Your owner’s manual should provide specified intervals. Also, check the generator exhaust system. If you didn’t run the generator over the winter, you should run it for about two hours.
If you are uncomfortable with getting your RV ready yourself, you can always take it to an authorized service provider that will make sure it is running according to specifications.
TECH TIP: If your car has been sitting for many days, T3 will automatically send you a low-battery notification when the car battery gets down to 11.0V.
Did you hear? 911Tracker® announced an association with Newchip which are providing Accelerator programs that are benefiting the 911Tracker Equity Campaign by improving communication with investors.
Newchip Accelerator impressed 911Tracker because of the experience of the Newchip team and the way that the Accelerator program uses a number of online techniques to guide entrepreneurs through a learning process. The Accelerator program encourages the entrepreneurs to continuously report on the progress of their interface with potential investors. The program helps entrepreneurs by sharing ideas and issues with other members of the group.
We have been encouraged by the constructive criticism and have started trying new methods of presenting our company in a way that potential investors will understand both the shorter term and longer term benefits. As the program proceeds, entrepreneurs are offered the opportunity to present their companies to potential investors that are already familiar with the ways that Newchip helps entrepreneurs do their best. We would certainly recommend that founders with startup companies consider working with Newchip.
April showers bring May flowers…but they also bring wet roads and sometimes hazardous conditions. Here’s some tips for keeping safe on the road during those downpours:
Before you get on the road, make sure your windshield wipers, headlights, tail lights and brakes are all functioning properly. Traction on tires should also be good, as threadbare tires and wet, oil-slick roads are not a good combo.
Turn on your headlights. With low visibility you’ll want others to see you, and you’ll have a better view of what’s in front of you.
Slow down and don’t get too close to the car in front of you. It’s easy to lose traction on wet roads. If you do end up hydroplaning, continue to steer in the direction you want to go, and ease off the accelerator. According to Geico, it might take three to five adjustments to get back on course.
If you cannot see, pull over and turn on your hazard lights. It may be raining too heavy, or your windshield may be fogging up. Just wait it out until you have a visible view.
TECH TIP: An authorized emergency contact can call the T3 and the T3 will answer their call. The contact can have T3 make the 3-party call to 911 to explain the emergency.
As winter winds down and the weather gets nicer, you need to make sure that you are properly maintaining your car. Most importantly, you or your mechanic should check your engine and your alignment and suspension. Here are a few other easy things that you can do to get your car ready for spring.
Clean the Inside
Spring is the perfect time to clean the interior of your car. Remove and throw away all the trash and debris that has accrued over the winter. Vacuum the carpets and seats and wipe down all interior surfaces. Choose a warm, sunny day to complete this job.
Wash and Wax
Now that the winter is over, a thorough wash and wax is important. Winter driving can cause road grime, debris and salt to build up on your car which can affect the paint and finishes.
Cold winter temperatures cause your tire pressure to decrease and warmer temperatures can cause the pressure to increase, so make sure you check your tire pressure and that it meets your manufacturer’s specifications.
Your wiper blades may have taken a beating over the winter due to snow and ice, so you should check them for any signs of cracking or wear. Because the spring brings with it rain and thunderstorms, you need to make sure your wiper blades are in good working order.
Times are scary right now. These past few days, weeks, and months have been flipped upside down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here at 911 Tracker we are practicing social distancing and taking the CDC recommendations very seriously. Please know we are still here to help in any way possible. Our hearts go out to those who have been impacted by this pandemic. We want to send out a huge THANK YOU to those helping to keep our loved ones safe.
According to the CDC, washing hands and cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces are two of the best ways to defend against spreading the coronavirus. To ensure you are staying safe in all areas of your life, here are some tips on how to disinfect your car:
1. Clean Frequently Touched Areas – Clean frequently touched surfaces, including the steering wheel, door handles, shift lever, any buttons or touch screens, wiper and turn signal stalks, passenger and driver door armrests, grab handles, and seat adjusters.
2. Use Cleaners With At Least 70% Alcohol – With a few exceptions, many of the household cleaners that kill corona viruses can also clean a car without damaging its interior.
3. Wash Your Hands After Cleaning – This step is really important to remember. Help prevent carrying any germs around with you by washing your hands immediately after cleaning.
Click here for more tips on how to clean your car and fight off COVID-19.
Tech Tip – If a family member is traveling with your vehicle and you would like to know their location but they have driven into a remote area that is not within range of a cell tower, just ask T3 for its current gps location. The cell carrier system automatically keeps trying to deliver the message. As soon as the vehicle is driven back into a cell coverage area, T3 will receive the message and respond with the current location.
You already know that the T3 alerts you the moment your vehicle has unauthorized movement.
And that its 3-way-call functionality automatically connects you to the 911 operator nearest your vehicle.
But did you also know that you can use the T3 to find your vehicle in a crowded parking lot?
That means the next time you are leaving a baseball game and can’t remember if you parked at Lot G or Lot F you can easily track your car’s location helping you get home even quicker! That sure beats waiting around for the lot to clear out.
So why not protect your vehicle and make your life a bit easier with the T3? We are offering hot Spring Specials so it’s the perfect time to buy! For a limited time you can purchase the T3 for:
T3-SS3 Vehicle Security System that includes the T3 Tracker AND a 3-month Silver Service plus free shipping in the USA — Normal price is $289, but T3-SS3 Spring Silver Special is only $199 a saving of $90 — Also consider $189/unit with two or more per order. Click here for T3-SS3 Special
T3-SS12 T3 Vehicle Security System that includes the T3 Tracker AND a one-year Silver Service plus free shipping in the USA — Normal price is $432, but T3-SS12 Spring Silver Special is only $299 a saving of $133. Also consider $279/unit with two or more per order. Click here for T3-SS12 Special
Car 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.
Are you an Uber or Lyft Driver, or have a loved one who is? If so, you are often on the road alone, many times late at night, and sometimes in remote areas, allowing people you have never met before into your vehicle. There’s always a risk involved when picking up strangers, but a T3 can help keep you or your loved ones safe.
While it’s something nobody wants to think about, if you don’t make it home from your shift, your T3 emergency contacts can easily pinpoint exactly where your vehicle is located, or even track your whereabouts during your shift. And in the case of a carjacking, the T3 gives you the ability to deactivate your starter and send real-time info to the police. The carjacker won’t get very far, and your vehicle will be recovered.
The 911Tracker T3 Vehicle Recovery System will also alert you instantly if there is unauthorized movement in your vehicle or a pre-installed vehicle alarm goes off. Within seconds you can connect to the 911 operator closest to your vehicle and share the GPS location, speed, and direction your vehicle is traveling. No call center is used – saving you time and money. No other anti-theft system can do this!
There is no activation fee, 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 provide complete security and we never share your information with anyone.