July is National Vehicle Theft Protection Month

Summer is in full force with many vacations happening and families headed on those summer road trips. Summer is also the hottest time for auto theft in the United States. In order to raise awareness about how car owners can protect from vehicle theft national organizations have been promoting July as National Vehicle Theft Protection Month.

Here are some simple tips that auto owners can do to protect themselves from theft or break ins. These tips may seem like common sense but most are often overlooked.

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  • Lock your doors.
  • Remove your keys from the ignition and never leave your car with the engine running.
  • Close your windows completely.
  • Never hide a second set of keys anywhere on your car.
  • Never leave packages or personal items in plain view.
  • Park with the wheels turned toward the curb, even in driveways or parking lots. This makes your car difficult to tow.
  • Always use your emergency brake when parking.
  • Park in well lighted areas or attended lots.
  • Keep your registration card in your purse or wallet, not in your glove compartment.
  • Activate any anti-theft device you have when you vacate your car.
  • Have your vehicle identification number etched into your windshield.

It is also encouraged to install theft prevention devices (alarms, ignition locks, kill switches) as well as a vehicle tracking system to help make it easier to recover a vehicle should it be stolen. When you install the 911Tracker in your vehicle you have a 90% chance of it being recovered within a 24 hour period which limits the amount of damage that could occur during the time of the car being stolen. When installing 911Tracker in your vehicle you are fully protected at all times unlike other anti-theft devices.  For more tips on protecting your vehicle whether it’s new or a classic gem head over to our website, because we know all too well that EVERY MINUTE COUNTS.

Tips For Staying Cool On Your Motorcycle

As temperatures climb, riding your motorcycle becomes uncomfortable and in some cases, even unsafe. It is important to find ways to keep cool on the road when the sun is beating down. Here are some tips for staying cool during the hot months.

Stay hydrated! Drinking enough water is always important, but when you’re riding your motorcycle, the hot air constantly blowing on you will dehydrate you quickly. Keep a water bottle with you while you’re on the road and stop at least once an hour to refill it and hydrate. A camelback is also a good idea- you can fill it with half water and half ice to keep you cool for long rides. And keep in mind, when it comes to hydration, water is the best option. Caffeine, sugary drinks, and alcohol will not hydrate you.

Keep yourself covered. It may sound strange to wear more clothing when it is hot out, but when your skin is exposed to hot moving air, it increases your body temperature and how much you sweat. Wear breathable, ventilated, loose gear with moisture wicking material to keep you cool. If you are riding in extreme conditions, dampen your clothing for some relief. You could also wear a wet bandana around your neck or sport a cooling vest to keep your core cool.

Protect your motorcycle. Another way to stay cool while riding in the heat is to keep the sun from heating up your bike. Placing a piece of sheepskin, wool side out, on the seat will help. Also, place a white towel on the seat when you’re not riding. It is also a good idea to cover black gasoline tanks with a towel as well.

Avoid high heat. During the hot Summer months, it is usually hottest between noon and 5:00pm. If you can, try to avoid riding during these hours.

Staying cool in the heat is a serious matter. Overheating is dangerous and potentially deadly. As you are riding you may dismiss or not even notice some of the early warning signs of dehydration, like headaches, cramping, or slight dizziness. Make sure to stop frequently and allow yourself to cool down and rehydrate.

TECH TIP: T3 will automatically notify the owner if the vehicle battery is getting low.

10 Tech Gadgets Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is right around the corner, let’s forget the neckties and wristwatches, and get the Dad in your life the tech he really wants. You might even find a little something for yourself along the way. Here are some of our personal favorites!

Amazon Kindle – Yes, tablets and smartphones can double as e-book readers. But the $79 Amazon Kindle has a long-lasting battery and a paper-like screen that avid readers will appreciate. You can even set it up and download some of the new books that dad would like to read over the summer.

Wireless Keyboard – Dad loves his tablet but still isn’t keen on the touch screen? Get him a wireless keyboard that he can easily use with his tablet so dad feels like he is back on his laptop or PC again, but with a smaller screen.

Bluetooth Speaker – There are many on the market but the JBL Flip is a great choice for under $100. It’s portable, rechargeable, has speakerphone capability, sounds great for its size, and works as a wireless speaker with virtually any smartphone or tablet. The perfect way to introduce Dad to the world of wireless audio and he then can jam out to some music while working out in the yard.

Fitbit – Thinking dad needs a little motivation to stay fit? Get him a Fitbit which tracks every part of his day including activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep which will help dad stay motivated and for him to see how small steps make a huge impact.

Universal Home Remote – Now this is cool! You can now control your TV and house with one simple remote and it’s easy enough for a 5 year old to use it so dad certainly can. The Logitech Harmony Home Control can control your living room TV and even shut off lights around the house using your smartphone.

Streaming Device – Does your dad love to watch a little TV? With Roku, dad can watch what he wants, when he wants. Roku 3 offers the largest variety of content, the most affordable and simplest to use.

Phone Security Camera – The Piper Home Security Camera can be viewed through your phone whenever you desire. If dad wants to take off on a trip he doesn’t have to worry because the Piper Security Camera keeps everything safe. It’s a Z-Wave transmitter too, so you can even turn lights on and off and monitor when doors are opened and closed.

Portable Jump Starter – No need to ask for assistance next time dad’s car doesn’t start. If he has the Powerall Element, Dad will be ready to jump-start his own or anyone else’s car within seconds. The Element is a very portable battery pack with enough juice to crank over a car’s engine, and also features an emergency LED flashlight.

Anti-Theft GPS Device – Besides keeping dad’s vehicle safe from theft the 911Tracker T3 GPS Device can check the location of your vehicle and if someone else is driving the vehicle dad can check remotely how fast the car is going, direction of the car and even location. Perfect for dads with teenage drivers.

Bluetooth Speakerphone – We all know how important it is to drive without distraction and in most States driving while using a cellphone is illegal. If your dad doesn’t have a built in bluetooth system the Jabra Freeway Bluetooth Speakerphone is the next best thing. The bluetooth speakerphone allows you to make calls hands free and also listen to music through Pandora or music stored on your phone.

Safe Summer Driving Tips

Summer is the traditional time when individuals and families go on vacation. It often involves packing up the car and heading out on a road trip. During the months of June through August, there is an increase in auto related accidents due to increased vacation travel and increased road work. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends the following tips to keep in mind before you hit the road this summer travel season.

Before You Leave

Service Your Vehicle–Regular maintenance on your vehicle is important to prevent a breakdown. If your car hasn’t been in for a tune-up, make sure it gets done before you leave.

Roadside Emergency Kit–Even with thorough maintenance on your vehicles, sometimes a car trouble is inevitable. In case of a breakdown keep a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle which includes a jumper cables, flares, a tire jack, water, and other essential items that would help if your car breaks down.

During your trip

Buckle up–All passengers should wear their seatbelts while the vehicle is on the road. According to the CDC, seat belt use is the most effective way to reduce injuries in crashes and save lives.

Traveling with children–Take proper safety precautions when driving with children. All children 13 and under should ride in the backseat. Car seats and booster seats should be installed properly, and never leave children unattended in a vehicle.

Be alert–Keep your eyes on the road. Any texts or phone calls can wait, and if they can’t, pull over to address them. Also, if your trip is a long one, plan for some stops along the way.

Stay safe and happy travels!

TECH TIP – If your vehicle has an emergency or a crash, the driver can turn off the key and sound the horn for at least 8 seconds and T3 will send a vehicle alarm to the owner (and authorized emergency contacts). This assumes you had the yellow wire connected to the vehicle horn during the installation and that your horn does sound with the key off.

Tips for a Long Drive

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!

Get your RV ready for the camping season

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.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas For Car Lovers

Do you still need to get Mom a gift? Here are a few ideas!

At 911Tracker we can help you keep tabs on your vehicle, but this little gadget will help you keep track of your keys!

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There’s no reason they can’t take their favorite car in to work with them with this computer mouse!

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Keep yourself calm and your car smelling fresh with these essential oil diffusers.

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With this photo keychain, mom can take her favorite people with her wherever she goes.

Help her feel more at home in her car with cute, personalized floor mats.

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

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911Tracker® Announced Association with Newchip

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.

Four Tips for Driving in the Rain

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Simple Spring Maintenance Tips For Your Car

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.

Tire Pressure

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.

Wiper Blades

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.

And don’t forget to install your T3!