Tips For Staying Cool On Your Motorcycle

As temperatures climb, riding your motorcycle become 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.

 

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.

The T3- More Than Just An Anti-theft Device

On top of being a one of a kind anti-theft device, the T3 Tracker can also help you through a number of everyday situations. It will simplify your life, reduce stress, and give you peace of mind for less than $10 per month.

Here are some ways that the T3 can help in everyday situations:

-With the T3 you can keep tabs on your teenage drivers or aging parents without distracting them with a call or text. The device allows the owner to check the vehicle’s location and direction.

-It can be difficult to time dinner so it is ready when your partner gets home from work, especially when traffic is involved. With the T3 you can check on their progress without interrupting their concentration.

-When you drop your car off at the shop to get serviced, they usually give you an estimate of how long it will take- but things can happen and times can change. With the T3 you can see when the technician does a road test which usually means your car will be done soon. This way you can be productive while you’re waiting without wasting time.

-Do you have a teenager learning how to drive? If you’re worried about them taking the car out without permission or while you’re not at home, the T3 allows you to disable the starter. This way you don’t have to worry.

-Have you ever locked your keys in the car? It can be difficult to get AAA or other help immediately. With the T3, you can open your doors in just seconds.

-If you have a car that doesn’t get driven very often, you may worry about the battery running low. Thankfully with the T3, it won’t be a surprise as you’ll get a notification telling you when the battery is low.

-It can be worrisome when older relatives get in the car after a holiday dinner and have a long drive home in the dark. With a T3 installed on their vehicle you’ll be able to track their progress and see that their car has arrived home safely. You get peace of mind without bothering them with a phone call.

-Do you have family members taking a road trip? While they’re away, track their progress with the T3.

-AND — T3 is ready 24/7 to protect you, your family members, and your vehicle if there is an emergency. If your vehicle is stolen, moves without authorization, or is involved in an accident, T3 notifies you and your emergency contacts and can connect you directly to the 911-Operator located nearest the vehicle.

With the T3 you can not only protect your car from theft, but also keep track of your vehicle and loved ones in a safe, non-intrusive way. For more information on the T3 visit our website.

TECH TIP: The T3 owner can add, change, or delete the phone numbers for their authorized emergency contacts at anytime.

 

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.

 

It can happen to you – Protect Your Vehicle

The incidence of car thefts in US has risen steadily over the past couple of years and keeping your vehicle locked in a garage isn’t enough to deter thieves. Not only will they still take your car, but they may then use it to continue their spree.

In a recent incident in San Jose, California, a home was broken into on a weekday between 12:30 and 12:55pm. The thieves took valuables and then fled in the homeowners car that was parked in the garage. The car was then used in a number of other robberies in San Jose, and surrounding areas. There was a police-involved car chase, but the robbers managed to flee, and eventually abandoned the vehicle. The robbers are still at large.

If the owners of the stolen vehicle had a T3 Tracker installed they would have been able to use the 3-way call feature to alert the police department closest to the vehicle’s location of the theft. The police would then also have access to the exact GPS location of the vehicle and the owner could remotely disable the car’s starter, leading the police right to them. In this case, the car would most likely have been returned to the owners quickly, without the car chase, and they may have been able to get all of their valuables back. It also would have prevented the subsequent break-ins and the thieves would have been caught.
It is always a good idea to keep your car doors locked and valuables out of sight. But unfortunately, even a garage isn’t guaranteed protection. For more information on the T3 Tracker and to order yours, go here, https://www.911tracker.com/products.

TECH TIP: When T3 is in temporary Master Mode, T3 automatically sends text notification if vehicle ignition is either on or off but the vehicle starts moving.

Road Trip Tips

With the weather warming up and the school year winding down, now is the time to start planning for your upcoming road trips. Follow these tips for a fun and safe ride. 

  1. Service your vehicle– Regular maintenance is important to prevent a breakdown but it is always a good idea to get a tune-up before a long drive.
  2. Sleep– Make sure to get a a lot of rest before your trip. According to sleep experts, it is important to get at least two consecutive nights of 7-8 hours of sleep before you begin your drive. This way you can avoid any drowsy driving. Although if you do feel tired while on your trip, it is important to take a break.
  3. Emergency Kit– It is always a good idea to have a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle. Even with proper maintenance trouble can still arise. Be sure to include jumper cables, flares, a tire jack, water, blankets, and a first aid kit. Also be sure your spare tire is properly inflated.
  4. Put your cell phone down– Distracted driving can be incredibly dangerous. While you are driving, keep your focus on the road in order to keep yourself, your passengers, and the other drivers on the road safe. By doing this, you’ll also avoid fines in many states.
  5. Stay hydrated– Drinking water may increase the amount of stops you have to make, but it will also keep you energized while driving. It’s also a good idea to pack a water bottle for all of your passengers as well.
  6. Traveling with children– Make sure to take proper safety precautions when driving with children. It is important that all car seats are properly installed and children are sitting in a seat appropriate for their age, height, and weight. All children 12 and under need to be safely buckled in the back seat and never leave them in the car unattended.
  7. Have a GPS handy– Not only does a GPS help you get from point A to point B, it will also help you find alternate routes due to traffic, construction, etc. It is also a great way to find the nearest restaurants, hotels, and hospitals.
  8. Keep your car safe– Keep your car safe while you are on your road trip with a T3 Tracker. Not only is your vehicle your mode of transportation, it is also a surrogate home while you are on the road. You don’t want it to be at risk. With the 911Tracker T3 you will be alerted of any unauthorized movements your car makes via text alert. You can then connect with a 911 operator nearest your vehicle in order to get your car back.

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.

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!

 

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

 

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

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.

Prepping Your Motorcycle for Spring

Now that it is officially Spring and the warm weather is here to stay, it is the perfect time to take out your motorcycle and get it ready for the road. Even if you followed our tips for winterizing your bike for the off-season, you should still follow these tips for getting it safely ready for riding.

Tires– give each tire a full check for any cracking. You’ll also want to check the wear- over-worn tires don’t always maintain proper traction and are more easily punctured. Be sure to check the tire pressure as well.

Controls– be sure to check all hoses and cables for cracks, bulges, leaks, kinks, or fraying. Also be sure they’re properly connected and working correctly. Check the throttle to make sure it moves freely and lubricate all levers and pedals after making sure they’re not bent or broken.

Lights– check your headlights, brake lights, and turn signals to make sure all light up properly- replace any that are out. You’ll also want to inspect the lenses on the lights to be sure they are secure and there are no cracks.

Oils and fluids– if you didn’t winterize your bike, be sure to change the oil and filter now. You’ll also want to check the fuel tank for rust and if all is well, fill it up.  Once those are taken care of, check all of the remaining fluid levels- brake, clutch, coolant, gear oil, hydraulic fluid, shaft drive oil, and battery fluid. Change any that have gone bad over the winter and top off the rest.

Chassis and battery– inspect the frame of your bike for cracking or denting. Make sure the forks and shocks are correctly adjusted and the belt and chain have the proper amount of tension. Add lubrication if it is needed  You’ll also want to make sure that the teeth are mounted the right way and the fasteners are tight. Charge your battery and make sure it is still in good condition. Check that the terminals are free of debris, corrosion, and dust, and make sure the cables on the terminals are tightly connected.

Stand– make sure your bike’s stand is not bent or cracked, and that it has enough tension to keep the bike stable, you don’t want it to get loose and fall off or break.

Now that you’ve completely checked your bike, made all of the necessary adjustments and it is safe to ride, before you put it back on the road, make sure you are completely covered with a T3 Tracker. The T3 follows the instructions that you text from your phone. It immediately alerts you if your car or bike has an emergency or an unauthorized movement is made. You can then connect yourself and the T3 to the 911-operator closest to your vehicle- no call center is used. You can also move the T3 tracker between your motorcycle and car for the ultimate protection and convenience. T3 provides complete privacy – Location text goes directly to your phone and is never stored or sent using the Internet

For more information on the T3 and to see our Spring specials!

WIN A T3 – Vehicle Security Tracker

Want to WIN a T3 Vehicle Tracking Device? Now’s your chance!

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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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.