Plan a Safe Road Trip This Spring

As the weather gets warmer, it is a great time to take a road trip.  Whether it is a short trip to pick up a child from college or one that leads to an exciting adventure, planning and preparing ahead of time will make your trip a smooth one.  Here’s what you should do before you hit the road:

Plan, Plan, Plan!

Sometimes a spontaneous road trip sounds exciting, but if you want to have a good and safe trip, planning is key. Knowing where you are going and the route you are going to take should be a priority. Putting into your GPS will give you a place to start, but you may also want to have a good old-fashioned map too.  Often, especially if you are traveling in mountainous or more remote regions, cell phone service could be intermittent or non-existent. Having both methods gives you the back-up you need if technology should fail you.

Visit your Mechanic

As part of your planning, take the time to let your mechanic assure you that your car is ready!  Have him check tires, fluid levels, etc. This will eliminate any major unforeseen problems while on the road.  Additionally, make sure that you have a working spare tire and a tire repair kit because flat tires can happen anywhere.

Bring an Emergency Kit

Everyone should keep a first aid kit in their car at all times, you never know when you are going to need it.  When you head out for a road trip, you will need an emergency kit that includes a tire gauge, fix a flat, a life hammer (in case you are submerged in water), flares, a blanket, jumper cables and a basic set of tools.  To have added peace of mind in case of an emergency, consider installing a 911Tracker on your vehicle before your trip. Family members can check your location, a cell phone connection is built right into the device so family members or friends who know you are on the trip, will always be connected.

Happy and safe travels!

5 Pothole safety tips

As the winter months draw to a close, everyone can feel the toll it has taken on the roads.  Potholes are everywhere–some are rather large! Potholes can cause damage to your vehicle including flat tires and suspension and alignment issues, so it is important to learn how to handle them in order to minimize the potential damage they can do to your car.  Here are 5 tips:

  1. Maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the car in front of you. This will help you spot the potholes ahead of you.
  2. Avoid large puddles of water.  These can just be potholes in disguise.
  3. Slow down.  Let’s face it, sometimes you just can’t avoid hitting a pothole, so slow down and grip the wheel so you won’t lose control of your vehicle.
  4. Inflate your tires.  By having your tires inflated to your vehicle’s manufacturer’s recommended level, you can minimize potential damage.
  5. Get suspension checked.  Another way to lessen the damage when you can’t avoid hitting a pothole, is to make sure that your vehicle’s suspension is in good condition.

Sometimes potholes are just unavoidable and your vehicle may sustain some damage.  By following these tips and learning how to safely handle them, it may help to save you frustration and money down the road.  

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.

911Tracker T3 FAQs

Do you have a question about the 911Tracker Vehicle Security System? We have answers!

Q. What type of vehicle can use the T3?

A. T3can be installed in any type of vehicle that has a battery and a location where the unit will not be exposed to moisture. Cars, Motorcycles, Work Trucks, Food Trucks, and even RV’s! Plus with the T3 you don’t need to pick just one. You can rotate it between vehicles with the Cable-Kit-T which includes Cable Kit including cable, fuses, starter disable relay, and Backup Battery including overload protection!

911Tracker keep your car safe

Q. What is required to install T3?

A. The package includes everything needed, including T3 device, cable, and installation kit to connect to the vehicle.

Q. Do I need to connect to a website to operate the T3?

A. No.  Each T3 has its own phone number.  You just send a text message to the T3 from your mobile phone or smartphone.

Q. How do I check the location of my vehicle?

A. Just sent a text message with your secret 5-digit PIN and the letters gps and T3 will respond to your mobile phone with time, date, location, speed, and direction.

Q. Do I have to turn on the T3 when I leave my vehicle?

A. No. T3 senses if the key is turned on or off.  If the key is off, the unit automatically enables the movement notification and vehicle alarm, if your vehicle has an existing alarm system.  When the key is on, the unit disables the alarm notification

Q. What do I do when T3 sends me an alarm notification?

A. The alarm notification includes time, date, location, speed, and direction.  If you determine that an emergency is occurring, you call your T3.  It speaks to you and says press # to call police.  When you press #, the T3 calls the nearest 911 and when the 911-Operator answers, you can explain the emergency to the 911-Operator.

Do you still have a question? Check our FAQ or contact us at Phone: 877-744-3361  or sales@911Tracker.com we would love to talk to you!

Grand Slam Spring Specials

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

Motorcycles In The Winter

As winter approaches and temperatures begin to fall, it is time to think about cold weather rides.  Just because it is cold outside doesn’t mean that your bike has to go into storage.  It is important to exercise extra caution when riding during the winter months.  Here are some tips for riding safe and warm in the winter.

WHAT TO WEAR

When the weather is cold it is important to dress to stay warm.  The best way to do it is to start with a warm base layer.  Your base layer should wick away sweat and trap the warmth.  Over that your top layer should be both windproof and waterproof like leather or nylon.  Whatever you choose to wear should be comfortable, not limit your movement and keep you warm and dry.

Most body heat escapes through your head, hands and feet so it is important to keep them warm. Wearing good quality winter gloves, adding a microfiber base layer will also keep your hands extra warm.  Keeping your hand warms is critical for safety because if your hands are cold you might not be able to work the levers properly.  Woolen socks will keep your toes from going numb.  Many riders wear neck warmers as well to stop cold air from entering your helmet.

TIRES

Remember that cold weather means cold tires and cold tires means a reduction in tire traction. Making sure that you invest in high quality tires with proper tread for winter is a must for safety.  Remember to frequently check tire pressure also to ensure optimal traction.

ROAD CONDITIONS

In the winter, road conditions can change quickly.  Salt to treat icy roads create hazardous conditions, making it as slick as driving on ice.  If you see salt on the roads, try to avoid driving on it.  Also be extra alert for black ice which is difficult to spot. If weather is hazardous including snow or ice, it is best just to avoid riding until conditions have improved.

There is nothing like riding in the crisp, cold winter months.  By making sure you take necessary precautions, there is no reason you can’t enjoy taking your bike for long rides the whole winter through.

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.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Motorcycle Lover

Here are some gift ideas to show the motorcycle enthusiast in your life how much you care this Valentine’s Day:

Motorcycle Guide Book. Time to go on an adventure. The Great American Motorcycle Tour book is a guide to some fantastic rides. Gary McKechnie has spent years exploring the nation by bike, and these are his top rides, from the rocky New England coast to the wide-open West, including tips on the best food, shopping, and nightlife to experience on the trips.

Motorcycle Gloves.  Protect your Valentine’s digits with a great pair of gloves like these which are lightweight and fast drying.

Air Compressor.  You never know when those tires will need more air. It’s always a good idea to travel with a compressor, and this is the perfect size for motorcycle saddle bags.

Ear Plugs.  It gets loud out on the road, and a good pair of ear plugs will do the job in protecting your Valentine’s ears.

Motorcycle Care Kit.  This kit contains all the items your motorcycle enthusiast needs to keep that baby clean and protect all surfaces including paint, plastic, leather and metal.

T3 Vehicle Security System.  Protect his/her favorite ride with the 911Tracker T3 Security System. The T3 will alert your Valentine in the case of unauthorized movement or an emergency.

7 Gift Ideas for the Car-Loving Guy

Looking for a gift for a guy who is into cars, and have no idea where to begin? We put together some ideas for you:

A Car Care Kit.  This has all the products needed to keep his car shiny and looking like new!

A Branded Baseball Cap. He’ll love wearing a hat with his favorite brand, like this Jeep one.

A Lego Kit. He’ll have so much fun building his own car with Legos, like this Ferrari.

Car Air Fresheners.  A perfect stocking stuffer, all three of these are masculine scents that will keep his car smelling great!

Speedometer and Fuel Gage Cufflinks. These will be a great conversation starter when attending gatherings.

Smart Tire Safety Monitor: So he doesn’t have to guess what is wrong with his tires.

The T3 Vehicle Security System from 911Tracker. So he can have peace of mind since he will be notified if his car has any unauthorized movement, and will be able to track his vehicle’s location and connect to the authorities nearest to the car!

Happy holidays to you, and your car-loving guy!

Keeping Older Drivers Safe

Keeping your loved ones safe is so important. Whether they are your parents, grandparents, or neighbors they mean the world to you. With Older Driver Safety Awareness Week (December 7–11) upon us here are some helpful tips on how to keep these important people safe while driving.

1. Consider the Health and Medical Conditions of the Driver – Problems with eyesight, sleep, tremors, or memory can make driving more dangerous. Make sure to ask yourself or a loved one the following question: Can you remember the routes you frequently drive? Do traffic signs and signals, or other motorists make you feel overwhelmed while driving? Have you recently received a ticket or citation for a driving violation, or been in a minor crash?

2. Consider Adapted Vehicles – Vehicles can be easily adapted to meet the needs of your older driver. It can be as simple as adding a swivel seat or pedal extender.

3. Use Drive Assistance Technologies – Using cars that have automatic vehicle braking, backup cameras and blind-spot detectors help to minimize the risk of an accident. Another assistive technology to have installed is the T3. This device can help keep track of a car’s location, assist in a crash, unlock the car door, and give the status of the car’s battery.

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.

Source – https://www.nhtsa.gov/older-drivers/keeping-our-older-drivers-safe-road

Improving Gas Mileage – it’s possible!

During the holiday season you need to make your pennies last as long as they can. So we thought it would be fun to put together a few tips on how to improve your gas mileage whether you use the advice for you or share the article with your kids here are a few ways to save!

1 – Take it easy on the pedal. Did you know that you use more fuel when you are driving fast? You probably did. But did you know that same goes when you’re coming to a stop, don’t slam on your brakes the last second. Be cautious and mind your distance from the driver in front of you so you can avoid sudden breaks.

2 – Inflate your tires to the correct pressure. Because driving on low tire pressure increases the rolling resistance of your tires on the ground service which uses up a lot of fuel.

3 – Keep your gas cap fully sealed. Because as gas caps get old, cracks can form letting oxygen get to your gas tank.

4 – Plan your trip.

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.

Thanksgiving Travel Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! It’s a time to enjoy a day filled with friends, family, delicious food, and football. It’s also a time the roads will be extra busy as everyone rushes around to get to their destinations. According to the NHTSA, “Our roads are particularly dangerous around Thanksgiving. During the holiday weekend in 2016 (6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, to 5:59 a.m. on Monday, November 28), there were 341 people killed in traffic across the country. About half of those who died weren’t wearing seat belts.”

NHTSA reported “Most often, younger people and men are failing to buckle up. Among 13- to 15-year-olds killed in crashes in 2016, 62 percent weren’t wearing seat belts. Similarly, 59 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds killed in crashes were also not wearing seat belts. That same year slightly more than half of men killed in crashes were unbelted, compared with 40 percent of women.” Buckling your seat belt increases your chance of surviving a crash so please remember to buckle up this holiday season.

Tech Tip – If a family member is traveling with your vehicle and you would like to know if they are parked and the ignition is turned off, just ask T3 to send you status. The return message will tell you if ignition is ON or OFF.

Source – https://www.nhtsa.gov/seat-belts/thanksgiving-travel-starts-buckling