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Safe Summer Driving Tips for Teen Drivers

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and that risk climbs even higher during the summer months. More free time, relaxed parental curfews, and less supervision overall combine to create a higher risk for teen driving accidents and deaths when school is out. On an average more teens died in the months of July and August than any other months of the year. Worried about your teen being safe while on the road this summer? Here are 5 safety tips that you may not of thought of that will  help keep your teen stay safe on the road during those crazy summer months.

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Safe Summer Driving Tips for Teen Drivers 

NIGHT DRIVE – Did you know that 17% of teen fatalities occur between 9 p.m. and midnight, and 26% occur between midnight and 6:00 a.m. What can you do? Reduce night driving,  giving a curfew, and being aware of where and when your child is driving will be one way to address this crash risk.

SLOW DOWN – Parents need to set a good example way before your child is ready to drive themselves. Teen crashes are more likely to involve speeding, especially with male drivers. Make sure your teen knows that driving above the speed limit can lead to a ticket (which they should pay for), insurance rate increase, or even a deadly crash.

TURN IT DOWN – Teens love to listen to music, and they love to listen to it as loud as they can. How can they hear the road noises around you, you can’t! Headphones are even worse, so encourage to put the headphones in the glove box and turn the radio off and focus on the road.

LIMIT PASSENGERS – Don’t let your teen’s vehicle be the party bus. Friends in the car can be a serious distraction. Limit how many passengers your teen can transport. Most graduated licensing laws already set limits, but make sure you know your state laws or set your own rules.

DRIVE A SAFE CAR –  Your teen doesn’t need to drive a brand new car but make sure it functions properly. You can even teach your teen how to check tire pressure and how to look for wear and tear on tires. Make sure all lights work, the brakes are in good condition, and the air bags are functioning correctly. Here is a list of the best cars for teens.

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Parents can also keep a better on their teen by installing the 911Tracker T3 Device. It allows parents to track their teen while driving to make sure they get to their destination safely. The T3 is currently on sale through our website —-> take advantage of this deal and learn more about how the T3 Recovery Device can help the whole family stay safe while on the road.

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Remote Keyless Systems Are Vulnerable To Car Theft

The landscape of car theft is changing. Car owners think they are safe because of built in security systems and with newer cars having a keyless entry, but now those items are not enough to keep a theft from breaking in.

Cars with a keyless entry system are capable of searching for a wireless key fob that is within a couple of feet from the vehicle. You might think, what’s the big deal? Well the big deal is that now high tech thieves can use a simple inexpensive device called an power amplifier to boost the key searching capabilities which makes it much easier for the thief to break in.  The thing is once the thief uses the amplifier they don’t even need your key to get into your car, even if the key is inside your house. They can unlock your doors and start the engine instead of using  a physical key…yep! Pretty crazy!

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Remote keyless systems are vulnerable to car theft, but you can do something about it. Here are 5 ways you can protect yourself and vehicle.

Hide Keys – This seems to be a bit excessive but when you’ve had this type of theft happen to you then you will be up for anything. Hide your keys in the freezer because the freezer blocks the wireless signal and the amplifier will not be able to search for the key.

Lock Door Manually – This might take some adjustment because we are conditioned to remotely lock our doors. The jammers block the signal from the key fob to the car, but they can’t unlock the doors without the appropriate code.

Stay Aware – Constantly be alert of your surroundings. If you park your vehicle in the street or parking lot on a daily basis and notice people loitering and they seem suspicious call the police.

Look for Radio Jammers – Metal or plastic boxes sized and shaped like a portable radio and will 1-4 antennas. If you find one nearby consider calling the FCC to see if they want to get involved. There could be car thefts happening in your area that you are not aware of yet.

Protect Your Vehicle – Using a device like the 911Tracker T3 GPS Recovery Device may not stop the thieve from getting into your car BUT it can help recover your vehicle FAST. Unlike other anti-theft devices the T3 Devices requires – No activation fee, No contracts or cancellation fees + You may cancel a plan or begin a new plan at any time.  One of the things that 911Tracker prides itself with is that our T3 gives the owner Complete privacy – Your secret PIN gives you complete control and our T3 offers Complete security – Location text goes direct to your phone; No Internet. To learn how our T3 can benefit you and your vehicle head to our website. 




States Taking Action on Distracted Driving

The the use of smart phones we can get almost anything in a matter of minutes. A whooping 91% of Americans own a cell phone and 50% of adult Americans own smart phones. We know it’s very tempting to pick up the phone while driving just so we get the answer to our questions without delay. We always think, it’s not going to happen to me. Well in 2011 it happened to over 3000 people and 387,000 people were injured because of cell phone use while driving, and the number is going increasing.

Distracted driving isn’t a new issue, it’s been happening well before cell phones but now it has increased the chances of accidents. As you can imagine, it’s a great concern for those working in the highway safety field. Since 2010 more states are enforcing distracting driving laws as well as developing effective programs and policies to keep all drivers safe while on the road.

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Where does your state stand? While there isn’t a state that has totally banned the use of cell phones, many states have passed laws making it illegal to use hand-held cell phones and text messaging.  

* Talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving is banned in 14 states and the District of Columbia.

* The use of all cellphones by novice drivers is restricted in 37 states and the District of Columbia.

* Text messaging is banned for all drivers in 45 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, new drivers are banned from texting in 3 states — Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

Other ways states are dealing with Distracted Driving…..

Law enforcement officers in almost every state are actively enforcing distracted driving laws. Police are preforming routine traffic patrols that include distracted driving enforcement. In 2013 California Office of Traffic Safety provided grant funding to 80 law enforcement agencies to conduct additional hand-held and texting enforcement operations.

States are using multiple strategies and channels to get the word out to drivers about the risks of distracted driving. You can easily find events happening in your community throughout the year and with a big push in April because it’s distracted driving month.

One huge way to get the word out is by partnering with companies which is what law enforcement and organizations have done. Ford Motor Company Fund’sFord Driving Skills for Life (Ford DSFL) program has created major partnerships and has events and training’s throughout the United States that help all drivers but especially teen drivers.

States are constantly researching and developing effective solutions as the landscape of driving changes. Although most distractions are avoidable, some distractions are impossible to completely prevent – instead they must be managed. Driving requires your full attention. Here are some tips that will help you eliminate distractions so you can focus on the road ahead. Visit distraction.gov to learn more about how you can help in your own state and Nationally.




The Deadly Flaw in the 911 Operating System

Recently we came across an article from USA TODAY regarding the alarming concern in the deadly flaw in the 911 operating system. 911 operators are NOT getting a quick fix on a victim’s location and the average rate is as low as 10% to as high as 95%.  Now 911 operators and emergency room doctors are worried that the problem will worsen because more and more calls are being made on cell phones, in fact 70% of 911 calls are made from a cell phone.

We know the problem, but what is happening to solve this situation. When someone is in trouble they think that calling 911 will bring help quickly, but that isn’t always the case. The FCC is working with major cell phone companies to increase the percentage of calls that 911 can transmit. The goal is to the delivery location increases 40% by 2017 and 80% by 2021.

We want those percentages to increase more rapidly to make sure victims are getting the help they need quickly, unlike in the case of Shanell Anderson. You might be wondering, why 911 operators are having these issues? It seems pretty simple, you have an emergency you call 911 and someone is there to help ASAP. Nope, not the case. You see, if your phone is connected through certain counties. If you have an emergency in another county, the call you make may NOT go to the nearest 911 operator but to the 911 operator in a different district. Because of this, the operator may not be able to get an exact location quickly which causes a delay in getting help.

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If the cell phone had automatically routed to the correct area then the life of Shannell Anderson could’ve been spared as well as so many others. This is where the 911Tracker can help. When you install the 911Tracker T3 GPS device not only helps with car theft but can keep you safe while traveling because of these factors….

  • When the victim calls the T3 and presses # to make the 3-way call to 911, the call goes to the correct 911-Operator.
  • When the 911-Operator connects with the victim the Operator is able to press 3 to have the Tracker voice the GPS location, which the Operator can see on their screen.
  • T3 GPS location received by the 911T-Operator is accurate to within 20-50 feet of the actual location of the vehicle.
  • GPS location sent from the T3 Device and NOT the cellular tower triangulation
  • The 911-Operator automatically sees the phone number of the T3 Tracker on their screen. So if the cellular connection from the 911-Operator should prematurely disconnect, the 911-Operator can call the T3 back directly.
  • The T3 auto-answers so the 911-Operator can continue to press 3 to have the T3 voice the real-time GPS location.

T3 is different because you are in charge. T3 follows the instructions that you text from your phone.  T3 alerts you if your car has an emergency and you call the T3 to connect a 3-way call to the 911-Operator located closest to your car.  You are talking directly to police within seconds of the emergency. Saving valuable time can save you, your family, and your belongings. LoJack® doesn’t do this. OnStar® doesn’t do this.  No other anti-theft system can do this. Learn more about Vehicle Recovery Systems through the 911Tracker website

How Auto Theft Has Changed & What You Can Do About It

At one point hot wiring cars and jimmying door locks were the norm for car theft. In the last 20 years or so anti-theft technology has gotten so high tech that thieves were forced to get more creative.

Almost every car on the market, used and new have a transponder key. The transponder key transmits a radio signal to the car in order to start the ignition. Because of this device, plus alarm systems car theft has declined. Because of these factors car thieves needed to get creative. Thieves are now faking paperwork and give to a dealership or bank. They pretend to be the owner of a car that claim that they lost their keys. The thieves copy or make up a VIN number. Once they gain access to the set of keys they are good to go!

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Individual car owners are not the only ones effected by car theft. Rental car companies have seen an increase in car theft because thieves will make copies of keys when they rent a car. After returning the car they then can easily steal it from the rental lot or elsewhere at a later time.

Seems like a lot of trouble to steal a car right? But, when you are getting paid a hefty fee then it’s worth it in the end. Thieves can resell the stolen vehicles and also export them to foreign countries because they are worth so much more than just reselling in the US.

So, now what? You have a new car with a great factory security system, it should do the trick….maybe not! Because of the changes in car theft it might be a good time to invest a anti-theft device like the T3 GPS Recovery Device.

* Gives you the location of your vehicle allowing you to recover it

* Saves you money because it lowers your car insurance

* If you parked your car for a period of time you will receive notification if your vehicle is moved or if the ignition is turned on. This is perfect for when parking the airport, auto body shop or valet.

* When 911 has been notified your tracker will give the current latitude/longitude, speed and where the vehicle is heading and is detected by E-911. The operator can see a map of where the car is and is often more precise than E-911.

* The 911Tracker has a back up battery so if the thief cuts the wires you are still protected

We spend thousands of dollars on the vehicles we drive, why wouldn’t we want to protect them just as we do our homes?  Tracking devices are highly-effective in protecting against theft and hijacking, and for assisting in the recovery of your stolen vehicle.

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Unlike other anti-theft devices the T3 Devices requires – No activation fee, No contracts or cancellation fees + You may cancel a plan or begin a new plan at any time.  One of the things that 911Tracker prides itself with is that our T3 gives the owner Complete privacy – Your secret PIN gives you complete control and our T3 offers Complete security – Location text goes direct to your phone; No Internet.

You can now purchase the T3 Recovery Device is now on sale at $100 off and until the end of February you have the opportunity to win one of your own, a value of $260.00.

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San Jose Double Car Theft – How it could of been avoided!

If you live around the San Jose area you may have heard about one family’s experience with car theft. The Stewart family not only had one car stolen but two cars stolen within a matter of hours of one another. It all started at the Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose where the wife of Daniel Stewart was being treated for multiple sclerosis.

The first vehicle was stolen out of the hospital parking lot and then the thief went to the Stewart family home and stole their 2nd vehicle right out of their driveway. To make matter worse, Daniel Stewart’s wallet was inside the trunk of the car so not only did the thief steal 2 vehicles, but also a wallet filled with credit cards. Full Story Below…

Wondering how the heck something like this could of happened to one family? You see, Daniel lost his keys which the thief found which made it very easy for him to find the vehicle and steal it.  Sets of keys for both vehicles were on the set of keys that were stolen. To make it even easier for the thief to steal the 2nd car the registration and insurance were found in the car which gave the thief the Stewart’s home address.

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There are many ways car theft can be avoided and things we can do after a car theft occurs that can protect you and your family. One way that Daniel is now doing to protect his vehicles and family is by installing the T3 GPS Recovery Device.

After we heard the story of the Stewart family’s misfortune we offered Daniel one of our T3 Devices to use in the 1 vehicle that was found, still looking for the 2nd vehicle. If the T3 was in the vehicle at the time of the theft Daniel could of easily found out if the car moved from the parking location and also get a GPS location of the vehicle which would make it easier for the police to find the stolen car.

Since Daniel has had the T3 Device in his car he and his family has felt more secure. It’s already come in handy. Because of the T3 GPS capabilities  Daniel was able to check the location of his wife while she was traveling to work. Because of her job at the San Jose courthouse it’s very important for her NOT to be late. That particular day Jennifer was delayed because of traffic and forgot her cell phone at home so she couldn’t call her place of work to notify them of the situation. Daniel was able to see exactly where Jennifer’s car was located and estimated how long it would take her to get to the court house. Daniel was able to call the court house and give them ETA, so the problem was averted.

Daniel and his family are very happy with how the T3 has given them peace of mind and a sense of security that they didn’t have before.

TESTIMONIAL: “The 911Tracker has brought me the ability to know where my vehicle is at any given time. If the vehicle moves for any reason I can get an instant text with immediate latitude and longitude, speed, direction, and peace of mind my loved ones are safe. Also if for some reason my teenager trys to sneak and take the car while I am away I can use the tracker, via text, to shut off the ignition before she even trys to take it…. INVALUABLE!!!” 

Check out how the 911Tracker T3 GPS Recovery Device can help you and your family and see our Winter Specials on our 911Tracker products.






Recovering from Holiday Car Trouble

The last thing you need during the busy holiday travel season is car trouble, but sometimes it doesn’t matter how well we take care of our vehicle we have unforeseen issues. Below is a story of how our 911Tracker T3 Device helped one owner and his family stay calm during traveling when their car wasn’t in the best condition.

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Recovering from Holiday Car Trouble Using the T3 Device

Throughout the holidays we were traveling by car 350 miles to visit family.  During our drive, the car alerted that coolant was low – Yikes!  We stopped at a restaurant and got a couple cups of water for the radiator and called our daughter to let her know of a problem with the car and we may have to stop again to re-fill. She said she would keep track of our location and come get us if necessary. Our car has 911Tracker T3 unit that lets her text the T3 and it texts back to her with GPS location, direction, and speed.

We continued on the drive and had to stop to refill the radiator 2 more times, and arrived at her home about an hour later than expected.  She checked our location every few minutes to be sure we were all right.

The next morning, I took the car to the repair shop. The service manager, Dan, said that it may be just a hose or it may be the radiator. Just to keep track of progress, I sent a text to the T3 to put it in Master Mode. The T3 will send me a movement notification if they take the car on a test drive.

Our car had to be in the repair shop throughout the weekend. By having a T3 Device I was able to track the progress of the repairs which made our holiday weekend less stressful for me and family. Here is timeline of the progress and how I knew that my repairs were on track.  In order to check progress on the car, I sent the T3 a text requesting status.  The T3 has its own backup battery so it keeps working even if the vehicle battery is still disconnected. 

 Monday 9:45AM – The T3 send a text saying Vehicle battery disconnected.  This let me know that the mechanic had removed the battery to make room for the radiator to be removed. The T3 responded with ignition off, alarm not sounding, and the voltage of the backup battery.  So I knew the mechanic had not reconnected the battery yet.

Monday 1:45PM – I checked status and T3 said the battery was reconnected so the mechanic was completing the radiator installation and getting ready to recharge the a/c.

Monday 3:20PM – T3 status said the ignition was on and the engine running, so the mechanic was checking for leaks.

Monday 3:38PM – T3 sent me a Moving notification so I knew the mechanic was taking a test drive.  I double-checked the T3 location just as he pulled back into the shop.  So, my daughter drove me to the shop and Dan called me to tell me the car was ready when we were just two blocks away – perfect timing.

Because of the T3 Device this family was able to track the trip to make sure everyone was OK during the time the car was having difficulty. They were able to check the progress of the repairs and had a good idea of when the vehicle would be done. By having this option the family was able to continue their holiday festivities without the stress of the unknown and could plan family outings without worrying about when the car would be completed.

Now that is the service we are talking about! At 911Tracker we know that EVERY MINUTE COUNTS and time is precious, especially during the holidays. Now that you’ve heard first hand from a T3 owner of how the device saved their holiday don’t you want your own? 911Tracker is running a holiday special with savings of over $100 on a T3 Device. Learn more about the T3 Device and promotion. 

What To Do AFTER A Car Theft

You know how to protect your vehicle from theft, but sometimes that just isn’t enough. The unthinkable happens, because every 44 seconds a car is stolen in the US. It could happen at any point of the day or night, even when you take all those precautions . Having your vehicle stolen can be a very frustrating experience. Here are some tips that will help you deal with this crisis, and hopefully get your vehicle back to you within a short amount of time.

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What To Do AFTER A Car Theft

THINK BEFORE YOU ACT: Is your car actually stolen or just towed, misplaced or even worse repossessed. Before calling 911 just take a moment to consider these other options because the last thing you want to do is involve the police unnecessarily.

CALL 911: So you’ve taken the time to think things through and realize that YES your vehicle has been stolen. The first thing you should do is call 911, and have a police report filed.

KEEP EXTRA INSURANCE CARDS: Most times your VIN number and registration are in the vehicle that has been stolen. Make copies of your registration and insurance cards and have them in your wallet so you have all the information you need when talking to the police.

BE TECH SAVVY: Vehicle manufacturer security systems may not be enough to completely keep your vehicle safe. Once upon a time LoJack was the only non manufacturer security system…..not anymore. Check out how the T3 Recovery Device works effectively.

CONNECT WITH YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY: The police was called and report has been filed, now it’s time to connect with your insurance company. When connecting with your insurance company you are protecting yourself. Yes, that right! Your stolen vehicle could be used to cause harm or damage after the theft. Make sure you give your agent detailed information of all personal items in your vehicle.

CONNECT WITH LENDER:  If your car is leased or financed, you should also call the lender that you used to purchase the vehicle.

According to the NHTSA 40% to 50% of stolen cars are a direct result of owner mistakes. Make sure you are making smart choices at all times which will reduce your chances of car theft.

Has your vehicle been stolen before? What tips can you share to help others in the future? Don’t forget to check out our different types of recovery devices, the T3 and S4 Recovery Devices. These will not only help secure your vehicle but make recovery time less if your vehicle is stolen. EVERY MINUTE MATTERS!

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911SafeTrack Dealer Recovery Device & GIVEAWAY

911Tracker now has —-> 911SafeTrack which features a special DEALER PROGRAM. The S4 Tracker is now available to New and After-market Auto Dealers, Rental Car Agencies, Collector Car Builders, Auto Parts Dealers, and Stereo & Security System Dealers.

Our mission continues to be a company that provides a rapid, affordable, and superior safety/security access to public safety by developing systems that will save lives and protect property worldwide.

The S4 allows vehicle owners to be in control of their vehicle at all times —

  • Permits the owner to check vehicle location, speed, and direction using a simple text message.
  • If a theft is occurring, the S4 notifies the owner and lets the owner easily connect with the 911-Operator closest to the vehicle using the patented 3-way call to provide immediate information and real-time GPS location. LoJack® doesn’t do this. OnStar® doesn’t do this.
  • The S4 lets the owner send a secure text to enable/disable the vehicle starter.
  • The owner can assess the situation by viewing the vehicle speed, direction, and location on their smartphone using Google Map™.
  • S4 can let the vehicle owner unlock the door in cases where the keys are locked in the vehicle.
  • Communication with the vehicle is protected by a user selected 5-digit PIN thereby ensuring the vehicle owner’s privacy.
  • No specialized police registration or police vehicle equipment is needed for the S4 to function properly.

Car dealers can pre-load the S4 to protect against vehicle theft from the lot and can obtain insurance discounts. Dealers use the S4 as a selling advantage when closing the deal on a vehicle sale.

Rental car agencies use the S4 to monitor when cars are checked in and out, can unlock the car if the renter left keys inside, and provide quicker response for roadside emergencies. The S4 lets the agency recover vehicles when they are not returned on time or to recover vehicles if a person using a stolen credit card rents the vehicle. When it is time to sell a vehicle, agencies use the S4 as a selling advantage.

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911SafeTrack Dealer Recovery Device & GIVEAWAY

To help us celebrate being at the SEMA Show and the launch of our new S4 Recovery Device, we’ve come up with one heck of a giveaway! Enter to win an S4 Recovery Device.

On November 15th we will draw 2 winners from the entries submitted. The giveaway will include an S4 Device plus a 3-month subscription plan worth over $300.

Ways to Keep Employees Safe While Driving

911Tracker Driving Safety Week LogoAs Americans we spend 41% of our time annually commuting to and from the workplace. Driving is one of the riskiest things you can do on a daily basis. A crash occurs every 5 seconds, which is one of the reasons that crashes are the leading cause of occupational deaths in the US.  Now that we know some of the facts, what can to keep ourselves and employees safe while driving on the job or commuting to and from work?

October 6-10th is Drive Safety Work Week. The goal is to educate employees and employers of the risks and how we can prevent crashes in the future.

SAFE DRIVING PROGRAMS – Employers can provide a safe driving program that would work to keep the driver and those sharing the road safe.

WRITTEN POLICIES & PROCEDURES – When a employer offers written policies and procedures to their employees they are emphasizing the commitment to their employees by helping reduce traffic related deaths.

DRIVER AGREEMENTS – Have employees sign driver agreements when they are either driving company cars or driving their own vehicle for work purposes. By the employee signing the agreement they are acknowledging awareness and understanding of the safety policies of the company they work for.

DRIVER SCREENINGS – Checking driving records before hiring a individual and while they are employed with a company can give employers peace of mine that they are hiring responsible people.


Business owners that have company vehicles need to be extra careful because of liability risk. One way to limit those risks is by installing a vehicle tracking device. As an employer you can monitor drivers to see if they are actually using vehicles for authorized projects and driving safe while on the road. Check out the T3 Recovery and GPS Device, perfect for individuals and businesses.

How are you keeping your employees safe while on the road? To learn more about how you can stay safe while on the road while commuting or driving while on the job head to Trafficsafety.org