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10 Car Care Tips for Fall

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October is Fall Car Care Month. Why not take a little time to make sure your vehicle is ready for the harsh winter weather ahead? Taking a few simple steps now can save you the headaches and cost of an emergency breakdown later. Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional, these proactive steps will make sure your car is ready for winter driving.

10 Car Care Tips for Fall 

CHANGE WIPER BLADES –  You use your wipers more in the fall and winter and take a lot more abuse from road grime. Don’t forget to buy a third blade if you own a hatchback, station wagon or SUV, with a wiper for the rear window.

CHECK YOUR SPARE TIRE –  Make sure your spare tire in properly inflated so you don’t run into problems if you get a flat tire while traveling.

WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID – Replace the washer fluid with one that is suited for cold weather.

CHECK ANTIFREEZE – Make sure that you use the correct fluid because green and orange antifreeze cannot be mixed.

REPLACE ENGINE AIR FILTERS – These need to be replaces twice a year. When the air filter reaches the point where it causes enough of a pressure drop to restrict airflow, the car’s fuel economy, performance and emissions begin to deteriorate.

CHECK BATTERY – Many problems occur when your battery is loose or corroded. Use a simple brush to clean cable connectors.

CHECK CAR LIGHTS – Make sure all lights are working because the days are getting shorter and you will be traveling in darker situations more than other times of the year and you want everything to be working correctly.

MAINTAIN HEATER AND DEFROSTER – The heater and defroster must be in good working condition for comfort and driver visibility.

MAINTAIN FUEL – Put a bottle of fuel de-icer in your tank once a month to help keep moisture from freezing in the fuel line.

EXHAUST LEAKS – It’s important to have your exhaust system examined a few times a year. If your exhaust system is leaking it could be deadly.

What are some of your favorite ways to keep your vehicle running smoothly during the colder months? Check out our Spring  and Summer Car Care Tips.

 

 

 

 

Back to School $50 Amazon Card Giveaway

back to school amazon gift card giveawayAt 911Tracker it is our goal to not only keep cars and families safe, but to be a online resource. Our website shares our car and safety tips to help individuals, families and new drivers. As Back to School arrives want to focus on child safety – of all ages.  The roads are more congested with school buses, kids walking to school, crossing streets without looking, and teen drivers headed to school on their own. This can be scary for any parent. Got a teen in high school or college driver? Here are some tips that will help your teen and others stay safe while on the road. 

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Back to School Tips for Teen Drivers 

5 Safest Cars for Teen Drivers 

10 Tips for Parents with Teen Drivers 

In honor of Back to School 911Tracker would like to offer 2 lucky community members a opportunity to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card.
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Back to School Driving Tips for Teens

VTS_01_1It’s that time of year – SCHOOL STARTS! The roads are more congested with school buses, kids walking to school and crossing streets without looking, and new teen drivers headed to school on their own. If you have a teen driving to school or has a car at college these tips that will keep you and others safe.

GET ENOUGH SLEEP –  Your teen needs at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. When a teen doesn’t get enough sleep and hitting the road as early as 6:30 am for school and then heading to after school activities which means not getting home to sometimes later in the evening.  This results in drowsy driving, and it can be just as risky as driving drunk. Make sure your teen takes a break, eat high energy foods to help stay alert or if things get really bad call a parent to come and pick them up.

SCHOOL BUSES – Teens needs to be aware that it’s illegal in the US to pass a school bus that is stopped loading and unloading children. Teens need to be more cautious when driving through areas where children are waiting for buses, because of kids darting in and out of the road.

SPEED LIMIT – School zones have different speed limits during different times of the day. Check posted limits and flashing signs to avoid getting a ticket.

DISTRACTED DRIVING – Avoid cell phones, playing with the radio, eating, putting on makeup or talking with friends while driving, all of these things will decrease your ability to pay attention to the road. A distracted driver cannot be a good driver.

CHANGES IN WEATHER – Fall brings changing falling leaves and wet roads which makes the roads slippery. Allow for greater stopping distance when driving on wet leaves or road.

PARKING – Make sure your teen leaves for school with plenty of time left to find a parking space. The student lots are always a zoo which can lead to many fender benders because of being in a rush to get to class and not paying attention to others around you. A good rule of thumb – get to school a little early and leave a little late to avoid the rush.

DRIVE A SAFE CAR – One of the best ways to keep your teen safe is by making sure they are driving a safe car. When buying a vehicle for your new teen driver, make sure it has good safety ratings and is reliability.

Keeping Families Safe

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.

GIVEAWAY ALERT – In honor of Back to School 911Tracker would like to offer 2 lucky community members a opportunity to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card. ENTER HERE

911Tracker Kickstarter Campaign and GIVEAWAY

VTS_01_1Car owners shouldn’t underestimate the value and benefit of vehicle anti-theft devices. Car security systems are a deterrent for criminals and lower the risk of theft. If you think the build in car security system will work as a deterrent then you might be disappointed. Car alarms do not draw the attention the way they used to. Most of the time we find it more annoying than anything else. Nearly half of the vehicles (with the normal car alarm) stolen are never recovered, and those recovered are almost always damaged or completely destroyed.  We believe that…..EVERY MINUTE COUNTS! This is the reason that purchasing a car tracking device like the 911Tracker benefits car owners by giving them peace of mind that their car is really secure.

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At 911Tracker we are continually looking for new ways to share the benefits of the T3 Device. We have teamed up with Kickstarter to help us gain more exposure so that we can continue to produce the T3 Device, expand marketing and distribution channels and develop new Tracker products that will provide safety and security to owners and their families.

T3 is different because you are in charge!

* T3 follows instructions that you text from your phone.

* T3 alerts you if your car has an emergency

* You call the T3 to connect a 3-way call to the 911-Operator located close to your car.

* You talk directly to police within seconds of the emergency – saving you time and money

* LoJack® doesn’t do this. OnStar® doesn’t do this. No other anti-theft system can do this.

Keeping Families Safe

During the Kickstarter campaign we will offer many rewards to our backers, even if you donate just $5. To make things more exciting we are doing a GIVEAWAY for those that want to help us promote our kickstarter campaign. All you need to do is share a Facebook, Google+ or Twitter post with your own communities, tagging 911Tracker, using the Kickstarter URL http://bit.ly/911KSC and use the hashtag #911Kickstarter.

At random we will choose a winner to receive their very own T3 Device which will include a 3 month subscription plan. The giveaway is valued at $260. Below we have given you some sample posts to make it even easier for you to enter. You can also earn bonus entries by following 911Tracker on Facebook and Twitter through the Rafflecopper giveaway link.

Facebook/Google+ —- Join @911Tracker in the fight to keep vehicles and owners safe while on the road and home. The T3 device allows parents to check on their teen driver, connects directly to a local 911- Operator and it allows you to use phone to remotely disable the vehicle starter, which prevents the thief from restarting the car when the thief turns off your vehicle. http://bit.ly/911KSC #911Kickstarter #teendrivers

Twitter —- Join @911Tracker in keeping cars & owners safe while on the road & home http://bit.ly/911KSC #911Kickstarter

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We are looking for talented Tech Bloggers and Websites to help us promote the 911Tracker Device and our Kickstarter Campaign. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity please fill out this Google Form. 

Thank You for support 911Tracker so that we can continue to keep families and their vehicles safe.

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Hot Spots for Car Theft

Vehicle TheftIf you live in California you are at higher risk of getting your vehicle stolen. This is because 9 out of 10 hot spots for car theft happen in the state of California. The reason for this is because of international boarders and dense populated areas where vehicles are presented as opportunities for thieves.

Current Rankings from Mercury News

1. Bakersfield, CA

2. Fresno, CA

3. Modesto, CA

4. San Francisco/Oakland/Hayward, CA

5. Stockton-Lodi, CA

6. Redding, CA

7. Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

8. Valleio-Fairfield, CA

9. San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, CA

10. Yuba City, CA

Auto Theft

Vehicles that are more apt to be stolen are classic cars. Classic cars are targeted because they are easy to sell overseas. People would pop them in containers and ship them overseas and a lot of them were a “for order situation”.  Classic cars are worth much more than the average new vehicle and most times the classic car is one of a kind.

You never think it will happen to you. You lock your car and you feel protected because you may have a built in alarm system that makes a nasty sound when someone tries to break in. There is something you need to remember……it can happen to you and it has happened to over 700,000 Americans.

Summer has the highest rate of stolen vehicles throughout the year. Most cars were stolen on the weekend. We don’t want you to be next so check out these 8 tips to protect your vehicle from theft.

Have you used any of these tips? If so, tell us how they have helped you protect your vehicle.

 

 

National Safety Month Tips

National Safety Month LogoJune is National Safety Month. Injuries are the leading cause of disability for people of all ages and the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1-44. Did you know that every 4 minutes someone dies in the US from an unintentional injury, that is 120,000 people every year.

The top 3 causes of unintentional injury in the US are poisoning, motor vehicle crashes and falls. In 2012 motor vehicle crashes resulted in 36,300 deaths with 26% of all crashes were caused while using a cell phone. So many of these injuries and deaths can be prevented when people practice safe behavior. Here are things that you can personally do to protect yourself and others while on the road.

NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH TIPS 

 KNOW THE RULES OF THE ROAD:  Make sure you are fully aware of the driving rules of the place you are driving in. Especially if you are traveling to different states where the rules could change. About 30% of all road accidents occur because people don’t know and don’t follow the rules of the road.

BE CAREFUL:  Drivers need to be careful of what they are doing and others as well. There are many people on the road that shouldn’t be, and that means we need to be fully aware of everything and everyone on the road.

BE MINDFUL OF OTHERS: While driving we can become distracted by many things; cell phone, children, eating that can cause us not to pay as much attention to the road. We need to be mindful of other drivers as well as individuals on bikes, joggers or people just walking on the side of the road.

BE PATIENT: There is a lot or road rage going on these days because lets face it, everyone is in a hurry and no one has patience’s. Many people have lost their lives on the road due to impatient drivers. Stay calm and remember your destination will be there even if you are 10 minutes late. Out of 100% of accidents 20 of them occur because someone is not doing the right thing at the right time.

INSPECT YOUR VEHICLE: Before you travel make sure your vehicle is in good and working order. So many accidents occur because of a faulty car. Sometimes the simplest issue could cause a major accident. Spent that extra time beforehand to have your vehicle looked at by a certified mechanic before traveling long distances.

On the 911Tracker Blog our goal is to keep families safe. We thought it would be helpful to give you a recap of our safety posts so you have useful information all in one place.

* Safety for Small Business Owners 

* Tips for preventing Distracted Driving 

* Preventing Classic Car Theft 

* Spring Car Care Tips

* Tips for Parents with Teen Drivers 

* Mistakes NOT to make AFTER an Accident 

* Preventing Your Vehicle From Theft

* Tips on Driving in the Snow 

To get the latest information on ways to keep your family save on and off the road subscribe to 911Tracker and also head over to the National Safety Council.

Benefits of a GPS Tracking Device for Small Business Vehicles

GPS Tracking Small Business LogoChances are if you are a small business owner you are focused on everyday issues that you haven’t given much thought of protecting your company vehicles from theft, until one of those vehicles are stolen. When something like that happens the police often has little to offer other than taking your information and hope something comes up.

If you have a GPS theft recovery system for your small business vehicles then you can protect your investment and then have a REAL chance to recover your vehicle. Here are some main reasons why small business owners with company vehicles need to carefully consider a GPS theft recovery system.

Faster Recovery Time – Without a GPS tracking system the chance of finding a stolen vehicle is very slim and if you did finally recover it, there could be damage which would cost your business greatly. With a tracking system like the 911Tracker you would get a text as soon as your vehicle was moved and then you can connect with the authorities to give them the exact location of your vehicle so it can recovered within a short period of time.

Protects Equipment – When a personal vehicle is stolen chances are you don’t have many other valuables in the car. With a small business vehicle you could have thousands of dollars worth of tools and equipment that could be stolen too. Therefore you are not just losing a vehicle but important materials that you need to run your business.

Monitor Drivers – When you install a vehicle tracking device you can track your company vehicles to make sure your employees are using the vehicles for authorized projects, prevent employees from logging overtime for work that they didn’t do, stop employees from taking long lunch breaks, log activity when employees leave a job early.

Reduce Insurance Costs – Many insurance companies give discounts up to 35% for companies that have their company vehicles equipped with a GPS tracking device.

A vehicle is stolen every 33 seconds, don’t let your company vehicle be next. What have you don’t already to make sure your equipment and vehicle are safe at all times?

***** The 911Tracker can save your company money and gives you peace of mind that your vehicle and company equipment is safe at all times. Learn more HERE

Road Trips – Essentials When Traveling with Kids

Road Trips with KidsAs the school year draws to a close we begin to think about summer vacations. At least once throughout the summer families take some sort of road trip. Whether you are traveling just for a few hours or days, there are things you will want to have in your vehicle when traveling with children.

 

Road Trips – Essentials When Traveling with Kids

Bathroom Supplies – You never know when one of your kids (or yourself) will need to go to the bathroom. You could be on the road with no bathroom in site for miles. Make sure you have a few rolls of toilet paper, paper towel, wipes on hand in case you need to stop on the side of the road. These items also will work out well to clean the kiddos up after eating or if they get sick in the car.

Travel Games – Having some compact travel games on hand that the kids can do themselves is key to a more peaceful ride. They are also easy to store in the pocket behind the seat so the kids can grab a game when they want to.

Healthy Foods – Having foods on hand is a great way to save money and time while traveling. Pack a cooler with your favorite healthy snacks and drinks. You can even pack a lunchbox for each child with their food options, this will limit auguring among the siblings.

Electronics – Nothing entertains children more than movies or a tablet where they can play games or read books. If you don’t have a built in DVD unit in your vehicle you can get a Dual DVD player for under $200 which work very well. You can also limit the time they are on these devices so they can time to do other things.

Books – Purchase some books that the kids can read during the road trip. If you are heading to a new state or town that you have never been before try to find books that are age appropriate so they can learn more about their vacation spot.

Safety Kits – You never know what mishaps will happen during a road tip, plus you want to stay safe when you get to our destination. This Travel-Tot Kit gives you all the necessary equipment for you to childproof hotel rooms or even grandma’s house. The kit includes; finger pinch guard, electrical outlet plug covers, foam corner guards, door knob cover, cord wind-up, sliding door lock, cabinet lock, multi-purpose straps, water thermometer, bandages, forehead thermometer, and “shhh, Travel-Tot sleeping” door hanger.

We hope these tips help make your road trips less stressful. What are some of your favorite road trip tips when traveling with kids?

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Ways to Make Your Car More Eco-Friendly

Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Forest, VirginiaIn honor of Earth Day we are sharing with you ways to make your car more eco-friendly. Not all of us can afford a new hybrid or all electric vehicle, but want to make our gas powered vehicles a bit more eco-friendly.

There are plenty of ways to get more miles per gallon out of your conventional vehicle, thus reducing carbon emissions without the cost or commitment of a new vehicle. The bonus benefit is that many of these tweaks will save you lots of money while costing you very little, relative to the price of a new green car.

Ways to Make Your Vehicle More Eco-Friendly

Reduce Air Conditioning – It may feel great, but riding around with the air conditioning cranked up increases fuel cost from 13% up to 21%. If it’s cool enough, use the flow-through ventilation instead of rolling down the windows or using the AC.

Reduce Car Weight – Got a roof rack? Take it off unless you need it because you can improve your fuel economy by 5%. Also, avoid your car as storage, because 100 pounds of gear in the rear of the vehicle can increase fuel consumption by 2%.

Get A Tune Up – You can boost your mileage by 4% when getting your car a tune up.

Purchase Low-Rolling Resistance Tires – Waste less energy and have the potential to save 100 gallons of gas when compared to other tires. If you aren’t in the market for new tires, keep your current tires properly inflated. Running on under-inflated tires can reduce your fuel consumption by 3%.

Change Motor Oil – Switch to synthetic motor oil and it will help your vehicle run more efficiently under extreme conditions, and it can last up to three times longer than pure petroleum based oil. This can save you 15-24 quarts of oil per year.

Choose the Right Type of Gasoline – Iyou’ve been paying extra for high grade stuff, chances are you’re wasting money without any increased performance. With today’s technology vehicles can run just as well on regular gas without damaging your vehicle and it will save you lots of money yearly.  

For more car care and safety tips head over to our blog main page.

 

 

 

Tips to Prevent Distracted Driving

distracted driving logoThroughout the month of April we have been giving tips on the risks of distracted driving and what you can do as a responsible driver to decrease your changes of getting in a accident because of being distracted.

 

 

Did you know that 100 people everyday die in car crashes because of distracted driving? There are so many risks when driving distracted. Here are some facts.
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Distractions take a motorist’s attention off driving, which can make a driver miss critical events, objects, and cues or abandon control of a vehicle, all potentially leading to a crash. Distracted drivers put not only themselves at risk, but everyone else using the road.

5 tips to Prevent Distracted Driving

Put aside electronic distractions – Don’t use cell phones while driving – handheld or hands-free – except in absolute emergencies. Never use text messaging, email functions, video games or the internet with a wireless device.

Eat Smart – If possible, eat meals or snacks before or after your trip, not while driving. On the road, avoid messy foods that can be difficult to manage.

Enlist a Co-Pilot –  When driving with others, enlist their help with directions, handling the kids or pets so you can focus on driving.

Secure Children and Pets – Before hitting the road make sure children and pets are secure in car seats and have everything they need.  By reaching into the backseat it could cause you to lose control of the vehicle and get into an accident.

Make Car Adjustments Beforehand – Before leaving your driveway make sure your GPS, seats, mirrors, climate controls and sound systems are set before hitting the road.

Although most distractions are avoidable, some distractions are impossible to completely prevent – instead they must be managed. Driving requires your full attention. Take charge by using these tips that will help you eliminate distractions so you can focus on the road ahead.