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Road Trip Resolutions

Did you make a new year’s resolution to take more road trips this year? Whether you are looking for warmer weather, scenic views, amusement parks or wildlife discovery, here are three to start with now:

The Big Bend: Named after a large bend in the Rio Grande River, this park is located in west Texas and borders Mexico, covering over 800,000acres. Winter is a good time to set up camp if you are not a fan of the brutally high temps that come with summer. The weather varies in winter though, while it can be mild, subfreezing temperatures can also occur – so be prepared! While you’re there take the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, the most interesting of the paved sightseeing routes in Big Bend National Park, “giving the greatest variety of habitats, geology and a variety of interesting short walks and interpretive pull overs,” according to visitbigbend.com Plan here: https://visitbigbend.com/category/bb-national-park/

The Florida Keys: Want to get away from the arctic chill? Just keep driving south onto the Overseas Highway. The trip should take close to four hours from Miami to Key West. Take in the beautiful views as you cross over the Seven Mile Bridge that connects the Middle Keys and Lower Keys, and if you want to get out of the car for a bit, take a walk along the Old Seven Mile Bridge, where there is plenty of wildlife to spot.  When you get to your destination, learn to sail, snorkel, and try some key lime pie. And if you’re a cat lover, you’ll want to visit the Hemingway House of Cats.  For ideas on where to stop along the way, visit: https://travel.usnews.com/features/the-ultimate-florida-keys-road-trip

Southern California: Want to make everyone happy on your road trip? This one is loaded with everything from amusement parks to discovering the desert, to national parks, so everyone will be able to check something off their list. Create your detailed itinerary using suggestions found here: www.visitcalifornia.com/trip/ultimate-southern-california

For some road trip tips check out http://911tracker-blog.com/road-trip-tips/.

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

Winter Car Essentials


It’s cold out there! Taking a road trip this winter? Road conditions are more hazardous this time of year. It’s important to be prepared if a snowstorm hits, ice forms on your windshield, or your car breaks down. Here are some suggested essentials to keep in your car during the winter season:

-Cell phone and portable cell phone charger (so you’ll have enough juice to call for help)
-Water and non-perishable snacks (these are always good to have on hand)
-Blankets & hand warmers (to stay warm if you break down)
-Flashlight and extra batteries (if you break down in the dark)
-Windshield scraper (clear windows are a must while driving)
-Shovel (in case you have to dig out your car)
-Jumper cables (a must to revive a drained battery)
-First aid kit (this is good to keep in the car year-round to treat someone who is hurt)
-Tool kit (a small one doesn’t take up much space and is useful in fixing minor problems)
-Salt or sand (to help tires get traction)
-A T3 Vehicle Security System (Did you know you can set emergency contacts to receive T3 notifications?)

Stay safe and warm out there!

Car Theft on the Rise – Learn How to Protect Your Vehicle From Being Stolen

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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. We don’t want you to be next. Here are some tips to keep you and your vehicle safe.

“Anywhere that you’ll be parked for a long time – churches, sports venues, concerts, etc. – are targets for car thieves,” continued Golling. “That applies to the theft of the car itself and items in the car. Remove everything from your car when you’re at those kinds of places.”

Below are some best practices from Todd Golling to make your car less of a target.

  • If you don’t want it stolen, don’t leave it in your car. Simple as that. A visible iPod or GPS is a temptation for “smash and grab.”
  • is particularly important when traveling. Remove everything from your car at a hotel. Thieves patrol hotel parking lots and look for things like out of state plates, or suction-cup marks on the windshield to indicate a GPS device might be in the car.
  • It sounds simple, but make sure you lock your car. Even if you’re only leaving it unattended for a minute.
  • If you go on a shopping trip, keep a blanket in your car to cover the items you buy. Thieves are less likely to take the risk of breaking into your car if they don’t know what they’re getting.
  • Don’t keep spare keys to your car or house anywhere in your car.
  • Don’t leave anything with your address on it i.e. mail, registration, insurance card.
  • Locking gas caps, wheel-locking nuts, and engine immobilizers are a great way to tell the thief “It’s not going to be easy!”

Now that you have these tools you can now keep your vehicle safe at any point of the year. If you car does happen to get stolen remember that your vehicle can be recovered. Roughly 46% of all stolen cars are recovered, but may be damaged or have belongings removed.

 

Top 5 states for vehicle recovery

Washington – 71%

Utah – 63%

South Dakota – 61%

Nevada – 61%

California – 60%

The lowest five states for vehicle recovery  

Michigan – 19%

Pennsylvania – 26%

— Arkansas – 28%

— Alabama – 28%

— Mississippi – 29%

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