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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

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.

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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.

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.

 

 

10 SPRING CAR CARE TIPS

Retro grunge poster. CarApril is National Car Care Month, the time of year to focus on taking better care of your vehicle after this awful winter we had. Most individuals cannot afford a new vehicle every few years so keeping our vehicle reliable becomes  very important. Keeping our vehicles up to date takes time, patience and money but far less than a new car. By keeping good care of your vehicle can add years of reliable life to your vehicle. Here are 10 easy things you can do this spring to help you maintain the vehicle to keep it running well for years to come.

10 SPRING CAR CARE TIPS

Check Fluids:  including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.

Check Hoses and Belts:  Make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.

Check Battery: Replace if necessary and look for a clean connection and free of corrosion.

Check Brakes:  Annually and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.

Inspect Exhaust System: Make sure there are no  leaks, damage and broken supports. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be corrected without delay.

Check Heating and Air Conditioning: Sweating makes for a miserable drive during those summer months.

Inspect Steering and Suspension System: Check shocks, struts and chassis parts such as ball joints, tie rod ends.

Check Tires: Make sure tire pressure, tread are good and free of bulges and bald spots. Bad tires increases your chances of having flat tires and even blow outs on highways which are very dangerous.

Check Wipers: Replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during rainy periods.

Check Lighting: You want to be seen during foggy and night drives. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly

Whether you visit a professional service technician or do it yourself, a thorough vehicle inspection this spring can help keep your car safe and dependable and help you avoid much higher costs down the road in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value.

 

5 Safest Vehicles for Teen Drivers

????????????????When buying a vehicle for your new teen driver, safety and reliability are most important for parents.  While some teens may want a vehicle that drives fast, rides low or has those florescent lights underneath, most parents have a more practical priority. When shopping for a car look for vehicles with advanced safety features.

 

SAFETY FEATURES

*Electronic Stability Control *

*Has Curtain Airbags

*Good Crash-Test Results

*Gets at least 20 miles per gallon in city & highway driving.

* Choose a 4V engine because it has limited acceleration capabilities which makes it less likely that your teen will push the vehicle to extralegal speeds.

What NOT to get….

Pickups and SUVs – They have a high center of gravity which makes them more prone to roll over.

Sports Cars – They beg to be driven too fast and have a higher rate of accidents than other cars.

5 Safest Vehicles for Teen Drivers

Toyota Corolla – One of the safest cars on the market and a doable price point whether you buy new or used. You can purchase a four speed, five or six speed automatic transmission which will improve on fuel.

Honda Civic- Is a nice looking vehicle and is very popular with teens. The Civic has good fuel economy; wide variety of engines and transmissions; comfortable and well-built interior.

Ford Focus – This modernized vehicle is safe but yet stylish. It’s well made and safe which could include the MyKey system. It provides a healthy amount of technology for those teen drivers. Some of the unique features include automatic headlamps and sync voice-activated cellphone and audio controls which will help your teen keep their eyes on the road.

Volkswagon Golf – This safe choice is one of the most fun to drive for a teen, because of the shiftable automatic transmission. Parents can also breathe a sigh of relieve by knowing it has 6 airbags that will keep your child safe in case of an accident.

Hyundai Sonata – This vehicle is larger than the others but since it provides a little extra bulk it may help keep your teen safer in a crash, and best of all….It’s also very affordable.

As a parent you may never be totally at ease when your teen is on the road. Just knowing that your teen is in a safe vehicle and follows these driving safety tips will give you peace of mind.

Another way to keep an extra eye on your teen while they are driving is to have a vehicle tracker installed in your vehicle. By doing this you can view exactly where your car is and how fast the car is traveling. This will give you extra security that your child is safe.