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Plan a National Park Road Trip this Fall

Thinking about taking a road trip to visit a national park this fall?  It’s a great time of the year to go, with temperatures beginning to drop, crowds starting to thin, and all of the beautiful  changing colors. Here are three parks to keep in mind:

Sequoia National Park, CA.   While you may not be able to take your eyes off the giant trees, you’ll also want to  walk up the 400 steps to reach the top of Moro Rock for spectacular views;  visit General Sherman, believed to be the world’s tallest tree;  take a tour of Crystal Cave; and explore one of the park’s many trails. For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/seki/index.htm

Yellowstone National Park, ID, MT, WY.  You can’t visit without a trip to Old Faithful, known to erupt about every hour and a half;  the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone  is a favorite hiking spot; the Grand Prismatic Spring at Geyser Basin is the largest hot spring in the U.S., Gibbon Falls is wondrous, and the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is a great place to learn about wildlife.  For more information visit https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm

Acadia National Park, ME.   It may not be beach weather, but you’ll want to visit Sand Beach known for its beautiful views and shell fragments; Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on the North Atlantic Sea Board; and Schoodic Peninsula is the only section of the park that is located on the mainland of Maine. For more information visit: https://www.nps.gov/acad/index.htm

TECH TIP: If your vehicle has an emergency or a crash, the driver can turn off the key and sound the horn for at least 8 seconds and T3 will send a vehicle alarm to the owner (and authorized emergency contacts). This assumes you had the yellow wire connected to the vehicle horn during the installation and that your horn does sound with the key off.

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.

Benefits of a 911Tracker T3 on a road trip

Are you ready for your road trips this summer? If T3 is already installed in your vehicle then the answer is yes! If not, here are some reasons to consider installing T3.

The T3 security system allows you to be in charge of your vehicle 24/7. T3 follows the instructions you text from your phone.  T3 alerts you immediately if your car has an emergency or unauthorized movement. Not to mention, you can call T3 to connect a 3-way call to the 911 center located closest to your vehicle. Still not convinced? Here are some other reasons to consider installing T3 this summer:

  • You can check the location of your vehicle anytime by sending a text message to the T3
  • The T3 responds with a text showing GPS speed, direction, and location on Google Maps™
  • T3 also has starter disable/enable and the ability to unlock the car door that you control with secure text messages
  • No activation fee
  • No contracts or cancellation fees
  • 911Tracker 30 Day Risk Free Guarantee
  • Complete security – Your secret PIN gives you complete control
  • Complete privacy – Location text goes directly to your phone and is never stored or sent using the Internet

Are You Prepared For An Emergency?

If you were to break down on the side of the road, would you be prepared? If you have a T3 Tracker you can send your coordinates to family or a friend so that they can easily send help. But what about while you’re waiting for help to arrive? Do you have supplies to keep yourself safe?

We recommend keeping the following items in your car in case of emergency.

-First Aid Kit

-Flashlight with batteries

-Quart of oil

-Rag

-Water

-Protein Bars

-Duct Tape

-Jumper Cables

-Blanket

-Matches

Emergency preparedness kits come in all shapes and sizes. You can always add more, but we wouldn’t recommend starting with anything less than the items listed above.

Some other items you may want to consider adding are:

-Flares

-Hand Warmers

-Sunscreen

-Phone Charger

-Basic Tools

-Change of clothes

-Poncho

-Gloves

Is there anything we haven’t mentioned that you think should be included in an emergency kit?

TECH TIP: The T3 owner can add, change, or delete the phone numbers for their authorized emergency contacts at anytime.

 

Car Show Etiquette

Summer is one of the best times to head out to car shows, but if you’ve never taken your classic car to a show before, you’ll want to make sure you’re up to date on car show etiquette before you do. Depending on the type of show, on top of etiquette, there are some other things you may need to know. National shows are huge- most will require you to register your vehicle, and some will charge a fee. For many smaller regional or local shows you can just show up and park without registering or paying a fee, but it is always best to get all of the information ahead of time so you can be prepared.

Once you have all of the information you need and are registered (if it’s required), you’ll want to display proper etiquette. Here are some tips for maximizing your car show experience.

-Show up on time- When you’re heading out to a car show, especially a large one, you want to make sure you’re on time. Running late will result in a lot of frustration, for you, and the organizers, and will most likely land you in a poor location.

-Take one spot- We know you are proud of your vehicle and want to show it off, but it is important to take one spot and not spill over into other people’s areas.

-Don’t leave until the show is over- Leaving early not only looks bad, but it is also dangerous to spectators. If you absolutely have to leave early, make sure to speak to a staff member about your situation when you arrive so that they can position you nearest an exit.

-Be kind to the staff- Most car shows are staffed by volunteers. Things can get hectic and the staff may not know the answers to all of your questions- be courteous and if you need more help, ask for the show director.  

-Stay calm- It can be hard not to get upset when someone touches your car after you’ve spent hours waxing and polishing it to make it look perfect. Not all spectators understand this, so politely let them know that your car means a lot to you and you would rather them just look.

-Be respectful- Everyone has different tastes and budgets, so if the vehicle next to you doesn’t have perfect paint or the style isn’t for you, keep it to yourself. It’s best to offer constructive criticism and sound advice, rather than to insult someone’s hard work.

-No racing- Racing in the areas surrounding the car show before, during, or after it, brings you, and the show, the wrong kind of attention. It’s a quick way to get a ticket, or even get kicked out.

-Keep in mind that you are a guest of the car show and what you do at the venue ultimately reflects the shows coordinators. Relax, be patient, be respectful, and have fun!

Also, if you are traveling to a show and need to stay in a hotel for the weekend, you’ll want to make sure your car is protected.  By installing a T3 Tracker on your vehicle, you’ll know within seconds of a theft and can easily connect to a 911 operator closest to the car. It is especially perfect for cars without security systems.

Now that you know general car show etiquette and how to keep your vehicle safe, it’s time to find some shows in your area. We’ve always liked the Good Guys shows which happen all over the country. Check out their website to find the one closest to you.

TECH TIP: The T3 Owner can change their secret PIN anytime they wish. T3 will only act on commands that have the owners secret 5-digit PIN.

Tips For Staying Cool On Your Motorcycle

As temperatures climb, riding your motorcycle become uncomfortable and in some cases, even unsafe. It is important to find ways to keep cool on the road when the sun is beating down. Here are some tips for staying cool during the hot months.

Stay hydrated! Drinking enough water is always important, but when you’re riding your motorcycle, the hot air constantly blowing on you will dehydrate you quickly. Keep a water bottle with you while you’re on the road and stop at least once an hour to refill it and hydrate. A camelback is also a good idea- you can fill it with half water and half ice to keep you cool for long rides. And keep in mind, when it comes to hydration, water is the best option. Caffeine, sugary drinks, and alcohol will not hydrate you.

Keep yourself covered. It may sound strange to wear more clothing when it is hot out, but when your skin is exposed to hot moving air, it increases your body temperature and how much you sweat. Wear breathable, ventilated, loose gear with moisture wicking material to keep you cool. If you are riding in extreme conditions, dampen your clothing for some relief. You could also wear a wet bandana around your neck or sport a cooling vest to keep your core cool.

Protect your motorcycle. Another way to stay cool while riding in the heat is to keep the sun from heating up your bike. Placing a piece of sheepskin, wool side out, on the seat will help. Also, place a white towel on the seat when you’re not riding. It is also a good idea to cover black gasoline tanks with a towel as well.

Avoid high heat. During the hot Summer months, it is usually hottest between noon and 5:00pm. If you can, try to avoid riding during these hours.

Staying cool in the heat is a serious matter. Overheating is dangerous and potentially deadly. As you are riding you may dismiss or not even notice some of the early warning signs of dehydration, like headaches, cramping, or slight dizziness. Make sure to stop frequently and allow yourself to cool down and rehydrate.

TECH TIP: T3 will automatically notify the owner if the vehicle battery is getting low.

 

Family Road Trip Tips

Family Road Trip Tips

Summer is a great time to hit the road with your family to see some new sights, visit loved ones, or just get away for a bit. Traveling with little ones can be difficult, so here are some tips for easing stress and making it more enjoyable.

  1. Packing for a trip is a massive undertaking, especially when the whole family is going. To make it easier, make packing lists for each member of the family this way the kids can help gather their own belongings and have some say in the clothes they bring. The lists will also make repacking at the end of the trip easier and help to ensure nothing gets left behind. You can also store these lists on your computer for future trips!
  2. If you are planning to make any overnight stops on the way to your final destination, pack a small suitcase for the whole family with everything you need for that night and clothing for the next morning. This way you only have to bring one bag in, instead of everything you packed for the whole trip.
  3. Bring some plastic grocery bags along for trash and wet or dirty clothes. They’re also good incase someone gets carsick.
  4. Bring along pillows for car naps and comfort in hotels along the way.
  5. Pack a small cooler with drinks and snacks to keep kids happy and cut down on unnecessary stops.
  6. It’s a good idea to look at your planned route on a map to get an idea of when you may need to stop for bathroom breaks, meals, and even just stretching your legs. Be sure to combine gassing up with previous planned stops so you don’t have to keep stopping and starting.
  7. Does anyone in your family have asthma or allergies? Before you head out, run the AC in your vehicle with the windows open for about ten minutes. This will get rid of mold and dust mites.
  8. To keep kids busy in the backseat (and cut down on mess), get each of them a cheap metal cookie sheet. These make great lap desks and food trays. They’re also magnetic so kids can even learn with magnetic letters and numbers while on the road.
  9. If you plan to drive through the night to cut down on traffic and get to your destination faster glow sticks and book lights will make the trip a little more fun for the little people with you, as well as give them the ability to read or color at night without distracting the driver.
  10. Make sure all of your identification and vehicle paperwork is up to date- drivers license, registration, insurance, inspection, etc. You could be hit with a rather large ticket if you get pulled over in another state.

Family vacations are fun, but they can also be a lot of work. Make sure you’re prepared for your time on the road with the tips above. Also be sure your car is ready for the road with these tips.

Road trips are the perfect time to make sure your car is protected with a T3 Tracker. You don’t want to get halfway to your destination and then have your car stolen overnight. The T3 can give you peace of mind and ensure your trip goes smoothly.

TECH TIP: If a the vehicle has an existing alarm system, T3 can sense if it has been triggered and will send notification to the owner.