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Must-Have Accessories for your Car this Fall

Fall is just about here. Is your car ready? Here are some must-have accessories to keep on hand this season.

Bluetooth tracking tag: The lazy days of summer have ended, and you probably now have a lot on your mind. The last thing you want to worry about is where you placed your keys. You’ll always be able to find them with a key finder such as this.

Emergency kit: Unfortunately emergencies happen. It’s always best to be prepared. Throw a kit like this in your trunk, and you’ll be able to handle most situations that arise.

Windshield washer fluid:  As the temperatures drop, you’ll want to replace your windshield washer fluid with one suited for colder weather.

Trash cans: Fall means kids sports…which means carpools…which means messy cars. Keep all those snack wrappers in one place with a car trash can such as this.

The T3: Car theft happens in every season, so protect your car with the T3 Vehicle Security System. The T3 alerts you immediately if your car has an emergency or unauthorized movement. You call the T3 to connect a 3-way call to the 911-Operator located closest to your car – even if you are thousands of miles away. You are talking directly to the police within seconds of the emergency. No call center is used – saving you time and money. For more information and to purchase your T3 system visit our website.

TECH TIP: The T3 owner sets their phone number in the T3 memory and T3 always sends notifications to the owner’s phone.  T3 will only answer calls from the owner’s phone and from the owner’s authorized emergency contacts.  T3 can also let the child (or the parent) tap their phone to unlock the car door.

Parking Lot Safety Tips

We know it can be difficult to get all of your errands and shopping done during daylight hours, which oftentimes means you’re walking to and from your car in the dark. Parking lots can be a bit scary at night so we want to make sure you’re using the correct precautions, as well as point out some T3 features you may not know about.

  • According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 14% of all vehicle collisions resulting in damage happen in parking lots, so be aware of other drivers.
  • Be on the lookout for pedestrians.
  • Avoid parking in dark, secluded areas.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. If you see something suspicious, go back into the store you just left and ask for help.
  • Always lock your car doors as soon as you get in.
  • If you are going to multiple stores, be sure to keep shopping bags and other valuables out of sight. You don’t want to make your car look more appealing to thieves.

When going from place to place, it can sometimes be difficult to remember exactly where you parked. By installing a T3 Tracker on your vehicle, you can find the exact location of your car with a tap on the app. You’ll never have to wander through the parking lot looking for your car again.

The T3 will also protect your car by notifying you immediately if your car makes an unauthorized movement or a factory installed alarm is triggered. This will give you a chance to contact 911 as soon as possible with the GPS coordinates of your vehicle and the direction it is traveling.

Other helpful features of the T3:

  • You can check the location, speed, and direction of your vehicle anytime you want.
  • In the event of an emergency, you can contact the 911 operator closest to your vehicle even if you’re thousands of miles away.
  • You can unlock your doors with a simple text.
  • There is no activation fee, no contracts, and no cancellation fees.
  • The T3 offers complete privacy. With your secret pin you have complete control over your account. All account information is sent via text between the T3 and your cell phone, but only when you request it. It is never stored or sent via the internet.

Follow these tips to keep yourself, and your vehicle safe. For more information on the T3 and its capabilities, visit our website, https://www.911tracker.com/.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.

KEEP YOUR RV SAFE FROM THEFT

Having an RV allows you to hit the open road whenever you want while having all the added comforts and conveniences of home. But because you travel with many of your belongings, it is important to take precautions to secure your RV. Here are a few tips to help keep your RV safe from theft.

  1. PARK SMART.  Be careful where you choose to park your RV. When choosing an RV park, make sure it has nightly patrols and is well lit.  And if you have to park your RV in a parking lot or amusement park, it should be in a highly visible area near security personnel. So, if you are away from your RV, someone else has an eye on it.
  2. LOCK IT UP.  This might seem pretty obvious, but oftentimes people run for a quick errand and forget to lock their RV. If it is locked, it will discourage thieves from making your RV a target.
  3. OUT OF SIGHT.  Don’t leave expensive items in plain sight. Items that are of higher value like iPads and other electronic devices should be stowed away and locked up when you are not using them.
  4. LIGHTS ON. If you are away from your RV at night, keep Interior lights on.  Lights left on inside the RV will keep criminals guessing if someone is home. Also, exterior motion detectors are a good way to discourage thieves.
  5. INSTALL A T3 Vehicle Security System. Experts advise that the only way your RV will be protected is for owners to install an aftermarket engine immobilizer and a GPS tracking device like The T3 Vehicle Security System. With the 911Tracker T3 Vehicle Recovery System, you are alerted the moment that your RV has unauthorized movement or a pre-installed vehicle alarm goes off. The alert will show you the GPS location, speed, and direction that your RV is traveling, and you can easily connect to the 911-Operator closest to your RV, allowing you to speak directly to police within seconds of the emergency.  No call center is used – saving you time and money.  Saving valuable time can save you, your family, your RV and your belongings. Want to start protecting your RV? Contact us to learn more 877-744-3361!

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.

Are you getting your RV ready for camping season?

There are many things that you need to check on your RV to get it ready, but there are a few things you don’t want to forget.  To get your RV ready for a safe and worry-free camping season, here are 4 things you don’t want to forget:

Batteries:  Oftentimes, RV owners remove their batteries for the winter.  If they were properly stored over the winter, your battery still has likely lost a percentage of its charge.  Stored batteries tend to lose about 10% a month.  The first thing you want to do is fully charge the batteries.  After it’s fully charged, you should add distilled water following instructions by the manufacturer.  A quality service facility can help you do all of this, if you aren’t comfortable doing it yourself.

Water System: If you winterize your RV using antifreeze, it is important to run fresh water through the water system so that all remnants of the antifreeze have been cleared.  Inspect your water heater also. If it was placed bypass mode during the winter, take it out of by-pass mode.  If there is any antifreeze in the water heater, it needs to be trained. Additionally, replace any water filter cartridges that were removed.

Tires: Tires lose air pressure when they are in storage, which means they could be dangerously low.  Check the tire pressure with a tire gauge and make adjustments according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. Don’t forget to check that your spare is in good working order and its tire pressure is correct.  

Oil Level: Make sure you inspect the oil level in the generator.  Your owner’s manual should provide specified intervals.  Also, check the generator exhaust system.  If you didn’t run the generator over the winter, you should run it for about two hours. 

If you are uncomfortable with getting your RV ready yourself, you can always take it to an authorized service provider that will make sure it is running according to specifications

Tech Tip – If you are concerned that your car battery is getting low while the car has been sitting for several days, just ask T3 to send you status.  The T3 return message tells the voltage.  If the voltage is less than 11.5V, the battery is getting low enough that the car needs to be started soon.

Motorcycle Maintenance

If you want to keep safe and save yourself a little bit of money on your motorcycle, there are a few ways that you can easily maintain your bike.  Depending on your bike, these tasks may vary, so you should consult your owner’s manual before you do it.

1. Change the Oil–your oil should be changed after several thousand miles in order for your engine to run properly.  Make sure that before you change the old, you take a short five minute ride, just to warm up the engine.  This will help the oil drain easier.  Turn off the engine, stand your bike upright, remove the drain and oll plugs and let the oil drain into a pan (make sure to remove the oil filter as well).  Once you have it drained, replace the oil filter, put back the parts you removed and refill using a funnel.

2. Replace the Air Filter–your air filter is what keeps debris out of your engine.  It is important that it isn’t dirty or clogged because then your bike won’t run properly.  Generally, changing the air filter is easy. But on some bikes, they can be hard to get.  Removal of the gas tank and other parts may be necessary to access the air filter.

3. Maintaining Tire Pressure and Tread–Checking a tire’s air pressure is simple–you just need to locate the valve on the inside of the wheel and press an air pressure gage on the valve stem. The correct PSI for your tires is located on the sidewall of the tire.  Fill the tire so it meets the correct PSI, do not over inflate.  Checking your tread is easy as well, there is a wear indicator (a rubber knob located in the grooves of the tire). If you find that your tread is low, your tire should be replaced by a qualified mechanic.

4. Change the Coolant–Coolant is important to your motorcycle because it prevents your engine from freezing or overheating.  To change the coolant, remove any parts or bodywork to gain access to the coolant drain bolt.  Using a drain pan under the engine, remove the bolt and make sure you remove the radiator cap.  Once drained, replace the drain bolt and use a funnel to refill.

5. Keep a Clean Chain–When your chain gets really dirty or at the suggested mileage for your make and model, you will need to clean the chain.  Use a gentle bristle brush, while the rear of your bike is elevated and the transmission is in neutral. To lubricate the chain, apply chain lube.  

Tech Tip – If your friend borrows your key and moves your car from one spot in a large parking lot and then forgets where they parked when they returned, just ask T3 for its current gps location.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas For Car Lovers

Do you still need to get Mom a gift? Here are a few ideas!

At 911Tracker we can help you keep tabs on your vehicle, but this little gadget will help you keep track of your keys!

There’s no reason they can’t take their favorite car in to work with them with this computer mouse!

Keep yourself calm and your car smelling fresh with these essential oil diffusers.

With this photo keychain, mom can take her favorite people with her wherever she goes.

Help her feel more at home in her car with cute, personalized floor mats.

Help the car enthusiast in your life keep their vehicle safe with a T3 Tracker from 911Tracker.

5 ways to prevent distracted driving

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Increased in-vehicle technology like cell phones and dashboard touch screens actually are a threat to our safety.  Each day, almost 9 Americans die and 100 are injured because of distracted driving. Here are a few ways that distracted driving can be prevented:

  1. Don’t eat while you drive
  2. If you feel tired, pull over.
  3. Before you get on the road, finish dressing and any personal grooming, including applying makeup.
  4. Make sure children and pets are secure before hitting the road. Reaching into the backseat can cause you to lose control of the vehicle, so if they need your attention pull off the road.
  5. Only use your cell phone in an emergency situation when you are driving.

TT3 Tip: Did you know that the 911Tracker lets the owner or their authorized emergency contact call the 911-Operator located closest to the vehicle.

Four Tips for Driving in the Rain

April showers bring May flowers…but they also bring wet roads and sometimes hazardous conditions. Here’s some tips for keeping safe on the road during those downpours:

  1. Before you get on the road, make sure your windshield wipers, headlights, tail lights and brakes are all functioning properly.  Traction on tires should also be good, as threadbare tires and wet, oil-slick roads are not a good combo.
  2. Turn on your headlights. With low visibility you’ll want others to see you, and you’ll have a better view of what’s in front of you.
  3. Slow down and don’t get too close to the car in front of you.  It’s easy to lose traction on wet roads. If you do end up hydroplaning, continue to steer in the direction you want to go, and ease off the accelerator.   According to Geico, it might take three to five adjustments to get back on course.
  4. If you cannot see, pull over and turn on your hazard lights.  It may be raining too heavy, or your windshield may be fogging up. Just wait it out until you have a visible view.

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.

Simple Spring Maintenance Tips For Your Car

As winter winds down and the weather gets nicer, you need to make sure that you are properly maintaining your car. Most importantly, you or your mechanic should check your engine and your alignment and suspension. Here are a few other easy things that you can do to get your car ready for spring.

Clean the Inside

Spring is the perfect time to clean the interior of your car. Remove and throw away all the trash and debris that has accrued over the winter. Vacuum the carpets and seats and wipe down all interior surfaces. Choose a warm, sunny day to complete this job.

Wash and Wax

Now that the winter is over, a thorough wash and wax is important. Winter driving can cause road grime, debris and salt to build up on your car which can affect the paint and finishes.

Tire Pressure

Cold winter temperatures cause your tire pressure to decrease and warmer temperatures can cause the pressure to increase, so make sure you check your tire pressure and that it meets your manufacturer’s specifications.

Wiper Blades

Your wiper blades may have taken a beating over the winter due to snow and ice, so you should check them for any signs of cracking or wear. Because the spring brings with it rain and thunderstorms, you need to make sure your wiper blades are in good working order.

And don’t forget to install your T3!