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How Vyncs Car GPS Tracker Brings Car Owners Peace of Mind

December 23, 2020

Vyncs offers state-of-the-art GPS tracking for cars and commercial fleets with the latest technology and a wide range of unique features that make it a top contender in the connected car market. Vyncs is a popular and the #1 best-selling connected car GPS tracking product in its category on many platforms such as Amazon.com with 2200+ five-star reviews. Vyncs is also supported in 200+ countries worldwide. That means it is already tested in many countries and particularly if you travel across countries on a regular basis, it will work seamlessly regardless of where you are. The Vyncs car GPS tracker product comes with a 4G LTE device (if your area does not support 4G then get the Vyncs 3G), a web account, and an app that you can download in any smart Android/iOS device.

With the Vyncs app, you can have peace of mind about your vehicle, even when you are not in the car next to your loved one. Vyncs offers a powerful GPS tracking and connected car solutions that go way beyond just location tracking. From driving to parking, driver safety to car maintenance, many of the Vyncs product features come handy in real-life situations more than one can probably imagine. While you are driving, Vyncs 4G+ collects data every second, analyzes it, and transfers that data to your account in the cloud over 4G wireless network. GPS sampling and update rates depend on the type of Vyncs you have. Another useful feature of Vyncs is unlimited trip history. In other words, as long as you have a valid Vyncs account, you have access to all the historical trips the vehicle took. So, if you are interested in getting mileage tax benefits for work, you would love this feature. Vyncs Fleet also allows downloading the trip data in Excel-friendly format. The Vyncs Link device analyzes car data on speed, rapid acceleration, harsh braking, idling time, etc. and assigns a driver score that represents how safely one is driving. For instance, you can view where the driver’s speeding events occurred on the map. You can see how often your driver speeds with the Vyncs speeding histogram, which shows the amount of time the driver spends in certain speed ranges. If you are a business owner and care about fuel cost, then you probably want to know how much your drivers are idling. Get unsafe driving alerts and review the driver report; Moreover, if you already do not have a roadside assistance program from one of the motor clubs or other entities, then get Vyncs Premium for 24/7 nationwide roadside assistance in USA, Canada, and Puerto Rico at just $10 extra per year which is a great deal. Whether you are a parent of a teen driver or have a business fleet, you would find the Vyncs GPS tracking and driver safety features very handy.

The anti-car theft feature is another useful thing about Vyncs. If your vehicle is parked somewhere, Vyncs device wakes up once in every hour and updates the location in your account. So, if you don’t get the hourly location update or you notice that the location has changed, then you may want to check out what is going on. If the device is unplugged and plugged back in, then Vyncs sends you a tamper notification. This comes handy when some teen drivers try to cheat by removing the device when they are left home and plugging it back in when are back home. The ‘ignition on’ reporting feature informs you every time your car is turned on. If you want to know every time the car ignition is turned on during certain “curfew” hours (timings can be personalized using your Vyncs app or web account) then this comes handy. Vyncs car tracker also tracks where, when and for how long your car stopped somewhere. You can also set up geofences of arbitrary shape (not just a circular) from your account to check when your car enters and/or exits certain areas. In fact, car monitoring features can relieve parents of a great deal of stress.

The OBD-II port of a vehicle provides access to many useful vehicle data. In fact, this is the port that your car mechanic uses for diagnosing your vehicle when there are some issues. So, if you are going to get an OBD GPS tracker then why not get something like veins that gives you access to vehicle health and maintenance information in addition to GPS tracking. The Vyncs device is equipped with the technology that lets you enjoy driving your car without constantly worrying about the health status and maintenance issues about the vehicle systems that are reported through the vehicle’s OBD2 port. Apart from car GPS tracking, Vyncs also has many car-health tracking features that include reminders and notifications for battery health condition, vehicle sub-system fault codes, car maintenance reminders, the status of the fuel tank (if available). Vyncs allows you to keep track of your car maintenance! Vyncs collects the vehicle trouble code data that’s only accessible through the OBD-II port, i.e. be the first to know exactly what’s happening with your car before it becomes a big issue. You can see all of the details in your account.

When the Vyncs Link car tracker device is connected to your car, you receive push notifications that alert you of a low or empty fuel tank. Besides reminding you to refuel, the device also locates and shows the nearby gas stations on the map in your app.

Overall, Vyncs is a good product with a wide range of features. Its #1 Best Selling rank in platforms like Amazon has good reasons. Apart from guaranteed satisfaction, 2200+ third-party reviews, ratings at VerifiedReview360 speak volumes about the quality of the Vyncs car GPS tracker device and app, and the peace of mind they have brought to the customers.
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Coronavirus: How to sanitize your fleet vehicles and keep your staff safe

April 08, 2020

The current Coronavirus pandemic, the spread of COVID-19, has many businesses scrambling to understand how to protect their staff from illness and keep the doors open. When you own fleet vehicles where more than one person might be in the seats, and dozens of people might load or pack items that touch the truck or car, it’s important to sanitize your fleet vehicles to reduce the spread of the virus. 

 

As a fleet owner, you have a lot of challenges already. You probably use a GPS tracker to make sure deliveries are made on time and maintain your vehicle engines meticulously. Now you have a new challenge: Keeping your drivers and staff safe from the novel Coronavirus.

 

In this blog, we’ll talk about the current understanding of how the virus is spread, the potential risks to your staff, how to sanitize your vehicles, and how you can make your own hand sanitizer.

 

How Coronavirus is spread

 

As information about Coronavirus continues to evolve, so does our understanding of the disease and how it’s transmitted. 

 

“The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

· Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

· Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

 

“These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

 

“It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”

 

-World Health Organization (accessed March 31, 2020)

 

Based on the current guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO), the best guidance is to assume that the novel Coronavirus can be spread on surfaces for up to three days. This is especially true of hard, nonporous surfaces, like painted surfaces and plastics. It appears that the Coronavirus is not as viable on porous surfaces, like cardboard or cloth. 

 

Employees at Risk in Fleet Vehicles

 

Employees are potentially at risk in fleet vehicles in several ways. 

The first, and most concerning, is person-to-person. A team riding in the cab of a truck or in a car are in much closer contact than authorities advise. The danger can be mitigated by enforcing a policy that employees stay home if they aren’t feeling well. Paid leave for ill employees has become more common in this time of uncertainty. 

 

Other interactions, such as for loading dock staff, can be mitigated with as much social distancing as the facility will allow, enforcing the “stay at home when ill” policy, and providing hand washing and sanitizing stations everywhere. 

 

The second potential danger is the vehicle itself. The nonporous surfaces of a truck or car might keep the virus viable for days. Vehicles should be disinfected after every shift, even if it means a delay of a few minutes leaving for the next trip. Each vehicle should be provided with hand sanitizer, and employees should be advised to be very careful as they go about their duties. If employees will have frequent contact with surfaces, they should be provided with gloves. 

 

How to Sanitize Vehicles

 

The key to sanitizing the inside of vehicles, and even the cargo space of trucks, is soap and water. 

 

It might seem strange, but plain old soap kills the Coronavirus on our hands and on surfaces. There’s a complicated chemical process that involves soap’s ability to disrupt the exterior membrane of viruses, but science has shown that, even better than alcohol-based cleansers, simple soap can kill viruses. If you’d like a complete explanation of how soap works to kill Coronavirus (and a host of other scary viruses), the New York Times article “Why Soap Works” does an excellent job. 

 

To clean your vehicle, all you need is soap and water. Put a few drops of hand, dish, or laundry soap in water and wipe down the surfaces of the car or truck. Dry it all with a clean cloth. 

 

If you have a stash of vehicle cleaners, like Armor All wipes, you can use those. They have a little bit of detergent in them. Don’t use anything that says “detergent free”; it won’t contain the soap that kills the virus. 

 

If your vehicle has leather, you want to look for a product that cleans and conditions. Don’t use bleach or alcohol. There are many leather cleaners on the market. You’re looking for something that contains a small amount of detergent. Because whatever you use can’t be allowed to damage the leather, look at the packaging carefully. Test it in a hidden area before using it everywhere.

 

Don’t use solvents, like alcohol, acetone, kerosene, or bleach. They aren’t as effective as soap, and they’re much more likely to ruin the interior parts of the vehicle. 

 

When using soap and water, remember to wash each surface for 20 seconds, just like you do for your hands. 

 

For the trailers or backs of trucks, you can spray the inside with soapy water, leave it for a minute or two, then rinse with hot water. Let that surface dry naturally. That will keep the cargo area clean and safe.

 

How to Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer

 

For most drivers that must get in and out of their vehicles, washing their hands every time is difficult. You’ll need hand sanitizer in the cabs of your fleet vehicles or front seats of your cars. 

 

The store shelves have no hand sanitizer, but fortunately, it’s something you can make for yourself easily. 

 

You’ll need four ingredients:

· Ethanol – This is just drinking alcohol. You’ll want grain alcohol, “Everclear,” “moonshine,” “white lightning,” or whatever 90% grain alcohol is called locally. Many liquor stores sell a form of alcohol that can be used for this purpose. Isopropyl alcohol (90%) will also work, but that has been in short supply in most of the world.

· Hydrogen peroxide – 3%, which standard for household use, will be great.

· Glycerol – Known in the US as glycerin, this is a jelly-like substance that will help the alcohol stay on the skin. Pure Aloe Vera gel that is often found in the skincare area of a store, will also work.

· Water – Sterile or boiled and cooled water will be perfect. 

 

Alcohol: 833 ml (3.5 cups)

 

Hydrogen Peroxide: 417 ml (1 1/3 cups)

 

Glycerol: 145 ml (2/3 cup)

 

This will make about 3.5 liters or 1 gallon.

 

1. Pour in alcohol and hydrogen peroxide. The glycerol/glycerin is very thick and will stick to the sides of the container. Rinse it with the water. Top off the container with the water. 

2. Divide this immediately into the final containers. While pump bottles are the norm, it’s still easy to find small squeeze bottles to put the hand sanitizer into. 

 

This can be placed in each vehicle or handed out to your staff. 

 

Whenever they touch anything, return to the vehicles, or switch vehicles, they should sanitize their hands. 

 

For quick cleaning, any wipes that have a small amount of detergent on them will work. You’ll find this type of disposable wipe in the car care section of a store, or even some face wipes will work well.

 

Keep Your Fleet Clean

 

Unlike any other time in history, now is the time to keep the interiors of your vehicles spotlessly clean. The world is changing, and keeping your staff healthy is more vital than ever before.

 

Fleet management was tough enough already. A global pandemic isn’t making it any easier, but with some attention to detail and a little soap and water, everyone can be better protected from this very virulent, silent enemy.

 

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How to keep teenagers busy during a lockdown

April 07, 2020

The Coronavirus lockdown has been a struggle for everyone. Suddenly, teenagers and children are stuck at home for weeks. Parents are suddenly working from home or are unemployed. Everyone is in everyone else’s hair. It’s tough... but there are some things that you can do to make it a little easier.
Teenagers who are locked up can be difficult to deal with. They tend to get bored more easily than younger children. Teens are used to the bustle of high school, afterschool activities, and hanging out with friends. None of that is available right now with the Coronavirus pandemic closing the whole country. This blog introduces some things that your teenager can do to keep themselves busy during this lockdown period.

Go shopping


Your teenager who can drive can become the family’s designated shopper. Give them a list of what you need and send them off to the store. If they can’t drive, but there’s a store close enough to ride a bicycle to, it’s a great chance to get some fresh air and get something done. Let them get themselves something while they’re there. Put a dollar limit on their item but be generous. They’ll love the independence and trust that you place in them.

Help others


Most older folks shouldn’t be out in the world. The older you get or if you have pre-existing conditions, the more likely you are to get very ill from COVID-19. Teenagers can shop for neighbors or older family members. With an exchange of phone calls or text messages, they can get a shopping list. They can deliver the groceries to the front door and leave them. This will help them feel useful and keep them busy. The senior can put cash in an envelope or use PayPal to pay for everything.

Mowing lawns


Many businesses have closed, but the lawns are still growing. Offer to mow neighbors’ lawns for free is an excellent way to help the neighborhood look great. This can be the beginning of an awesome business for later, after the lockdown.

Notes and letters


Everyone is a little “stir-crazy” in lockdown. A nice note from a neighbor teen or a letter in the mail can brighten someone’s day. It doesn’t even need to be silly, but it can be a quick note of encouragement. Younger children can draw pictures and the older children can write notes.

Learn to code


Learning coding, which is computer programming, is a great skill for later in life. There are many places that teens can learn to code. This is the perfect skill for any teen that loves computer games or playing on the internet.

Vlog/blog


Everyone wants to be an internet star. As long as you keep control and watch or read their vlogs/blogs yourself, you can set your teen up to do everything from how-to tutorials to book reviews. For those of us who are older, putting your life on the internet can seem like a terrible idea, but for younger people, it's just natural. Help them create a great online video series.

Filmmaking


If you have a budding filmmaker, now is a great time to let them try something new. Using an iPhone or android phone, they can create their own films, edit them on a computer and put them out into the world on YouTube. They might not win an Oscar, but they’ll have fun and learn new skills.

Sports


Depending on your teen’s favorite sport, they might be able to work on their skills from home. Shooting free throws at a home basketball hoop or practicing soccer shots are a great way to work out some of that teen energy. When they get back to school, they’ll be even better than before.

School


There are thousands of online high schools. This might seem like a terrible idea to your teenager, but you can entice them with the idea that they might graduate even sooner if they attend school at home. Home schooling for younger children is usually a lot more hands-on for the parents, but for teens, it’s all online.

Working from home


While it seems like an odd time, starting an online business with your teen is a great way to move them toward being self-sufficient. Many online websites, like Fivver.com, allow people to work from the age of fifteen. If your teen can write, create websites, draw, or even sing, they can find work creating items for businesses and individuals around the world. It can be a slow start, but by college, they could be able to work their own hours while covering tuition and housing.

Baking


Baking is a pastime that has become a lot less common in the last twenty years, but now is a great time to learn the satisfaction of baking your own bread, biscuits, cookies, or cakes. There are thousands of tutorials online and plenty of TV shows to watch while you bake together.

Sewing


If you have a fashionista in the house, this is the time to buy a sewing machine, fabric, and thread and set them loose on making clothes. Teenagers often don’t have a lot of time for pursuing their fantasy jobs, but with the right tools, they can learn create their own fashions. It doesn’t need to be expensive. Ask around the neighborhood; someone probably has an old sewing machine in a closet and some old clothes or fabric to work with. You can also order what they need online.

Back to Our Roots

Not that long ago, most children were isolated. Even if they lived in a town, the towns were small and there wasn't any internet. Teens entertained themselves by doing things, making things, and helping around the house.

The Coronavirus Lockdown Opportunity

A lockdown is an opportunity to get back to that very recent past where we were able to enjoy our time at home with pastimes, hobbies, and skills that kept us busy and happy. Who knows? They might learn a skill, start a new career, or get out of high school earlier.
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The Coronavirus Pandemic: At-Home Vehicle Maintenance

March 29, 2020

Here we find ourselves, a nation of commuters, now reduced to commuting from bedroom to kitchen and back. Car maintenance is not a high priority on anyone’s list right now, but it is important to keep your car in proper working condition so that if you need to make a last minute trip to the grocery store or doctor, your vehicle is ready and working when you need it. Here at Vyncs we’ve collected 5 of the most simple and cost effective ways to maintain the health of your vehicle that do not require a mechanic.

1. Drive your vehicle for a minimum of ten minutes, once or twice a week.
Have you ever wondered why those vintage car clubs get together and drive around once a week? It’s partially because the cars are beautiful and fun to drive, but also because those owners know that driving your vehicle is an important part of making sure that it can continue driving. People who store recreational vehicles know that fuel can go bad over the course of a season that their vehicle is out of use. Driving your vehicle forces you to replenish fuel periodically which helps keep the fuel in your tank fresh.

Driving your vehicle for ten minutes allows the oil in your car to reach a good boiling point and properly lubricate the engine. Another benefit of driving for this period of time is that you are recharging your battery as you accelerate. No one likes the feeling of turning the key and the engine not starting. Keeping your engine well lubricated, fresh gas, and a healthy vehicle battery are all important factors to make sure the engine does start when you turn the key.

2. Wash your car.
If you keep your vehicle parked in the driveway or on the street it will collect dust, tree sap and other debris. To operate your vehicle safely you need to be able to see clearly out of your front and rear windshield as well as any passenger windows. You can’t rely on windshield wipers to cut through tree sap. Aside from being able to safely see the road, a clean vehicle helps protect the paint from developing small cracks as debris expand and contract as temperature changes throughout the day. By protecting your paint with regular washing you are also protecting the metal your car’s frame is made out of, because the paint and finish help to delay rusting. If you do decide to step out to wash your car, look around for biodegradable soaps to avoid toxic runoff into your storm drains, and be wise about how much water you use - don’t just leave the hose running.

3. Change your windshield wipers.
Are you one of those people with floppy wiper blades? You’re not alone. Wiper blades that aren’t used very often can dry out and crack, which means they won’t fit the actual wiper. Luckily this is a super easy fix, but it does require the small effort of pulling off the old rubber blades and sliding on a new set. You can find plenty of helpful YouTube videos to demonstrate this process for you. If you have a tape measure or ruler available you can measure your wiper blades to know which sizes to purchase.

(Tip: Measure both of your wiper blades as many vehicles have one wiper that is smaller than the other). If you don’t have access to any measuring tools, you can check your user manual, or your local auto supply store can help you pick out the right set and you can install them in the parking lot! This is a quick and affordable repair that will save you a lot of headache the next time it rains.

4. Change your burnt out headlight or tail light.

In previous decades changing lights on vehicles was a big headache, you had to remove reflector panels and several other small components then put everything back together again. In most new vehicles the process of changing head and tail lights has changed to be much more simple and can easily be done in 20 minutes or less. You can look up vehicle specific tutorials online, but many tail lights are accessible from the trunk of your vehicle, requiring only a screwdriver to remove the entire tail light unit and access a burn out bulb. Most headlights can be removed from the engine compartment without removing the light fixture.
Some tips: If you are not sure what type of light bulb is in your lights, remove the old bulb and read the numbers written on the bulb to find out which model you need. It is also a good idea to wear nitrile gloves when putting in your new bulbs so that oils from your fingers are not left on the bulb, which can lead to the bulb becoming darkened or even shatter as the oil left by your hands becomes super-heated.

5. Change your oil.
This is number five on the list because it requires a few more tools, but if you have access to these tools, an oil change takes about 20 minutes, is not much more challenging than changing your tail lights, and can be done for about ? of the price you pay at your usual oil change location. You’ll need a container like a bucket or very deep pan to catch your old oil as it drains, an oil filter, a few quarts of oil and a wrench to remove the cap on the bottom of your oil pan. Look up vehicle specific oil change videos to learn the location of your oil pan and oil filter so you know how to access those parts of your vehicle. Your vehicle manual will tell you the appropriate oil filter, but you can also find this information online. Once you drain the old oil, replace the cap on the oil pan, change your oil filter and add new oil, take the old oil and use a funnel to pour into the now empty container of oil. Do not pour oil into the street or onto your driveway. Most oil change locations and local recycling centers will take your old oil from you, free of charge.

These at home maintenance tips will help you keep your vehicle in good running condition while service centers experience limited hours and you are not using your vehicle as much as you normally would. Keep an eye out for upcoming blogs about more challenging at-home repairs for your vehicles.
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Shelter in Place vs. Lockdown: The Differences and Social Impacts

March 29, 2020

Cities, counties, and states across the country have set up Shelter in Place or Stay at Home policies to help prevent people from being exposed to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Some people have called these tactics “lockdowns,” but in truth, Shelter in Place and Lockdown are two very different emergency responses. Continue reading to learn more about what Lockdown and Shelter in Place policies mean to individuals, and what they mean for our neighbors and communities.

Lockdown: A lockdown is an emergency measure that purposely restricts the movement of people, and urges them to stay in one place temporarily. We’ve become familiar with the term “lockdown” through the nation wide responses to gun violence and and bomb threats on school campuses. Lockdown protocols emphasize safe evacuation when possible and hiding in a secure location for as long as necessary.

Use of the term lockdown often suggests some type of very dangerous situation, perhaps with a weapon of some type, or some other risk of immediate bodily harm. It also suggests being trapped or unable to leave a designated location. When using the term “lockdown” we are also subtly hinting at these types of images which can instill fear or panic. Any type of lockdown on a school campus or surrounding neighborhood, will trigger immediate emergency response and you may find law enforcement on your doorstep if you do not comply. When discussing government response to COVID-19 with your neighbors, try to avoid using terms like “lockdown” which can be misleading about what our leaders are hoping to achieve at this time.

Shelter in Place: Shelter in place policies and recommendations are similar to lockdown in that they are intended to limit the movement of people, but it is not temporary and people are not necessarily required to stay in one place. You may have heard of the term shelter in place if you live in an area with strong weather events such as hurricanes or tornadoes. Shelter in place or stay at home policies encourages people to get out of public spaces and find a safe location to take shelter. In the instance of COVID-19 the main purpose of shelter in place is not to protect people from a strong weather system, but to keep people out of public spaces, where it is extremely difficult to tell if we are unknowingly transmitting illnesses to others, or they are unknowingly transmitting illnesses to us. The biggest difference between shelter in place and lockdown is that with shelter in place there is some broader threat, but there is no immediate threat of danger from a weapon or dangerous individual.

With shelter in place as the new norm people are actually encouraged to get out for fresh air. Walk your dog, enjoy some time in the sun with your family, but avoid crowded places like beaches and parks. Even though we are absolutely allowed to leave our homes and go outside we must limit contact with other people as much as possible, which along with avoiding crowded places also means keeping a minimum of six feet between ourselves and other people when we are in locations we must visit - like the grocery store.

Use of the term “shelter in place” may also cause a bit of worry but, in many ways it is a positive and preventive measure. An important component of sheltering in place is having enough food, water, and general household supplies to last several days to two weeks so that you can avoid leaving the house whenever possible. You may have observed long lines at the grocery store at the beginning stages of shelter in place policies. Some people participated in “panic buying", which is a psychological response to feelings of worry in situations that are beyond our control. Panic buying may appear to be the norm at the moment, but many markets have begun to restock and will continue to do so regularly. As you buy enough groceries and supplies to keep your kitchen full for longer than usual - avoid panic buying. Make sure that people who are coming to the market after you will have some supplies and food to take home for the next week or two. Don’t be afraid to check in on neighbors by phone or knocking on their door (just be sure to keep a safe distance once they answer). If you have an especially vulnerable elderly neighbor reach out to them and ask if they need help securing any food or hygiene items. If you do find yourself in a position to help someone else by purchasing supplies or offering supplies you already have, be certain to sanitize everything thoroughly before sending them.

Moving forward: We will all be adapting to a new way of life over the coming weeks. The most important thing we can all do is work as a team to keep each other safe, that means keeping our distance, remaining calm, and doing our best to sort through rapidly changing information and news. If you haven’t had the chance to step outside today, don’t be afraid to. The world is still here and we can still go into it as good neighbors and friends. Keep an eye out for more upcoming blogs!
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Top 5 Challenges and Solutions for Teens During Shelter-in-Place and Lock-Down

March 23, 2020

Teens are in the peak of their social lives.
Staying home with their parents is likely at the top of the list of things they do not want to have to do. We are all becoming aware of just how important it is for all of us to stay home, and as we transition to more isolated lifestyles there are some things to keep in mind about teens specifically. Once you’ve beaten the challenge of convincing them to stay home, there are a whole lot of new challenges that may come up while they stay safe at home.
1. Social Isolation -
Many of our teens are on campus or involved in extracurricular activities for a majority of their day, five to six days per week. The sudden decrease of participation in activities such as team sports, or even sitting next to friends in a classroom is a huge change of pace for many of our teens. With Lock-down, Shelter in Place, or Safe at Home laws being enacted coast to coast, it’s clear that teens cannot manage this change as they would on any other vacation. They cannot stay over at each other's homes, meet up for movies, or even grab a bite to eat.
Solutions:
Encourage your teen to set up a regularly scheduled time to chat with a group of friends via online video conferencing services. If your teen has friends in the neighborhood, or even next door they can speak to each other from windows, or standing in front or back yards. Teach your teens that phones can be used for talking too - not just sending texts and posting memes.
2. Social Media Consumption -
Teens are already social media machines. Now that school is out and most other activities are cancelled, there’s no doubt that your teen has already ramped up the amount of time they spend on social media per day. This is one aspect of their everyday life that has somehow remained unchanged, and in many ways may be providing comfort that comes with the things we know best. In the interest of maintaining normalcy for your teen, it may not be appropriate to drastically limit or remove their outlets to the world.
Solutions:
It may be wise to establish certain boundaries around content or time. Have a frank discussion with your teen about how it may be difficult to determine valuable information from disinformation. Spending too much time reading or researching Coronavirus (COVID-19) may lead to unnecessary stress or concern. Ask your teen to help you with projects around the house, rather than spending time sending photos and videos to friends. Participate in social media with your teen by making a family account and allowing them to document your time spent together at home. You can work together to make content and choose what gets released.
3. Boredom -
Ever notice how your teens start to get restless by the end of Winter or Summer break? If you have that’s because they’ve started to get bored. Even the most engaging and activity filled summers can become boring without proper mental stimulation.
Solutions:
Help your teen explore some online resources for learning new subjects or reviewing old ones. You can look into online tutors that can review skills to keep your learners fresh for when school is back in session. Allow your teen to express themselves through art, be it music or painting, encourage them to spend their downtime practicing skills they don’t typically have the time or energy to practice. Ask them to learn a favorite song of yours, or try to sketch a still life scene of your dog napping in the living room. Suggest that they turn all their movie and television watching into something productive by writing critical reviews, comparing them to other movies or shows in their genre and explore differences.

4. Worry/Anxiety -
Even adults find themselves anxious or worried when faced with situations they don’t completely understand or have control over. This is especially true in periods of great change. Teens often feel they have no control over their lives which is a major area of conflict with their parents. The feeling of being out of control, coupled with a major social crisis could lead some teens to be overwhelmed with anxiety and become impossible to live with.
Solutions:
One effective way to curb stress is to distract your mind by keeping your body busy. Tune in to YouTube for exercise videos ranging from yoga to weightlifting techniques, or check with your local gym to see if they are offering any live stream Zumba! Now may be a good time to try the age old art of meditation which allows you to let thoughts happen - then let them pass. You and your teens will certainly have time to practice or exercise a little bit each day.
5. Frustration -
Not being able to contribute to a cause, or change anything about one’s situation can be totally frustrating. It is possible that you will see your teen acting out or being more moody than usual while staying home over the next few weeks. This could be coming from the frustration of being cooped up, not being able to meet up with friends, or some combination of smaller concerns, like their favorite food not being available at grocery, or simply not being able to run out to pick up a new game or clothing item.
Solutions:
Allow your teen to have more autonomy around the house than they normally do. Assign them one night a week where they choose and make dinner for the family. If that works well, ask them if they’d like to be in charge of breakfast, lunch or other future dinners. In this small way teens will be able to exercise a measure of control of the menu and cooking method, helping them to feel satisfied and accomplished in a new way.
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The Importance Of Managing Fleet

September 26, 2019

Businesses which rely on transportation employ fleet management to control productivity, costs, fuel management, and consistency. As such, fleet management is composed of different tasks to keep vehicles and operations running smoothly and effectively. Fleet management practices involve the use of technology and software solutions to help in reducing costs, minimizing risk, enforcing driver safety, increasing productivity, and scheduling preventive maintenance to reduce downtime.

 

But how can fleet maintenance help extend equipment’s lifespan?

 

Benefiting from your vehicles means being cautious about precaution support. It is shown that proper maintenance – for instance, keeping tires at a correct weight and turning them routinely, will build their mileage.

In a Financial Times article from 2016, telematics was acclaimed as “a vital part of fleet management,” for any commercial/business fleet owners. Telematics track the various data points and utilizes the frameworks installed into vehicles to record the data grouped somewhere else. How this information is interpreted is the place where much of the variation in fleet management software is.

 

The benefits of fleet management are innumerable.

 

Many other reasons state why this is important. Fleet management is greatly enhanced with a GPS tracking system in place, with telematics, fuel management software, and gas tank monitoring providing an increase in productivity to all business owners. To be specific, efficient fleet management yields an increase in productivity, fuel savings, and improves customer service. Here, we will discuss five of them.

  • Reducing fuel costs: Fuel deems nearly 40% of fleet ownership. GPS vehicle tracking solutions, as part of your fleet management strategy, can reduce fuel costs up to 20%-25%.
    These tracking solutions alert you the idle time per vehicle and the deliver idle time averages across your fleet. They also empower you to monitor vehicle performance, track the improvements affect idle time, help educate drivers about the need to reduce idle times, and also reduce fuel by optimizing the route.
  • Real-time supervision: Without some sort of fleet management you have no genuine method for knowing where your drivers are or how they are getting along without reaching them legitimately.
    Fleet management programming enables you to know in real-time where every driver is at, utilizing geo-location, and also get the information on speed, courses and fuel use for later survey.
  • Increases productivity: Probably the most ideal ways that telematics solutions make fleets progressively gainful is in following the support. Fleets can't work when vehicles are in for unscheduled upkeep or break down, and telematics encourages you to be proactive with preventive support. You'll know for how long your vehicles run and get continuous bits of knowledge into engine hour data to upgrade preventive upkeep plans. You'll likewise know precisely when it is needed to replace the vehicles.
  • Saving time: With a vehicle management framework, routine service schedules data that can be gotten whenever and anyplace needed. You just need to enter the required information into the system and it will arrange the timetable.
    Not only you, but your staff time to make reports will also diminish. The fleet management system will deal with the required report so that you and the organization staff can do other productive things.
  • Improves customer satisfaction: You can utilize fleet management to improve consumer loyalty, especially with the help of a GPS tracking solution. This tracking solution will help guarantee driver consistency to routes and schedules to avoid missing or postponing an appointment or delivery. You'll additionally improve consumer loyalty by knowing which vehicle is nearest to the job location to help limit the travel time and get drivers to clients all the more rapidly.

    In conclusion, the advantages of GPS fleet tracking extend out far beyond helping the supervisors plan efficient routes or recording the drivers' location.

While fleet management programming is a huge instrument for assessing fleets, it's not held for larger fleets of vehicles. Regardless of whether you have five vehicles or five hundred, driving vehicles as a moving company, bringing produce or driving commuters, there is no drawback to progressive fleet management programming.

Still considering if the investment you have to spend is equal to its benefits?
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GPS tracker- Why its a Boon for this Generation!

September 10, 2019

As we enter deep into the 21st century, more and more vehicle manufacturers are incorporating modern technology into their products to make it more advanced. Prior to Google maps, campers used GPS systems to set pointers, which allowed them to find their way back to their camps or to a location they wanted to revisit. Today, with a tracking device on-board, a person can easily monitor the exact location of a vehicle. GPS tracker technology devices can be found in many different retail outlets and on the Internet.

The greatest advantage of a car tracker is that you can go on with your life while receiving all the information about your vehicle. Once successfully installed, a GPS tracker gives you real-time location and other information about your vehicle on your computer, phone, tablet or any other gadget irrespective of your distance from the vehicle. With the history tab, it enables you to review what route you took a week ago or precisely what spot you stopped at last night. It also reveals speed and zone alerts.

Devices such as Vyncs allows parents to monitor the speed and location of their children and can be tailored to notify them if the child goes to an 'off-limit' location or drives “off-limits” This technology makes sneaking out of the house a thing of the past. Vyncs not only helps in monitoring vital statistics but also real-time location updates. All the information can be accessed remotely and an alarm sounds if an issue occurs.

If you are a business owner, these car GPS trackers are also a great plus when managing your fleets. You can easily handle your fleet of cars and employees by tracking their GPS location or speed. In case of a breakdown or any other kind of emergency, you can pinpoint the exact location of that vehicle and even ensure that both the driver and the vehicle are back safely.

Car GPS trackers are a great way to minimize your spendings. It provides a great platform where you can easily fit your own custom speed limit and information that will, in turn, cut your expenses. Vehicles being part and parcel of our day to day lives require maintenance and service. These technologies can go in-depth even providing you with when to service the car and check on issues such as low battery and tire depth. Clearly, taking out separate time to keep a note of every single issue within your car is now a thing of the past.

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Introducing: Vyncs Groups

July 25, 2019

As days pass, all the new technology has made us wonder about the safety of our loved ones. While we’re more connected than ever, sometimes we feel even further away from our loved ones. When we don’t receive a text about their whereabouts, it makes us feel concerned.

“Where are they?”

“How far are they?”

“When will they be back?”

All these questions tend to make us worry even more, and while you’ll always be a little bit anxious, Vyncs Groups will definitely help ease your qualms. Introducing the all-new Vyncs Groups app for your Android or iOS phone. It’s your one-stop app for real-time location sharing with your loved ones without using any additional GPS device.

You must be wondering. What is Vyncs Groups? For starters, it’s an app made by the company Agnik LLC, the manufacturer of Vyncs GPS tracker for cars and fleets. It can be installed on your phone and provides real-time location updates.

About Vyncs Groups:

Now forget about a GPS device for tracking and monitoring your loved ones.

As we learned, Vyncs Groups is an app that provides real-time monitoring of your loved ones.

It’s quite easy to use for keeping an eye out for the people you love. Now no more waiting around. Just install and check in with them whenever you need to.

You will get instant updates on your phone and never lose track of your loved ones, friends and family members because, with the Vyncs Family Locator app, you can monitor them on the go.

It’s now easier than ever to stay connected with your friends and family and keep them safe.

How It Works:

Vyncs Groups lets you create a group and invite your loved ones with a custom group code that you can reset at any time. Send the code to anyone and once they enter the code into the Vyncs app on their phone, they’ll become a member as well! This custom code enables group members to locate each other, anytime anywhere. You are also able to turn location sharing on and off whenever you would like to, for any group.

There is also a feature in the Vyncs Groups app known as “On-Demand” which allows you to request a location update of any group member with a simple click of a button.

With 3G/4G technology and simple, easy-to-use design, the all-new Vyncs Groups feature on the Vyncs app makes it super easy to locate your loved ones.

Why Should You Install Vyncs Groups?:

One question that might be left in your head is, why do I even need to install this app? Well, the most basic answer is SAFETY.

Vyncs Groups helps us to stay connected with our loved ones without constantly bickering with them to know where they are..

In short, just don’t worry. Vyncs Groups has got your back and your loved ones’. Live life as it should be: in the moment.

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GPS Tracker - The Ultimate Guide (In - depth analysis)

October 12, 2018

GPS Tracker - The Ultimate Guide

GPS tracker have become an essential part of our lives and they can help you track almost everything. We use GPS enabled devices in our daily lives to track and locate many unknown places, but did you ever wonder how GPS trackers work? Well, let's find out.

In this article we will walk you through all the in-depth details about GPS tracker.

We are going to cover the following:

  •  What is a GPS Tracker?
    • Difference between GPS & Navigation
  • History of GPS
  • GPS tracker system in vehicle
    • Vehicle GPS trackers: Features &Benefits
    • Type of GPS tracker
    • OBD Trackers
  • GPS tracker for consumer and commercial use

What is a GPS Tracking device?    

A GPS tracker is a device that makes use of a cluster of satellites in order to locate your position on the face of this earth. GPS trackers often provide latitude, longitude, altitude, and heading data for a given location. These days GPS trackers are widely used for many applications ranging from fleet monitoring to pet tracking.

GPS Tracking vs GPS Navigation

GPS tracking and GPS navigation are somewhat different. If you thought navigation GPS and GPS tracking are two different terms with same meaning then this should clear your concept about both.

GPS navigation finds your location and helps you with the directions, while GPS tracking documents your GPS location so you can see where you have been. While the former tells you where to go, the latter tells you where you’ve already been. With a GPS tracking device, you can keep a trip log and this can perhaps help you with fuel costs and vehicle maintenance in the long run.

History of GPS(Global Positioning System)

The GPS or Global Positioning System was initially created by the United States government in 1973 for the Department of Defence to serve military purposes.

It was in the 1980s when the technology was made available to the civilians by President Ronald Reagan. The quality of GPS was curtailed by the government in the 1990s so that to make it selectively available for the security and privacy reasons.

By 1995, the Global Positioning System was functioning sound, but by 2000, the GPS system was made globally accessible by President Bill Clinton. This improved the GPS globally for the civilians and commercial users, as they had access to the full capabilities of the GPS.

The Global Positioning System continued to advance and improve, with newer and better satellites being implemented and used for more accurate location tracking.

As the GPS is run by the United States government, there is still a possibility of GPS service being degraded again, or even denied. For this reason, other countries are developing their own location/navigational systems and working on improving accuracy. While Russia has Glonass, in China there's BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, Galileo in EU, QZSS in Japan, IRNSS in India and so on.

Scientists and engineers from different countries are also working on improving GPS accuracy. One of the upgrades that are being worked on is using L5 frequency in GPS devices. With L5 frequencies, devices will have a significantly higher level of accuracy than before, with location precision within 30 centimeters, or less than a foot.

This update was aimed for public release in the year 2018, but at this point, it is still pre-operational and thus not widely used.

GPS Tracker System in Vehicles

Vehicle GPS trackers: Features &Benefits
You’ll find GPS trackers commonly in most of the mobile devices nowadays, and this is one of the prime reasons why GPS tracking system has become quite popular. Few of the features & benefits that you get with your GPS-enabled electronic device is as follows.

Access trip history easily - GPS trackers collect and store your location data so that you can go back and look at the trips you made. In addition to collecting information about location, some GPS trackers also have the capability of measuring speed. GPS trackers which are data analytic-driven can provide additional information about your trips.

Easy Real - time tracking - Many GPS trackers provide real-time tracking, which means that the location is updated live. This allows you to use your tracker whenever you need.

Access to data on the server remotely -  Not all the GPS trackers allow you to access the data remotely on a server, as some trackers store it in the internal memory of the device.
Although, most modern GPS trackers will have the data accessible from a server so it can be accessed remotely from anywhere and at any time, which means you can access your vehicle or anything even when you are not present in your base location.

Geofencing & creating zone alerts - The term- ‘’Geofencing’’ is used widely nowadays. With this capability , you can create a virtual “fence” around a certain area and you  wold receive arrival/departure notifications whenever the tracker enters/exits that particular zone.

Types of GPS tracking devices

We can broadly divide GPS tracking devices into three categories based on their primary functions -

  1. Data loggers
  2. Data pushers
  3. Data pullers

Data loggers record location in routine intervals and save the information in the device’s internal memory. Some cameras use data logging to display the location like where the photo was taken at, and data loggers can be used to track vehicles as well.

Data pushers are the most common GPS tracking units & are commonly known as “GPS beacons.” Rather than saving the location data on internal memory as data loggers do, data pushers send and store the information on the server. This means the storage space of the information is not as limited as for the data loggers.

Data pushers can also collect information about speed or altitude, and store all of the information to the predetermined server at routine intervals.

Data pushers are used for personal purposes as well as commercial purposes. The GPS tracker in your phone is a data pusher, and so are many vehicle tracking devices. Data pushers are also the type of GPS that is used on store items to prevent theft.

Data pullers are the last type of GPS trackers, and they are also called GPS transponders. The data puller GPS does not send location updates at routine intervals, but instead, you have to request the data from it. This type of GPS is sometimes found in computers or for items where the location does not need to be known constantly.

OBD GPS trackers

OBD GPS trackers plug into the onboard diagnostic (OBD) port of a light or medium duty vehicle. Usually, an OBD GPS tracker device draws power from the OBD port itself and contains a built-in antenna along with a GPS module in order to receive the GPS signal.

In addition, OBD trackers communicate with the different vehicle subsystems for receiving vehicle diagnostic and fuel consumption related data. A cellular OBD GPS tracker directly communicates with the cell tower in order to send the location and other vehicle performance data to the server over the cellular wireless network.

Users can view the information using standalone software or web browser from a desktop/laptop computer or using smartphone apps. A comparative discussion on OBD GPS trackers and generic GPS trackers can be found at here

There is a huge growth in the OBD tracker’s user base and vehicle owners now prefer OBD GPS trackers over ordinary GPS tracking devices as the former one can keep a check on the vehicle’s health along with tracking the vehicle's location.

Read more on how OBD tracker is better than other trackers.  

A few facts on advanced GPS Tracking Devices

Advanced GPS trackers do much more than just tracking – they provide you with engine health diagnosis and other onboard diagnostics that sums up to provide you with vehicle performance information.

The best thing is about the advanced GPS trackers are that they are predicted to hold the largest market share in the whole GPS tracking market which would make it the future of GPS tracking technology.

According to the statistics, there is a huge growth in the GPS tracking and onboard diagnosis market.

The Asian-Pacific (APAC) region is expected to experience large growth in the GPS tracking market. Currently, GPS tracking device usage is relatively low in the area, which means that there Is a lot of room for growth.

One of the biggest examples of technologically advanced GPS trackers is Vyncs, that provides you with real-time tracking, vehicle health status, trip logs, trip time reports, fuel cost tracking and much more.

The GPS tracking market is growing fast and mentioned below are some statistics based on the advanced GPS tracking market that are quite interesting enough-

  • The personal use of GPS trackers is estimated to grow 40% or more every year.
  • The GPS tracker market is estimated to be worth US$3.4823 billion in the coming years.

GPS tracker for consumer and commercial uses

There are many GPS trackers that exist for cars and other vehicles, as well as commercial vehicle fleets. Most of them are battery operated. These GPS trackers can be placed in the car, and the tracking data can be accessed remotely from a server. These are a type of data pushers.

A data logger GPS isn't of much use for the vehicles particularly if you are interested in real-time tracking, because it cannot be used for remote tracking in real-time.

Other types of trackers can be plugged into the OBD-II port of the car and are mostly used by mechanics to collect more data and provide more analytical information.

GPS trackers for fleets have advanced features compared to the Car GPS trackers. They use the same GPS technology, but the analytics portion is more complex because there are more vehicles to keep track and the user needs data for each and every fleet distinctively.

Fleet trackers use telematics technology and can be placed under the category of data pushers.

Vyncs and Vyncs Fleet GPS trackers

Vehicle GPS trackers: When it comes to GPS tracking for Vyncs and Vyncs Fleet, one must go for the one that provides best of features and is the most cost-effective. As per the survey reports, Vyncs is currently the best-selling car GPS tracker available in the market.

It plugs into the OBD-II port of the car, so it doesn’t use batteries, and uses a minimal amount of energy from the car. This means you don’t have to worry about replacing them, just plug in and use for an entire year without paying anything.

As mentioned before, Vyncs is a data pusher, and it provides standard location updates every 3 minutes. Upgrades are available for 60/30/15 second updates as well, as ‘’Live Map Auto Refresh’’ feature. Apart from GPS tracking, Vyncs provides a variety of analytics such as driving safety and fuel tips.

As it is plugged into the OBD-II port, you get a detailed health report of your vehicle. Vyncs Fleet is made for commercial fleets and provides GPS tracking for an unlimited number of vehicles.

Managing your vehicle fleet is much easier with the advanced features such as automatic tracking and analytics, which are accessible through the web server and mobile application. You can keep a track of your vehicles, the productivity of your workers, the costs, and much more.
Know why Vyncs.


How to improve the accuracy of GPS data?

In layman's language, if there's any obstruction between the satellite and the device that results in weakening of signals, it may give inaccurate GPS map reports.

If you are not getting accurate location data about your car then here are some possible reasons:

  • Landscape's characteristics (enclosed spaced reduce the signals).
  • Satellite position (the number of satellites in view (under optimal conditions) naturally fluctuates)
  • Hidden device (hindering the path between the satellite and the receiver).
You may face an accuracy problem when you are driving within the steep valleys, in urban areas or on the slopes of the mountain, as the sky area is not much visible in these places.

These areas have less number of satellites in the direct line of receiving site and that primarily causes accuracy problems.  If your device is kept hidden in the vehicle, make sure that there’s no hindrance or obstruction in the path of the satellite & the receiver (the device).


Prominent Features of Vyncs GPS tracker 

Reliable Real -Time GPS Tracking - Get data from the Vyncs device in your account through the cloud-based technology over a 3G/2G wireless network in real-time. It comes with all the bell and whistles that you would expect from a great GPS tracking product. Trips, zone arrival/departure notifications, start/stop street addresses, live maps, geo-fences are few of the examples.

Trip logging - With Vyncs GPS tracking, you can access the log all your car trips automatically.

Car theft prevention - It helps you in car theft prevention as you will know where your car is at all times. You will know if someone tries to steal your car. If you want you can even hardwire it and hide the Vyncs device using a Y-OBD-II extension cable so that the thieves have a hard time finding it.

Monitoring teen driving - The Vyncs GPS will allow you to know where your teen is driving at all times, and you can monitor additional habits such as driving speed, sharp turns, rapid acceleration, and harsh braking. You can also add advanced features like curfew hours alert and speeding policy violations reported on the map.

Reliable Real-Time GPS Tracking - Get data from the Vyncs device in your account through the cloud-based technology over a 3G/2G wireless network in real-time. It comes with all the bell and whistles that you would expect from a great GPS tracking product. Trips, zone arrival/departure notifications, start/stop street addresses, live maps are few of the examples.

No Monthly Fee - In general GPS tracker prices are hefty but Vyncs offers you all the valuable information at an unbeatable price. The best part is that it does not change any monthly fee.

Web based & Android/iOS GPS app: The vehicle tracking data can be seen through a web or mobile-based app. The user has to download the app, log in with the credentials and set up the vehicle/driver details. Each and every driver listed in the app can be tracked with the device.


Conclusion

To conclude, GPS tracking is an incredibly important technology and it is quite useful in today’s society. Understanding how GPS technology works and the specific benefits of car GPS trackers will make your car as safe as your home. So, get a car tracking unit for your car and make sure you get Vyncs.

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Vehicle Theft Prevention and Steps to Save Your Vehicle

August 31, 2018

Vehicle Theft Prevention and Steps

In 2016 alone, all motor vehicle thefts totaled a loss of $5.9 billion, including automobiles, trucks, buses, motorcycles, and all other motor vehicles. By the first half of 2017, the number of vehicle thefts increased by 4.1%. There is constantly an increase in vehicle theft/car break-in statistics as the years go by. How can we fight against car thefts and make sure our vehicles are secure?

This article will tell you how you can prevent your car from being stolen, types of car thefts that you should be aware of, and what you should do in case your car does get stolen. You’ll be equipped with everything you need to deal with these situations.

Types of Vehicular Thefts

There are many different types of vehicle thieves, and understanding their intents and common schemes will help us better prevent car thefts.

Some thieves only want your car for parts. Sometimes, they might just steal some car parts and not the car itself. This is a situation in which parking in a public well-lit location can prevent this. Additionally, parking close to the curb with the wheels turned in will make it difficult for the thief to steal your tires. These kinds of thefts are usually done by professionals, and if you do retrieve your car in the end, it probably won’t be in one piece. Time is even more important in these situations, so give the police as much information as you can so you can hopefully get your car back intact.

Some car thieves steal luxury cars for a joy-ride. In these situations, they are likely not professional car thieves, so loud alarms and blinking lights are more likely to scare them off. People often get their cars back in these situations, but the damage may be sustained to the vehicle. For those who simply steal the car for a joy-ride and then ditch the car somewhere, Vyncs GPS tracker will be very helpful for retrieving your car.

Steal car for valuables: There are also thieves that will break into your car just to steal valuables, and the best way to avoid these thefts is to of course keep valuables out of sight of possible perpetrators.

Other vehicle theft scenarios: In some vehicle theft scenarios, one person will rear-end your car so you get out to check it. Then, another person will then steal your car, and both people will drive off. This is why you should never leave your car running when you’re not in the car! If you need to leave your car to check a rear-end, turn your car off and LOCK IT. If you are rear-ended and it appears to be a car theft situation, just stay in your car and call the police to report the situation. Make sure to get the license number of the car that rear-ended you. If the rear-end bump is part of a car theft scheme, collecting as much information about them as possible to report them to the police will help prevent more vehicle thefts.

Preventing Vehicle Theft

Vehicle theft can be prevented with the following steps and we will discuss some of the most effective methods for preventing vehicle theft below.

  • Don’t lose your keys. Make sure you always know where they are and make sure they are in a safe, private location where they cannot be stolen. Beware of pickpockets. NEVER leave your car keys in your vehicle.
  • Keep spare keys safe. You can keep your spare keys at home or with someone you trust. Do NOT keep it in your car or in a publicly accessible location.
  • Always lock your car. Even when you’re driving, make sure you keep your car locked.
  • Avoid keeping valuables in the car. Keep valuables at home or take them with you when you leave your car. If keeping valuables in your car isn’t avoidable, keep them out of sight. Easily visible valuables in your car will automatically make it a target. You may lose your valuables and your car, or you may be left with a damaged car and missing valuables.
  • Never leave a running car unattended. Even if it’s only for a short time, don’t take the risk. It won’t take much extra time to turn off your car and lock it. Don’t make it easy for thieves to steal your car!
  • Do not leave vehicle registration in the car. If the thief gets pulled over and your vehicle registration in the car, they’ll be able to claim ownership of the car. Always keep your car registration with you so if the thief gets pulled over they won’t have the registration! This will make it more likely for you to get your car back.
  • At night, avoid parking your car in dark locations. Instead, try to park your vehicle in well-lit areas that are less likely to be targeted. Thieves tend to target cars that are parked in dark and isolated locations, so this is exactly what you should be avoiding!
  • Don’t leave car windows open. Leaving your car windows open will make it easier for a thief to break in and steal your car. Don’t lock your car but forget to roll up your windows.
  • Make sure your car alarm works. Loud alarms and flashing lights will scare off the thieves in some cases and draw attention to your vehicle being stolen so someone will call 9-1-1 and report it. Witnesses will make it easier to retrieve your car if it’s stolen. Don’t make it easy for the thief – make a scene!
  • Be aware of loiterers in parking lots. If you see someone loitering in an area, avoiding parking in that location. It is important to always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Beware on holidays. Most car thefts occur on Halloween, so be especially wary on this day.
  • Get a GPS tracker for your car.GPS trackers will allow you to track your car if it gets stolen, so you’re likely to be able to get it back. Next, we’ll talk a little bit more about GPS trackers for your car.

GPS Tracking:The Best Way to Stop Vehicular Theft

GPS trackers are devices which you can keep in your car at all times to track the movements of your car. The Vyncs GPS tracker plugs into the OBD-II port of your car, so it does not use a battery that will need replacement. This means your GPS tracker will always work, and you won’t have to worry about it dying when your car gets stolen. You can also use the GPS tracker to periodically check up on your car to make sure it’s still exactly where you parked it. Vyncs provides remote GPS tracking through their Android and iOS phone app and through their web portal from your computer. With these features, you can track your car anytime, anywhere. With 3 minute GPS updates, upgradable to as fast as 15 seconds, you’ll always know where your car is.  Even when your car is off, the Vyncs GPS tracker will still work.  The device will turn on and update the car’s location every 1 hour. Hiding your GPS tracking device is essential. You don’t want a thief to see it and unplug the device, or you won’t be able to track your car anymore. OBD cables are a perfect solution for keeping your GPS tracker away from the eyes of thieves.

What are OBD cables and how do you use them?

There are mainly 3 types of OBD cables:
  1. Extension cables
  2. Splitter cables
  3. Power supply cables

Extension cables and splitter cables are handy in deceiving thieves so they cannot find or see your GPS tracker. The extension cable can allow you to hide the tracking device in your glove compartment or another hiding location. The splitter will allow you to plug your tracking device into one of the wires that can be hidden. The other wire will appear empty so a thief wouldn’t think there’s a tracking device plugged in. This will prevent them from disconnecting your device, so you can always track your car. If your car does not have an OBD-II port, power supply cables can plug into the Emergency Power Supply or cigarette lighter and you can then plug your OBD device into that cable. All of these cables are not sold by Vyncs but can be bought from Amazon for less than $10.

These are the three types of extension cable:

  1. OBD extension cable
  2. OBD splitter cable
  3. OBD power supply cable

What to do if your car is stolen / What to do in a vehicle theft situation

Preventing car theft is difficult no matter how much you do to protect your car, but it might still get stolen. If you get into this situation, we’ll tell you what to do so you can be prepared and can get your car back!

Effective steps in case of car theft:

If your car is stolen, remember not to panic. The first thing you’ll want to do is call the police and report the theft. Make sure to tell the police your license plate number and the year, make, model, and color of the car. If you noticed any suspicious behavior before your car was stolen, or even saw your car being stolen, make sure you report all the information and descriptions that you can. Do not attempt to chase down the vehicle yourself because you may be putting your life at risk. Your life is more important than your car! If you have Vyncs GPS tracking device, you can immediately start tracking your vehicle and notify the police of the thief’s location, and they can help you get your car back.

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Are OBD Car Trackers Better Than Generic GPS Trackers?

January 29, 2018

What's the difference between an OBD tracker and other car trackers?

OBD trackers work through a vehicle's OBD-II port. If you've ever seen car mechanics plug a small device into your car, they were likely using an OBD-II scan tool to get information on what is wrong with your car. Likewise, OBD car trackers can get information from your car through the same port. Unlike other car trackers that only use GPS location information, OBD trackers get location information in addition to information from the vehicle.

Meanwhile, generic GPS trackers are what most people think of when they think of tracking. They use satellite technology to find the location of the device. Depending on the size of the device, a generic GPS tracker can be used to track many different things, from cars to people. However, they only track one thing: location. Generic trackers sacrifice richness of information for versatility. So when it comes to tracking cars, which OBD trackers specialize in, generic trackers don't seem up to snuff.



Why is OBD better for vehicle tracking?

It's easy to install and use. Once you find the OBD port in your vehicle, which is normally located under the steering wheel above the gas pedal area, installation is a breeze. You simply place the small device into the slot, and it takes car health and maintenance data from the port. With the Vyncs OBD tracker, for example, either log on to the Vyncs website or the Vyncs app in order to view the data.

It doesn't need charging. Most car trackers contain a battery that needs to be charged regularly about once a week or so. OBD car trackers don't have a battery and don't need charging. They essentially never need to be removed, so there's no fear of having it die just when you need it.

It collects more data. Because OBD trackers are plugged into the car, it can collect information from the car to help you understand your car better. By using an OBD tracker, you can track your vehicle's fuel economy and mileage. An OBD tracker such as the Vyncs tracker can also provide diagnostics for vehicle problems. Even better: the smarts from the Vyncs AI system will provide personalized suggestions on how to optimize fuel and maintenance costs.

It helps you drive better. The Vyncs GPS tracker automatically detects unsafe driving behaviors such as speeding or sudden braking. In addition to knowing where and when you (or others) are driving, you know how well you drove. Vyncs scores drivers and provides graphs and tables to evaluate the data. Comes handy if you have newly minted drivers at home.

It costs less than you think. Vyncs OBD trackers work on an annual plan, with regular Vyncs at $72.98 per year and Vyncs Fleet at $99.99 per year. Don't let the large numbers fool you; other trackers often charge per month, but when added up their annual rate is much more than that of Vyncs. For the added efficiency, data, and peace of mind it can give, it's well worth it.

If you're looking for a way to track a vehicle, it's worth thinking about what kind of tracker you want. If you favor versatility, go with a generic GPS tracker. If you want to track a vehicle in multiple aspects, not just location, OBD trackers are the way to go.



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