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Why Tracking Devices are So Much More Than Just Vehicle-Finders

This is how an effective tracker can help you in a life-or-death situation.

Let’s be honest, many may question that a vehicle tracking device is as beneficial as ‘they’ make it out to be. However, an effective tracker can not only protect your car but give you the upper hand in a life or death situation.

Did you know that besides helping you track down your car in the event that it is stolen, a tracking device can also assist you with mitigating the risk of a compromising situation, thanks to some awesome additional tech-savvy benefits? In the digital world we live in today, almost everything is done via our mobile phones and a tracking device becomes a powerful tool when included with features such as a panic button, driver report monitoring (for those who tend to be a bit heavier on the pedals), a full X-ray vision of your car’s whereabouts (yes, that’s right), and border alerts, all linked to your smartphone. Here’s more about these tech-savvy features:

Harsh event reporting – Over 90% of road accidents can be attributed to driver behaviour. If you are concerned that you or someone in your family may be an ‘adrenaline junky’ on the road, then your tracking device can give you access to behaviour monitoring reports via your smartphone whenever you brake harshly or are speeding. That’s not all, you are even able to use these reports to reduce the insurance premiums on your car!

X-ray vision – Often when cars get stolen, criminals leave the stolen cars ‘underground’ or in containers in an attempt to hide it from officials. However, with tracking devices today, you can outsmart criminals using innovative devices that help you detect where your vehicle is hidden.

Tax logbook – Whether you are self-employed, a business owner or a corporate employee, tracking your travel and fuel expenses is crucial for tax return purposes. With tracking devices today, you can view, record and edit your trips as private or business, view the total distance travelled for your selected timeframe, export your trip data and record all your fuel and vehicle maintenance expenses electronically.

Border Alerts – Cross-border vehicle theft is one of the major contributors to vehicle loss in South Africa. Your tracking device will send you a notification in the event that your vehicle is approaching a South African border. This will allow you to alert recovery teams before it crosses into foreign territory.

Panic alert – Probably one of the most valuable features with certain tracking devices, coupled with the smartphone application on your mobile, is the fact that you can ‘silently’ request assistance without alerting those around you. In the event that you experience a breakdown or any other emergencies, you can press the panic button on your smartphone application.

GPS pinpoint positioning – And, if you forget your phone at home you can access a fully personalised dashboard on your computer that will provide you with the exact GPS positioning of your car. This enables you to keep an eye on your car and loved ones when parked or driving in an unsafe area and can even help you when you’ve forgotten where you parked in a mall or business park.

Thanks to the number of value added benefits that come with these devices, these days a vehicle tracking solution is a powerful tool when you are faced with a life or death situation. It is therefore important to select a tracking solution that gives you peace of mind, knowing that you and your loved ones are protected, and at the same time that your solution is tech-savvy, smart and useful – beyond vehicle recovery.

Want to learn more about vehicle safety and installing a tracker in your car? Check out Matrix.

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