Where Would a Tracking Device Be on a Car?

By April 21, 2017News

One of the most common questions we get is, where would a tracking device be on a car? While some vehicle upgrades are expensive and complicated to install, OBD devices like DriveBetter are a snap to put into place.

Let’s take a look at what an OBD port is, why it’s important if you want to track driving and how an OBD device is used.


What is an OBD Port?

The on-board diagnostics (OBD) port, sometimes called the OBD-II port, is a component of virtually every vehicle produced after 1996. The on-board diagnostics system tracks every move and emission your vehicle makes. It’s the same system that will trigger the check engine light if a problem is detected.

Like your neighborhood mechanic, you can take advantage of OBD technology with the right tools. The OBD system works by using diagnostic trouble codes (DTC). The codes indicate certain performance measurements and functions as well as where a vehicle travels. Devices that connect to a vehicle’s OBD port are able to interpret the diagnostic trouble codes and convert it into useable information.

Because OBD-II systems are standardized, it’s possible for companies like DriveBetter to develop consumer tools that can tap into all of the knowledge stored inside your vehicle’s diagnostic center.


Where to Put a GPS Tracker in a Car

The DriveBetter OBD driver monitoring system is designed to be easy to use so you can quickly swap it out between vehicles. Easy installation also means teen drivers don’t have an excuse for not using the device.

OBD devices plug into place in seconds. The trick is you have to locate your OBD port. If you’ve never used one before, you may be wondering where to put a GPS tracker in a car. Many people think it needs to be connected to the engine, but the OBD port is actually much more accessible.

In most vehicles the OBD port is located under the dash on the driver side just below the steering wheel. Of course, the OBD port location is going to vary slightly depending on the make, model and year of the vehicle. For instance, the OBD port in a 2004 Honda Accord is just to the left of the steering wheel in the driver’s kick panel. But in a 2014 Chevrolet Equinox, the OBD port is directly under the steering wheel near the hood release lever.

Check out this DriveBetter demo video for a look at how easy it is to plug our OBD device in and get driving.

The OBD port is a small rectangle that looks similar to an HDMI port. It’s usually black but could be gray or white. Once the DriveBetter OBD device is plugged in it will start gathering data and creating reports that can be viewed on your smartphone.

Our OBD monitoring device works with most vehicles models that were made after 1996. Cars, SUVs, Trucks – they should all be compatible.


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Author Trip

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