Quick Tips to Prepare Your Car for Fall

It’s here! The weather is getting chillier, the sun is setting earlier, and the leaves are beginning to turn. Football season has returned and coffee shops across the Bay State are offering pumpkin spice lattes. Fall has arrived!

Though it is sad to bid summer in New England goodbye, autumn in New England is beautiful. Don’t forget that the changing weather and beautiful foliage can present risks to Massachusetts drivers, keep yourself safe on Massachusetts roads and enjoy the season safely with these tips!

Tires

As the weather cools, your tire pressure can change and fall weather can leave you with low tire pressure. Be sure to take a look at the pressure on your tires and also check their tread and traction – leaves and frost can make the roadways slippery, you’ll need the grip!

Brakes

Roads are more slippery in the fall, so getting your brakes in tip-top shape is extra important.

Heater, defrosters, anti-freeze

The colder weather is coming and before it hits it’s wise to get your car ready! Ensure your car’s heat works and that your coolant (anti-freeze) is at the correct levels for protecting your engine.

Wiper blades

Did you know November is typically the wettest month of the year in Massachusetts? Check that your windshield wiper blades are functioning properly and have no tears that could interfere with use or grow over time.

Be aware of the changing weather

As it gets colder, the road can fill up with hazards, like frost and falling leaves. When driving on leaves, be sure to slow down and give yourself time to stop. Wet or frozen leaves can make roads slippery, and leaves on the road can conceal other hazards like pot holes and bumps. Frost acts just like black ice and can cause dangerous conditions. During a frost, be extra careful on bridges, as they freeze before roads, and take it slow.

MassDrive’s Proprietary Comparison Shopping Platform Featured In Agency Checklists

Yesterday, our new comparison shopping platform featuring real-time quoting was featured in Agency Checklists. We are excited to offer Massachusetts drivers this new tool to make shopping for car insurance even easier. Our co-founder and CEO says it best in the article,

“We have always made it a priority to develop the latest technology to best meet our customers’ needs, and we are thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received following this launch.

You can learn more about our platform and it’s launch by reading the full article, “Mass. Insurance Agency Launches Its Own Proprietary Comparison Shopping Platform” by Julia Ybarra, on Agency Checklists.

Want to try it out? Click here.

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MassDrive Insurance Group Launches Comparison Shopping Platform

Agency adds to growing list of consumer-focused utilities

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MassDrive Insurance Group, one of the first companies to offer Massachusetts consumers an online destination to shop for car insurance, today announced the launch of its instant quoting and comparison shopping platform. The technology solution, combined with MassDrive’s SnapQuote™ tool, live chat and extended hours phone-access to licensed insurance professionals, furthers MassDrive’s commitment to being the most innovative and customer-centric independent agency in Massachusetts.

MassDrive’s new platform offers a unique, streamlined and consumer-friendly user interface that provides accurate real-time quotes from multiple insurance carriers offering a broad range of pricing and coverage options. Complying with Massachusetts’ unique underwriting guidelines, the tool relies on targeted questions and information like driving records and car models. To supplement the comparison shopping tool, MassDrive offers its customers counsel from licensed insurance professionals to ensure the quote is accurate, meets customers’ specific needs, and accounts for any eligible discounts. The agency began pilot testing the service in June.

“We are proud to continue to improve the auto and home insurance buying experience for consumers in Massachusetts with the launch of comparison shopping on MassDrive.com,” said Bill Suneson, co-founder and CEO of MassDrive Insurance Group. “We have always made it a priority to develop the latest technology to best meet our customers’ needs, and we are thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received following this launch.”

MassDrive is known for its adoption of high-tech solutions and offers utilities like web chat and texting that make it easy for customers to get in touch. Through its “Renewal Readiness” program, MassDrive agents monitor premium adjustments from customers’ current insurance company, and upon renewal, re-evaluate the policy with other insurance partners to ensure that every customer receives the best coverage and most cost-competitive policy available.

Massachusetts consumers can access MassDrive’s comparison shopping technology directly at MassDrive.com. MassDrive, through its B2B offering, also makes its technology and insurance services available to strategic partners including affinity groups, online insurance agents and financial institutions.

About MassDrive Insurance Group

MassDrive makes shopping for car and home insurance easy. One of the fastest growing independent insurance agencies in Massachusetts, MassDrive combines innovative, tech-driven services with industry expertise to deliver customized insurance policies that give the best protection and value to consumers. The only company to offer the Renewal Readiness™ policy review program and SnapQuote™ mobile quoting tool, MassDrive is committed to a consumer-centric approach to insurance. MassDrive’s expert agents, partnerships with multiple top-rated insurance carriers and extended hours consistently result in high customer satisfaction. For more information, please visit www.massdrive.com.

Contacts

Greenough Communications
Lucy Muscarella, 617-275-6527
lmuscarella@greenough.biz

Massachusetts New Year’s Eve Events

A new year is upon us! How will you celebrate and welcome in 2015? We’ve rounded up some great events from around Massachusetts to help you decide what to do. If you still need New Year’s Even plans, check out these great ideas from throughout MA.

The Zoo Year – Stone Zoo – Stoneham, MA – 4:00PM

The kids will love this one! Celebrate the new year at the Zoo Year celebration at the Stone Zoo – there will be a reindeer parade, Zoolights, costumed characters and even ice sculptures! The Zoolights spectacular will be sure to get your family into the holiday spirit. Tickets are $7 for non-members.

First Night – Boston, MA – all day

First Night has something for everyone, especially the whole family! With two fireworks shows (one at 7pm and one at midnight), a parade, ice sculptures, concerts (including one by local act and America’s Got Talent runner-ups Sons of Serendip!), and puppet shows and more for the kids! First Night originated in Boston – where better to celebrate than at the original! Buttons to access events on a first come/first serve basis are $10, children under 4 are free.

New Year’s Rockport Eve – Rockport, MA – 6:00PM

Besides having a rockin’ name, New Year’s Rockport Eve has something for the whole family to enjoy! From music to storytellers and magicians, there are some 85 events in 16 locations throughout Rockport, in their version of First Night (that may be closer to home for you!). The inns and restaurants of Cape Ann will be open for visitors to help ring in the new year! Buttons are $20 for adults.

New Years Eve Boston 2015 – Boston, MA – 9:00PM

Looking for a party to usher in the New Year? Check out Social Boston Sport’s annual New Year’s Party at King’s! This huge New Year’s party has two dance floors, two DJs, a professional photobooth, as well as compliementary bowling and other games all night! Sponsored by Deep Eddy Vodka, there will be three bars and signature New Year’s cocktails. Tickets are $85 until midnight.

Anti-New Years Party, Bukowski Tavern – Boston, MA

Finally, for those who want nothing to do with New Year’s Eve but love beer, Bukowski Tavern in Boston is hosting it’s annual anti-New Year’s party. Instead of a cover charge, you might even get paid to come on in the door. The Tavern is small, so if you want to ring in the new year by being anti-new year, get there early.

MassDrive Holiday Contest!

Dreaming of a White Christmas? Enter to win to 2 tickets to see the musical, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, at Boston’s Wang Theater on December 27, 2014! Head on over to Facebook to enter!

Official Rules:

  • Entry Instructions:  Each person may enter by clicking “Like” on the MassDrive Facebook page and comment with your favorite holiday song. You may also enter the Contest by sending us the requested information by a postcard or letter addressed to “White Christmas Contest” to our mailing address at 241 A Street, Suite 400, Boston, Massachusetts, 02110. Please include your submission and how to contact you by phone, email and mailing address.  These complete Contest Rules may also be obtained by sending us a request at our address, above.
  • All entrants must be Massachusetts residents and age 18 or older.
  • Only one entry per person. No purchase of any MassDrive product is necessary and will not increase the likelihood of winning.
  • Entrants may not submit content that contains any elements that violate a third party’s copyrights or trademark rights; or depictions of any individuals that have not granted permission to appear in the entry.
  • The contest will begin on Wednesday December 3, 2014  and will end at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, December, 10th.  The contest winner will be selected by MassDrive based upon each entrant’s creativity and unique value and it will be judged upon adherence to our contest rules.  The winner will be announced in a post on our Facebook page the following day.  The winner can inbox us with their email address and we will email the tickets to them.
  • The contest winner will be mailed two tickets for a performance of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas ” held at the Wang Theatre in Boston.
  • Employees and family members of MassDrive or Next Generation Insurance Group LLC are ineligible to enter.
  • MassDrive reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend the Contest, if in its sole discretion any problem prevents the Contest from running as planned.  All entrants must agree to release and hold harmless MassDrive from any claim by the entrant associated by entrant’s participation in the Contest.  MassDrive is not responsible and cannot be held liable for technical errors or other things that may prevent the promotion from running as planned.  MassDrive also reserves the right to substitute the contest prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the advertised contest prize is not available.
  • These Contest Rules shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, excluding its conflicts of laws provisions.
  • All entrants must agree to release and hold harmless Facebook from any claim by the entrant associated by entrant’s participation in the Contest. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

December 2014 Events in Massachusetts

Though the weather is growing colder, the holiday season in Massachusetts is beautiful. We hope you’ll get out and enjoy all that the Bay State has to offer despite the cold, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorite events happening this month in Mass.

Bright Nights at Forest Park – December 1 – January 4 – Springfield, MA

Enjoy beautiful holiday lighting with this three-mile route of impressive decorations! With more than 600,000 and a musical simulcast from 98.5FM, you and your family will be dazzled. With passes per vehicle ranging from $16-$21, Bright Nights is a drive the whole family will love.

The Polar Express at Edaville Railroad – December 3-30 – Carver, MA

Inspired by the holiday classic and hit movie, this is a fun holiday event the kids are sure to love. Hop aboard the The Polar Express at Edaville Railroad and take off to the North Pole to the soundtrack of the film. There will be a reading of the book, a stop to visit Santa, and hot chocolate and cookies served on board.

Holiday Skating Party – December 7 – Amherst, MA

Head to the Mullins Center Community Ice Rink to get into the holiday spirit with their Holiday Skating Party! Rock out to tunes provided by Hits 94.3, trying your hand at snowflake crafting and cookie decorating, and enjoy ice skating (rentals are included in the price of admission) at this event the whole family will love.

Newburyport Holiday House Tour – December 13 – Newburyport, MA

Beginning at the historic Custom House Maritime Museum, the 21st Anniversary Holiday House Tour will take you through the finest private residences and unique spaces Newburyport has to offer. Explore the history and culture of the town as you delight in the holiday decorations at each stop.

White Christmas at the Wang Theater – December 16 – 28 – Boston, MA

Celebrate the season with this holiday classic and the music of Irving Berlin! Catch Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical at the Wang Theater in downtown Boston. Get in the spirit with music, dancing and holiday cheer – and stay tuned to our Facebook page for an opportunity to win your tickets!

MassDrive Playlist for Your Thanksgiving Drive

Lately, we’ve been inspired by our neighbors at The Club. Not only do they offer awesome classes to help us get fit, but they also share monthly mixes on Spotify to get us pumped up both in and out of the gym – we’ve discovered so many great new artists and songs from their lists, which you can check out here.

This month, we made our own playlist and it is perfect for driving. We asked each of our agents to add a song, which has resulted in a unique mix of music of all genres and styles. This mix will get you grooving and soothe you, even in traffic.

Thanksgiving is just days away – and this week will have some of the busiest travel days of the year, as families and friends gather to give thanks and eat turkey on Thursday. In fact, there will be more people on the roads this Thanksgiving than any year since 2005! If you’ve got a drive ahead of you this week, these great tunes will help it go by faster, and make the traffic less road rage inducing, so follow the playlist now!

November Events in Massachusetts

‘Tis the season! The holidays are coming and there are many great, family-friendly events around the Bay State to get you in the spirit! From delicious dinners to festivals, November in Massachusetts is sure to be fun for the whole family.

Flavors of Fall – November 17, 2014 – Cambridge, MA

Some of the Greater Boston area’s most talented chefs will come together for one delicious night to benefit Youth on Fire at the Royal Sonesta. Flavors of Fall  features a menu filled with seasonal New England foods, as well as wine, beer and cocktail tastings – and all for a good cause! Proceeds from the event will go to Youth on Fire, which provides services and resources to homeless and unstably housed young adults in the Cambridge area.

Castleberry Holiday Arts & Craft Festival – November 21-23, 2014 – Worcester, MA

Shopping local this holiday season is made easy with the Castleberry Holiday Arts & Craft Festival! Just head on over to the DCU Convention Center in Worcester to browse hundreds of American made gifts, from pottery to scarves to jewelry. Tickets are $8 for adults, children under 14 are free. Come hungry, there will be a “food sampling extravaganza,” with delicious foods like homemade fudge, gourmet popcorn and jams, and carolers will be roving around to get shoppers into the holiday spirit.

Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation – November 27, 2014 – Plymouth, MA

Celebrate Thanksgiving where it all began! Share your Thanksgiving dinner with the pilgrims at Plimoth Plantation, but get your tickets quick! The America’s Thanksgiving Dinner has already sold out, but there are still seatings at the Thanksgiving Buffet available. Featuring a full Thanksgiving menu of fresh ingredients, Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantations is sure to be an unforgettable experience. The Plantation will be open on Thanksgiving Day, with regularly scheduled events throughout the day so you can learn more about life in the 1600s after your meal.

Moonlight Magic – November 28, 2014, 4:30PM – Shelburne Falls, MA

Moonlight Magic is an event the whole family will enjoy! During this magical night, Shelburne Falls becomes aglow thanks to 1,800 luminary candles and gets into the spirit of the season with a town parade, food vendors and extended hours at local shops. You may even run into some familiar faces – Santa, the Grinch, the Snow Princess and others will be out and about! There will be music, movies and even a Santa’s Workshop – something fun for everyone in your family!

City of Lights – November 29, 2014 – Lowell, MA

Celebrate the season with this parade through beautiful downtown Lowell, while enjoying local shopping and dining! The parade features floats and costumed characters, and ends with the Lighting of City Hall and the community tree. There is even a hot chocolate competition! The City of Lights parade is a great way to get into the holiday spirit for the whole family.

Announcing the New MassDrive Website!

The New MassDrive Website!

We are thrilled to announce to announce that our new website has officially launched! While our old site was functional, it had started to feel stale and we felt long overdue for a refresh. Our designer got to work, and we are so happy with the result! It is our hope that now you will be better able to navigate our site, as well as find more information about who we are, what we offer, and how we can help you find the best insurance for your needs.

Massachusetts drivers now have choice in the insurance market and it is MassDrive’s mission to provide choice and convenience. On the new site, you can learn more about our friendly agents and how they can help find the right insurance plan. You can also read about the features of the different products we offer before requesting a quote.

Speaking of getting a quote … on our new site requesting a quote is now faster and easier than ever. You can call, submit an online quote form or text to get a quote. Yes, text! Our brand new SnapQuote™ feature makes getting a quote as simple as taking a picture and sending a text from your phone. If you already have auto insurance in Massachusetts, simply send us a photo of the declarations page of your policy, and an agent will be in touch shortly to get you a quote!

The new site is mobile-optimized and features responsive design, so you can access contact and claims information or get a quote even on-the-go. We’ve added a whole section to the site dedicated to helping Massachusetts drivers learn more about insurance, whether it’s an auto or homeowner’s insurance policy, to help you feel more informed and empowered in the insurance-buying process. Check out our glossary, frequently asked questions, and articles to learn more about car insurance in Massachusetts and how you can get a free quote from MassDrive.

We hope you love the new site as much as we do! Send us your thoughts on Twitter @MassDrive!

Boston RMV Moving from Chinatown to Haymarket

The Boston RMV is moving, according to transportation officials. The Boston branch, currently located in Chinatown will be moving to a space in Haymarket located above what will be an indoor food market in an office building to be completed next year. It will replace the Chinatown branch and serve as the “flagship” for Massachusetts RMVs.

Source: http://www.metro.us/boston/

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