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Travel Tips For Memorial Day Weekend


Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the beginning of summer, and if you’re planning a fun weekend getaway, you’re not alone.  There will be millions of drivers on the road this weekend and all of them will be eager to get to their destination.  Everyone wants to make good time during travel, but it’s more important to be safe and prepared for anything.  Keep these tips in mind this weekend and your drive should go smoothly, safely, and hopefully quickly!

  • Make sure your car is in tip top shape.  If you’ll be traveling a long distance, get an oil change, make sure you have enough windshield washer fluid, make sure all of your headlights and blinkers are working properly, and make sure your tires have enough air in them.
  • Be prepared.  Holiday travel can be very stressful, there are tons of other people on the road and anything can happen.  Make sure you’re prepared by keeping an emergency kit in your car.  It should include first aid, a flashlight with extra batteries, equipment to change a flat tire, water and food such as granola bars, a fire extinguisher, reflective cones, jumper cables, duct tape, and a blanket.
  • Plan your route.  Make sure you know how often you will need to stop for gas and bathroom breaks, and map out potential rest stops and gas stations where this would be possible.  It’s also a good idea to download traffic apps as many of them will tell you where these things are along your route.  You also want to make sure your auto insurance is up to date and that you have all of the proper coverages you need.
  • Get an E-ZPass transponder.  This will make your life much easier when it comes to tolls, you can just quickly pass through the toll without having to stop which will definitely save you some time compared to those drivers without an E-ZPass.
  • Obey the law.  Make sure everyone in your car is wearing their seat belt and that you’re obeying all posted speed limits.  The other thing that we want to stress is to avoid distracted driving at all costs.  This can be extremely dangerous not only for yourself but for other drivers as well, so if your phone is going off or you need directions, ask the person in the passenger seat to do it and avoid getting yourself a hefty ticket.  Police officers will be out in full force this weekend so make sure you’re obeying the law.  Nothing like getting a ticket to start your weekend off on the wrong foot.
  • Use a designated driver.  If you plan on drinking this is a no-brainer.  Technically the legal limit is a blood-alcohol level under .08.  Drunk driving tends to increase over the holiday weekend, and as we said police will be out in full-force looking for drivers endangering themselves and others.  We want everyone to have an enjoyable weekend, but we want them to do it responsibly.

This weekend is sure to be full of family, friends, food, and fun in the sun!  Enjoy the weekend but make sure you’re prepared for anything and most of all drive responsibly!

Photo By: Land Rover MENA

St. Patrick’s Day Safety Tips

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The big day is almost here!  St. Patrick’s Day is a major holiday here in Massachusetts, and we know how much everyone loves to enjoy some Guinness and green beer, however, even though it’s a party we all need to behave responsibly for our own safety, and the safety of those around us.  Don’t let us stop you from enjoying the day, but we do want to give you some tips that will help you get home safely and avoid any trouble along the way.

  • Designate a driver.   Yes we know this tip is overused but it is honestly so important!  Knowing you have a safe ride home at the end of the night will allow you to enjoy the festivities that much more, whether it’s a friend in your group or a sober family member that comes to get you at the end of the night, avoid driving if you have been drinking at all!  If you have underage siblings that can drive, offer them a few bucks to be your chauffeur for the night!
  • Leave your keys at home.  If you don’t have your keys, you won’t be tempted to drive anywhere.  Both local and state cops will be cracking down on drunk drivers especially hard this weekend, and there will be many more roadblocks out than usual so you don’t want to get caught in a bad situation.  If you’re going out for a few drinks, don’t even give yourself the ability to get behind the wheel, leave your keys at home!
  • If you’re going to be out in Boston, we recommend utilizing public transit or cabs for your travels.  Due to the festivities taking place across the city, some MBTA service routes will be operating on a special schedule or will be diverting their routes.  The St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston will be a major source of congestion, and buses will not be able to service the Andrews or Broadway T station beginning at 11 AM, although Red Line services will still be available.  The details regarding the altered MBTA bus routes can be found here.  Commuter rail lines will run on their typical Sunday schedule, and their will be no disruption in T service.  In terms of cab service, this list of companies has been authorized by the City of Boston.
  • Other cities across the state also have cab service available so the above tip does not only apply to those that are celebrating in Boston.  Look up cab companies that service your city prior to going out, you’ll be glad that you have a few options to call since many smaller cab companies get extremely busy on St. Patrick’s day, and the wait time can get longer and longer as the night goes on.
  • If you do notice someone driving that appears intoxicated, contact the authorities right away.  You should be able to tell them the color, make and model of the car, license plate number, and the direction that they were traveling in.  Drunk drivers do not only endanger themselves, they put the lives of innocent people in danger with their own actions and should be pulled over before they harm themselves or anyone else.

The luck o’ the Irish won’t get you out of trouble if you’re caught driving while intoxicated, so use these tips and if you plan on drinking, avoid driving at all this St. Patty’s Day.  Not to sound like a broken record but not only are you endangering your own life by drinking and driving, but you’re also risking the lives of those around you, which is a risk no one should ever take!  We want everyone to enjoy the holiday while also staying safe and being responsible, so keep these tips in mind when you’re making your St. Patty’s day plans!

Photo By:  Caitlinator

Hosting A Superbowl Party? Keep These Tips In Mind!

Yes we know the Superbowl won’t be the same this year without the Patriots, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still party does it?  Even though us Bay Staters may not care as much as we normally would about the game, that doesn’t mean we can’t throw a Superbowl party that our friends will be talking about for years.  Where to start you ask?  Well there are a few key components of a party to keep in mind and we’ve outlined the following tips that will ensure your party is a success:

  • Seating – You definitely want to make sure that all of your guests have a place to sit and watch the game once they arrive.   Guests will most likely mingle and chat during commercials but their main focus will be the game itself so arrange the seats in a way that everyone has a clear view of the TV.
  • Food – Food is probably the most important staple of a Superbowl party, besides the TV and game itself.  Superbowl parties are notorious for unhealthy but delicious snacks that are favorites with party-goers.  Finger foods are definitely the best bet because they are easier to grab off of a plate, and guests can sample a little bit of everything without getting too full.  Of course you’re going to have your classic junk food such as chips and salsa, dips, wings, cookies, and brownies, which are all fan favorites, however, don’t forget about your guests that are trying to stay healthy and pick up a veggie platter.  You also want to make sure that you keep any allergies in mind, if one of your guests gets sick after eating it can change the mood of the celebration pretty quickly.
  • Crock Pot – This will seriously come in handy on game day if you have one.  This is perfect for keeping dips or even meatballs warm throughout the entire game.  If you know your guests will be snacking a certain dish, prepare it in a crock pot so that you can keep it warm for the whole party!
  • Drinks – Who (age 21 and up) doesn’t love an ice cold beer on Superbowl Sunday?  Beer is another Superbowl staple for adults and you can bet that any hardcore football fans won’t want to miss a second of the game to refill their drink.  Keep a cooler in the living room with the guests so that they can easily grab a refill without missing a play.  If you’re going to serve alcohol, you should also be serving waters and non alcoholic beverages for the minors and designated drivers at the party as well.
  • Games – Games are a great way to bring friends together and encourage a little healthy competition.  That’s why organizing some football related games to bet on is a great way to entertain guests.  Football squares are very popular and if you have enough people to  buy them it makes the game much more exciting.
  • Clean Up – It’s inevitable that there will be spills at a Superbowl Party.  We would definitely suggest keeping some towels and cleaning products on hand in the living room to quickly clean spills and get at stains before they set in.
  • Safety – This is top priority for game day.  As a host, you want to make sure that all of your guests are staying safe and partying responsibly.  Make sure that each person leaving your house is either sober or has a designated driver.  The last thing you want is for a friend or family member to get into a drunk driving accident on their way home because they had too much to drink at your house.  Not only will you feel guilty, but you can also be sued and considered responsible for the accident since you were providing the alcohol.  Stay safe and party responsibly this year!  Designate a driver if you plan on drinking and hosts do not let anyone drive themselves home if they are intoxicated.

If you stick with us and follow these tips, your party will be the best on the block!  Grab some food, friends, and drinks this weekend and prepare to celebrate but remember to enjoy safely!

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