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Plymouth Rock Gas Finder & Safety Suggestions

Labor day we said goodbye to summer and dove head first into our Fall schedules and driving changes. Plymouth Rock Assurance Corporation has a few tips and tricks on how to save a few bucks while staying safe.

Plymouth Rock has suggested taking the following precautions on a regular basis:

  • Check your vehicle stats — Double check your tire pressure, windshield wipers, fluids, tire tread and other vehicle vitals.
  • Slow down! — Obeying the speed limit keeps a little extra gas in your tank. According to an article on insurancenewsnet.com “aggressive driving and speeding lowers gas mileage by 33% at highway speeds.”
  • Buckle up — Ensure yourself and all passengers are buckled. It’s also important to make sure all children are securely fastened into their own age-appropriate safety seat.
  • Avoid distractions — Be careful not to take your eyes off the road. Even a second’s distraction could lead to disaster. Especially with the new texting and driving ban you wouldn’t want to save your gas savings on a ticket.

Plymouth Rock provides Gas Price Finder… for FREE!

While driving may be the most convenient mode of transportation for some, gas prices seem to sneak up the best of us. Plymouth Rock has created an easy, free way of cutting your gas expenses in helping you find the lowest price around! To find the cheapest gas simply enter your zip code into the Plymouth Rock Gas Price Finder and start your savings.

For an auto insurance quote comparison, including one from Plymouth Rock, contact a friendly MassDrive agent today!

Back To School: Driving Safety Tips

As back to school season begins the simple fact is you will encounter more cars on the road. From additional youth drivers to parents returning from a summer vaca you may notice an increase in traffic throughout the day and especially in the mornings. Now is a great time to review safe driving techniques with your children, teenagers – even take a refresher yourself:

  • Silence your cell: With the new distracted driving legislation this should be a no-brainer. If caught texting and driving you can face a steep fine or even a suspension of your license!
  • Buckle-up: Elementary, but necessary for safe driving. Parents should ensure all children are buckled and situated in car-seats appropriate for their size. Remind your teenagers seat belts are a must, they won’t “look cool” when they find themselves without in an accident.
  • Reverse: Looking over your shoulder and checking all mirrors should be automatic before placing your vehicle in reverse. This is especially important when children are present.
  • School-buses: Know when a school bus stops and its red stop sign or flashing lights appear children are boarding or exiting the bus. Be on the look out for children crossing the street even after the bus has moved on.
  • Be Alert: Avoid driving when you are exhausted or feel fatigued. When you are not able to pay full attention to the road you may miss crucial directions or signs and will be putting other drivers, bikers, and pedestrians lives at risk.
  • School Zones – SLOW DOWN: School zones generally have a lower speed limit than other surrounding areas. There is a rhyme and reason to this and these lower speed limits should be obeyed.

Young Drivers Benefit Greatly from Target Safety Course!

Safety is number one in a parents mind when it comes to their child, and learning to drive can be risky business. Peace of mind however may be just around the corner thanks to a recent experiment completed by the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The new study’s found young drivers can be trained to realize and avoid dangerous situations while driving and reduce their risk of accidents.

Researchers at the University developed and evaluated a computer based training program training young drivers how to better anticipate potential hazards on the road. Twenty-four drivers ages eighteen to twenty-one were surveyed in the study. Before any on-road driving twelve of the drivers took part in a Risk Awareness and Perception Training Program developed at the University of Massachusetts. The simulation program contains nine driving scenarios with a potential risk of an accident with another vehicle or pedestrian. The other twelve drivers did not participate in the training.

After the training was complete, researchers followed the participants eye movements driving a total of 16 miles on local roads. Prior to the drive the researchers found parts of the drive that contained hazards similar and dissimilar to those in the simulation. The driving experiment found the drivers who participated in the driving simulation and training were significantly more likely to recognize areas of the roads with potential risks. Those with training recorded eye movements recognizing a  64.4% likelihood to view at areas of the roads with potential hazards as only 37.4% without the training readily viewed these areas of the road.

According to an article by EHS Today the researchers include: Anuj K. Pradhan, Ph.D., and Donald L. Fisher, Ph.D., of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering; Alexander Pollatsek, Ph.D., of the Department of Psychology; and Michael Knodler, Ph.D., of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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