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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.

Make Good on Your New Year’s Resolution: Ways to Save on Massachusetts Auto Insurance Rates

Save on Auto Insurance

With 2012 right around the corner, many of us are dreading the credit card bills that can hit us hard after the holiday season.  While there may be many resolutions you aspire to achieve in the coming year, one that MassDrive can help with is saving you money on your auto insurance without adding risk to your everyday life.

At this time of year, expenses are at their highest for most people, which forces them to be more thrifty in their everyday life.  For many drivers, they turn to their auto insurance policy to cut corners. Lowering coverage or selecting only liability are definitely effective in lowering the price of an auto policy, but they also limit the driver should there ever be an incident. Luckily, these are not the only ways to save money on your MA auto insurance rates.

The majority of drivers are unaware of the numerous auto insurance discounts that are available to them when it comes to their auto policy. By doing some research and asking your auto insurer, you can start off the new year on the right foot and get cracking on that save money resolution for 2012:

  • One popular way to save money is by combining an auto and home policy with the same insurance carrier.  This typically results in up to a 5-12% total savings on the policy while also making it more convenient for the insured by having all of their information in one location.
  • Other common insurance discounts can be applied if the insured is willing to: pay in full, list multiple cars on the policy, or by having low mileage on their vehicle.  These factors typically result in a discount of up to 5-10%.
  • An increasing amount of carriers are now also giving discounts for drivers who choose to shop for insurance early. Insurance companies believe that drivers who apply early are more responsible and more likely to make payments on time.  These drivers are rewarded with up to a 5-10% discount depending on the date which they apply for insurance.  To receive this discount, drivers must commit to a policy at least seven days before the effective date, depending on the carrier.
  • Going green can also save you some green! Many carriers, including Progressive, offer discounts of up to 3% for those that are willing to go paperless. This saves trees and money, so what’s not to love about this discount? AAA or motor club members are also eligible for a discount, which varies by carrier but is roughly 5%.
  • Have a child that is away at school? If they are listed on their parent’s insurance, their policy may qualify for the student away at school discount.  Full time students can also help their parents save money by maintaining a GPA of 3.0.  Both situations allow for up to a 5-10% discount to be applied to the policy.

During this time of year, finances are especially tight for many drivers; however, utilizing these tips will help you ring in the New Year by saving on your Massachusetts auto policy! By asking your agent about these auto insurance discounts, you will be on your way to successfully completing one resolution!

New Year’s Eve Safety Tips

Stay Safe this New Year'sNew Year’s is a time for celebrating, reflection, resolutions and some auld lang syne. One of the most hyped party nights of the year, there will be lots of festivities occurring this December 31st, which happens to fall on a Saturday this year. Whether you’re throwing a party, checking out the club scene or attending First Night, it is important to make sure you’re safe this New Year’s Eve. Drunk driving and New Year’s seem to go hand-in-hand according to the statistics, so please, take measures to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Drunk driving is especially common on New Year’s Eve, especially between the hours of 9:00pm and 6:00am. Every year, there are 16,000 alcohol-related car accidents. Someone is killed every half hour due to drunk driving and someone else is injured every other minute, according to Lifetips30% of Americans will be involved in a car accident involving alcohol – this year, resolve to not be one of them.

New Year’s Day is considered to be the deadliest day of the year, second to the Fourth of July, according to ABC News. Deaths shoot up 150% on New Year’s because of drunk drivers on the roads. Sadly, it isn’t just driving that’s unsafe. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway safety, New Year’s also has the highest amount of pedestrians killed than any other day throughout the year. Be aware however you travel this New Year’s.

New Year’s Eve Safety Tips:

  • When traveling, choose a designated driver. Sure, no one likes to be left out of the partying on New Year’s, but get all the passengers to pitch in for the driver’s cover charge at the bar, or owe them a big favor. Regardless, if you are going to be traveling by car, make sure your driver is sober. Not only will your journey be safer, a sober driver will be better able to respond to drunk drivers sharing the road.
  • If you are driving and may be tempted to drink, make sure to give your keys up upon arriving at the party. Listen to your friends if they think you are too intoxicated to drive. There are always other and better options than you getting behind the wheel, and it is always better to be safe than sorry.
  • If you are traveling by car, as the driver or as a passenger, bring along an overnight bag just in case. This will make it less tempting to drive drunk, and you’ll be able to stay over more comfortably.
  • Take public transportation! The MBTA will offer free service after 8pm on New Year’s Eve, and the subway is open until 12:45am. This will give you enough time to go out and take in the beautiful midnight fireworks!
  • Call a cab. Paying a cab fare is much less costly than the price you could pay driving drunk. Don’t want to deal with Boston taxis? Use Uber, a car service app that makes it extremely easy and hassle-free to get a pick up, and you won’t have to worry about paying with cash or calculating a tip when you’ve had a few drinks.
  • Call the Tipsy Tow! If you must get home with your car, call AAA. The Tipsy Tow will pick you, your car and as many friends will fit in the truck up and bring you back home. Call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357), anywhere in the US and Canada, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
  • Book a room. Why not make a night of it? If you’re traveling to a party somewhere, book a room at a nearby hotel and circumvent having to drive after 6pm. Sites like Priceline and Hotwire always have great deals on hotels. Pamper yourself while staying safe!

Don’t make excuses – there are too many options that will get you home safely. Plan ahead and keep your loved ones in mind when making your New Year’s plans.

May you have a happy and safe New Year’s! This year, don’t let the New Year’s Eve drunk driving statistics keep you from having a good time, but be diligent! I’ll leave you on a positive note with my favorite version of Auld Lang Syne, one by the talented Martin Sexton! From all of us at MassDrive, we wish you the very best in the new year!

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