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Super Bowl Driving Safety Tips

Who’s excited for the Super Bowl?!

The Super Bowl is a true American tradition, and this year in Massachusetts there is an even higher level of anticipation than usual – the Patriots will face off against the Seahawks! Super Bowl Sunday can be one of the best days of the year, but have you thought about Super Bowl safety?

This Sunday can be a dangerous time for drivers on the road. Not only is Massachusetts going to be hit with more snow this weekend, making the road conditions worst (check out our safety tips for driving in the snow), but drunk driving on Super Bowl Sunday is rampant. More drivers are involved in alcohol-related accidents on Super Bowl Sunday than any day of the year besides St. Patrick’s Day, according to the Insurance Information Institute. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 48% of U.S. traffic fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday are alcohol related.

The best plan of action is to plan ahead. Have a designated driver. Plan to stay overnight at a friend or family member’s house. Book a hotel. Use public transportation. Call a cab or get an Uber. With so many options to travel safely, there is no excuse for drunk driving.

If you are hosting a Super Bowl Party, provide plenty of yummy food so guests don’t drink on an empty stomach. Search Pinterest or Google to find easy crowd-pleasing recipes! Also, offer non-alcoholic drinks for people to sip on throughout the game.

Whatever your plans are this weekend, MassDrive hopes your drinks are celebratory, and your Super Bowl safe! Lets go Patriots!

 

Super Bowl Driving Safety Tips

Top Radio Stations For Your Morning Commute

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If you have to drive to work on a major road in Massachusetts, you’re more than likely going to get stuck in some traffic and wind up in the car for a little longer than you’d like.  The good news?  At least you can listen to some great morning shows and music on the radio!  We’ve got you covered when it comes to sports, entertainment, and great music on your ride in to work.

For the Sports Fan: If you want up to the minute coverage of Boston sports teams, tune into the Dennis and Callahan morning show on WEEI 93.7  FM from 6 AM – 10 AM.  They cover the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and much more.  This morning show has held the #1 spot among men ages 25-54 since the winter of 2006 and often hosts special guests from ESPN, managers of teams, and even Jerry Remy.  Another great station for sports fans is 98.5 The Sports Hub.  They are the flagship station of the Bruins, Patriots, and New England Revolution and on your ride into work you can get the latest updates from Toucher and Rich who are also on air from 6 AM – 10 AM.

For the Entertainment Junkie – If you want the latest updates on celebs and the goings on in Hollywood, listen to Matty in the Morning on Kiss 108 FM weekdays from 6 AM – 10 AM, Boston’s #1 hit music station.  Not only do you get your typical news, traffic updates, weather alerts, etc, you also get the latest in entertainment gossip and they often have celebrities on to discuss their latest shows or music.

For the Hip Hop Lover – If you enjoy hip hop music, Jam’n 94.5 is Boston’s #1 station for hip hop and hit music.  The morning show with Ramiro is always entertaining and gives you the latest updates from everything to local news to updated news on the entertainment industry.  Another great thing about his show is the Jam Scam segment where friends and family members can request him to prank call their loved ones and trust us, the reactions are always hilarious and will make your morning commute that much more bearable.  A new station is also breaking onto this scene,  Hot 96.9 – The Rhythm of Boston which not only plays today’s hits but also throwbacks from the 80’s and 90’s.  Baltazar and Pebbles run a hilarious morning show weekdays from 6 AM – 10 AM and have fun questions for callers, a prank calling segment, and give away tickets all the time.

If You’re Looking For Easy ListeningMagic 106.7 is Boston’s station for soft rock and is perfect whether you’re dropping the kids off before work or even while you’re in the office.  Candy O’Terry recently took over the morning show for Mike Addams and will be on the air weekdays from 5:30 AM – 10 AM.  They play oldies from the 80’s, 90’s, and today’s hits so there’s something for everyone.

For Country Fans Country 102.5 is Boston’s top station for a variety of country music from artists such as Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.  Tune in and listen to JW and Lori on weekday mornings and don’t miss their Brain Strain trivia question each weekday morning at 7:10, the winner will receive a fabulous prize!

Did we miss anything?  Do you have a favorite station to listen to during your commute?  Be sure to let us know in the comments!

Photo By: Jason Cartwright

 

 

Furry Friend Friday With Bolt!

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We’re back with another Furry Friend Friday interview! Today I got to chat with Bolt, a 7 year old beagle up for adoption through Greyhound Friends, Inc under their “Hound Friends” section.  Bolt is a quiet older gentleman that came to Massachusetts all the way from Kentucky!  He’s looking for a quiet forever home where he can enjoy his golden years.

So Bolt, what is your favorite way to spend the day?

Well I’m pretty quiet so I like to lounge around and watch the world go by from a comfy spot inside.  I do like to go out for walks though, but in general I am pretty laid back.  I can be a little shy around new people, but once I get to know someone I love to spend time with them and cuddle, I’m a big love bug!

 That sounds fun, do you have a favorite place to go for a walk when you do go out?

Well the kennels are near a few acres of land so I love going out near the tree line, the woods are my favorite!  As a beagle, I have a very strong sense of smell and can track for miles.  The woods have so many different sights and smells, I love it and I love going with Ruthie, she’s another hound here at the kennel and is my best friend, but I get along with everyone here.

Do you have a favorite treat that you like to snack on?

The original Milkbones are my favorite by far,  can’t go wrong with the classic!

Is there anything you’re afraid of?

Well loud noises make me very nervous.  Traffic is a good example, I can’t stand the sound of those car horns!

Bolt, why would you recommend pet insurance to all pet owners?

Well life has a lot of unexpected twists and turns.  After being in a home for years, I never thought my owner would move to Hawaii and leave me behind, but it’s just another one of life’s unexpected occurrences.  I like to believe everything happens for a reason and now I’m here in Massachusetts waiting to start my new life!  Never in a million years would I have ever dreamed of leaving the south, so who knows what else could happen down the line.  All pet parents should be prepared for anything, especially health-related!

Bolt is right!  Life does have a lot of unexpected twists and turns, and accidents or illnesses aren’t usually something you plan on.  Protect your furry friend and call us at MassDrive for a pet insurance quote today! If you are interested in adopting Bolt, contact Greyhound Friends, Inc.  They are also hosting their annual Open House this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday from 12-4 PM where you will get a chance to meet Bolt as well as many other great dogs up for adoption, and even a few Patriots players!

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!

Photo By: Kid’s Birthday Parties

Super Bowl Safety – Are You Ready for Super Bowl Sunday?

Super Bowl Sunday

The Super Bowl is a true American tradition, and this year in Massachusetts, there is an even higher level of anticipation than usual – the Patriots will face off with the Giants! But have you thought about Super Bowl safety?

Whichever team you’re rooting for this Super Bowl Sunday, make sure you’re ready when you get behind the wheel. It’s not just the wintry New England weather that you’ll need to be prepared for – Super Bowl Sunday can be dangerous on the roads because of all the parties. Super Bowl drunk driving is rampant – more drivers are involved in alcohol-related accidents on Super Bowl Sunday than any day of the year besides St. Patrick’s Day, according to the Insurance Information Institute. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 48% of U.S. traffic fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday are alcohol related.

The best thing you can do to stay safe on Super Bowl Sunday is be prepared. Make plans in advance and include finding a designated driver in your game day preparations. If you find yourself in need, but without a designated driver after the game (and hopefully those drinks will have been celebratory!), there are many alternatives to getting behind the wheel. Call a cab, take public transportation, book a room, or if you must get home with your car on Sunday night, 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 to request the Tipsy Tow.

If you’re throwing a Super Bowl party, create a safer party environment by making sure you have plenty of food to serve along with alcoholic beverages, so no one drinks on an empty stomach. You could also offer non-alcoholic beverages as well, so everyone has something to sip on during the game. There are so many Super Bowl recipes, and many of them are easy! A simple Google or Pinterest search will have armed with tons of ideas for snacks that will help keep your party safe.

Whatever your plans this Sunday, everyone at MassDrive wishes you a safe and fun Super Bowl. Go Patriots!

Photo by chipgriffin

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