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We Need Your Vote!

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To all of our friends, family, staff, and valued customers, we need your vote!  We’re competing in the Boston Business Journal’s Social Madness Competition! This contest ranks companies based on their social media engagement and after the first round the top eight companies will advance to round two!  Right now we are currently in the top eight, but the rankings change quickly and we need your vote to help us advance.  To vote you just need to click here and create an account, and then you can vote daily until the first round ends on June 17th!

If we win, in addition to bragging rights we will get to donate $10,000 to the charity of our choice!  We have selected My Brother’s Keeper, a local organization in Easton that delivers food and furniture to families in need.  Voting is quick and it is very simple to make an account, you can even link it to one of your social media profiles which makes it that much faster to sign up!  Every vote counts and if we win it would make a big difference to many families in need across Massachusetts!  Once you vote, be sure to share it on your social media profiles and ask your friends to do the same!

Talking To Your Teen About Distracted Driving

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In honor of National Distracted Driving Awareness month, we wanted to continue spreading the awareness and give you some tips for talking to your teenager about the dangers of distracted driving.  Teens are some of the most frequent texters, tweeters, and social media addicts out there, and phones are staples of our daily lives in today’s world.  It can be difficult to put our phones down even for a moment, but in the moment it takes to respond to a text or look at your phone, anything can happen.

Although it can be difficult to unplug from your mobile device while driving, it’s necessary to fully concentrate on the task at hand.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for teenagers.  These accidents can be prevented, and talking to your teens and setting a good example for them are some of the most important things you can do for your young driver.  The following facts, figures, and tips will come in handy when you sit down with your teen to talk about the dangers of distracted driving.

According to a survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center for drivers ages 16-21, nearly half of the respondents said they had talked on their handheld phone while driving in the past 30 days.  Although this statistic is not surprising, it is nevertheless frightening to know that so many drivers on the road are endangering their own lives as well as the lives of other drivers and pedestrians.  The majority of drivers acknowledged such behavior as dangerous, but 48% of respondents said they had witnessed a parent talking on their phone while driving in the past 30 days, which is why it’s extremely important to set a good example for your children or any young drivers that you interact with.

It doesn’t hurt that it is illegal in Massachusetts for anyone under the age of 18 to use their cell phone while driving.  Remind your children of the penalties associated with distracted driving.  The first offense will get you a $100 ticket, plus a potential license suspension.  Once your teenager has their license and therefore freedom, they won’t want to lose it.  Knowing in the back of their mind that they could potentially lose their license if caught, they will be more likely to think twice before picking up their phone while behind the wheel.  You should also remind your young driver how important they are to you, and how much it would affect you if anything ever happened to them.  If they understand that their actions can have a serious impact on others, they may be less likely to take unnecessary risks.

Giving your children the facts and talking to them really can make a difference!  According to the same survey from the Consumer Reports National Research Center, concern about distracted driving convinced about three fourths of those surveyed to stop or decrease such behavior.  More than 60% say they were influenced after reading or hearing about the problem, 40% were convinced by related bans (such as the one here in MA that prohibits any cell phone use by drivers under the age of 18), and almost 30% by their family talking to them.  Your actions as a parent can make a huge impact on your child!  Young drivers learn by example, so set a good one!

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Be A Force Of Nature!

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Did you know that we’re in the middle of National Severe Weather Preparedness Week?  Perfect timing considering this storm that’s currently hitting the east coast!  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) partnered up to designate the week of March 3-9th as National Weather Preparedness week and are urging Americans to Be A Force Of Nature.

There are three steps to being a force of nature; first you need to know your risk.  Here in Massachusetts, our biggest risks are from snow and flooding.  Storms can have a major impact on families across the state; from losing power, to damage caused by the wind and flooding, there are many risks that come along with these storms we have here in Massachusetts!  Make sure you are checking the weather reports regularly as well, we all know how unpredictable the weather in New England can be.  Click here to find out how you can protect your family and be better prepared for emergencies!

The next step to being a force of nature is pledging to take action!  Sign the Pledge To Prepare and take the first step to making sure you and your family are prepared for severe weather in your area.  This pledge includes filling out your family communications plan, putting together an emergency kit, and keeping important valuables and papers in a safe place.  Another tip to keep in mind; make sure you have multiple ways to get weather alerts!  You should make sure that your phone is able to receive wireless emergency alerts and sign up for alerts from different emergency management officials.  You might also consider obtaining a battery-powered radio that you can listen to for updates if the power goes out.  You can sign up for email and SMS alerts from the National Weather Service and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration here.

Finally, be an example!  Once you know your risk, and have taken the pledge to Be a Force of Nature, be an example!  This is the final step of being a force of nature and is arguably the most important.  Share your knowledge on any and all social media sites and let your friends know what you’re doing to prepare for upcoming storms!  Social media and today’s technology make it easier than ever to share our experiences and knowledge with friends and family, so spread the word!

Know your risk, take action, and be an example for friends and family!   Another way to prepare for a storm?  Give us a call at MassDrive and get a quote for homeowner’s and auto insurance! Extreme wind and flooding can cause major problems for you, your home, and your car so make sure you have the appropriate coverages in the event of any damage!  Achieving a Weather-Ready Nation is a major goal, but it’s possible with help from all of you!

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Keeping Your New Year’s Resolution!

Well we’re halfway through the first month of the New Year and we want to know, how are you all doing with your resolutions?  Have you fallen off the wagon already or are you still powering along?  If you’re having trouble sticking to your resolutions for the new year or just need some positive reinforcement, we’ve come up with a few tips to keep you motivated and get you one step closer to reaching your goals!

  • Limit the number of resolutions you make.  You can only do so much and make so many changes in one year, so it’s best to stick with 2 or 3 new goals, any more than that would probably get a tad overwhelming.
  • Be realistic, don’t set unreasonable goals that are nearly impossible to achieve.  You don’t want to start off the new year by automatically setting yourself up for failure.  For example, if you want to make more money, don’t start off the new year by saying you want to become a millionaire.  Instead, make a plan to find a better job that would lead to a pay raise, or try taking a second job if need be.  Whatever you do, pick a resolution that you can plan ahead for and outline the steps you’ll take to achieve that goal.
  • Make a step by step plan to reach your resolution.  Starting small and outlining changes to make in your daily life sets a reasonable goal for yourself and makes your resolution that much more attainable.  Say you want to work out more often and lose some weight, get specific and outline the nights of the week and times that you want to hit the gym and set a resonable goal for the amount of pounds you want to lose.  Or if you want to get better at sports, make a plan to practice more with your teammates or find times to work out on your own.
  • Talk about it!  By filling in your friends and family on your resolution for the new year, they can help keep you motivated and become your support system!  If you don’t talk about your resolution with others, you won’t feel any shame if you don’t stick with it, but when others are asking about it and you have to answer to them as well, it can help keep you on the right track!
  • Track your progress!  Keep a journal, write a blog, or just keep sharing your updates via social media, whatever you do, writing down your progress is another way to keep you motivated!  When you can actually see the progress and improvements you’re making on paper, it’s that much more empowering and all the more reason to keep up the good work!  Not to mention sharing your progress via social media opens you up for feedback and positive well wishes from your friends and family!
  • Reward yourself!  If you’re seeing progress and have been successful in your resolution(s) thus far, there’s no harm in rewarding yourself!  You don’t have to reward yourself with something that contradicts your resolution though.  Say you wanted to get in better shape and lose some weight, if you’ve been successful so far then don’t head for the cookies as a reward, instead, why not treat yourself to a new outfit that highlights your success?

Sticking to your resolution can be tough, but hopefully with these tips you will be one step closer to achieving your goals for the new year!  Keep these hints in mind next time you’re tempted to fall off the wagon, even if your resolution doesn’t pan out at first, there’s no reason why you can’t start over again at any point in the year!

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