Massachusetts Driving


Save On Auto Insurance When Your Child Goes Back To School!

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If you’re the parent of a young driver, you know how expensive it can be to add them on to your insurance policy.  Until drivers reach age 25 or have 6 years of driving experience, they are considered to be “inexperienced drivers” because they are more likely to get into an accident which is why adding them to a policy can dramatically increase the premium.  We know what you’re thinking, “If they’re going back to school and not driving a car, there MUST be a way to save on my insurance.” and you would be right!  If your child is going back to college and won’t be driving a car while they’re away, there are a few things you can do to lower your premium.

  • Drop them down to an occasional driver – If your child is going to school miles away and does not need a car while on campus and won’t have access to yours on a regular basis, list them as an occasional driver.  What this means is that they will not be the primary driver of any of the insured vehicles on your policy and it’s an easy way to save money on your premium.  This is also a good solution in case your child decides to come home for a long weekend or spring break and wants to borrow your car; that way they will still be covered on your policy.
  • Remove them from your policy – If your child won’t be driving a car at all you can choose to totally remove them from your policy.  This means that they will not be covered to drive any of the vehicles on your policy at all.  This will save you the most amount of money and is a good idea if your child is going to be away for the majority of the year.  If they do decide to come home for the summer and need to drive, you can always add them on to your policy again, it’s a simple change request that won’t take up much of your time.
  • Student Away At School Discount – If you don’t want to remove your child or drop them down to an occasional driver,  look into the student away at school discount.  Most carriers offer a 5%-10% discount if your child is away at school, although whether you are eligible or not depends on how far away their school is.  The majority of carriers require the school to be at least 100 miles away to receive the discount but it varies, so be sure to contact your carrier and find out if you’re eligible.
  • Good Student Discount – Parents, if there were ever a time to encourage your kids to make the grade, it’s now!  The majority of carriers offer a good student discount, meaning you can typically save 5%-10% on your premium if your child meets the carriers requirements.  Typically, they require students to be full time and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible, although this also varies from carrier to carrier.  All you have to do is send in your child’s transcript and the discount can be applied.

Keep these tips in mind when your child is going back to school, they may end up saving you a significant amount on your premium!  When it comes to the student away at school and good student discounts, they can vary from carrier to carrier so be sure to give us a call to find out if you’re eligible and stay safe this back to school season!

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Tips To Keep Your Car Cool This Summer

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There’s nothing worse than getting into a sweltering car that’s hotter than it was outside.  We’ve got you covered for the the summer, just keep these tips in mind when it comes to your car and you’ll stay cool until the chill returns to the air this fall.

  • Having the right accessories for you car can make it a lot easier to keep it cool!  Sun shades, seat covers, and steering wheel covers can make a big difference in keeping your car cool while it’s parked without the air conditioning on.  Check out our blog that will give you more info on these items and where you can get them.
  • If you don’t want to spring for seat covers, bring some towels along and put them over the seats while you’re out of the car, especially if you have leather seats as those can seriously hurt to sit in if they get too hot.
  • Park in the shade if possible, if you can find a garage that’s even better.  The less sunlight your car is exposed to, the cooler it will be when you have to get back in.
  • Leave your windows open a crack, but not wide enough for someone to put their arm through.  If your windows are open while the car is parked it will allow for some air ventilation, and even a little bit can make a difference on a hot summer day.
  • Before getting into your car, leave the doors open for a few minutes to allow the stale hot air to filter out and cooler air to filter in.
  • Check your fluids in the car, pay close attention to the oil, especially if you’re going on a road trip, and coolant.  Coolant is what keeps your engine from over heating and is especially important in the summer with the heat from the outdoors adding to the already extreme heat underneath the hood of the car.
  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated.  Tire pressure fluctuates with the air temperature, and here in New England we can go from a humid day in the 90’s to a breeze day in the 70’s.  Over or under-inflated tires can lead to problems down the line or your tire could even explode, which would not only be dangerous but of course a major inconvenience.  Take the time to check your tires’ pressure especially if your car has been parked for a long time.

These tips will definitely help keep your car cool, but there are also a few other things to remember in the heat.  Definitely don’t leave CDs or DVDs out in the sunlight, put them in a case or underneath your seat to protect them from the damaging rays of the sun.  The most important thing to remember is to never leave kids or pets in the car unattended, summer heat can be deadly in minutes so even if it’s a “quick trip into the store” do not leave them unattended.  Keep these tips in mind and the rest of your summer will be safe and cool.

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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!

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Staying Safe In Construction Zones

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Whether you’re on the highway or a street in your neighborhood, road construction is a way of life for all drivers.  During the summer there is more construction going on than ever and not only can construction zones be dangerous for drivers, they can also pose a danger to the workers as well.  Keep these safety tips in mind next time you end up driving through a construction zone.

  • The best piece of advice we can give when it comes to construction zones is to avoid them.   Not only do they cause traffic, the more cars there are the more potential there is for an accident.  511 is know as America’s Traveler Information Telephone Number and can provide you with the best and safest routes available, even if you’re just commuting to work.  You can find information about various coverage areas from 5:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, and from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays. You can visit their website to get real-time traffic updates and create customized alerts! Another great tool we love?  The Waze traffic app that is updated in real time by other users on the road and provides the best and most updated routes taking traffic into consideration.
  • If you do find yourself approaching one of those bright orange signs reading “construction ahead” and don’t have time to take an alternate route, make sure you obey the posted speed limit.  Speeding is one of the biggest hazards for both drivers and construction workers.  If you’re speeding 10 miles over the limit and suddenly need to change lanes, you could potentially cause a major accident if you’re not able to get over in time.  You will also face big fines if you’re caught speeding in a construction zone, typically they are doubled and police officers do not take enforcement lightly.
  • When it comes to merging, the biggest risk factors are merging too late or at a high speed.  Both can result in deadly collisions and even if an accident does not occur, no one likes that person that waits until the last possible second to merge in an attempt to beat just a few more cars.  Get over as soon as possible and make sure you are going at a speed that is safe for yourself and your fellow drivers.
  • Be aware!  You need to be totally focused on your surroundings, not only the other cars, construction signs, and detours, but also the workers and their vehicles.  Construction vehicles may be working closely to the highway and it’s important to make sure they are able to see you as many have bad blind spots.  Some of them may even move onto the highway and come extremely close to oncoming traffic, and are slow to maneuver if an emergency ever did arise.  Workers are often located on the shoulders of highways so keep an eye out for them as well.

As always, safety is the top priority when it comes to driving.  Even though construction zones can be painful to sit through and delay your commute, they are unavoidable and it’s important to be as safe as possible when you find yourself in one.

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Choosing A Driving School For Your Teen

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When the time comes for your teen to get their learner’s permit and begin driving, it can be scary for any parent.  You want to be sure that your child has a good understanding of the rules of the road and feels comfortable behind the wheel, that’s why choosing the right driving school is so important.   Your child’s driving school will provide the foundation of their driving skills, so you want to make sure you are comfortable with your choice.  Here are a few tips to guide you in the process of choosing a driving school:

  • Make sure to look up reviews.  By doing a simple internet search you can find reviews for the school you are interested in.  Look for comments from other parents and contact anyone you know personally who has used the school in the past.  It is also a good idea to check the Better Business Bureau for any complaints that may have been registered against the school.  
  • Call the school and ask how the class will be structured, find out how long the instructors have been teaching, what the student to teacher ratio is, and ask any other questions you may need until you feel comfortable enough to send your child there for driver’s education.
  • Ask what kind of car the school uses for road lessons and make sure your teen would be comfortable in such a vehicle, if your teen is nervous about driving a certain type of car, such as a truck or SUV, you do not want them to have to learn how to drive under those circumstances.  Being a new driver can be nerve-wracking enough without the added stress of being in a car you aren’t sure you can handle.
  • Find out how long class sessions are, some school offer programs that meet more often for shorter amounts of time, or some schools offer an entire course over a few days but each day consists of hours of classroom time.  One program may be better for your teen than the other, so this is another important factor to consider because you want to be sure that your teen is actually understanding the information in the class.
  • Price is a major factor for many people.  Call different driving schools in your area and get some prices.  Ask about any additional fees that may be charged (such as for rescheduling road lessons etc) and ask about their refund policy.
  • Location isn’t everything!  If you’re not satisfied with the school closest to you, driving a town or two over may be worth it to ensure that your teen gets the best possible education course before hitting the open road.
  • Once you do sign your teen up for driver’s ed, make sure you keep any and all documents, contracts, and receipts for your records.

Although this may be a lengthy process, it is worth it to ensure that your teen has a solid foundation before they get their license.  You want them to be as prepared as possible, and feel confident behind the wheel.  A good education is the first step to that, so take the time to choose which school would be best for your teen!

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May Is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month!

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The National Organizations For Youth Safety is celebrating Global Youth Traffic Safety Month again this May!  The official U.S. launch was on May 8th in Washington, D.C.  and it’s an important initiative to unite youth across the country to focus on the leading cause of death for them and their peers: traffic related crashes.  In honor of this month, we’ve contacted driving schools across Massachusetts and gotten some top tips for new drivers from the schools’ owners, instructors, and even a police officer!  These tips are coming straight from the experts, so be sure to share them with your new driver and make sure they’re staying safe on the road!

  • Parents and teens need to respect and obey junior operator laws.  Teens need to focus on driving without distractions for the first 6 months of driving.  As teens get more experienced and better at driving, they get more confident and their speed creeps up.  This can be both good and bad, they are now keeping up with the flow of traffic but going too fast and being distracted can lead to accidents which is why it’s so important for them to focus.  Parents also need to list their teen on their insurance policy, and if the teen isn’t listed on your policy, don’t let them drive your car!  If they were ever to invite their friend along for a ride in a parent’s car and get into an accident while they were still a junior operator, not only is that against the law and dangerous, but it also creates insurance issues for the parent.  Obeying the junior operator makes everything safer and easier for both teens and parents.  – Driving instructor and Police Officer Dave Avery, Avon Auto Academy
  • Look ahead and be aware of what other drivers on the road are doing, for example if you see brake lights or a traffic light ahead, slow down.  Try and think a step ahead so that you can prepare for what’s coming on the road! – Donna, Elm Auto School
  • Make sure you come to a FULL stop at stop signs, which lasts for 3 seconds.  If you’re stopped behind the line but can’t see if any cars are coming, pull up a little and stop again.  – Sarah Warren, Lexington Driving School
  • When you’re on the entrance ramp of the highway and are about to merge, look for a gap in highway traffic into which you can safely move.  Remember to yield the right-of-way to drivers already on the highway.  Never stop short at the end of the on-ramp, instead take the on-ramp slowly while preparing to merge.  Always, always, ALWAYS signal so that drivers are aware that you plan to enter the highway.  Upon leaving the on-ramp and entering the flow of traffic, you must accelerate to match the speed of vehicles already on the highway.  In a perfect world other drivers would move over to let you onto the highway but that doesn’t always happen, so be alert and plan your merge accordingly! – Molly Sullivan and Anthony Parolisi, Methuen Auto School
  • Before you do anything, whether it’s merging, making a turn, or pulling out of your driveway, the two most important things to remember are to signal and look!  Put your directional on and make sure you look both ways before doing anything, it will keep you safe and make sure that all other drivers are aware of what direction you plan on going. – Jay, Chelmsford Auto School

These are great things for all drivers to keep in mind, but especially those that are new to the road.  These great tips are easy to remember and cover the most important things that new drivers should focus on.  Share these with any new driver you may know in honor of Global Youth Traffic Safety Month, stay safe!

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Keeping Your Teen Safe On The Road This Summer

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Did you know that summer is the most dangerous time of year for teens to be on the road? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest for drivers between ages 15-20.   It makes sense, less time in school, more time for parties, going to the beach, road trips, and endless other places to drive to during the summer season. Don’t let your teen become another statistic, share these safety tips with them and help them practice safe driving this summer!  Remember to set a good example as well, teens pick up habits from other drivers that they observe and you don’t want them to think it’s ok to send a quick text or ditch their seat belt just because they’re going somewhere close.  These tips may seem like common sense to some, but new drivers  don’t have as much experience behind the wheel and may not consider things that drivers with a little more experience would consider obvious.

  • Click it or ticket!  Wearing your seat belt is not only a good idea, but it’s also the law here in Massachusetts.  New drivers may think it’s no big deal to hop in the car and ride down the street to the store without their seat belt just because it’s close, but accidents can happen anywhere. Make sure your teen knows just how important it is to wear your seat belt.  Did you know that drivers and passengers increase their risk of injury or death by up to 50% by not wearing a safety belt?  Those are odds you don’t want to gamble with so remind your teen of the importance of their seat belt and set a good example when you’re driving as well!
  • Talk To Your Teen About Car Maintenance – Again, some things that may seem obvious to experienced drivers may not be so clear to teens.  Make sure your teen knows how to check their tire pressure, put air in the tires, knows how often they need an oil change and tire rotation, and knows how to check and replace the car’s fluids.  A problem as small as low tire pressure can cause the car to handle differently, and may even potentially lead to an accident.  Make sure your teen knows exactly what to look for when it comes to their car.
  • Understand the Dangers of Distracted Driving – Although teens are the least experienced drivers on the road, they are typically the most likely to use their cell phones when behind the wheel.  Averting your eyes from the road for even five seconds, or the amount of time it takes to send a quick text, can lead to a major accident.  Even having too many passengers in a car can be a major distraction, paying attention to friends, music, and the road all at the same time is difficult for any driver, but especially those with little experience. If your teen still has their junior operator license, make sure they are following the rules and regulations that go along with that, which can be found here.
  • Communicate the Danger of Drinking And Driving – Again, this may seem obvious but it’s still a good idea to sit down with your teen and make sure they understand exactly how important this is.  Underage drinking continues to be an issue and although there are attempts to crack down on it, teens still find access to alcohol and it’s important that parents communicate how dangerous and deadly drinking and driving can be.  Make sure your teen knows not to drive themselves, or get into the car with anyone that has had a drink.
  • Limit Unnecessary Trips – Unless your teen has a purpose for their outing, they shouldn’t be going out “just for a drive”.  The less time they spend on the road, the less likely they are to be in an accident.
  • Make Sure Your Teen Knows Where They Are Going – If your teen is taking a trip to the beach or a concert, make sure they know exactly how to get there to prevent getting lost.  If their destination is nearby, take a test drive out there with them and make sure they know exactly where they’re going. If their destination is too far for a convenient test drive, make sure they have a GPS system, and fully charged cell phone to use in case of emergency.

These tips will help your teen make smart decisions and stay safe on the road this summer.  Make sure they understand how important it is for them to give the road their undivided attention, distractions while driving have caused fatal accidents in the past, and the sad thing is that they are typically preventable.  The sooner your teen understands these tips, the safer they will be!

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Spring Day Trips In Massachusetts

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Have a day or two off and want to go somewhere new?  Take a day trip to one of these great spots across the state!  Here in Massachusetts we’re lucky that we’re within driving distance of the beach, mountains, and city.  Take advantage of everything the Bay State has to offer this spring and check out some of these fun destinations on your next day off!

Newburyport – This seaside town is the perfect destination if you want to take in a sea breeze this spring.  There is a boardwalk right on the water that visitors can stroll along while stopping in to the many shops, museums, boutiques, and restaurants that line the streets of this quaint town.  Want to take in the outdoors?  There are many activities available including fishing, boating, taking a walk through the nature reserve or one of the many parks, or head to Plum Island and take a swim.  There’s enough going on here to keep you busy all day, and every member of your family will find something that interests them!

Mohawk Trail Region – The Mohawk Trail region is made up of many towns in Western Massachusetts including Deerfield, Barre, North Adams, and Greenfield that offers activities for all ages.  It’s the first scenic road in New England and has 63 miles of spectacular mountain views to take in!  This is a perfect destination for outdoor people, and attractions include zip lining, golf, fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, and much more.  There are also antique stores, galleries, museums, and historic sites for those that aren’t quite as outdoorsy.  Feeling really adventurous?  Try white water rafting!  There are many options across this region, depending on where you plan on traveling.  With so many options over such a large area, you’ll need to plan out an itinerary before you head out, so check out all that the Mohawk Trail region has to offer!

Boston Freedom Trail – Take a ride into Boston and brush up on some history this spring!  The Freedom Trail is one of the most popular attractions in the city, and it will bring you to all of the must see locations along the way.  This is Boston’s most popular walking tour and you can either book a tour with a costumed guide who will give you all of the historic information relevant to each landmark you pass by, or if you’re looking for a more casual setting follow the trail yourself and read the historic markers along the way!  If you do buy a ticket for the tour, it is valid for any day and time, tours are offered 12 times daily from April-November so there are plenty of options.  The trail will lead you all over the city, from the Boston Common, to Beacon Hill, to the waterfront, to the North End, and all the way into Charlestown, it’s the perfect way to experience every part of the city!

We’re very lucky here in Massachusetts, all of these destinations are only a few hours away from any point in the state, and are all perfect for day tripping with the whole family!  Next time you have a day off head to one of these spots that you typically wouldn’t venture to, you’ll make some new memories and have fun with the whole family while enjoying the outdoors this spring!

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Driving In The Rain? Follow These Safety Tips!

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Although us New Englanders are used to driving in the wettest, slickest, and foggiest conditions, we can always use a quick reminder on how to safely drive in the rain.  The most important things to remember are making sure you are visible to other drivers and that you yourself can see.  These tips will keep you safe and are great to share with friends, family, and co workers!

  • First, make sure that your vehicle is rain ready.  Make sure that your wind shield wipers are securely attached and not bent or deteriorating, after a rough winter like the one we just had, it may be a good idea to replace your wipers.  You should also check and be sure that all lights are working, especially your headlights, brake lights, and turn signals, as it is extremely important to remain visible to other drivers.  As soon as you get in your car, turning on the headlights should be the first thing you do if it is raining.
  • You should also check your tires before driving in the rain, make sure they have enough tread and aren’t bald.  Bald tires can not grip the ground or create traction which makes it much easier to hydroplane.
  • Did you know that hydroplaning can occur at only 30 MPH?  Slow down!  Driving in the rain is dangerous enough without speeding, it may even be smart to go slower than the posted limit, depending on the severity of the weather.   
  • Keep your distance from other cars, especially large trucks since they can splash up some major water and mud that can make visibility even worse.  It’s also a good idea to keep about three car lengths between you and the car in front of you while driving.  Stopping takes longer when it is raining, and if the roads are slick it can be even more difficult to stop in time, and if you rear end someone you are technically at fault!
  • Try and avoid driving through large puddles, the water can cause some hefty damage to the brakes or electrical systems in cars.  If you do happen to go through a large puddle, test your brakes once you are through just to be sure they are working properly.  If you find your brakes are not working, they are likely too wet to function and the only way to dry them out quickly is by lightly tapping on them repeatedly to generate heat and dry them.
  • If you find your windows fogging up, turn on the defroster to clear off the windows.
  • If you follow these tips you should be able to safely get to and from your destination in the rain, however accidents happen.  If you do find yourself skidding out when it’s raining, take your foot off the gas and steer in the direction you want to go.  If you have a car with anti-lock brakes, hit them firmly while steering the car where you want to go, if your car does not have anti-lock brakes, do not use the brakes.
  • Always remember, if it is raining so hard that you can’t see, pull over!  It’s better to wait the rain out than to endanger yourself or other drivers.

There you have it!  Now you can head out into the rain a little more prepared than you were before, and can share these important safety tips with other drivers!

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Going Green On Your Daily Drive

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In honor of Earth Day we wanted to talk about ways to go green while driving!  Earth Day celebrations are continuing all week, and this information is useful to know for the entire year!  While “go green” isn’t a phrase you would typically think of when you think of driving, there are ways you can decrease your carbon footprint while on the road.  The easiest thing to remember?  The less gas you use the less pollutants your vehicle will emit, making your drive more “green”.  Using less gas doesn’t necessarily mean driving less either!  These tips will keep you on the road to a greener Earth without making major changes to your daily life.

  • The best way to reduce the amount of gas you use is to drive a hybrid or electric vehicle.  They get much better mileage than typical vehicles and are specifically designed to be more fuel efficient and emit less toxins into the environment.  Unless you already have one of these vehicles, it’s pretty hard to utilize this tip, but if you’re due up for a new vehicle any time soon hybrid or electric vehicles are great options to consider!  Not only are they more eco-friendly, but they will also save you a lot of money on gas.
  • Avoid slamming on the gas or breaks.  These two extremes are gas guzzlers, the sudden burst of energy when you hit the brakes or accelerator can release major pollutants and eat up a lot of gas compared to easing on or off the pedals.
  • In the upcoming months it can get very warm here in the Bay State.  Although turning on the air conditioning while driving is a great option,  it uses up more gas than if you were to drive without it on.  If it’s not too hot, roll down the car windows and enjoy the breeze!
  • Get an E-ZPass!  If you are a frequent road tripper, there is no better accessory!  You’ll get to avoid the touch and go traffic that piles up while people are paying with cash, which will save you gas and wear and tear on your car.  It can save you a lot of time at tolls whether you are traveling cross country or live in Western Massachusetts and have to take the Pike every day.  It’s definitely a worth while investment for any driver.
  • Go the speed limit.  Speeding even a few miles over the posted limit can increase gas emissions and not to mention possibly get you a speeding ticket. Save your gas and money by following the law!
  • Download an app that updates driving routes based on traffic, such as Waze.  This app relies on consumer updates but is typically accurate even when it comes to the smallest details.  It will help you save time, money, and gas by avoiding traffic jams.  Who wouldn’t love that?
  • Utilize cruise control if you’re going to be keeping a steady speed and direction on the highway.  This will help to avoid acceleration and unnecessary gas usage, it can even help save up to 7% on gas according to Edmunds.com.

These tips are simple enough, right?  Such small changes can lead to major savings for your wallet and the environment!  Try some of these tips in honor of Earth Day, there’s nothing to lose, only to gain!

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