Massachusetts Driving


Think Your Car Insurance Is Expensive? Think Again!

Many Massachusetts residents may feel as though their car insurance is costing them an arm and a leg, but would you believe that Massachusetts is the least expensive state for car insurance?  According to a CBS News article by Kathy Kristof, Massachusetts tops the list for states with the least expensive car insurance, while Michigan drivers have the most expensive.

Why is this you may ask?  In Michigan Personal Injury Protection or PIP coverage is required to be unlimited.  In, Massachusetts it is a standard amount set at $8,000 for each policy.  What exactly is Personal Injury Protection?  Basically if you’re in an accident it covers the medical expenses for yourself and anyone else that may be injured (up to $8,000) in Massachusetts.  If there are still additional expenses, your Bodily Injury insurance coverage would cover the rest.  In Massachusetts the minimum coverage for bodily injury is $20,000 per person and $40,000 per accident.  Anything that your bodily injury coverage does not pay for will be billed to you personally.

Should you get into an accident that causes major damages and injuries, you would be better off to be a Michigan driver since you would be covered for an unlimited amount of medical bills.  However, that coverage is much more expensive and being a Massachusetts resident will definitely save a lot of money in the long run, especially since accidents that detrimental are rare.  In Michigan, residents put about 8% of their yearly income towards auto insurance, while in Massachusetts we put only 1.4% of our annual income towards our auto insurance!  Clearly we have a much better deal, especially if you’re an experienced driver without accidents, you likely wouldn’t need unlimited PIP coverage.

To ensure that you have the right coverage for your situation and to protect yourself should you get into an expensive accident, talk to your insurance agent about your bodily injury coverage.  As we said the minimum in Massachusetts is 20,000/40,000, but at MassDrive we personally will only go as low as 50,000/100,000 to ensure greater coverage should one of our insured get into an accident.  Since Massachusetts PIP coverage is so low, it may be better to increase your bodily injury coverage to make sure you are protected.

Even though we do have the lowest insurance in the country, obviously we are always looking for ways to save our customers even more money!  How else can you save on auto insurance?  First, look into raising your deductible.  Upping the amount you would pay immediately after an accident can save you hundreds of dollars on your premium each year.  Another thing that can save money?  Ask about discounts!  Many companies have similar discounts on insurance available such as low mileage or good student, but some also offer specialized ones that you may qualify for! Of course another great way to save money is by bundling policies together, almost all companies will give you a discount if you have both your auto and homeowner’s insurance with them!

The best tip we can offer to save money on insurance is to shop around!   There are many different insurance providers out there and all of them assess risk differently which is why one company may give you a quote that is drastically lower or higher than your other quotes.  Here at MassDrive we work with major carriers in MA such as Commerce, Travelers, and Plymouth Rock, as well as additional smaller companies.  Give us a call  at (866) 963-8231 or go online for a quote, our agents will always work to find you the best quote and coverage possible!

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Beat The Summer Heat And Keep Your Car Cool With These Awesome Accessories!

These past few days we have experienced some serious humidity here in Massachusetts.  Walking to your car in the blazing sun can be rough enough, and once you get there the inside of the car is usually hotter than it was outside.  So how can you keep your car cool when temperatures are on the rise? An air conditioner is great once you are inside the car, but they do take a few minutes to kick in and keeping your car cool in the first place will make it much more pleasant when you initially begin your drive.  There are plenty of accessories for cars that can help keep them cool, and luckily most of them are very affordable.  Check out these following items that will definitely come in handy when it comes to beating the heat!

Window Deflectors – Ever been stuck in a car with no air conditioner?  That alone can be rough especially if you are sitting in traffic and there’s not much of a breeze.  If it starts raining that can really make things worse, your choices are either get soaked with the windows down or swelter and stay dry with the windows up.  Window deflectors, also known as rain guards offer the perfect solution.  They stick to the top of car windows and prevent rain from getting inside the car even if you have the windows down. Prices vary based on the model of your vehicle, but most window deflectors range from $40-$70.  AutoAnything is great site with many different options and they offer free shipping on 99% of their products!  Since window deflectors vary in size and shape based on different vehicle models, it is unlikely that you would be able to find one in a store so this is a great option!

Sun Shade – We’ve all seen cars with these gigantic shades across the windshield, and although they are kind of goofy looking, they really are effective in keeping the car’s interior cool.  The best part?  They are one of the most affordable things you can buy for your car, you can find them on Amazon for as little as $4.99!  Amazon is a great site because they literally have everything you could imagine for sale and the products are constantly changing so there is always a new selection!  Sizes can vary, so be sure to check which ones are available.  Reading the customer reviews is a great resource because they will definitely give you an honest opinion and tell you the pros and cons of your potential purchase.  There are also some custom sun shades available which are a bit more expensive but worth it if you want to ensure that your windshield is completely shielded from the sun.  If you want to have some fun with your purchase check out the various colorful designs that are available as well!

Seat Covers – Leather seats are considered a luxury, but sitting in a car with leather seats can be painful in the summer.  Leather will get much hotter than velour seats, especially if it is black leather.  A simple (and stylish) solution are seat covers!  They last for years and come in various designs that protect the upholstery in your car while also preventing your legs from sticking to the seats!  ShearComfort is a seat cover retailer where you can search for seat covers based on the make of the car or by style.  You can have a lot of fun with the various designs and materials such as sheepskin, hawaiian, velour, animal print, and neoprene.  All of their seat covers are custom and made from high quality fabrics.  They are also washable and very easy to install without any special tools.  This company has been in business for 29 years and guarantee the lowest price on their merchandise.  Prices vary based on the vehicle but a pair of seat covers for the driver and passenger side is about $150 on average.

Steering Wheel Cover – Similar to leather seats, steering wheels get extremely hot in the summer sun, sometimes so hot that it is painful to steer!  Steering wheel covers are a great solution and not only are they perfect for summer, they are awesome for winter as well!  They will keep your wheel cool in the summer and warm in the winter, and can be found for $15-$20 on average.  If you are planning on getting seat covers, ShearComfort also offers steering wheel covers that match!  If you already have velour seats and are just looking for the steering wheel cover, they have a wide selection of designs and patterns ranging from camo to animal print to sheepskin and hawaiian.

Keep cool this summer and check out some of these products for your car, not only will they add some relief from the summer sun but many of them come in different designs that you can have some fun with!  Avoid some real heat and make sure that your Massachusetts auto insurance policy is up to date as well!  Call or click on MassDrive for a quote, we work with many major carriers in Massachusetts so you will be sure to get the best rate!

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Time For An Oil Change? Find Out Why They Are So Important!

Getting your oil changed is necessary if you want to keep your car performing its best.  Think of an oil change like spring cleaning, you have to get rid of some junk so that things can run as efficiently as possible.  If you don’t do your “spring cleaning”, the junk will just continue to pile up and create an even worse situation. So, get the facts and learn why an oil change is so important, how often you should get one, and what happens if you don’t.

Making sure you have fresh oil is so important because it lubricates the many parts that comprise the engine.  It also acts as a cooling agent and prevents the engine from overheating.  Over time, oil becomes less effective thanks to exposure to heat, air, and moisture.  This results in the oxidation of the oil which causes it to thicken and become sludge like, once this happens the oil has lost its effectiveness and can no longer combat the dirt and metals that are constantly moving around the engine.  This debris is corrosive and slowly breaks down the engine.  If debris continues to scrape against the inside of the engine, it can lead to expensive repairs that could have easily been avoided by paying the $50 or so that it costs to get your oil changed.

There are many different types of oil to choose from, which can be overwhelming if you are unfamiliar with cars.  Basically there are two major types, conventional and synthetic.  The major difference is that the “base oil” used in synthetic oil is considered to be more “pure” because the molecules that comprise this oil are all made to be an ideal weight and consistent size.  All oil also has additives, which are mixed into the base oil to change the viscosity, protection properties  and heat breakdown levels of the oil.  The oil that is used in synthetic oil has more sophisticated additives that allow it to perform more consistently in extreme weather conditions.  Synthetic oil flows through the engine more easily which improves its lubricant properties which leads to it protecting the engine better than conventional oil.  Your owner’s manual should tell you the best option for your car, but it’s also important to take into account how many miles are on your car and what type of climate you live in.  If you have over 75,000 miles on your car or live in an area with extremely hot or cold temperatures, it may be wise to consider getting synthetic oil during your next oil change, even though it is slightly more expensive.

So how often should you change your oil?  There are mixed reviews out there, but the general consensus is that conventional oil should be changed every 3,000-5,000 miles, and synthetic oil (which lasts longer) should be changed every 5,000-7,000 miles.  However, every vehicle is different and your owner’s manual will give you the most accurate estimate for an oil change.  It’s also good to take into account factors that can shorten the life of your oil, such as extremely hot weather or frequently taking short trips.  So, be aware of your mileage and if you see the “change oil light” come on, change your oil ASAP!

We can’t stress enough how important it is to get your oil changed in a timely manner!  Putting it off can cause major damage to your engine which is one of the most expensive parts of a car to repair.  So keep watching your mileage, and definitely consult your owner’s manual to figure out which type of oil is best and to get a better idea of exactly how often your car is recommended to get its oil changed.  Taking these simple steps can save you some serious headaches and money in the future!

Information from: Firestone Complete Auto Care and Ezine Articles

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Drinking and Driving? Think Again!

Drinking and driving is one of the most dangerous things to do on the road.  Not only are you endangering your own life, but you’re putting everyone else on the road in danger!    If you do drink and drive, and then get a DUI, there are many negative consequences that you can expect.  Besides the obvious embarrassment that goes along with a DUI, it can impact your job, finances, and personal life.

So, what are these consequences exactly?  Other than the obvious possibility of harming yourself or others, we’ve compiled a list of potential repercussions that may result from a DUI.

  •   One of the first things that will happen after a DUI is that your license will be revoked for a minimum of 30 days, however in most cases it’s for a longer period of time.  Losing your ability to drive can also cause many issues in your professional life.  If you aren’t located near any modes of public transportation, getting to work every day may suddenly become a problem.
  • Obviously if you can’t get to work because you lost your license, that’s a major issue.  Also, you may have to miss even more days to go to court for your DUI.  Another way it can affect your job?  Some employers may fire you if they find out you have a DUI because it brings your professional credibility into question.  Of course every company is different, but if you do not legally have to disclose your DUI to your employer, it’s best not to mention it.
  • Another consequence of a DUI is that you will likely have to take alcohol awareness classes, or if you have more than one offense you may be required to participate in a lengthy rehab program.  Every case is different but either way you will be spending a lot of time in a classroom.
  • Financially, a DUI will do a number on you.  First, you have to cover the cost of an attorney who can represent you in court.  That will cost you a few thousand right off the bat.  The longer your case is in court, the more you will have to pay and the more time you will have to take off from work.
  • Another thing that will cost you?  Your insurance.  Having a DUI on your record guarantees that your premium will go up.  In some cases it may double or even triple, depending on how many points you have on your license.  Getting a DUI in Massachusetts automatically gives you 5 points on your license, and many insurance companies will not write you a policy if you have 5 points or more.  A DUI will also remain on your license for six years before the points begin to decrease.
  • Getting insurance after a DUI can definitely be a challenge.  The largest carrier in the insurance market in Massachusetts, which is Commerce, will not write a policy for anyone with 5 points or more.  Many other carriers across the state follow this mentality, so finding insurance after a DUI will prove to be quite difficult.   Since there are less carriers that will write a policy for someone with a DUI, those that will write a policy will likely charge a lot more due to the risk they are assessing.
  • Another issue with finding insurance after a DUI?  Certain companies that will write a policy for someone with a DUI may only offer liability coverage.  This is a problem because unless you own your car outright, you will need full coverage.

Next time you are out enjoying an adult beverage, do yourself, and everyone else on the road a favor and either call a cab or designate a sober driver.  Not only will it save you some embarrassment, time, and money, it may also save a life.

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Driving With Your Pet? Make Sure They’re As Safe As Possible!

Many pet owners enjoying bringing their furry friend on the road with them whether they are traveling near or far.  In fact did you know that according to the American Pet Product Manufacturers Association (APPMA) 2006 National Pet Owner Survey, 84% of pet owners say they travel with their pet in automobiles?  If you are one of these animal lovers that likes to bring your pet for a ride, follow these tips to ensure that it is as safe as possible.

  • Safely Secure Your Pet!  It is extremely dangerous to leave your pet unrestrained in a moving vehicle.  If there were ever to be an accident or even a sudden stop, your pet would be in serious danger.  They could easily fly through the windshield or injur the driver and any passengers in the car.  The best way to secure a dog or cat is to put them in a travel crate that is tied down.  A pet harness/seatbelt is also a viable option, especially for large dogs.
  • Never attach a restraint device to an animal’s collar.  Should the animal jerk one way or be involved in an accident, it could lead to strangulation or injury.
  • Don’t let your pets ride with their head out the window!  Even though many pets enjoy feeling the breeze through their hair, it is hazardous for them because dirt and bugs can easily get caught in their nose, ears, mouth, or throat which may lead to health problems down the road.  There is also always the chance that a nearby object such as a street sign may strike their head and result in injury or death.
  • Never leave your pet inside a parked car!  Imagine being stuck inside a sweltering car with the windows up on a hot summer day?  Now imagine wearing a fur coat on top of that.  Leaving your pet inside a parked car on a hot or even warm day can lead to heat stroke or even death.  Cold weather is just as dangerous for pets, so avoid a potential tragedy and don’t leave your pet in a parked car no matter what the weather is like.
  • Bring some extra water and food for your pet, especially if you’re going on a long drive.  All animals, but especially dogs tend to get excited in the car which makes them pant more.  Panting will make them thirsty so having some extra water will come in handy, and the food or treats are good in case you’re traveling a long distance.
  • If you’re taking a long drive, stop every few hours to stretch and let your pet go to the bathroom.  Make sure you have their leash handy as well so you have control of them in an unfamiliar area.
  • If you’re bringing your pet on vacation with you, create a travel tag that you can attach to their collar.  Write down exactly where you’ll be staying and the best phone number to reach you.  Should you and your pet get separated, it will be much easier for you to be reunited once your pet is found.

If you’re traveling with your pet, it is your responsibility to make their safety a priority!  Follow these tips next time you’re in the car with your furry friend, it will ensure a fun and safe car ride!

Source: Pet Travel Center

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Saving Money On Gas Is Easier Than You Think!

Now that summer is almost officially here, gas prices will be on the rise before you know it, but don’t worry!  Saving money on gas is much easier than you may think.  It’s the simplest of actions that make the biggest difference when it comes to getting the most miles per gallon.  Whether you are in a compact car, SUV, or a van,  the following tips will help conserve gas and save money while on the road.

  • Brake Correctly- Did you know that a car uses the most gas when it is accelerating?  If the car is already moving, it doesn’t take much gas to keep it moving, but constantly braking and then speeding up again will drain your tank.  For commuters who frequently sit in traffic, this is especially useful.  Make sure you watch the cars in front of you and follow their lead, keep a steady foot lightly on the gas and avoid slamming on the brake!
  • Cruise Control- Cruise control is a great way to keep a consistent speed if you are on the highway.  It leads to less braking, which takes up a lot of fuel as we said, and keeps the RPM level.
  • Manual Transmission- Driving a stick shift is notoriously more fuel efficient than an automatic car, mainly because you have more control over the vehicle and gears.  Automatic transmissions may unnecessarily rev up the RPM in certain situations, like on the highway or when driving uphill. Also, the way the transmission shifts leads to a higher loss in fuel.
  • Downsize- The heavier the car, the harder it has to work on the road.  If a car is accelerating, it already uses more fuel than usual, but if the engine has to work harder to accelerate because of excess weight from personal items, it will use more gas than necessary.
  • Turn off the Air Conditioner- The AC can really cost you fuel in the long run.  Try to avoid using it as much as possible, of course this is not always possible, especially in the humid summer months that are coming our way.  If you can, turn it off a few minutes before you reach your destination, the car will still stay cool for a few more moments and you don’t have to leave it running the entire time you are driving.
  • Turn off Your Car- Although turning a car on and off does use fuel, the amount of fuel you save after at least 30 seconds of the car being off makes it worth it.  Next time you are in traffic or at a long light where you know you will be stopped for at least 30 seconds, turn off the car.  This is a very simple way to save gas and as a result more money.
  • Reduce Wind-Resistance- Riding around with a ski or bicycle rack may be convenient for vacations or road trips, but keeping it on your car every day creates some serious drag that will slow you down and therefore cost you gas.  Take these off if you are not using them, although it may seem like a pain, it will save you gas in the long run.
  • Carpool- This is the easiest way to save gas.  If you are able to commute to work with a friend and switch off driving days, you will automatically cut out half of your week’s worth of driving.
  • Consider a Fuel Efficient Car- Cars are continuously changing to improve their gas mileage.  Hybrid cars are popular but diesel engines also offer low mileage, especially on long distance journeys.  Although diesel is more expensive to buy, it provides better MPG and will save you money over time.

Don’t let the increasing gas prices keep you off the road this summer, follow these simple tips and start getting the most miles per gallon from your car!

Information From: Open Travel Info

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Satellite Radio: What Is It and Why Should You Get It?

Satellite Radio has been gaining popularity for years now, especially amongst drivers.  Although it is mainly used in the car, Satellite Radio can also be used in your home, business, boat, plane, and from your smart phone/computer.  There is also a portable device that can be purchased for when you are on the go. Unlike AM/FM radio stations that receive their signal from stationary towers, Satellite Radio stations get their signal from satellites that orbit the Earth.   The coverage provided by these satellites gives listeners the ability to travel anywhere in the country while still listening to the same station.

Until 2008, there were two satellite radio providers in the United States; Sirius Radio and XM Radio.  In 2008 the companies merged to form Sirius XM Radio.  The company offers multiple Sirius, XM, and Sirius XM package selections which all have slight differences.  The main difference is in what sports stations and talk show hosts are available, so it’s best to scan through the available channels that are listed on a package before you sign up.

The price of packages varies based on how many channels you want to have.  The most basic package is the “Select” which is $14.49 per month and has over 130 channels.  The “Premier” package has over 140 channels and costs $17.99 per month.  There is also the option to purchase an internet listening subscription which would enable subscribers to listen to the radio from their computer or smartphone.  This package is $14.49 per month and has over 130 channels.  The final option is the “All Access” package which features over 140 channels as well as the internet listening ability.  Once you decide which package is right for you, scan through the available channels and decide whether you want you package to be Sirius, XM, or a SiriusXM package which is a combination of both options.

So what are the benefits of paying for Satellite Radio when you can listen to an AM/FM station for free?  Well, there are many perks which is why SiriusXM is gaining popularity.  As was mentioned earlier, satellite signals enable a listener to travel any distance and still be able to listen to the same station.  Another major benefit is that music stations are commercial free!  There are also sports stations, comedy stations, talk and entertainment programs, news and issues, traffic/weather stations, and many more!  Listeners will also love the fact that they can create customized packages  including News, Sports and Talk, Mostly Music, Family-Friendly, All-In-One, or Sirius A La Carte.

The only con to satellite radio is that it is not free.  Other than that, it is a great way to have control over what you are listening to without hearing the same songs over and over.  With more than 140 available channels, listeners will never be bored and the commercial free music is one of the most appealing aspects of SiriusXM.  Not sure if it is right for you?  There’s no better way to find out than to listen for yourself and sign up for a free 7-day trial here.

For more information and specific channel listings, you can visit the SiriusXM website.

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May Is National Bike Month!

Did you know that May is National Bike Month?  Biking is a popular activity across the country, not only is it a great way to exercise, it is also good for the environment and your budget!  However, biking can also be dangerous, especially in highly populated environments and busy roads.  In honor of Bike Month, we’ve found some tips for bikers and drivers sharing the road to make sure that both parties are as safe as possible.

Bikers and drivers may not like to share the road, but it is a reality of our everyday lives and being informed could save a life!  Bikers have more mobility on the roads than drivers which can make their presence extremely dangerous.  They also have less protection from the elements, and if they get hit by a car the outcome will be much worse for them than it would be for someone enclosed in their steel car.   Whether you are in your car or on a bike, following these tips will make sure the road is as safe as possible for all.

Bikers:

  • Follow the law.  Bikers are subject to the same rules as drivers when it comes to stop signs and  traffic signals.  Biker’s also need to ride with traffic and stay in the far right lane in relation to the direction they’re traveling.
  • Be alert to your own surroundings as well as others.  Don’t forget that someone in a car has no idea what your next move will be.  Signal turns as early as you would if you were driving, and always be sure to check behind you for oncoming traffic when changing lanes.  Try not to swerve between parked cars, it’s better to stay in view of all cars on the road.  Try to anticipate their next move as well!  Watch out for turning vehicles and avoid riding outside of the door zone on parked cars.
  • Stay conspicuous, wear bright colors and reflective gear if possible whenever you ride.  Making sure a driver sees you is the first step in making sure they don’t hit you.
  • Stay off of the sidewalk!  It may seem safer than the road but is actually one of the leading causes of crashes.
  • Make sure that your bike is in tip top shape before taking it out for a ride.  Check the tires, make sure that the chain is smooth, and check the handle brakes if necessary.  It doesn’t hurt to be prepared by carrying around small tools for emergency repairs as well!
  • Wear a helmet!  Not all dangers on the road come from cars, accidents happen and even the most skilled cyclist can have an unexpected fall.

 

Drivers:

  • Slow down!  Don’t make any sudden moves or honk your horn, these distractions could cause a frightened biker to accidentally swerve into the road.
  • When passing a biker, stay atleast 3 feet away from them to make sure you don’t accidently clip them.  This may mean that you have to move into the opposite lane slightly, so make sure that there are no cars coming.
  • Although all bikers can be unpredictable, kids are especially dangerous.  Keep a sharp eye on them, especailly if you are trying to pass them.
  • Always check for bicyclists when turning a corner or in a busy neighborhood, they move fast and can be hard to see.

Keep these rules in mind every month of the year!  Although bike month will come to an end, it is a great reminder of the rules we should all be following when sharing the road!

Safety tips from: The League of American Bicyclists and VIA Magazine

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Distracted Driving Awareness

Distracted driving is an ongoing issue that continues to endanger thousands of drivers each year.  Since April is distracted driving awareness month, we wanted to get some of the facts about this dangerous habit and help spread awareness.

So what is distracted driving exactly?  Basically it is anything that takes a driver’s eyes off the road, hands off of the wheel, or mind off of driving.  It can be an action as simple as changing the radio or reaching for something in the seat next to you.  The best example would be talking on the phone or texting while driving.  Texting is in fact one of the worst distractions facing drivers.  It takes your mind and eyes off the road as well as your hands off of the wheel.

Even if it seems like reading or sending a text is not a big deal, it takes your attention away from driving and increases the odds of an accident.  Hands-free cell phone use isn’t much safer, research has shown that even cognitive distractions hinder a driver’s ability to pick up on audio and visual cues that could potentially prevent an accident.

You may think that distracted driving is not as dangerous as it is made out to be, but the statistics related to it have proven otherwise.  Did you know that in 2010 over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving accidents? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the youngest and most inexperienced drivers are at risk, about 16% of distracted driving accidents involve drivers under the age of 20.

Did you also know that at any point during daylight hours, there are about 800,000 vehicles on the road being driven by someone using a hand-held cell phone.  That’s a lot of distraction that not only endangers the driver, but everyone else on the road as well.

Why isn’t distracted driving illegal in all states you may ask?  It’s because State law has jurisdiction over passenger car driving.   More and more states are passing tougher laws when it comes to distracted driving, and Massachusetts is one of them.  All drivers are banned from texting and junior operators are banned from any cell phone use whatsoever.  Bus drivers are also banned from any cell phone use.

What are some tips for safe driving?  The first step is being aware of what it is and the damage it can cause.  Next, be sure to avoid any and all cell phone use while driving.  If you listen to music in the car,  choose a CD or and iPod playlist that doesn’t have commercials so you don’t have to change the channel or skip songs.   You can also take the Pledge to drive phone-free today and encourage family and friends to do the same.  Distracted driving is entirely preventable and the accidents it causes are avoidable.  Protect yourself and others on the road by taking all precautions to avoid distractions on the road.

Want to keep your car safe from distracted drivers on the road? MassDrive offers more information on car insurance.

All information and statistics were obtained from the Official US Government Website for Distracted Driving.

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Traveling to Logan? With All Of These Options It’s Easier Than Ever!

Massachusetts has many transportation options that can bring you all over the state, but one of the most popular destinations is Logan Airport.  It can also be difficult to find and confusing to navigate if you have never been before.  Don’t get lost in the shuffle, make sure you know how to get to Logan and what options you have available to you from anywhere in Massachusetts.

If you’re coming to Logan from Boston, public transportation is one of your best options.  It is both budget and environmentally friendly and is easy to navigate from any part of the city.  There are two MBTA lines that will take you to Logan, the Blue and Silver.  The Blue line provides T service to Logan and riders can get off at Airport Station and then take advantage of Logan Airport shuttle services to get to all terminals.  The Blue line also connects to the Green line at Government Center, the Orange line at State Street and there are currently plans in the works to potentially extend it to connect with the Red line.  The MBTA Silver line provides bus service from South Station to Logan airport which is especially convenient for travelers coming from the commuter rail.  Charlie Tickets can be purchased to pay for both lines.

The most scenic option for transport to Logan is via the MBTA Commuter Boat.  It leaves daily from Quincy but is only open on weekdays in Hull.   It is $12 for a ticket (from both Quincy and Hull) which is a bargain for a harbor cruise.  Riders can enjoy the open seas and upon arrival get transported to all terminals via the Massport Route 66 Shuttle Bus which is free. There are other options for water travel to Logan as well including City Water Taxi which has connections to 15 Boston landings, and Rowes Wharf Water which provides exclusive service from Rowes Wharf/Boston Harbor Hotel to Logan.

Getting to Logan from outside of the city is a bit more complex and time consuming.  Driving is always an option, but if you would rather avoid it opt for a bus.  The Logan Express provides direct service to Logan from Braintree, Woburn, Peabody, and Framingham.  It is $22 round trip for adults and parking at all stations has been lowered to $7 per day.  It takes about 30-45 minutes of travel time to get to Logan from each station, although riders should allow for extra time during rush hour.  For riders that do not live in close proximity to these stations, there are many private bus companies that provide service to Logan including the Boston Express, Concord Coach Lines, and the Plymouth and Brockton Street Railway Co.

If driving is your only option, getting there isn’t too difficult.  Directions to Logan are as follows:
  • From the North – take I-93 South to Exit 24B to the Callahan Tunnel.  Follow that until you reach 1A North to Logan.
  • From the South – take I-93 North to exit 20, this will bring you to I-90 East and the Ted Williams Tunnel.  You then take I-90 East Exit 26 to Logan.
  • From the West – take I-90 East to the Ted Williams Tunnel and then I-90 East Exit 26 to Logan.
For parking options for Logan Airport, and rates click here.

 

Getting to Logan is easier than ever because there are so many options!  Whether you are coming from the North, East, South or West, there is a bus, boat, car, or subway that can get you there! For more information regarding transportation to Logan visit Massport’s website.

 

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