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Halloween Safety Tips For Drivers

Halloween Driving

Are you as excited for Halloween as we are?  It’ll be here before we know it and the streets will be filled with witches, goblins, and ghouls!  Drivers have a responsibility to remain extra alert so that these little monsters stay safe.  These tips are great reminders for all drivers to keep in mind this Halloween.

Make Sure Your Lights Work – On Halloween night, visibility is key.  There will be tons of children on the streets in dark costumes which will be hard enough to see even with working headlights.  Before you leave your driveway, test all lights and turn signals to ensure that they are working properly.

Remain Alert – This goes without saying any time you’re on the road, but it important to be extra vigilant on Halloween night when the streets are filled with young children who may not understand all of the rules of the road.

Drive Slowly – On Halloween night children will be running from house to house in dark costumes and masks that limit their visibility.  This makes it harder for drivers to see them and for them to see oncoming cars,  so be sure to drive slower than usual should any trick-or-treaters unexpectedly run out in front of you.  Be especially careful around parked vehicles, not only could children be standing near them waiting to cross, but they may also be letting children out of them.  You should also drive under the posted speed limit, as there will be more pedestrians out than usual and some may be harder to see than others.

Avoid Distractions – With parents, trick-or-treaters, flashlights, and decorations, there are already enough distractions on the road, avoid any additional ones by putting down your phone, turning off the radio, and limiting the amount of passengers in your vehicle.

Yield to Pedestrians – This is a give in, whether they’re at a cross walk or not, pedestrians always have the right of way and on Halloween night there might be some (especially the young ones) that are more excited than usual and may not utilize caution when crossing the street for their next candy stop.  If you see children attempting to cross the street,  don’t assume that they see your vehicle, make sure you come to a complete stop and give them plenty of time to cross the street.

Utilize Turn Signals – It’s important to communicate with other drivers so that they know what you’re doing.  If you’re going to pull over to make a quick candy stop, make sure you put on your turn signal and use the hazard lights when children are exiting the vehicle.

Avoid Wearing A Costume – If you’re driving and are going to a costume party or are getting dressed up for some reason, wait until you arrive at your destination before you put on any masks or wigs.  These can limit visibility should they slip out of place which can cause a serious hazard to yourself and others.

Use A Designated Driver – If you’re going to a party where alcohol will be served, always remember to use a designated driver, drunk driving is never an option and endangers yourself and anyone else on the road near you.

We want everyone to have a safe, and fun Halloween, it only takes a moment for the night to turn into a nightmare, so keep these tips in mind and share them with the other drivers in your life.

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We Love Fort Point!

 

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At MassDrive we love having our office in the Fort Point section of Boston, and we’ve been getting a lot of new neighbors lately!  We love trying new places, and supporting our friends in the area!  There are lots of great spots for lunch, a quick caffeine fix, and even plenty of spots for those of us with a sweet tooth!  To show our neighbors some love, our sales representative, Shawn Harris, has named his 5 favorite spots in the area!

Bee’s Knees Supply Co. – This one-stop shop is only a short walk from our office, and carries everything from flowers, cheese, chocolate, deli meats, beer & wine, local produce, and much more!  Their New York style deli carries fresh, local ingredients and they also have a huge selection of sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries, shakes, and ice cream.  There’s also a cafe where you can choose from a large selection of drinks to get you your caffeine fix in the morning. It’s great whether you’re looking for a quick snack, a filling lunch, or even some groceries to make dinner with.

Flour Bakery and Cafe – Shawn said this has to be his favorite lunch spot in the area, and that they make a “killer” BLT.  In addition to their regular menu, they also have daily lunch specials and even vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, and wheat/gluten free options.  Their fresh, made to order lunch options will definitely keep you coming back, and their pastries include options such as raspberry crumb bars, biscotti, midnight chocolate cake, carrot cake, milky way tart, and much more!  Once you visit, the cozy atmosphere, amazing smells, and not to mention delicious food will have you hooked.

Momogoose Food Truck – Food trucks are all the rage here in Boston, especially for a quick, affordable, lunch and Momogoose is one of Shawn’s favorites.  This Asian fusion food truck is only a short walk from the office, and is right across from South Station.  Shawn loves their bulgogi beef with noodles, and says its a great option if you want to switch it up from the typical sandwich options in the area.  Their quick and friendly service is a plus, but just be sure you have cash because they do not accept credit cards.

Pink Berry – If you’re looking for a refreshing afternoon pick me up, this is the place to be.  Their handcrafted fro-yo comes in a variety of flavors, but Shawn is a big fan of their lime.  You can choose your own toppings from their topping bar which has only the freshest options including seasonal fruits, granola, chocolate chips, almonds, and many more.  The closest stand to our office is located right across the bridge in South Station, and they are constantly updating their flavors and toppings so there’s always something new to try.

Starbucks – In the Dunkins vs. Starbucks contest, it’s clear who the winner is in Shawn’s eyes.  Even though Starbucks is a huge chain and there are many locations across Boston, they just recently opened one right near the Broadway T Station, which is only a short walk from our office.  Shawn says he loves stopping for a chai tea latte in the morning, and there are definitely a few others in our office that are excited about the recent opening, especially since it’s right in time for fall and all things pumpkin!

If you’re in the area, definitely check out some of these awesome local spots!

 

Do The Safety Bounce!

Do you do the Safety Bounce?  This new video from the MBTA urges all riders to practice safe behavior including looking both ways before you step off the curb, standing behind the yellow line at T stations, holding on to railings, and being alert to stay as safe as possible!  This unique and funny video is a great way to spread the word and remind all public transit riders to not let the little things get to them, and to use caution in their daily commute.  Be sure to share this fun, and catchy video with friends, family, co-workers, and anyone you know that takes public transit, just try not getting it stuck in your head!

Summer Boating Safety

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We hope you have all been enjoying the summer season safely so far! For all of you that enjoy boating around the Bay State, we’ve come up with a few safety tips to keep in mind this summer.  Of course, the first thing on the list is to make sure your boat is ready for the high seas, our “Get Your Boat Ready For Summer Check List” will cover everything you need to do to prepare your vessel for the open water.

Once your boat is ready, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind:

  • If you’re a beginner, take a boating course! It’s not a bad idea for the whole family to be involved either as everyone on the boat should understand how to operate it safely.   These can be extremely helpful in teaching the rules regulations, and safety guidelines of boating.
  • Always make sure there is a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, life jackets, charts, marine radio, anchor, and safety lines on board.  Make sure these safety items are in working order before setting sail.
  • Check the weather before you head out on the water.  You don’t want to be miles out to sea just as a storm is about to roll in.  If you’re out on the water and you notice the clouds begin to darken, winds shift, or temperatures drop, your best bet is to play it safe and head back to shore.
  • Another thing to do before you head out, let someone know your plan for the day, including where you plan on boating to and how long you plan to be gone. You can tell either a family member or a staff member at your local marina or yacht club.  It’s good for someone else to know when you should be back if anything were to go wrong while you were out to sea.
  • Make sure each child on the boat is wearing a fitted life jacket and that there is one available for every adult.
  • If you’re going to be on the water you should know how to swim as should any others that will be on your boat and around the water on a regular basis.
  • Use your judgement when it comes to others in your area.  Keep a safe distance from swimmers, jet skis, tubes, and other boaters out on the water.
  • Make sure there is more than one person on board that knows how to handle to boat.  If the person  navigating becomes incapacitated for some reason, you definitely want to have another person on board that can steer the boat back to safety.
  • Do not drink alcohol!  If you’re steering the boat, that’s the only thing you should be focusing on.

Safety is the top priority when out on the water, and the last piece of advice we have is to make sure your boat is properly insured should the unexpected occur.  Give us a call at MassDrive for a free boat insurance quote today and stay safe this summer!

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Our Twitter Lists Are Up And Running!

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For those of you that are big Twitter fans, such as ourselves, we have an exciting announcement; our Twitter lists are up and running!  If you’re new to Twitter or haven’t heard of Twitter lists, they are basically groups of Twitter users that you can categorize based on your preferences.  Lists are very useful if you’re looking for a certain type of information or account quickly.  We’ve made quite a few of them that list a ton of different resources, attractions, restaurants, and even public officials in the Bay State so be sure to check them out!

Massachusetts Resources – This is just a great list of resources for residents of Massachusetts, with members including the Mass DOT, MBTA Alerts, Visit Massachusetts, the many colleges and universities in the Bay State, and many more!

Cars – Pretty self-explanatory, this list features accounts that have anything and everything to do with cars, including dealerships, reviews, tips, and accounts that will update you on the latest technology for your car.

Insurance Resources – Whether you need an insurance quote or just want to hear the latest news in the insurance industry, this list has you covered.

Mass Entrepreneurs – Looking for updates from some of the brightest minds in Massachusetts?  Check out our list featuring some local entrepreneurs!

Fort Point Neighbors – Our office is located in the Fort Point section of Boston, if you’re in the city be sure to check out our many neighbors in the area!

Massachusetts Restaurants – Looking for something to eat? Look no further than our Massachusetts Restaurant list! Scroll through and find the spot that’s right for you, whether you’re looking for a quick bite, after work drinks, or something a little more formal.

Massachusetts Towns – Looking for information on a specific town? This list has all of the accounts from different towns across the state.

Massachusetts News – This is your list for all news sources whether they’re local or national, on TV or in print.

Massachusetts Attractions – Whether you’re visiting for the first time or a seasoned local, there’s always something new to do and see in Massachusetts!

Massachusetts Pets – If you’re looking for a doggie daycare, animal shelter, cute new boutique for your furry friend, pet insurance quote, or just want to follow some fun pet accounts on Twitter, definitely check out this list.

Massachusetts Sports – Check this out for all of your Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, and many more team updates.

MA Local Businesses – Who doesn’t like to support local businesses?  Check out these around the Bay State.

Massachusetts Families – From mommy blogs, to local schools, find anything and everything you need for your family.

Massachusetts Charities – Want to find a great organization to donate to or volunteer with? Check out our list of Massachusetts and National charities.

Public Officials – Information from the President, Governor, police departments, mayors, senators, representatives, and many other national and local public officials.

We’re always following new accounts and adding to these lists so be sure to check back!  Is there anyone we might have missed? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

Summer BBQ Safety Tips!

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Nothing says summer like a good old fashioned barbecue, it’s a staple of the season without question.  Along with the food, friends, and fun comes potentially dangerous situations if you’re not careful.  Safety should always be a top priority and we’ve come up with a list of tips for you to keep in mind this summer.

  • One of the biggest dangers at a barbecue is the fire, which is why it’s important to keep a fire extinguisher or hose nearby at all times.  Whether you have a gas or charcoal grill, there is always risk involved so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Keep a spray bottle filled with water nearby for any small flare-ups.
  • You also need to be careful about where you place the grill.  Make sure it’s at least 10 feet away from any trees, bushes, or structures that could potentially catch, you never know when a grease fire may start and when the wind may blow it a little too far.  
  • Keep any unnecessary objects such as napkins or decorations away from the grill, they are another potential fire hazard.
  • Assign sometime to watch the grill if the cook needs to step away, you do not want to leave a fire unattended for any reason.
  • Make sure you clean your grill on a regular basis to avoid grease fires, which are not only dangerous but can be potentially deadly.  Pounds of grease can build up underneath your grill, and the more grease the more likely a grease fire is.
  • Keeps all meats, vegetables, and cheeses refrigerated as long as possible.  Bacteria grows quicker than you would expect especially in the heat.  If your food is out too long and goes bad, you’ll have some sick guests on your hands.  When it comes to meat, don’t take it out of the refrigerator until you’re about to put it on the grill.  Once you’re done serving everything put it back in the fridge right away.
  • Keep all children and pets away from the grill, there are a lot of hot surfaces that could cause some painful burns so make sure there’s no way any youngsters or furry friends can get close.
  • If you have a gas grill, check the connection between the grill and the fuel tank.  Make sure there are no leaks but don’t use a match to check for them.  If you do find a leak, turn off the grill and disconnect it immediately.  Don’t try and use the grill until the leak is fixed.
  • If you’re the one doing the grilling, give the grill your full attention and avoid drinking any alcohol until you’ve finished cooking.
  • Make sure all guests that will be drinking alcohol have a designated driver to get them home.

Keeps these tips in mind this summer before you fire up the grill!  Having fun is important, but safety is the top priority!

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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!

Charity Events This June!

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Looking for plans this month?  Why not give back while going out?  These fun events are the perfect way to give your social life the boost it needs while giving back to your community and raising awareness for important causes!  There are so many events taking place this month, and all of these events are the perfect way to enjoy an afternoon outdoors in the sun while helping others!

Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl – This is an event that all ages can enjoy!  Stop by City Hall Plaza in Boston from Tuesday, June 4th –  Thursday, June 6th for this all you can eat ice cream event! Sounds good already doesn’t it?  Not only can you fill up on ice cream, sorbet, gelato, and frozen yogurt you can eat, but there will also be live entertainment and a variety of activities for guests to enjoy!  The event is from noon – 8 PM each day, and tickets are $10 for ages 10 and up, $5 for children age 3-9, and children under 3 are free!  There are also passes available if you’re planning on being in the area and want to stop by every day for an afternoon snack! Proceeds benefit the Jimmy Fund which funds cancer research and patient care at the Dana – Farber Cancer Institute, so stop by, fill up, cool off, and enjoy the day in Boston!

Massachusetts Parkinson Walkathon – Join the Massachusetts chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association this Sunday, June 9th for their annual walkathon!  Proceeds from this event will benefit research approved by the APDA Scientific Advisory Board and the APDA Information and Referral Center network.  The walk is 3 miles and will take place at Reebok International Headquarters in Canton, and will be taking place rain or shine!  Registration begins at 11:15 AM and the walk begins at noon, bring the whole family because the more walkers, the more fun! You can register a team, or register as an individual walker and set your fundraising goal!  If you can’t attend the walk, consider donating to this wonderful cause that aims to make a difference in the lives of the many people living with this disease!

Three Psychic Mediums Fundraising Event – If you’re a fan of the supernatural, you’ll love this event!  Head to Cagney’s Pub in Quincy on Friday, June 14th for this night of spirit communication with three local mediums.  Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door and proceeds benefit the Massachusetts Survivors Outreach, a local organization for victims of domestic abuse.  There will be a raffle to which every attendee will be given one free ticket, additional tickets cost $5 each.  This is a fun night out if you are a believer in the supernatural, and if you’re not, maybe this event will change your mind.  Get your tickets while they last!

MetroWest Humane Society Yard Sale – For all of you shopaholics out there, stop by this yard sale at the MetroWest Humane Society in Ashland on Saturday, June 22!  Proceeds will benefit the shelter and the animals that reside there.  If you can’t attend, consider donating an item for them to sell.  The drop off date for donations is this Saturday, June 8th from 10 AM – 1 PM.  There will be many items at this yard sale including cat related items, jar candles, household items, lamps, crafts, decorations, baking dishes, and much more!  Yard sales are fun places to come across unique treasures that would otherwise be thrown out, and are prime spots to scout out old furniture to refinish if you’re into DIY crafts, the possibilities are endless!  If you’re in the area be sure to stop by and check out what the shelter has, the animals will be very grateful!

All of these events are fun and easy ways to get out of the house and give back!  Which one will you be attending?  Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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Ask The MassDrive Agent: Who Makes The Best Coffee In Massachusetts?

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You know you love it, you may even need it to get through your day, and now thanks to our agents, you can find the best cup of Joe in the Bay State! We’re big fans of coffee over in the MassDrive office, our agents come in early, and leave late all so they can serve our customers and find them the best deal possible.  As you can imagine, this leads to A LOT of coffee drinking, so they’re pretty much experts when it comes to this.

Barismo – Located in Arlington, this coffee shop is sure to impress any connoisseur with their fresh made brews from around the world.  They literally grind and brew the coffee right in front of you, and the company is both locally owned and eco-conscious! You can be sure you’re getting the freshest cup in the state when you visit this popular local stop, they have a wide variety of coffee from Central and South America as well as Africa.  The only downside to this spot is that since there are more steps to preparing the coffee, it takes a little longer.  It usually takes about 10 minutes to get a cup of coffee but if you have the time it’s worth the wait!  – Teresa Dillon, Sales Representative

Ula Cafe – If you’re in the area of Jamaica Plain, this spot is not to be missed.  They have an extensive menu filled with unique items including vegetarian options!  The staff is very friendly and the food is always fresh.  I highly recommend the  New Orleans Iced Cafe or the Thai Iced Coffee.  Both of them give you that kick you need in the morning and taste great.  – Shawn Harris, Sales Representative

L.A. Burdick Chocolate Shop and Cafe – Located in Boston and Cambridge, this popular cafe is the perfect place to stop after dinner for coffee and dessert.  They have a great drink menu including cappuccinos, frappes, hot chocolate, teas, and even espresso.  Their Luxembourgers (French Macaroons) are AMAZING! – Christine Tuccelli, Sales Representative

MaryLou’s Coffee – If you’re on the south shore, you’ll probably drive by a MaryLou’s, their bright pink signs are hard to miss!  This si a south shore favorite, you should definitely stop if you have the chance!  With flavors like Peanut Butter, Milky Way, Twix, and many more, their coffee’s are more like desserts.  Once you try it, you’ll be hooked.  The iced ones are great for the summer, and they have other breakfast items like muffins, bagels, and donuts if you’re hungry.  – Jeff Shea, Sales Representative

There you have it! Now you know where you can find some of the best coffee in the Bay State.  Take our word for it, our agents come from all over and are coffee fanatics so if they say it’s the best, it’s the best!

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Charity Walks This May

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Now that the beautiful weather is back the season for charity walks is up and running again!  These walks are the perfect way to give back to those in your local community that may be less fortunate than yourself.  Not only do you get to give back to a great cause, you can work on your tan outside, enjoy the sunshine, and get a workout in all at the same time.

Music For Life Rock N Run – The 7th Annual Music for Life Rock N Run will take place on Saturday, May 11th from 2:30 PM – 9:30 PM at the Wachusett Village Inn in Westminster, MA.  This 5k run/concert raises money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and is being presented by Aubuchon Hardware along with other local businesses in central Massachusetts.  Registration for both the race and concert is $25.00 while registration for the race only is $15.00.  Bands performing at this year’s event include the Jason Spooner Band, Take Two, and Woodford Way.

Miles Against Melanoma – Miles Against Melanoma is a nonprofit organization that is fighting melanoma one race at a time!  Save the skin you’re in and sign up for this event, this deadly disease claims the lives of young and old across the country, sadly no one is immune which is why it’s so important to do what you can to help.  Registration fees for this event are $25.00 for adults in advance ($30.00 on race day) and $10.00 for kids age 10 and under. The race begins at 11 AM on Saturday,  May 18th in Norfolk, MA at the H. Olive Day School.

CMHA Walk for the Homeless – The Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance is hosting their 28th Annual Walk for the Homeless on Sunday, May 19th at Elm Park in Worcester.  The walk begins at 2 PM and in addition to the 3.1 mile walk, there will also be a 5k run which is new this year!  Last year, 1,100 walkers raised over $124,000!  You can either register and set up a fundraising page, or if you can’t walk donate or volunteer!  All proceeds stay in the Worcester community and benefit many local organizations who fight homelessness.  When the walk began in 1985, the director of the Committee on Homelessness was quoted as saying “We will walk each spring until there are no more homeless left in Worcester.”  That promise has not been broken, join the walk this year and help them reach their fundraising goals at this family friendly event!

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Great Strides Walk – This National Walking event takes place every year across the country.  Last year $40 million was raised for research, care, and educational programs.  This devastating disease cuts many lives far too short.  Sign up today and make a difference in the lives of families everywhere.  Register online and invite walkers to join your team, request online donations, and check your fundraising stats.   Dates, times, and locations vary in Massachusetts so find register for the walk closest to you!  Locations include Billerica, Boston, Hingham, Lexington, Northampton, Worcester, and many more.

All of these events support a worthy cause, whether you sign up for the one closest to you or one that you are more personally connected to, find a charity walk to participate in!  They are fun, healthy ways to help others and will leave you feeling good on the inside and out!

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