Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the beginning of summer, and if you’re planning a fun weekend getaway, you’re not alone. There will be millions of drivers on the road this weekend and all of them will be eager to get to their destination. Everyone wants to make good time during travel, but it’s more important to be safe and prepared for anything. Keep these tips in mind this weekend and your drive should go smoothly, safely, and hopefully quickly!
Make sure your car is in tip top shape. If you’ll be traveling a long distance, get an oil change, make sure you have enough windshield washer fluid, make sure all of your headlights and blinkers are working properly, and make sure your tires have enough air in them.
Be prepared. Holiday travel can be very stressful, there are tons of other people on the road and anything can happen. Make sure you’re prepared by keeping an emergency kit in your car. It should include first aid, a flashlight with extra batteries, equipment to change a flat tire, water and food such as granola bars, a fire extinguisher, reflective cones, jumper cables, duct tape, and a blanket.
Plan your route. Make sure you know how often you will need to stop for gas and bathroom breaks, and map out potential rest stops and gas stations where this would be possible. It’s also a good idea to download traffic apps as many of them will tell you where these things are along your route. You also want to make sure your auto insurance is up to date and that you have all of the proper coverages you need.
Get an E-ZPass transponder. This will make your life much easier when it comes to tolls, you can just quickly pass through the toll without having to stop which will definitely save you some time compared to those drivers without an E-ZPass.
Obey the law. Make sure everyone in your car is wearing their seat belt and that you’re obeying all posted speed limits. The other thing that we want to stress is to avoid distracted driving at all costs. This can be extremely dangerous not only for yourself but for other drivers as well, so if your phone is going off or you need directions, ask the person in the passenger seat to do it and avoid getting yourself a hefty ticket. Police officers will be out in full force this weekend so make sure you’re obeying the law. Nothing like getting a ticket to start your weekend off on the wrong foot.
Use a designated driver. If you plan on drinking this is a no-brainer. Technically the legal limit is a blood-alcohol level under .08. Drunk driving tends to increase over the holiday weekend, and as we said police will be out in full-force looking for drivers endangering themselves and others. We want everyone to have an enjoyable weekend, but we want them to do it responsibly.
This weekend is sure to be full of family, friends, food, and fun in the sun! Enjoy the weekend but make sure you’re prepared for anything and most of all drive responsibly!
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!
Thanksgiving is one of the biggest travel days of the year, friends and family driving across towns, cities, even states to spend the day with their loved ones. There are a lot of things to keep in mind when traveling, whether you’re taking public transit or driving yourself. Be sure that you are minmizing stress and maximizing on family time this year with these tips!
If you’re driving to visit relatives this year and know you will be going through a toll, consider getting an E-ZPass. The transponder attaches to the front window of your car and is linked to one of your credit/debit cards or a checking account. Once you go through the E-ZPass lane when paying a toll, your transponder is scanned and the money is taken right out of your account! That’s definitely much easier and less time consuming than waiting in line to pay with cash. If you do plan on paying with cash, try and find out exactly which tolls you will be going through and how much they cost, that way you can have your money ready and waiting when it is your turn to pass through.
Plan your route in advance and plan an alternative route should your original option be a traffic nightmare. Be sure that you have any necessary directions at your disposal either via GPS or designate the front passenger as your navigator.
Stressing about traffic? Not anymore! Check out our blog on Traffic Apps that will help you save time and avoid the rush when traveling to your intended destination. No one likes sitting in traffic, but especially not when there’s a huge delicious meal waiting for you! These apps all have unique qualities so check them out and decide which one is right for you!
If you are traveling via the MBTA, the majority of commuter rail and T lines will be operating on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving day itself. However, the Fairmount, Greenbush, Kingston/Plymouth, and Needham commuter rail lines will not be operating at all on Thanksgiving. To accomodate riders going to and from Logan Airport, the Silver Line will be adding additional service during peak travel times before the holiday, and continuing until Tuesday, November 27, 2012. For more detailed information on each specific line,buses, and the ferry click here.
If you will be flying during the holiday weekend, allow yourself plenty of time to arrive at the airport and get through security, as there will likely be a large volume of passengers all weekend and lines will be longer. Also, be sure to check the status of your flight at least 24 hours in advance to be sure that it is scheduled to depart/arrive on time. You can visit www.massport.com for a list of arrival/departure info.
The most important tip we can offer is don’t drink and drive! If you plan on having a few drinks designate a driver! Driving during the holidays is always dangerous because of the extra heavy volume of cars, you don’t want to risk adding alcohol into the mix!
Before you head out on your holiday excursion, be sure you are properly insured! If you have any questions regarding coverages or would like a quote, give us a call at MassDrive! Any one of our agents would be happy to help you this holiday season!
We want everyone to have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving so follow these tips to be sure you’re staying safe and beating the traffic this holiday!