With record high snowstorms hitting Boston this year, residents are participating in the long tradition of parking space savers. Parking has become a huge challenge for Bostonians with so much snow, Boston doesn’t even know where to put it. Even Mayor Marty Walsh has become a bit frustrated discussing the controversy and competitiveness of them when questioned on the topic at blizzard press conferences. With the amount of snow being so outrageous this year, so are the parking savers. Here are our favorite parking space savers from this season:
6. Although this parking saver is a classic chair, it makes our list because it’s probably the most outrageously huge parking spot ever dug out of snow.
There is a hot debate around Boston on whether or not parking savers should be allowed. The best way to approach it respect your neighbors. Everyone is dealing with the aftermath from these storms. There is a lot of snow in Boston, and even more heading our way. On the bright side, we can’t wait to see those crazy space savers continue to pop up around Boston. Let us know the craziest ones you find!
My goodness, it is a COLD one out there today. If you have to travel today, I hope it is not far and that you get there safe and warm! One way to help make sure you’ll arrive at your destination safe and warm is to ensure that your car is properly winterized. Cold weather, ice and snow present your car with challenges you didn’t have to think about during the summer months. Use this checklist to make sure your car is up-to-date and ready for these freezing temps!
Whether you’re ready or not, winter is coming! Winter driving can be dangerous, so make sure to prepare your car for the season. With this checklist from MassDrive, you’ll be ready for winter driving in no time.
Winter driving can be chilly, difficult and downright anxiety-inducing at times. With ice, snow, sleet, slush and salt to conquer during the winter months, it’s no wonder there’s a huge crop of winter-themed driving tools out there. While some are wacky, some may be just what you need to survive the winter cold. These may not be your standard winter car kit items, these winter car accessories are indulgences that may make the winter months pass quicker.
Heated Seat Covers
Can’t reach the snow off the top of your SUV? Stopping short with all that snow on top of your car is a great way to break your windshield wipers (this happened to my friend, not me, I swear!). Avoid any snow toppling disasters with the incredible extending powers of this 60″ Snow Broom. Equipped with hand grips, a pivoting head and a FeatherTip brush that won’t scratch paint, this thing is a god send for the vertically-challenged or the lazy.
Whatever you need to ready yourself for the road this winter, it certainly seems like there’s a tool to help make your ride safer and warmer. How better to make yours one of the best cars for winter driving with something fun? What’s your favorite winter tool for your car?
Snow driving is one of the hallmarks of residing in Massachusetts. For some, driving in the snow is the next great adventure, for others, it’s a terrifying experience. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, there’s no denying that snow plows are a lifesaver during a storm. Helping remove snow and ensure safety, snow plows make it possible to get around during the winter months.
Plowing is done according to a hierarchy of importance – small public alleys, side streets and dead ends are the last to be plowed, so be sure to watch out if you live on any of these routes and plan accordingly during storms!
Keep your distance, don’t assume plow drivers can see you. Their field of vision is limited – in addition to the blind spots of a traditional car, the snow that a snow plow stirs up may also limit the driver’s visibility. To be safe, stay 70 feet (4 car lengths) from the plow truck so the driver can see you.
Use extreme caution when passing a plow. There are no laws prohibiting drivers from passing a snow plow on the road, but it is extremely dangerous to do so. The wing plow blades of any given truck can extend 2 to 10 feet beyond the width of the truck, and are often hard to see because of the snow they push to the sides while plowing. Sometimes weighing as much as a compact car, you don’t want to hit one of these guys. If you must, snow plows push snow to the right, so avoid passing them on this side.
Turn on your lights. See and be seen by keeping your headlights on while driving in the snow.
Following these tips will help you drive safely and soundly around plows this winter, however, accidents do happen especially in winter conditions. If you do get in an accident, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation recommends that you assess the scene – is anyone hurt? Are you stranded? If so, or if if you feel you need to, call 911. If possible, move your vehicle off the road to clear the way for other drivers, and stay in your vehicle – it is safer than being outside during a storm. If it is dark, make sure to keep your light on with the engine running, but make sure to crack a window to keep fresh air circulating through your car – you never know if your exhaust pipe is blocked. If it’s light out, turn off your engine. Keep your circulation moving while you’re in the car by moving around and huddling for warmth, and if need be – make your car visible to rescuers. If you get in accident with another vehicle, make sure to exchange information, including your auto insurance information to settle any damage claims.
Driving in the snow can be dangerous, but sometimes it is necessary. When driving in a storm with plows, keep these tips in mind. Stay safe this winter!