May: Motorcycle Awareness Month

Posted on May 23, 2018

“Look Twice- Save a Life. Motorcycles are everywhere!” I am sure you have seen this in sign in someone’s yard or a bumper sticker on someone’s car but how many people actually look twice? In 2015, 4,976 motorcycles riders and passengers died in crashes and over 88,000 were injured in nonfatal accidents. Follow our simple tips for looking twice and saving a life! Always signal, check mirrors, and blind spots. Although most drivers have an understanding of where other cars are around them. Motorcycles anticipate the drivers in front of them next move. To avoid accidents, always look 3 ways- rear view, side view and a head- before changing lanes. Be sure to always use your signals when switching lanes! Large vehicles, watch out! If you are in a big truck or van, as you know your vision is already … Continued

Driving Laws in Massachusetts

Posted on April 30, 2018

Safe driving in Massachusetts has changed since September 30, 2010. The Safe Driving laws created by MassDOT IT staff and Merit Rating Board have worked diligently to implement and program these new laws. Six new violations have been created and put into effect as of 2010 with various offenses related to them.   Ch 90/8M- Use of a Mobile Phone or Mobile Electronic Device by a Junior Operator is a Civil Offense- No insurance surcharge. A “mobile electronic device” is any portable or handheld or other portable electronic devices cable of data communication. However, mobile devices shall not include any audio equipment or any equipment installed either temporarily or permanently, in a motor vehicle for the purpose of providing navigation or emergency assistance to the operator. Reporting an emergency is the only exception to using a mobile electronic device. Drivers … Continued

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Posted on April 19, 2018

Did you know that more than 40,000 people were killed on our roadways in 2017 from distracted drivers? All of those fatalities could have been avoided if drivers decided that their calls and texts could wait. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has created an “It Can Wait” campaign that is encouraging drivers to resist the urge to answer that text or call that could simply be the last call or text the driver might ever make. The NHTSA has partnered with a nonprofit Ad Council to encourage drivers to visit their site for more information on how to avoid the urge of being distracted by their phones while driving.   To avoid being a distracted driver follow these simple tips: Keep your phone off Don’t text and drive Turn your headlights onn Obey the speed limit Minimize distractions From both passengers and the … Continued

Winter Driving Conditions: 5 Tips to Help You Drive in the Snow!

Posted on January 18, 2016

1. Accelerate and Decelerate SLOWLY! When there is snow or slush on the road, it is easy for tires to slide when both accelerating and decelerating due to the lack of traction on the road. It is important to hit the gas and brakes slowly to avoid sliding or an accident! 2.Don’t Tailgate! This is something to avoid no matter what the conditions are outside, but it is crucial when there is snow on the ground. If the vehicle in front of you stops short, there a chance you could slide right into them and end up in an accident! Consider staying five to ten feet away from the vehicle in front of you so if they begin to brake you have plenty of time to stop. 3.Make Sure You Can See! When the snow is coming down, and if … Continued

It’s That Time of Year Again…. Here are 6 Steps To Prepare You For Tax Season!

Posted on January 10, 2016

1. Determine How You Will File. There are many different ways one can choose to file taxes. Are you able to do it yourself? If so, then decide if you want to do it manually or by using a website online. If not, there are many locations available that one can file their taxes on time. It is best to decide this ahead of time before you start organizing your documents and begin filing. 2. Review Any Significant Changes from the Past Year. In just one year, various changes can occur. Anything from getting married, moving into a new home or purchasing an automobile can make a difference when filing for your tax return. By chance you get married, you would have to change from filing as an individual to filing with a spouse. If you have a child, you … Continued