What is changing?
A new Massachusetts Distracted Driving Law takes effect February 23, 2020 (with a grace period for violations until March 31): use of handheld electronic devices while driving is banned – no looking at text, videos, or images. “Hands-free” mode is still allowed.
- First offense = $100
- Second offense = $250
- Subsequent offenses = $500
Electronic devices may be used in the following exceptions:
- If you are in a stopped vehicle, and the vehicle is not in a public way intended for travel by motor vehicles or bicycles.
- If you are in or responding to an emergency situation.
- If you are using your device to view a map for navigation purposes and the device is mounted to the vehicle’s windshield, dashboard or center console.
These past suggestions from the Registry of Motor Vehicles can help drivers stay focused on the road:
10 tips for managing driver distractions
- Turn it off. Turn your phone off or switch to silent mode before you get in the car. Or better yet, put the phone away in a place it cannot be accessed while driving.
- Spread the word. Set up a special message to tell callers that you are driving and you’ll get back to them as soon as possible, or sign up for a service that offers this.
- Pull over. If you need to make a call, pull over to a safe area first.
- Use your passengers. Ask a passenger to communicate for you.
- X the text. Don’t ever text and drive, surf the web or read your email while driving. It is dangerous and against the law in most states.
- Know the law. Familiarize yourself with state and local laws before you get in the car.
- Prepare. Start your GPS or review maps and directions before you start to drive. If you need help when you are on the road, ask a passenger to help or pull over to a safe location to review the map and/or directions.
- Secure your pets. Pets can be a big distraction in the car. Always secure your pets properly before you start to drive.
- Keep the kids safe. Pull over to a safe location to address situations with your children in the car.
- Focus on the task at hand. Refrain from smoking, eating, drinking, reading and any other activity that takes your mind and eyes off the road.
January 8, 2020 No Comments
GET PREPARED! The government offers details on preparing BEFORE a storm. Follow this link to get the information that can help you: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.
Hurricanes are increasing in number (see below), but it doesn’t have to be a hurricane to do damage. GET PREPARED!
In May 2019, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was more optimistic about our hurricane season this year. Since then, they have increased the likelihood of an…
- above-normal season from 30% to 45%
- near-normal activity has dropped from 40% to 35%
- below-normal activity has dropped from 30% to 20%
Now, we will likely have:
- 10-17 named storms
- 5-9 hurricanes
- 2-4 major hurricanes
El Nino is the culprit. Or actually, lack of El Nino. It had been suppressing Atlantic hurricane activity, but has ended and now we go back to normal.
So be aware, storms are coming for us. But I don’t need to tell you that, just watch the news.
Reminder: the hurricane season officially runs from June 1st through November 30th.
Source: The Standard, August 23, 2019
September 9, 2019 No Comments
- Massachusetts uses the abbreviation “RMV.” Any website using the phrase “Department of Motor Vehicle” or “DMV” should be avoided.
- Make sure the Commonwealth’s seal is located somewhere on the page. This will help ensure that is it an official government website.
- The Registry will never charge a customer for
- Status check (license, registration, title)
- Address changes
- If the site requires payment to access this information, it is an unsecured mimic site.
July 23, 2019 No Comments
In 2010 Massachusetts enacted a law to address oil leaks from home heating systems (Chapter 453 of the acts of 2008).
The law has two major provisions that required:
- The installation of either an oil safety valve or an oil supply line with protective sleeve on systems that do not currently have these devices; and
- Insurance companies that write homeowner policies to offer coverage from heating systems that use oil.
April 18, 2019 No Comments
Nothing for the kids to do this break? Sign them up for In Control Crash Prevention Training: https://www.driveincontrol.org/feb19 They are offering a discount over the break.
Then send us a copy of the certificate & get a discount on your auto insurance. Win-win.
This training goes beyond the basic driver training most people take before getting their driver’s license. It is intended for currently licensed drivers to capitalize on what they already know. A little bad weather would be a bonus – let the professionals teach your kid to drive in the snow & ice!
February 12, 2019 No Comments
Past New England winters have proven, ice dams do real damage and are the gift that keep on giving. After the storm, the temperature warms up, the sun shines a bit brighter, you are smiling and suddenly the roof is crying. It is the ice dam, stuck under your roof, melting. Causing additional damage inside and out of your home. Check out this summary, All About Ice Dams, to help you prevent & fight ice dams.
January 14, 2019 No Comments
January 22, 2018 No Comments
Accident Forgiveness & Disappearing Deductible
You see the ads on TV, you know the coverage exists but you don’t know if you have it on your policy. Contact us to find out and get a price if you do not already carry the coverage.
Don’t wait to ask when it is too late!
December 6, 2016 No Comments
Customers processing a registration cancellation transaction online can now use their full social security number (SSN) to validate their identity.
The information customers can use to validate their identity now include any one of the following:
• Massachusetts license/permit number
• Massachusetts FID number
Previously, a Massachusetts license/permit number was required. This was a problem for customers who had moved out-of-state, no longer had a Massachusetts license/permit, and were unable to proceed with the transaction as a result.
This change will allow more customers to use massrmv.com to cancel their registrations, reducing the number of
customers that need to contact the RMV from out-of-state.
If you need assistance, please contact our office.
October 13, 2016 No Comments
IN THE APP STORE FOR BOTH APPLE AND ANDROID PHONES
Use the app to:
Pay your bill
Report a claim
Contact our office
Create a home inventory
Request a liability certificate
June 3, 2016 No Comments