All about the proposed hands-free driving law for Massachusetts

In 2016 to 2017 alone, car crashes from distracted driving rose to 170%. This is a worrying statistic since teens are three times more likely to crash because of distracted driving. It’s for these reasons why the state of Massachusetts has enacted a law on distracted driving, says Dock Square Parking Garage. Here’s a simple primer on what the law is about and what you should expect in the roads around Boston regarding the enforcement of the law.

Governor Charlie Baker signed the hands-free driving law on November 25, 2019. The law states that no motorist should use mobile devices while driving, unless the device can be operated hands-free. The law further reads that drivers cannot read text, look at images, or watch videos. But it exempts devices which aid in navigation and/or provided that the said device is mounted safely on the dashboard.

Police will be enforcing the law to its full-effect on February 23, 2020 but drivers caught on this said period until March 2020 will be gi…

Risks and dangers of street parking

Outside of your home, there are three types of parking spaces: free, metered, and rented. Rented parking spaces, like those in parking garages and other establishments, are deemed the safest option among the three for good reason. According to parking attendants at Dock Square Parking Garage, rented parking spaces often have limited traffic, which reduces the chances of your car getting hit by a large margin, as compared to parking in public areas. There’s also the benefit of security and surveillance systems set up to make sure nothing happens to your car.

No one can deny that you get more than the price you pay at parking garages when it comes to the safety of your automobile. But what about street parking? Depending on your location, street parking can range from somewhat safe to quite risky. Street parking is often very limited when it comes to space as well. Finding a comfortable parking spot is rare, especially during weekdays and in high-traffic locations.

As for parking…

Parking and beyond: Important car considerations for winter

Winter is here. The favorite season for a lot of Americans, winter can be a lot of fun, with the proper preparation. On that note, Dock Square Parking Garage has come up with a shortlist of how to keep the car ready for the winter cold. This is especially important for car owners who live in areas that are particularly cold and have snow during the winter months.

Tires: Of course, safety always comes first. When the cold sets in and snow begins to fall, motorways become perilous for vehicles because of the ice. Cars on regular tires have been known to slip and slide on these roads during this time, which is why a change to winter tires is necessary. For new car owners in such areas, investing in winter tires is a must, to keep themselves and their passengers safe.

Fluids and batteries: In places where the winter can become especially harsh, the vital fluids of the car could freeze up. Oil viscosity may also be affected. Purchasing and putting in antifreeze should do the job…

Check before leaving: Mechanical problems with the vehicle

For years, Dock Square Parking Garage has provided quality parking for car owners in the Greater Boston area. And for years, the company service has both grown and evolved. In the past few months, Dock Square Parking Garage has given advice to motorists everywhere on parking and all things motoring.

On this blog, Dock Square Parking Garage takes a look at mechanical failures in motor vehicles and gives motorists clearer images in hopes that they may spot mechanical problems before their cars leave the garage.

And this goes double for car owners with cars that have racked up significant mileage over the years.

From lean systems to engine misfires, there are about a hundred things that can go wrong with the car when it comes to its mechanical systems. For example, “System Too Lean” means motorists have to check if they have bad leaks, injectors (or injector drivers) or if something is blocking the air-conditioning system. Engine misfires happen when spark plugs are old and need…

PSA: Always stay safe during long drives

Dock Square Parking Garage has always taken care of its patrons. From providing a secure parking facility to sharing valuable tips and information on motoring and car care, the company has made it a point to always be of service, no matter the platform.

For today, Dock Square Parking Garage tackles what it feels is an incredibly important issue for motorists everywhere – safety during long road trips.

Since Americans love to go on the open road (no matter the season), it’s prudent that whoever’s at the wheel should be at the top of his game. They should always be alert and awake, especially if there are other people in the vehicle.

However, there are ways long road trips can be made safer. For instance, if there’s more than one person in the car who knows how to drive, changing drivers every three to five hours seems like a good call, to allow the other to rest.

And speaking of rest, Dock Square Parking Garage urges every driver about to go on a long drive to get sufficient …

More reasons to park in a public parking garage

Public parking garages such as Boston’s Dock Square Parking Garage have provided more than just parking spaces for motorists everywhere. These structures have proven quite efficient, especially in busy cities with high vehicle traffic.

Oft-underappreciated, public parking garages have allowed motorists who work in these cities but live in areas outside these cities, to come over, park their cars, and find alternative transportation from there on out.

Over the years, public parking garages have developed better security systems to put the minds of patrons at ease. From adding more CCTV cameras to better lighting, parking in a public garage has never been safer. And there’s still the added benefit of having an all-day and all-night staff securing the premises.

Another huge advantage public parking garages offer is protection for the car from the elements. Since most public parking garages are partially enclosed structures, cars are shielded from the searing heat of the midday su…

Keep these tips in mind to avoid a parking ticket

The plethora of traffic and parking rules and regulations makes parking in the city very tricky and can prove complicated and stressful for the beginning driver. And, for sure, no one wants to get a parking ticket. In this blog, Boston-based self-parking garage Dock Square Parking Garage offers some tips to ensure that you don’t come back to your vehicle only to find that dreaded parking ticket stuck to your wipers.

First, know what a no stopping or no standing zone sign is. These signs simply mean parking is prohibited in the covered area. You can pull up to the curb to quickly pick up or drop off someone, but not more than a few seconds. You can even get a ticket by just sitting in your car while idling in a no stopping/no standing zone.

Parking meters that are out of order allow you to park for free for a given period (usually one to two hours). But this is dependent on which U.S. city you are in, so be extra-aware of the time limit in your area. Note, too, that meters tha…