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I read that 2016 was a bad year for fatal car crashes. What could we do differently to reduce the number?

Gary Jaffarian will discuss the fatality statistics and why they are growing, rather than declining.

I also read the reports from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration drunk driver test(NHTSA). They reported that 2016 had the highest number of fatalities in nine years. This is more than 35,000 lives lost in the U.S. from motor vehicle accidents. I often write about the technology in newer model vehicles that helps prevent accidents, however, the bottom line is nearly 95% of accidents are caused by human error or factors I also write about—distracted driving, driving while drowsy, drunk, buzzed, or under the influence of medications, illegal substances, or marijuana. My belief is that the number is growing as the use of hand-held devices increases.

teencell-lipstickIt is the law in Massachusetts that teen drivers cannot use a cell phone at all when driving. There is a penalty if they are caught. The penalty for cell phone use is as follows: 1st offense-$100 and 60-day license suspension and attitudinal course; 2nd offense-$250 and180-day suspension and for 3rd or more offense-$500 and a1-year suspension. Texting at any age also carries a fine of $100, $250 and $500.

While new technology allows teens to answer a call without taking their hands off the wheel, being on the phone remains a distraction. Teens also tend to drive older model vehicles that may not be blue tooth compatible which raises the risks of being distracted.

I remember seeing on the news last year that a father in Massachusetts called his son. His son answered his cell while driving and then accidently dropped the phone. While talking to his Dad, he reached down to pick it up with his eyes off the road for only a few seconds, and then he crashed. That was the last time that Dad ever spoke to his son. This is not just a teen problem. We all tend to think we are invincible. It will not happen to me. Remind your teen to not text or use their phones while driving and be a good role model and practice the same safe driving habits of putting your phone away or taking the time to set up your Bluetooth.

10 Don’ts to Make Our Roads Safer:

  • Don’t send or read texts. The later model Toyotas and Volvos allow you to press a bottomTexting-Driving 2 to listen to a text if you have synced your phone with your vehicle’s technology. If you don’t know how to do that, stop by Jaffarian Volvo Toyota and one of our sales or service staff can do that for you. We have a service on Tuesdays and Thursdays called “How Do I…?” where you can simply stop by, or call ahead and we’ll accommodate your schedule.
  • Don’t drive when you are under the influence—of alcohol, prescription drugs that cause drowsiness, illegal substances, or pot. Remember, if you are just a little “buzzed” you are driving under the influence and can get stopped for a DUI.
  • Don’t talk on your cell phone—unless you have Bluetooth technology that allows you to keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Whenever possible, a good habit is put your phone in your glove box or out of reach and check it immediately once you are parked. It can wait.
  • Don’t drive when you’re sleepy. Did you ever fight to keep your eyes open? Pull over and drowsy-drivingget some rest. Try drinking coffee, opening the window and turning the music up. Go ahead, no one is listening—sing loudly to the music. That will help you stay awake.
  • Don’t pick something up off the floor or fish for something in your glove box. I often see people leaning over while they are driving. Never take your eyes off the road to find something.
  • Don’t drive with pets on your lap. Keep your pets restrained in a travel case or in seat belts designed for pets. . You are risking their safety if you are in an accident and having them in your lap affects your driving.
  • Keep your speed down to within 5-10 miles of the speed limit, especially on the highway, and drive the speed limit on back roads in good weather. In inclement weather, including rain, freezing temperatures, and snow, drive under the speed limit. Weather conditions are another cause of accidents, not blamed on human factors, but are still influenced by the drivers.
  • Don’t tailgate. Too often I see people on the highway driving 70 m.p.h. with only the distance of one car length between them, not the 7 car lengths you learned about in driver’s education. When you’re behind a commercial truck or tractor-trailer, stay a safe distance away. If the truck were to stop short, you risk getting caught under the rear underride guard.
  • Be cautious of pedestrians when driving in neighborhoods or side streets at night. Many pedestrians still wear dark colors at night and are difficult to see. In the U.S., three-quarters of the pedestrians killed by a vehicle were walking on the street after dark.
  • Distracted driving is anything that takes your eyes off the road and/or hands off the Eating andDrivingwheel. I am amazed at what I have observed people doing while driving including: eating, drinking, putting on make-up, shaving, reading the paper or a map, looking for something in the console or glove box, looking at a passenger, checking on a baby in the back seat and even kissing!

At Jaffarian Volvo Toyota, we sell vehicles that have crash warnings, pedestrian detection, steering wheel controls (for radio and cell phone), lane departure alert, voice command, automatic high-beam lights, and more to minimize your chances of a crash. While the new technology is extremely helpful in preventing accidents, it is still entirely up to the driver to make good decisions.

Let’s work towards making 2017 a safer year on the roads. Together, we can make the roads safer and save lives.

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Now that it’s spring and I hope the last snowfall is behind us, how do I bring back the luster to my car?

Gary Jaffarian will give you tips for making your vehicle shine and sparkle while you bring it back to life!

Washing close-upNow that it is officially spring, I’m hoping we can put those snow shovels away for a long time! There is still slush, salt and sand on the roads, which kicks back up onto your vehicle and can erode the exterior finish. The best defense, especially in winter and until the roads are clear, is to wash your vehicle weekly. Even in summer, if you have a garage, keep your vehicle parked in the garage, or in a shady spot when you’re at work, to keep the bright sunlight off the surface. Wash your vehicle when it is not hot to the touch. Washing and waxing by hand is preferable, but for many of us finding the time can be a challenge!

Here are some tips for professional results if you are a do-it-yourselfer:cleaning wheels
• Have two buckets available one with the soapy water and another with plain water. Apply warm, sudsy water with a sponge or soft mitt and do not wash your vehicle in the bright sunlight.
• Do not use dishwashing liquid, shampoo or laundry detergent on your vehicle, buy a washing solution meant for vehicles. If you do use a household cleaner, use a mild soap.
• Park your vehicle in the shade whenever possible, however, in the shade under a tree can mean sap, branches or other substances may end up on your vehicle. Do not park under a tree.
• If you do get sap or tree drippings on your vehicle, WD-40 is a great solution to remove it.
• After washing one side or section, rinse the vehicle off from top to bottom with a hose on a light setting. Higher settings or pressure washing can damage the vehicle or bring out the scratches. Do not soap up the entire vehicle before rinsing, so the soap is not on any part of your vehicle for too long.
• Keep the entire car wet. It will ensure that the droplets don’t dry on the paint, leaving water-spots.
• The dirtiest and grimiest part of a car is its lower body, fender and wheels. Scrub and clean them last using a different sponge with a non-abrasive scrubber.wire brush cleaning
• To clean the openings of the wheels, use a long, thin wheel brush. To clean the tires, make use of steel-wool-soap pads, one for each tire.
• To dry the car, use a chamois cloth or towel and set it flat on the surface. Drag it along the surface, starting from the roofs and moving down to the tires, making sure to pick up every water drop.waxing
• For windows, you can just wash with plain water and wipe them immediately, or use a glass cleaner. (Do not use a glass cleaner with ammonia on the dash board or seats.)
• If you’re really ambitious, apply one to two coats of a paste or liquid wax coating to protect and shine.

For professional results, bring it to Jaffarian Volvo Toyota’s Auto Spa for an affordable professional shine and/or interior detailing. If you have rust spots, dings or dents, take it to the award winning Jaffarian Body Shop, just down the street from our showroom at 600 River Street in Haverhill at exit 49 off Route 495. If you drop your vehicle off for cleaning, we’ll give you a ride home, to work or local shopping; or of course you’re welcome to wait in our comfortable waiting rooms with Wi-Fi, TV, and other amenities. Sometimes, it’s just not worth the effort to buy the products and do it yourself.

Enjoy the warmer weather that is just around the corner (hopefully!). Happy Spring!

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How do I check my oil?

Gary Jaffarian will explain how to check your oil in a few simple steps and why changing your oil is so important.

dipstick1Engine oil is vital to your vehicle’s well-being and essential to the operation of your vehicle. Oil reduces friction between moving parts and helps remove heat from the engine. At Jaffarian Volvo Toyota, we drain and refill your vehicle with factory-recommended oil, replace the oil filter and reset the maintenance indicator light. Most people prefer to have it done professionally by a factory-trained maintenance technician as we have at Jaffarian.

Let’s discuss what happens if you don’t change your oil on regular intervals, as recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer. You always want to check the manual or check on line to see what is recommended. If you don’t change the oil, the old oil will turn to a solid sludge, instead of a thick liquid oil. When it is not changed as often as recommended, the dirty oil becomes abrasive and causes needless engine wear and can result in catastrophic engine failure.

Older model vehicles often use conventional oil, which is lower cost, but needs to be changed every 3-5,000 miles. Newer model vehicles most often use synthetic oil which lasts for 8-10,000 miles. Synthetic oil better protects your engine and lasts longer, though costs more than conventional oil—but well worth it. It is easy to check your oil, but not so easy to replace it.

How to check your oil:check oil level
• Shut the engine off.
• Release the trunk hood lever in the vehicle and open the hood latch.
• Properly raise the bar to hold the hood up.
• Find the oil dipstick which generally has a yellow or orange handle on the top.
• Have a rag or paper towel handy.
• Remove the dip stick, clean it off and reinsert it, then pull it out again. Look for the level markers to be certain it is between high and low.
• If it closer to the low marker, you generally need to add 1-3 quarts of oil. Check the owner’s manual to see what type of oil is required.
• Watch our video on the Jaffarian You Tube Channel.

If you check your oil and it needs oil, schedule an appointment online or call us and we will change your oil and check all your fluids. Most people would not go through the trouble and risk a mishap to change their own oil, when for a small amount of money, you can come to Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Service Department and relax in our waiting room watching TV, using you laptop or tablet while sipping a hot or cold beverage. There is even a playroom for young children. We will get you in and out within the hour and will use the specific oil recommended for your vehicle. You can schedule your appointment on line 24/7 or call (888) 718-4749 for an appointment Monday through Saturday.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Please remember not to drink and drive. Happy StPatricks

Stay safe on the roads, and remember, spring is officially arriving next week!

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How can we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a family and avoid the drinking crowd?

Happy StPatricksGary Jaffarian will let you know about parades and other fun events to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the family—and a warning for the drinking crowd.

The area’s roots are deeply connected to the Irish immigrants coming to Boston. And while many of us are not from Irish descent, , the Greater Boston Area embraces the belief that “Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick Day!” According to Wikipedia, people of Irish descent form the largest single ethnic group in the City of Boston, making up 15.8% of the population.

One of the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parades takes place in South Boston (“Southie”) every year. It can be a great family day watching the Southie parade or attending the parade in  Lawrence. These parades are colorful, happy events and celebrate not only the Irish, but have a deep connection to our heroes—military, veterans, and first responders—police, fire and EMTs, who all take part in the parades. Most people dress in green street clothes or more flamboyant green costumes. Be sure to check out the more than 250 photos on the Southie St. Patrick’s Day Parade web site.

Here is the information for those who want to attend either one—or both parades—this coming weekend and next weekend.

Lawrence ParadeCity of LawrenceSt. Patrick’s Day Parade is held on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 1 p.m.
The parade starts on Essex St. at Amesbury Street. The Parade goes over the Casey Bridge, down Parker St., left on Salem St. across Loring St. down Salem St. to Shawsheen Rd, back to Market Street ending at Market and Loring Streets. The parade ends at Relief’s’ In, (and no, it’s not an “inn”) at One Market Street, Lawrence. The significance of the celebration at the end of the parade at the Relief’s In is that in 1977, a group of Lawrence firefighters along with a few firefighters from Methuen, North Andover, Haverhill, Lowell, Nashua and Salem N.H. had a vision. They wanted a place to call their own to hang out, tell “war stories,” have Union meetings, retirement parties and family parties. The firefighters have always played a significant role in the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

City of Boston— St. Patrick’s Day Parade is held on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 1 p.m.southie parade2

The parade starts at the Broadway MBTA Stop in South Boston on West Broadway (moves easterly). Click here for a map of the parade route. Your best bet for viewing the parade is to stake out a spot anywhere along Broadway. Marchers continue to Telegraph Street to Dorchester Street and end at Andrew Square in So. Boston.

Other St. Patrick’s Day events in Boston include:

Dropkick Murphys:  It’s a St. Patrick’s weeklong tradition! Boston’s own Dropkick Murphys, famous for their song “Shipping Up to Boston,” do a string of hometown shows at the House of Blues.

Guided Walks of the Irish Heritage Trail:  Every March the Boston Irish Tourism Association provides guided walks of the Irish Heritage Trail; over 200 years of Irish history in Boston from Commodore John Barry to President John F. Kennedy. For more information click here.

A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan: For the past decade, A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn concerts with Brian O’Donovan have introduced a wide range of new and familiar musicians to audiences eager to celebrate the holiday in true Irish style.

JFK Library celebrates with the Greene-O’Leary School of Irish Dancers from the Metrowest area. Enjoy a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day as these dancers demonstrate their athleticism, skill, and poise while presenting traditional and contemporary styles of Irish dance.

St. Patrick’s Day is officially on Friday March 17. The day may be spent enjoying a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage and it is likely the evening will be active across the Merrimack Valley and in the City of Boston. Whether you enjoy a Guinness or perhaps a green beer, there will be many heading out after work to raise a glass. For those of drinking age who want to celebrate, please remember to not don’t drink and drive. Find a designated driver, walk to your local bar or restaurant, call a cab or Uber, take public transportation, stay over a friend’s or get a hotel room—just stay off the road.  You have your life, your passenger’s life and those in the other vehicles on the road in your hands. Celebrate responsibly.

StPatricksDrinkinUnfortunately,  St. Patrick’s Day has ended in tragedy due to drunk drivers getting behind the wheel. Over St. Patrick’s Day from 2011 to 2015, a total of 252 lives were lost in drunk-driving crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. To help solve the problem of drinking and driving, they started a program called SaferRide and it has mobile apps available. NHTSA’s SaferRide app will help keep drunk drivers off the roads by allowing users to call a taxi or a friend and by identifying their location so they can be picked up. Free downloads are available as follows:

For Android devices, from Google Play store:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide

For Apple devices, from iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8

Enjoy the next two weekends celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the beginning of spring and don’t forget to set the clocks ahead one hour this Saturday night when you go to bed. We’ll lose an hour of sleep, but warmer weather is that much closer!   Happy St. Patrick’s Day and be safe.

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How can we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a family and avoid the drinking crowd?

Gary Jaffarian will let you know about parades and other fun events to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the family—and a warning for the drinking crowd.

The area’s roots are deeply connected to the Irish immigrants coming to Boston. And while many of us are not from Irish descent, , the Greater Boston Area embraces the belief that “Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick Day!” According to Wikipedia, people of Irish descent form the largest single ethnic group in the City of Boston, making up 15.8% of the population.

One of the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parades takes place in South Boston (“Southie”) every year. It can be a great family day watching the Southie parade or attending the parade in  Lawrence. These parades are colorful, happy events and celebrate not only the Irish, but have a deep connection to our heroes—military, veterans, and first responders—police, fire and EMTs, who all take part in the parades. Most people dress in green street clothes or more flamboyant green costumes. Be sure to check out the more than 250 photos on the Southie St. Patrick’s Day Parade web site.

Here is the information for those who want to attend either one—or both parades—this coming weekend and next weekend.

City of Lawrence—St. Patrick’s Day Parade is held on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 1 p.m.
The parade starts on Essex St. at Amesbury Street. The Parade goes over the Casey Bridge, down Parker St., left on Salem St. across Loring St. down Salem St. to Shawsheen Rd, back to Market Street ending at Market and Loring Streets. The parade ends at Relief’s’ In, (and no, it’s not an “inn”) at One Market Street, Lawrence. The significance of the celebration at the end of the parade at the Relief’s In is that in 1977, a group of Lawrence firefighters along with a few firefighters from Methuen, North Andover, Haverhill, Lowell, Nashua and Salem N.H. had a vision. They wanted a place to call their own to hang out, tell “war stories”, have Union meetings, retirement parties and family parties. The firefighters have always played a significant role in the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

City of Boston— St. Patrick’s Day Parade is held on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

The parade starts at the Broadway MBTA Stop in South Boston on West Broadway (moves easterly). Click here for a map of the parade route. Your best bet for viewing the parade is to stake out a spot anywhere along Broadway. Marchers continue to Telegraph Street to Dorchester Street and end at Andrew Square in So. Boston.

Other St. Patrick’s Day events in Boston include:

Dropkick Murphys:  It’s a St. Patrick’s weeklong tradition! Boston’s own Dropkick Murphys, famous for their song “Shipping Up to Boston,” do a string of hometown shows at the House of Blues.

Guided Walks of the Irish Heritage Trail:  Every March the Boston Irish Tourism Association provides guided walks of the Irish Heritage Trail; over 200 years of Irish history in Boston from Commodore John Barry to President John F. Kennedy. For more information click here…..

A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan: For the past decade, A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn concerts with Brian O’Donovan have introduced a wide range of new and familiar musicians to audiences eager to celebrate the holiday in true Irish style.

JFK Library celebrates with the Greene-O’Leary School of Irish Dancers. Enjoy a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day as these dancers demonstrate their athleticism, skill, and poise while presenting traditional and contemporary styles of Irish dance.

St. Patrick’s Day is officially on Friday March 17. The day may be spent enjoying a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage and it is likely the evening will be active across the Merrimack Valley and in the City of Boston. Whether you enjoy a Guinness or perhaps a green beer, there will be many heading out after work to raise a glass. For those of drinking age who want to celebrate, please remember to not don’t drink and drive. Find a designated driver, walk to your local bar or restaurant, call a cab or Uber, take public transportation, stay over a friend’s or get a hotel room—just stay off the road.  You have your life, your passenger’s life and those in the other vehicles on the road in your hands. Celebrate responsibly.

Unfortunately,  St. Patrick’s Day has ended in tragedy due to drunk drivers getting behind the wheel. Over St. Patrick’s Day from 2011 to 2015, a total of 252 lives were lost in drunk-driving crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. To help solve the problem of drinking and driving, they started a program called SaferRide and it has mobile apps available. NHTSA’s SaferRide app will help keep drunk drivers off the roads by allowing users to call a taxi or a friend and by identifying their location so they can be picked up. Free downloads are available as follows:

For Android devices, from Google Play store:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide

For Apple devices, from iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8

Enjoy the next two weekends celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, the beginning of spring and don’t forget to set the clocks ahead one hour this Saturday night when you go to bed. We’ll lose an hour of sleep, but warmer weather is that much closer!   Happy St. Patrick’s Day and be safe.
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How do I use all this great technology in my new Toyota? I don’t even know how to set the clock!

Gary Jaffarian addresses where to get the help you need to learn all about the technology in your vehicle.

There are two places you can go to learn about all the wonderful technology. Why have it if you can’t use it! The first is your owner’s manual, but I often hear people say they don’t like reading manuals (or don’t have the time). Most new Toyotas come with a “Quick Reference Guide” which I recommend you keep in your vehicle. It’s a handy way to quickly get an answer.

 

how-do-i-logoIf you are a visual learner, no problem!  Simply stop in and visit us at Jaffarian Volvo Toyota. We realize there is so much to learn when you get a new vehicle. That is precisely why we established  “How Do I?” hours. Whether you have had your vehicle for 2 weeks or 2 years, if you have a “How do I…?” question related to your vehicle, just stop in and ask!  Product specialists will be available to answer your questions and demonstrate how features work. No question is too small or silly! We have designated hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, however, you can stop by anytime, or when in for a  service appointment, and we will have someone available to answer your questions in sales or service.

 

close-up-toyota-dashWhen it comes to Daylight Savings and setting your vehicle clock, there is not one answer for all makes and models. Again, I recommend you check your Quick Reference Guide or stop in for us to help you.  A friendly reminder that Daylight Savings starts on Sunday  March 12th so it would be helpful to know how to set your clock an hour ahead.

 

To help you change the clock, look to the dashboard as most indicate where the clock setting is. When you depress it, generally the hour will blink until you change the time. If it is set correctly, then you only need to use the appropriate key to set it ahead by one hour. Many of the new Toyotas have the “H” for hour and “M” for minute, found in the top center of the dashboard next to the clock. In some vehicles, you need to use the arrow keys to change the time.

 

gps-toyotaThere is an incredible amount of technology included in new vehicles. The good news is that much of the technology makes our driving lives simpler and safer. For example, new Toyotas come with the Safety Sense package. If you weave to the edge of the lane, the Lane Departure alert will let you know by changing color or beeping in the icon that shows a picture of a lane. When you get to close to a vehicle in front of you, a red warning light will appear in the screen as a pre-collision warning. These vehicles give you quick alerts. The first time I drove a Toyota with Lane Departure Alert, I thought it needed an alignment—only to discover that “pulling” is the steering assist feature to automatically correct your steering!

 

Do you know how to use the dynamic radar cruise control?  It  automatically adjusts to a lower speed as you approach a slower vehicle ahead. One of the trickiest things can be just releasing the latch under the hood. If you have trouble opening the hood, just stop by Jaffarian Service or Sales Departments and we will show you how. That’s so important to know if your vehicle is overheated or you need to add windshield washer fluid.

 

With the latest models, there is a lot to know about your vehicle. Don’t let your vehicle cause you “March Madness!” Don’t be afraid to ask as we want you to enjoy your vehicle and all the features that are included. We’re all here to help!
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Where can we go on school vacation week that is not too far away? I prefer to stay local in this weather.

family-sleddingGary Jaffarian recommends shopping local and staying local during the cold winter school vacation week. There are so many great places to explore as a family! He has some excellent suggestions on how to have fun outdoors and stay local to experience the best winter has to offer.

Here are some places to visit are less than a half-tank away for the best winter outdoor sports and fun:

Skiing:

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Ski Bradford on the Haverhill-Groveland line on South Cross Road in Bradford at (978) 373-0071. Ski Bradford offers night skiing on 60 acres, 15 trails, 3 triple and 6 surface lifts, lessons, a rental shop and terrain park.

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Nashoba Valley Ski Area, 79 Power Road, Westford at (978) 692-3033 offers 17 trails, 11 lifts, and a terrain park at 240 vertical feet. There are also 18 tubing lanes with 4 lifts.

 

 

Wachusetts best.jpgWachusett Mountain Ski Area on 499 Mountain Road in Princeton at (978) 464-2300 is a little further west with 19 trails, 5 lifts on 103 acres. They also offer night skiing.

Blue Hills Ski Area in Canton, 4001 Washington St., Canton at (781) 828-5070, south of Boston, offers 16 trails and 4 lifts with a Terrain Park, rentals and lessons. It is available from South Station by public transportation from Boston.

Jiminy Peak Resort is a weekend alternative if you want to go west to the Berkshires rather than north to the more popular ski areas of N.H. and Vermont. They offer a village complete with shopping, dining, hotels, skiing and boarding.

Ski Butternut is another ski area in the Berkshire Mountain Range in Great Barrington. The ski area is located on 110 acres, offering 22 trails and a 7-lane tubing center. This is a great trip for a few days of vacation fun for the family.

Skating:

hero-rinkMarket Street, Lynnfield, a new upscale shopping and dining area at exit 43 off Route 128, has outdoor Skating on the Green. There is a small fee for use and they offer skate rentals for $4.

 

 

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Merrimack Valley Skating Club is hosted by the Graf Rink of Low Street in Newburyport, at exit 57 off Rt. 95.

 

Blue Ocean Events Center on the ocean in Salisbury at exit 58 off Rt. 95, offers indoor skating this month. Perfect place for the cold winter days when you’d rather be indoors—complete with a spectacular ocean view.

Amesbury Town Park, 138 Friend St. is open until 9 p.m. and is well lit for night skating.

Boston Common–How about the Frog Pond in as a classic place to take the family skating?

Sledding and Tubing:

New England Sports Park in Amesbury is one of the most popular places for sledding and tubing with extended hours for school vacation week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Located at 12 South Hunt Road, at exit 54 off Route 495, (978) 388-5788, also has The Crossbar Pub for refreshments.

bartlett-mall-in-winterNewburyport’s Bartlett Mall on High St., Rt. 113 at Exit 57 off Rt. 95, offers sledding above the pond. It’s free and open area is a few blocks from Historic Downtown Newburyport for shopping and dining.

Maudsley State Park on Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport, offers sledding and cross-country trails in the woods overlooking the Merrimack River. This is also a free area.

Cable Hill on County Road in Ipswich, is a North Shore favorite.

Bear Hill Golf Course, 2 North St., Stoneham at Exit 38 off Rt. 128.

Ould Newbury Golf Club on Route 1 in Newbury.

The 14 Best Places to Go Sledding and the Boston Globe’s Top 40 Places to Go Sledding, also recommends:

Mt. Hood, 100 Sleyton Rd. in Melrose, off Routes 1 or 93.

boston-common-sleddingBoston Common in downtown Boston at the Corner of Tremont and West Streets, is America’s oldest public park.

 

 

 

Prospect Hill Park, 322 Totten Pond Road, Waltham, directly off Rt. 128.

Call any local golf course or check the web for other great and safe places to take the children sledding and tubing.

Before you plan your vacation outings, if you need anything from a basic oil change to major repair, stop by and see us at the Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Service Departments. For your convenience, you can schedule on line 24/7 or call us at (978) 372-8551. Our comfortable, clean waiting rooms offer complimentary hot beverages, cable TV, wi-fi and a children’s play room. You want to be sure there is no chance of a breakdown in this cold New England weather. Vacation week is meant to be a fun, family week without any vehicle problems!

We’ve done the work for you compiling this list. Now go and have some fun! Drive safe and enjoy the school vacation weeks ahead in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

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