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Where can we go as a family to enjoy the fall season? Viewing foliage isn’t enough to keep young children happy!

Gary Jaffarian has lots of ideas to share for family fun. They are either close to home or throughout New England where the adults can also enjoy seeing the fall foliage.

There is certainly a lot to do this time of year within a short distance or a for a weekend trip in New England. I’m a big fan of all New England states and how much we can do and see within this scenic region. We are fortunate to live in a part of the country rich in mountains, lakes, ocean, and among the best fall foliage in the world. I generally suggest places to see some great fall foliage, but this fall I will suggest fun family activities, as you requested.

We’ll focus on short-distance trips within the state and then some highlights from the other N.E. states.

Amesbury Fair & Country Music Festival at Landry Stadium (12 S. Hunt Road), this Charlie Daniels AMESBURYweekend Sept. 22-24, including the Charlie Daniels Band! Check out their website for detail at

Wachusett Mountain Kidsfest in Princeton is also this weekend, Sept. 23-24 from 10Wachusett kidsfest-calendar a.m.-5 p.m. with unusual highlights such as a reptile show, a maximum velocity bike show, flying high frisbee dogs, a ski ramp for skateboarding, a ropes gym, baby animal petting zoo, crafts and some music shows. There’s something for everyone in the family at this one!

Topsfield Fair runs from Sept. 29-Oct. 9 this year. If you haven’t taken the family yet, then go this year! America’s oldest agricultural fair has turned into days of fun for the whole family. This year’s shows include The Village People, Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, and GrTopsifeld1ammy-nominated singer Cassadee Pope, among other big shows. There is a Demolition Derby, Monster Truck Show, Moto Maniacs (motorcycle daredevils), a rodeo, the famous Flying Wallendas on their high-wire show and some Disney-themed shows, food, rides, livestock, nature exhibits and a coloring contest.

Newburyport Fall Harvest Festival—Enjoy Downtown Newburyport for a scarecrowNBPT1 contest in Market Square, along with food, crafts, and morning entertainment for children. Of course, there’s all the great shops and restaurants, too. It’s held on Columbus Day Weekend—Sun. and Mon. October 8-9 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Mann Orchards Corn Maze in Methuen is sponsoring a corn maze at their Riverside Farm location at 445 Merrimack Street now through Oct. 31 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily except Monday. They also have hayrides, a petting zoo, a spider web climber, and a giant sandbox, checkers and chess games. There is pumpkinDCIM100MEDIADJI_0060.JPG bowling, a giant coloring mural, mini hay maze for younger children and of course wonderful treats from the Mann Bakery and Orchard including, cider and apple cider donuts, corn dogs, chicken tenders, and even fried oreos! If you just want to buy some fresh apples, backed goods, or cider, visit their orchard at 27 Pleasant Valley across from The Loop.,

Kimball Farms Corn Maze on 780 E. Broadway, Haverhill. This great local find has beenKimball_jpg a working family farm since 1820. From now through Oct. 31, they have a corn maze, hay rides, pony rides, a giant slide and pumpkin painting. They also have llamas and farm animals. It is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

N.H. Pumpkin Festival is held on Oct. 13 from 4-8 p.m. and Oct. 14 from 12-8 p.m. inNH_Pumpkin Laconia. This festival features 20,000+ jack-o-lanterns, rides, 50+ food and craft vendors, children’s games, a 200-foot zip line and climbing wall. Pets on leashes are welcome. It’s held at Opechee Park at Pleasant and New Salem Streets in Laconia.

Deerfield Fair (34 Stage Road, Deerfield, NH) This is a big one from September 28-October 1 and is New England’s oldest family fair. There is loads of Deerfield Fairentertainment, animals, agricultural exhibits and family fun. Parking and entertainment are free and it is held at the Deerfield Fairgrounds. There is a demolition derby with tractor pulling, stables. The Flying Wallendas will also be at this fair. Every day has a different schedule, so check out their website.

Roger Williams Park & Zoo Jack O’Lantern Spectacular (1000 Elmwood AvRoger Williams2e., Providence) from Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. to Nov. 5 at 10:30 p.m. There are more than 5,000 carved pumpkins which are lit at night. This is a big family favorite during the day with rides and a zoo and this spectacular exhibit at night.

Vermont Pumpkin Shuckin’ Festival at the Stoweflake Mountain VT Pumpkin_BcResort, 1746 Mountain Road in scenic Stowe on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There is a pumpkin shuckin’ competition, music, chili cook-off and many children’s activities.

Fryeburg Fair (1154 Main St., Fryeburg) from Oct. 1-Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ThereFryeburyFair are farm animals, rides, food and draft horses and exhibition halls, similar to the larger Topsfield Fair. (No dogs allowed.)

Please note that most events with animals do not allow dogs. Most events have per person charges, so check out the websites above for each event. Before you go make sure your vehicle is ready for the journey. If you haven’t had your oil changed according to your manufacturer’s recommendation, or if you’re hearing noises that sound like something may be off, visit Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Service Department on Monday through Saturday for your convenience. You can call 888-718-4749 for an appointment or book on line 24/7. Know before you go, that all is well with your vehicle!

Enjoy your fall trips and send us a photo for our Jaffarian Facebook page if you go to one of these events, or send us a photo of your vehicle at another destination where you go to enjoy some family fun or foliage.

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How do I know when it’s time to buy a new car seat for my son? I can’t afford to buy the one that grows with him. I find it confusing…

Gary Jaffarian is happy to explain car seat regulations as recommended by law enforcement, government agencies and pediatricians. The week of September 17-23 is Child Passenger Safety Week.

I am so glad you asked this question because children who are not in the right car seat for their size are at risk of injury. Every 33 seconds, one child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash. Often times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.

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The law in Massachusetts, as in most states, is that all children riding in passenger motor vehicles must be in a federally approved child passenger restraint that is properly fastened and secured according to the manufacturer’s instructions until they are 8 years old or over 57 inches tall. When children outgrow their booster, they must wear a seat belt that is properly adjusted and fastened according to the manufacturer’s instructions until the age of 13.

It also is important to know at what age an infant should be facing toward the rear and when they should face forward. The proper car seat is dependent on the child’s age, size and weight. There are four stages of restraints and car seats for infants and young children: infant seats, toddler seats, booster seats and safety belts and there are a variety of types.

• All-in-One Seat (or convertible seat): This seat can change from a rear-facing seat to a rear-facing car seatforward-facing seat (with a harness and tether) and to a booster seat as a child grows. Because it can be used with children of various sizes, it allows for children to stay in the rear-facing position longer.

• Combination Seat: As a child grows, this seat transitions from a forward-facing seat with a harness and tether into a booster seat.

• Booster Seat with High Back: This type of booster seat is designed to boost the child’s booster seatheight so the seat belt fits properly. It also provides neck and head support and is ideal for vehicles that don’t have head rests or high seat backs.

• Backless Booster Seat: A backless booster seat is designed to boost the child’s height so the seat belt fits properly. It does not provide head and neck support. It is ideal for vehicles that have head rests.

• Seat belts on any type of seat should be fastened properly over the stronger parts of your child’s body. As your child grows, they will move from a rear facing to front facing to a booster seat.

In recognition of Child Passenger Safety Week, area Target stores (Salem and Plaistow, NH and Haverhill) are offering a car seat trade in event. Anyone who brings in a car seatChild seat belt to recycle will get an extra 20% the purchase of a new car seat or booster seat and most are on sale. Babies R Us (Salem or Nashua, NH or Peabody, MA) is offering a national safety event with 25% off all car seats online or in stores this week.

If you have any questions about the correct car seat, please see the chart here, check with your local police department on Car Seat Saturday on September 23rd. Also, if you have any questions, you can make an appointment at a Car Seat Inspection Site or call the Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Information Line at (877) 392-5956.

Keep those babies, toddler and children safe at any cost, and most importantly, drive safely.

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What is the cause of the most traffic fatalities—speeding, cell phones or drinking?

LastGary Jaffarian presents the research on the top 5 causes of traffic fatalities. You may be surprised at the findings..

If I had to guess without reviewing all the research, I would guess that the top causes of traffic fatalities are due to cell phone use and drinking. No matter the primary causes, it is very unfortunate to learn that 2016 was the deadliest year on the roads in the past decade, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Approximately 40,200 people died in motor vehicle crashes last year, a 6% rise from 2015 and 14% increase since 2014—making it the deadliest year on the road since 2007. Over 40,000 lives lost on the road – that is a horrible statistic.

While both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the NSC both paint a dismal picture, the two organizations calculate traffic death rates differently. NSC uses data from the National Center for Health Statistics, an arm of the

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Speeding accidents are among the most deadly.

Centers for Disease Control. It counts both traffic and non-traffic deaths that occur within a year of the accident, while NHTSA counts only traffic deaths that occur within 30 days. NSC’s data also counts crashes on both public and private roadways such as parking lots and driveways.


Early in 2017, the NSC conducted an independent survey that shows the kinds of high-risk activities drivers are doing while on the road. The survey asked more than 2,000 people who drive at least 15 minutes on a typical weekday a series of questions about driver safety and actions taken while behind the wheel.

The survey shows drivers are concerned about safety and 83% of respondents said driving is a safety concern. But that hasn’t stopped many of them from speeding, texting, or driving while impaired by alcohol, prescription medication, or marijuana. A startling number of those surveyed said they are comfortable speeding (64%), texting either manually or through voice controls (47%), driving while impaired by marijuana (13%), or driving after they feel they’ve had too much alcohol (10%). Ironic, isn’t it?

While seat belt use has increased and air bags and other technologies have helped save accident victims, the rate is still increasing. Here are the facts by cause:

• Alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 29% of the total vehicle traffic walking linefatalities in 2015, a whopping 65% decrease since 1982 and a 49% decrease since 1991. Among persons under 21, drunk driving fatalities have decreased 80%.

• Teens continue to have the highest number of traffic fatalities, mainly because of their addiction to cell phones and other electronic devices, according to Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association.SPeeding arrest by age

• The Governors Highway Safety Association also points to data suggesting an increase in distracted driving. While cars and phones now offer advanced voice controls and other features intended to keep drivers’ eyes on the road, apps like Facebook, Google Maps, Snapchat and others have created new temptations that drivers and passengers find hard to resist. “It’s not just talking on the phone that’s a problem today,” said Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association. “You now have all these other apps that people can use on their phones.” Distracted driving affects drivers of all ages.

• The National Safety Council is calling for all states to ban hand-held cell phones. N.H. is one of those states, Massachusetts is not. Ideally, they would like to extend laws banning all cell phone use – including hands-free – to all drivers, not just teens; upgrade texting while drvingenforcement from secondary to primary in states with existing bans, meaning you can be stopped for that reason only.

• Of all traffic accidents, not just fatalities, 23% are caused by cell phone use or texting, whereby eyes are off the road for at least 5 seconds. That mean 1 of every four accidents is caused by cell phone use and the number of functions that take eyes off the road using smart phones. The National Safety Council believes the number is severely under-reported, however, they believe cell phones are responsible for 52% of all fatalities.

• Depending on the year, speeding related fatalities have accounted for 30-32% of all accidents. The charts clearly show males overwhelming speed more than females and the younger the age, the higher the rate of speeding. Most of the accidents caused by speeding are attributed to males 16-25. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), drivers ages 16-19 are three times more likely to crash than drivers over 20, due to risky behaviors including speeding, cell phone use and texting.

• Illicit drug use is more difficult to count than alcohol because of a lack of testing or measurement for drug use. However, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported 1 in 3 drivers killed in car crashes tested positive for drugs.

• However, 43% of drivers tested in fatal crashes in 2015 had used a prescription or illegal drug, more than the 37 percent who tested above the legal limit for alcohol, according to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, therefore making it hard to know exactly but somewhere in the 33-43% range.

• While drowsy driving statistics are also hard to measure and unreliable from admissions point, especially in fatal accidents, the statistics of driving while drowsy are driving drowsyextremely high as Americans have more stress and less quality sleep. The NHTSA believes that 1550 deaths are caused each year by drowsy drivers.

There you have it—drinking, distracted drivers (using cell phones or other devices), drug use, drowsy drivers and speeding are the main causes of accidents. Unlike weather conditions, these are all controllable factors—and in some ways—you could say not accidents, but choices made by drivers before or during getting behind the wheel. Because of the way the statistics are captured, it is still difficult to rank exactly causes, but most statistics point to the causes in this order:
#1 Distracted drivers including cell phones, texting and other electronic device usage
#2 Drug and prescription drug use
#3 Drunk driving
#4 Speeding
#5 Drowsy driving.

And last but not least…according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety….

State With The Lowest Death Rate – Massachusetts  0.6 per thousand!

Please drive safely and don’t become one of these statistics.

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Is this one of those dangerous long holiday weekends? How can we make the roads safer?

Gary Jaffarian explains that by making sure to not drink and drive we can reduce the number of fatalities by at least 20%.

Backyard BBQThis is the weekend to acknowledge the end of summer and is celebrated with barbecues and trips to the beach as a last hurrah. Many of these parties, outings and celebrations involve serving liquor. That’s precisely why thousands of law enforcement officers, state and local safety advocates will participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) nationwide Labor Day weekend drunk driving prevention mobilization called “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Research shows that high-visibility police enforcement can reduce drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20%. The NHTSA will also be buying ads and billboards to remind people if they aren’t sober, they will get pulled over. You can’t hide driving erratically.

Labor Day weekend is one of the deadliest times of the year for drunk-driving fatalities. Drunk driving is a life-threatening problem our country faces every day. According to the NHTSA, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2015, up from 9,967 in drinking and drive2014. It’s incomprehensible that more than 10,000 people lose their lives in drunk-driving crashes each year, accounting for nearly one-third of all traffic fatalities.

In 2015, nearly 20 percent of all drunk-driving fatalities for the month occurred over the Labor Day holiday period. The statistics are clear: Labor Day weekend is increasingly more dangerous for people out on the roads. It is important that those considering driving after drinking know that there are deadly consequences to their actions, according to the NHTSA.

Drunk-driving fatalities increased steadily through the summer of 2015, with 891 fatalities in June, 941 fatalities in July, and peaking in August with 1,045 fatalities—moreDrink Drive2 than any other time during that year. But even one fatality is one too many.

I often discuss the options to drink and not drive—or to drive and not drink– and serve as the official “designated driver.” The other culprit for accidents, of course, are cell phones as the major source of distracted drivers. Sad but true, these accidents are 100% avoidable. If you are going to “party” this weekend, here are your only choices:
• Bring a friend who doesn’t want to drink to be your designated driver.
• Sleep over as the host’s house or a local hotel.
• Call a cab, Uber or Lyft.
• Take public transportation.

If you don’t have Bluetooth, no talking on the cell and never text. It is illegal in New Hampshire to talk on hand-held phones. In Massachusetts, it is discouraged. Cell phones now rival alcohol for traffic accidents. If you need help connecting to Bluetooth or want to buy a new vehicle with Bluetooth, this is a great time to come to Jaffarian Volvo Toyota. This is one of the best times to purchase or lease a 2017 model, as the 2018 vehicles are arriving daily. Let’s make this the safest Labor Day weekend ever!

Enjoy this last “unofficial” weekend of summer safely.

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My children are going back to school, and I’m worried about their safety. What can drivers do to prevent accidents with pedestrians, especially children?

Walk SchoolGary Jaffarian explains that following the rules of the road and using common sense, combined with vigilance near schools, will reduce the potential for pedestrian accidents.

Children are vulnerable as they play outside in summer months and even more vulnerable as they stand on street corners waiting for the school bus, walking to school or riding their bikes. There were a few children in Boston struck while playing in driveways and near the road this summer and that is a few too many. Sadly, the accident rate continues to rise, mostly due to cell phone use and other distractions. More children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location, according to the National Safe Routes to School program.

According to a 2017 New York Times article, the most common cause of death in children under the age of 15 is unintentional injury, and the most common cause of unintentional injury is car accidents. Granted, most injuries take place while children are passengers in cars, however many children are victims of injury or death when they are struck by vehicles.

Too many children have been hit by family members when playing in a driveway and not visible behind the vehicle. A child in Boston was recently hit when playing in a cardboard box on her driveway.

The vehicles we represent, Toyota (SafetySense) and Volvo (IntelliSafe), both have advanced safety features to detect pedestrians, back-up cameras and many other safety features. Volvo has a new advance safety feature called “Bird’s-Eye View” with 360° surround view technology, whereby you get a bird’s-eye view of your car and its Pedestrian DetectionPD_hsurroundings so you can see obstacles all around you. Volvo also now offers an integrated booster seat cushion for larger children. Toyota offers a pedestrian detection safety feature. Whether or not you have one of these vehicles, we can all work together to prevent terrible tragedies involving children.

What can you do to reduce or eliminate pedestrian accidents?
• Know where your young children are at all times. When they play outside—whether or not they are in the driveway or on the lawn, if they are not in a fenced-in yard—do not leave children unattended.
• Stay with your children or take turns with another parent watching your children until the school bus arrives. Keep them out of the street until the bus arrives.
• When you are driving in neighborhoods, or near schools, drive slowly and adhere to the lower speed limits posted in school areas.
• Be certain your children are always properly strapped in and in the rear seat where injuries are less likely to be severe in the event of an accident.
• Children are required by law to wear a helmet when riding a bike. That is the best way to prevent head injuries. No exceptions – even if it’s just a ride around the block.
• Look around every time you drive in or out of your driveway if you have small children.

The National Safety Council recommends:
• Don’t double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.
• Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school.
• Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school.
• Don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic.
• In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection.
• Always stop for a crossing guard holding up a stop sign.
• Don’t honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way.
• Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians.
• Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way.

Be certain to drive carefully in neighborhoods, around parks and schools and let’s make this the safest back-to-school season ever. Also make sure your brakes are in excellent condition in case you do have to stop quickly. Lastly, never text or look at your cell phone while driving. If we can help with your brakes or safety equipment, Jaffarian Service Department is open Monday through Saturday for your convenience. You can also schedule an appointment 24/7 on line with our Service Scheduler.

Enjoy these last weeks of summer safely.

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Are you doing a charitable drive again this fall?

Gary Jaffarian explains the next community drive is for back-to-school supplies for Emmaus House clients’ children in local public schools.

Yes, Jaffarian Volvo Toyota participates in a charitable drive at least three times a year. This past summer we sponsored sneakers and supplies for children in our area attending School Suppliesbasketball and other camps in the area. This month we are again collecting back-to-school supplies for those children in the Haverhill Public Schools who are the less fortunate clients of Emmaus Inc., which provides services for homeless and needy families. I love their slogan: “Where everybody matters.” They provide both immediate assistance and long-term solutions through emergency shelters, affordable housing, job training, and more.

Without the generosity of the community, the clients of Emmaus House may not have new backpacks or school supplies that are needed. There are some great sales on school supplies this month, so please consider picking up some extra supplies and dropping Emmaus house and tagthem off to the Jaffarian Showroom by Monday, August 21st. The first day of school in Haverhill is August 29th, and we’d like to get the supplies to them in advance of opening day.

If you are a business owner or work in a company that has an overstuffed supply cabinet, consider asking for permission to donate extra supplies to Emmaus House clients. The children will be so excited to have new backpacks and supplies.

The administration did an inventory of the supplies and indicated they really need the following this year:
• Larger size backpacks in neutral colors for the older kids
• Binders
• Notebooks
• Folders
• Pens, Pencils, Crayons, Markers and Highlighters.

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2016 Emmaus Back-to-school drive.


“Anything that gets donated will be used and very much appreciated,” said the Emmaus House spokesperson. Let’s fill up a truckload full of supplies again this year. I’d like to top last year’s successful drive. Thanks for anything you can contribute.

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What do I do to replace a lost key and how do I know it will only work on my car?

Volvo keyGary Jaffarian explains how most keys can be replaced the same day or next and what owners need to know to safely replace a key.

The Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Parts Department can order a key for you and get it the next day, however, some can be made the same day, depending on year, make and model. Out of curiosity, I did a web search on replacement keys and there are hundreds of places to order from. Why not just buy your replacement key online? Certain keys are on a different radio frequency and cannot be programmed for your vehicle. People also sell dead keys online that cannot be programmed.

Keys for vehicles manufactured before 2001 have no vehicle engine immbolizer, which is your vehicle’s security device, and do not need to be programmed. Keys made for vehicles from 2001 and newer need to be programmed and that works in accordance with your VIN (vehicle identification number) and engine immobilizer. I wouldn’t suggest giving out a VIN number on line. You run the risk of being hacked. YouTube also doesn’t provide the answer. While the online services claim to be less costly than the dealership, they also come with risks in terms of ability to program.

To protect our customers’ security when requesting a replacement key, we ask for name, address, VIN number, year, make and model. Even if you cannot get into the vehicle, the VIN is generally visible from the outside driver’s side dashboard. It may also be located on a rear wheel well or the front of the engine block, or on the frame of the car between the carburetor and windshield washer. You can also call your insurance company to get the VIN.

Types of Keys:

Traditional key—They are usually found in use for vehicles prior to 2001 and before 1981. They can simply be cut from a standard key blank like a house key.

Encoded key—These contain a programmed chip and must be programmed properly to work.

Smart key—It is a programmable device that allows the owner to open the door with a key and start the engine with a button.

Detached key fobs—This is a separate device from the key that starts the engine. It can unlock the doors and control the vehicle’s alarm.

Jaffarian Parts Department to the Rescue!

I was so happy to hear this story from my Parts Department personnel. A senior was at the market and discovered her keys were missing. No one turned them in, and she was frantic. She called us up and was so upset that the Parts Department employee tried toSenior Woman calm her. He asked for all her information, and while she hardly sounded like a criminal, he still asked for all the pertinent information for her own security. They were able to cut and program the key immediately and bring it to the market. She was so grateful that she sent me a beautiful letter complimenting the Parts Department staff for their immediate response and concern!

Let us know if we can help. Our Parts Department is open Monday-Saturday and ready to serve!

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