PLEASE BE EXTRA CAREFUL
Around 55 million children are walking or biking to school, or having to navigate school zones after
being dropped off from a vehicle or bus. Unfortunately, these areas aren’t always safe: it’s estimated
that over 100 children are killed each year heading to or from school, and another 25,000 are injured.
Our firm strongly encourages you to follow these key school–zone driving rules:
- Be prepared for anything; kids do unexpected things;
- Stop completely at all stop signs and crosswalks;
- Obey the posted speed limits;
- Put your cell phone away;
Pay attention to bus warning lights (yellow means the bus is stopping; red means children are
getting off or on the bus) and give buses plenty of room (children are at greatest risk of being
hit within 10 feet of the school bus);
- Follow the school’s drop–off and pick–up rules;
- If you are a commuter and don’t have to drop off kids at school, try to find an alternative
route to work that keeps you away from the school zone.
Let’s all do what we can to keep our children safe this and every school year.
OUR LAW FIRM SUMMER RETREAT
By Attorney Michael T. Gibson
Once a year, late in the summer, Jen and I take the entire firm and their families out to the beach for a weekend retreat. This year, we
packed up a little early on a Friday and headed out to Daytona Beach. There was lots of poolside and beachside fun, and as you can see
from the pics, lots of fun with Mayra’s selfie stick. We also got together for a group dinner Saturday night, complete with raffle prizes
and a firm trivia game. We try to do an annual retreat so that our employees’ spouses, who trust us with their loved ones every day, get a
chance to bond with us and know that they are a part of our firm family as well. We also enjoy watching all the little ones grow up, and
we enjoy getting to spend some time away from the office just getting to know everyone better. We had a blast again this year, and we
look forward to doing it again next year.
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?
By Tim Gibson – The Auto Justice Mechanic
OK, let’s say you have had your vehicle serviced and feel it is ready for that road trip you had planned on
taking. And during your trip, something happens to the vehicle where it won’t go another mile. What are you
going to do?
First and foremost, think safety. Do the best job you can to get off the roadway and away from speeding vehicles. Secure the vehicle as far as making sure it is not going to roll away or that it is not having a problem
that would cause another problem. For example – an overheated engine may set the grass on fire. Just take a deep breath and slow down your
actions. Now is not the time to panic. Put your emergency flashers on and if you have AAA, now is the time to place the call. Once the help has
arrived, let the experts deal with the broken vehicle and start making arrangements to take care of yourself and your passengers. Make sure to
communicate with the repair facility to get a clear understanding as to what has happened to cause the breakdown. I recommend a factory dealer
if possible. They stand the best shot of having parts and service for your vehicle type.
Remember, if at any time something doesn’t seem logical, please ask questions. Communication is key in this situation because you don’t know
them and they don’t know you. Ask about the type of parts that will be used like “OE” which means original equipment grade. Ask what their
warranty is and is it nationwide. Once you have a diagnosis and estimate you can call around to other places and check to see if this is a reasonable price for the work. Ask how long the repairs will take. Don’t forget – this is your vehicle and your money.
Seems pretty simple, right? Just slow down and relax and stay in control. You may be late to your destination but late is acceptable if you are safe
and comfortable. Remember to do regular maintenance on your vehicle and most times you will never be broken down and in need of service.
Till next time.....Tim
About the author –
Tim Gibson is an ASE master tech with 40 years experience. He owns and operates a garage and service center in Tarpon
Springs, FL. And one other thing, his eldest son is Michael T. Gibson, your attorney!
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