Vehicle Safety: Know Your Car Inside & Out

As a driver or car owner, get to know your vehicle, inside and out. Do it for your own safety. Monitoring the condition of your vehicle regularly is extremely important and could potentially save your life. Know what to look for when inspecting your vehicle and know the basic maintenance rules of a car. Here are some simple things to check regularly on the outside of your car:

  • Tire pressure. The proper tire pressure for your tires can be found on the inside of the driver side door. This will tell you the proper tire pressure for both your front and back tires. You can pick up a tire pressure gage at any auto parts store. Tire pressure should only be checked when the tires are cold – meaning the car hasn’t been driven in at least an hour.
  • Working headlights/tail-lights and signals.
  • Leaking fluids.

Here are some important things to check whenever you are inside of your car:

  • Rearview and side-view mirrors: Always check these before you put the car into drive. Make sure they are adjusted properly.
  • Doors. Check if all of your doors are closed and locked. Usually a light will pop up on your dashboard if a door isn’t shut.
  • If all passengers are wearing seatbelts. Check to see if all of your passengers are wearing their seatbelts. It could save you and your family’s life.
  • Is you phone off? Turn your phone off or put it in the backseat where you can’t reach it and won’t be tempted to check it. In New York State, it is illegal to talk on a hand-held device or text while driving. The penalty is 5 points on your license. What does that mean? A fine of a maximum of $100 and you are now only 6 points away from getting your license suspended. If you have a junior license and are caught texting and driving, the result is a mandatory 60-day driver license or permit suspension. Visit the DMV website to learn more about the point system in New York.

Keep the following items in your car at all times:

  • Up-to-date registration and proof of insurance.
  • Jumper cables.
  • Safety reflectors.
  • Spare tire and jack.
  • Some bottles of water.
  • A flashlight.

Vehicle safety is extremely important. By following the simple steps above, you can decrease your chances of getting into an accident and if you do get into an accident, you’ll be prepared. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact us 24/7 and fill out our free case evaluation form. Source: Resource Guide for Teen Drivers: New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

Dear Friends and Clients,

In furtherance of our firm’s culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP