Americans love their automobiles. Some people even care for a car like it were a part of the family. But as great as our fondness for automobiles may be, many of us simply do not make the time to perform routine maintenance checks. Sure, most people make sure the oil in the car is changed regularly and maybe take it through the occasional car wash. But when is the last time you examined your car’s tires? If you cannot quite recall, you are not alone. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that only 19% of consumers properly check and inflate their vehicle’s tires. If you are a driver who does not regularly checking your car’s tires, here are a few reasons why it is important to make routine tire exams a priority:

  • Safety: When you step behind the wheel, it can be easy to forget that your vehicle’s only point of contact with the road is through the tires. According to the NHTSA, there are approximately 11,000 tire-related crashes in the United States each year. These crashes are the cause of close to 200 deaths.
  • Extend the life of your tires: Regular tire maintenance, like having your tires rotated regularly can actually extend the life of your tires. Have your mechanic check you’re your vehicle’s tires are properly balanced and aligned.
  • Save money on gasoline: Driver’s that have properly inflated tries can save as much as 11 cents a gallon on gasoline. Tires that are not properly inflated can lower gas mileage by .03% for every 1 psi (pound per square inch) drop in pressure.

Now that you are fully aware of the importance and benefits of regular tire maintenance, keep the following tips in mind, the next time you check your tires:

  • Check tire pressure monthly: Tires lose approximately 1 psi of pressure each month. Therefore, it is best to make sure you check your tire pressure every 30 days or so.
  • Examine tires for overall condition: When examining your car’s tires be sure to look for wear and tear. If a tire has low tread, cuts or abrasions, it may be time to replace the tire.
  • Properly Inflated: When adding pressure to a tire make sure that you only inflate the tire to the recommended psi for that specific tire. If you are uncertain as to the proper psi, do not guess. Consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual.
  • Buy tire that are proper for the vehicle and driving conditions: The decision of what type of tire is best for your vehicle depends a lot on the type of vehicle and the weather conditions the vehicle will be driven in. For example, tires for wet weather have unique characteristics that help channel water quickly away, helping your vehicle maintain maximum contact with roadway.
  • Have your tires rotated: Generally, tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. This calculates out to be about every, or every other, oil change depending on the number of miles you drive.

If you sustained serious injuries after being involved in an automobile accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The skilled team of Oklahoma Injury Attorneys at The Handley Law Center are skilled professionals who will fight to make sure you receive the money you deserve. Our compassionate team of Oklahoma Injury Attorneys will carefully review your case and make sure that justice is served. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our seasoned injury attorneys, please contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924. At The Handley Law Center we are passionate about providing injury victims with outstanding legal representation.

Arrested for a DUI? Do Not Delay Hiring an Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorney

The reason why most people are charged with a DUI is quite simple. They made one bad decision—to drink and drive. If you are one of those people who made a bad decision one night and opted to drive a car after drinking, it is time to start thinking and making good decisions. The first decision you need to make post-DUI arrest is to hire a DUI defense attorney. All too often, people who are arrested for DUI wait too long to hire an attorney. If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI, here are four reasons why you should not delay hiring a skilled Oklahoma DUI defense attorney:

  • The delay will not save you money: Sometimes when people are arrested for DUI they have the notion that they can wait to hire a DUI attorney until later, or when they truly feel they need an attorney. The main reason people delay hiring a DUI defense attorney is to save some money. However, waiting to hire a DUI defense attorney is not a great way to save money. Most DUI attorneys charge a flat fee for representation, which means that no money is saved by waiting.
  • Waiting means less time for your attorney to prepare your defense: The longer you wait to hire a DUI defense attorney the less time the attorney you hire will have to work on your case. Obviously you want to give the attorney you select as much time as possible to review and investigate the facts of your case. The attorney will also need ample to research the relevant law, and to prepare a proper defense.
  • May miss critical windows for action: As soon as you are arrested for DUI, the clock starts clicking. Certain motions and requests need to be filed well in advance of the first court appearance or are deemed by the court to be permanently waived. For example, a person who is arrested for DUI after refusing to submit to a breath test has only 15 days to request in writing an administrative hearing. If he or she fails to make this request within this short window of time, his or her license will be suspended and nothing can be done to change this result.
  • May not have your first choice of attorneys: If you have an attorney in mind that you want to hire, you will want to schedule a meeting with that attorney as soon as possible. Attorneys are busy individuals and in some cases may not be able to take your case if you wait too long to retain him or her. For example, waiting until the day before trial to retain his or her services can be too late. Even a skilled DUI defense attorney needs time to properly prepare a case.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) do not make the mistake of waiting to hire an Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorney. Only experienced Oklahoma DUI Defense Attorneys  can properly investigate the facts of your case and effectively provide you with the quality representation you need to ensure that your case is handled properly. The attorneys at The Handley Law Center are seasoned DUI Defense Attorneys and understand the law and the science behind DUI. Make the right move and call The Handley Law Center today at 405-295-1924 to schedule your free and completely confidential consultation. You can trust The Handley Law Center to provide you with exceptional legal services.

Recently Divorced? How to Make Back to School Easier for Your Child

Getting a child ready to go back to school is no simple task. If you are a parent who is recently divorced, back to school time can be even more stressful. However, it does not have to be. The following are a few tips to help make sure that your child gets back to school with ease:

  1. Review your parenting agreement: If you have not looked at your parenting agreement in a while, now is the time to dust it off. You will want to compare your child’s school calendar with your parenting schedule. It is a good idea to mark on a calendar when your child has off of school for breaks and holidays, and with which parent your child will be for each day off. If you and your spouse are sharing holidays, make sure you know which holidays and days off of school are part of your agreement.
  2. Schedule a meeting with your ex: Once you have reviewed your parenting agreement, contact the other parent (if co-parenting) to discuss how the two of you will address back to school matters. The goal of such a meeting is to make sure the child has everything he or she needs to back to school. If communication between you and your ex is strained, this conversation can take place via email or over the telephone. The important thing to remember is to keep the focus on your child and helping him or her ease back into school.
  3. Inform the school: Make sure that your child’s school is aware that you and your spouse have divorced. Make arrangements to have school-related notices sent to both parents if joint parenting. It is also a good idea to meet with your child’s teacher and inform him or her of your divorce as well, especially if your child is having difficulty with the divorce. The school may offer the services of a counselor who your child can talk to about his or her feelings.
  4. Help your child with the new routine: A divorce often means a new routine for a child. Your child will need to know who is taking them to school each day and who will be taking them home from school. If Dad has parenting time after school on Wednesdays, make sure that your child is prepared for how and when this will occur. Will Dad pickup him or her directly from school or will pickup be at Mom’s house. It usually takes a child some time to learn a new schedule. You can help your child adjust to a new schedule by giving him or her reminders on the way to school or over breakfast. Older children can benefit from having a weekly calendar that details important events kept in his or her backpack.
  5. Try to relax and stay focused: A new routine can be challenging for children and parents alike. Try to keep your cool and stay organized. If you feel yourself becoming frustrated, bring the focus back to your child. Talk to your child about his or her feelings as well. By listening to your child, you can learn a lot about how he or she is handling the transition.

If sending your child back to school is causing problems with the other parent, one of the best things you can do is to seek the advice of a skilled family law attorney as soon as possible. The Handley Law Center is experienced in handling post-divorce issues that can arise when a child heads back to school. To schedule a free and completely confidential consultation with one of our compassionate family law attorneys, contact The Handley Law Center today at (405) 295-1924. Our Oklahoma Family Law Attorneys will make sure that your legal rights are protected and that your matter is handled promptly.