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To Flush or Not To Flush: That is the Question

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Fellow Atlanta car drivers, now that winter is approaching we must make sure our vehicles good and prepped for the winter months and cold weather and now is the time many car mechanics will advise you to get a fluid flush and charge astronomical prices to do so but here’s the twist – you may not need to! So, the question begs, to flush or not to flush, that is the question and we have the answer! Take a look! cap-blog-coolant

Automakers, in a move to improve their market share, have leaned out their recommended service guides and stretched time and distance intervals to position their products in the “low-operation-costs” bracket. Improvements in materials and assembly for most mainstream vehicles have upped their reliability scale and this lends credence to the maker’s position. However, for all the advancements in late model technology and engineering, most of an average vehicle’s fluids haven’t evolved at the same rate.

Dealership service departments were looking to expand their offerings as recent downturns in warranty and customer-pay repairs left them with spare capacity. They were also employing methods of retaining clients who might have moved to independent and chain shops after their relatively short automakers’ warranties expired. And they were pleased to be able to offer added value as several of the top treatment suppliers include extended auto component/system warranties to consumers who became regular users of their services. As the average Canadian vehicle owner operates his or her daily driver for a substantial amount of time and distance past manufacturer’s warranty coverage, being able to obtain a low price guarantee on some of the most expensive-to-repair components can be an attractive offer. Here’s a look at some of the most common “recommended” services.

Transmission flush services. Servicing an automatic transmission can be completed in two manners; removing the drain pan and replacing the fluid and filter or power flushing the fluid with specialized circulation equipment along with a filter replacement. Automakers only recommend the first method even though it only removes about half of the fluid. A great deal of the transmission’s fluid will remain in the torque convertor, and oil cooler and lines during a simple drain and refill process. A power flush will circulate all of the oil fluid out before pumping in new. The flush system will also remove more solid and metallic debris thus extending clutch plate and moving-component life. It also prevents oil cooler or line blockage. Carmakers recommend an auto transmission fluid change between 50,000 and 100,000 km on average.

Engine cooling system service. As many of today’s vehicles are using long-life or five- to 10-year coolant, its replacement interval has been substantially extended from what it was when ordinary green antifreeze was common. As with transmission fluid replacement, there are two main methods of replacement. And as with drain vs. power flush on transmissions, power flushing an engine’s cooling system will remove more of the old fluid and debris as well as introducing a water-pump lubricant into the system. Long life coolant service intervals are usually between 100,000 and 150,000 km for most makers and those still using the old-style green coolant should replace it around the 70,000 km mark. Individual manufacturer intervals may differ.

Brake fluid replacement. This fluid seldom has a recommended replacement interval with carmakers. The main concern that brake fluid replacement addresses is the reduction of the water content in the fluid. With age, water is introduced into brake lines and hoses via condensation on the steel portions of the lines and the cast metal parts of the wheel brake units. This accelerates corrosion leading to fluid leaks. One hidden benefit of this process is that every bleeder screw on the system must be opened to complete it therefore reducing the risk of them seizing with age leading to the replacement of a caliper or two down the road.

Power steering fluid service. This is another fluid that carmakers consider “lifetime” with no replacement recommendation. Power steering systems are rather simple in design with only engine bay heat and sub-zero winter temperatures to provide any extreme operating conditions. Flush treatment suppliers claim to reduce the risk of steering gear seals, pump and hose failures. Opting for a treatment supplier that provides a system warranty with purchase can help alleviate the often expensive and common repair costs of steering fluid leaks.

Fuel injection/intake service. There’s a multitude of opinions both pro and con on this service, only matched in numbers by the count of different treatment suppliers. Carmakers never recommend injector service or fuel system purges in their maintenance schedules. But many vehicles have been prone to carbon buildup on engine valves and varnish coatings on throttle plates. The two main reasons can be grouped into poor fuel quality and low-speed vehicle operation or stop/start driving on short trips. Repair shops can accurately predict the demand for this service based on fuel price increases. As the cost of fuel goes up, the weight of the driver’s gas foot gets considerably lighter. When high-efficiency engines, designed to run at higher RPMs are subjected to pokey driving and/or poor fuel, deposits will occur. A good quality fuel system cleaning treatment, when properly applied, can reduce these buildups.

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Tailgating Tips: Football Season is Here!

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Who doesn’t love a good SEC tailgate on a sunny Atlanta afternoon? There’s nothing like packing up the grill, food, beverages and lawn chairs to head towards the stadium with the guys! Food, friends and football – just can’t beat it! When all of these factors exist from beginning to end without any upset, we can call it a successful tailgate and being prepared for all things could be mean the difference between a minor incident and a catastrophe. Just a quick example, let’s say you’re the guy that always brings the fire extinguisher and a grill just a few yards away catches fire – everyone will be thank you for saving the entire tailgate for hundreds of Georgia fans! If you and, say, 3 of your buddies get together, take a look at this list and make sure that between the 4-5 of you, you’ve got the following covered because football season is here!

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Grilling Guidelines

Your guests are hungry and begging for your famous barbeque chicken; it’s tempting to take it off the grill before it’s done but doing so is a recipe for disaster. Although meat will continue to cook for a short while after it’s removed from the flame, you should follow well established guidelines to be sure it’s fit for consumption.
Keep a Fire Extinguisher and First Aid Kit on Hand

You never think it will happen to you. After all, you’re a grill master that’s been tailgating for decades. But even veteran tailgaters need to be prepared for the worst. When you’re grilling, make sure you have a fire extinguisher in close proximity (not packed in your truck). If you don’t need it, another tailgater might. Packing a first aid kit is always a good idea. You never know when a friendly game of Frisbee or a sharp knife might lead to a cut or injury.

Count on a Designated Driver

Let’s face it, tailgaters are notorious for having too much to drink. If your tailgating party includes alcohol, be sure to have one or more DDs. Offer to buy the DD non alcoholic drinks during the game and maybe pitch in for a few snacks to say thanks for their duty. Always offer your tailgating companions non alcoholic choices, including bottled water.

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Party in Numbers

Tailgating and socializing are nearly synonymous, but avoid gallivanting through crowds of rowdy tailgaters alone. Because alcohol impairs decision making, it’s especially important to sick with a buddy if you have been consuming alcohol. If you do head off on your own, make sure your friends know where you’re going and when you plan to be back.

Sun Protection and Hydration

The sun might not be sizzling like it was during summer, but even under a cloud covered sky it’s easy to get scorched while tailgating. If you’re hosting a tailgating bash, have plenty of sunscreen on hand for your guests and don’t forget to protect yourself. Dehydration is another potential tailgating villain. Mild dehydration symptoms include headache, dizziness, sleepiness, strong smelling urine and thirst. Drink water to battle dehydration, not soda, juice or alcohol.

It’s always better to be safe than sorry so do be sure you and the crew have everything covered so you can enjoy a good game with good friends and have good times!

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – Neil Flit

Friday, September 5th, 2014

I completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last week and I now challengeKenneth S. Nugent, P.C.Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law & Foy & Associates to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. #IceBucketChallenge#StrikeOutALS #NeilFlitALSIceBucketChallenge #NeilFlit

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Do You Know A Local Community Champion?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

A Local Community Champion is someone who continuously volunteers their time to give back to the community.

Channel 2 is providing a great opportunity for you to recognize the efforts of your Local Community Champion.

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A Look at the Risk of Pedestrian Accidents

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Pedestrian accidents can be among the most serious types of auto accidents. An individual can become permanently disabled even if the car was only travelling at 10 miles per hour. For pedestrians injured in car wrecks, the best course of action is to consult an auto accident attorney right away. By filing a lawsuit, victims can pursue compensation for their injuries and other losses.

Statistics for Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents can result in severe disability and sometimes death. Most fatalities from these types of auto accidents occur in urban areas that lack marked crosswalks. They also most commonly occur at night. Children are at a heightened risk of pedestrian accidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2010, pedestrian accidents accounted for the traffic fatalities of one out of every five children who were between the ages of five and nine. That same year, senior citizens accounted for about 11 percent of all injuries from pedestrian accidents and 19 percent of all pedestrian deaths.

Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

There are many possible causes of pedestrian accidents. Speed is frequently a factor; a driver may be going too fast to stop in time for a pedestrian – particularly if that pedestrian is a child who darts out into the road. Pedestrian accidents often involve drivers who are impaired because of drugs or alcohol. Sometimes, road rage is a factor. Motorists may be driving too aggressively to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. Or, they may be distracted by cellphones and other gadgets, increasing the risk of a car rolling through an intersection without stopping.

Consequences of Pedestrian Accidents

The most devastating consequence of pedestrian accidents is death. Family members bereft of a loved one may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit with the assistance of an auto accident attorney. A lawyer can also help a victim recover compensation for serious injuries such as brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, and more.

If you or a loved one were struck by a motor vehicle in Atlanta, contact the auto accident attorneys of the Law Office of Neil Flit right away. Our team of veteran lawyers will assess your case during your free consultation and advise you of your options. You can call our law firm in Atlanta at (678) 809-7428 for more information.

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Protecting Yourself Against Uninsured Atlanta Drivers

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Accidents happen every day in Atlanta, and all too many of them involve uninsured drivers. While all drivers in Georgia are required by law to have insurance, not all drivers follow the law. It’s easy to assume that your own insurance will protect you, but in fact many insurance policies do not cover accidents involving uninsured drivers. Read on to learn how you can protect yourself in the event of an accident with an uninsured driver.

Make sure you are covered. The first and simplest step is to check your own auto insurance policy. If you do not have a policy that covers accidents with uninsured or underinsured drivers, buy one immediately. In most cases, an uninsured/underinsured motorist policy will cover damage to your vehicle as well as medical expenses for you and any passengers in your car.

Look for the best policy available. It’s important to look at multiple options while shopping for a new insurance policy. If you find a better deal than you would get with your current insurance provider, feel free to go with it. However, make sure that you have done the necessary research to ensure that your provider is a reputable one.

Talk to an attorney. If you are involved in an auto accident in Georgia, you should speak to a lawyer even if you have uninsured motorist insurance. In many cases, it may still be difficult to collect from your provider—which can be frustrating when you have medical bills and other expenses to deal with.

Have you been injured in an auto accident in the Atlanta area? If you are in need of a skilled personal injury attorney to handle your case, contact the Law Office of Neil Flit. We will work to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. To schedule a free initial consultation at our Atlanta office, call (678) 809-7428 today. 

A Look at Bicycle Accident Statistics

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Every year, hundreds of people are killed in bicycle accidents in the United States—and thousands more are injured. But how dangerous is it to ride a bicycle, and how prevalent are accidents? Read on for a useful overview of the most important statistics about bicycle accidents, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Bicycle injuries. Two decades ago, the rate of bicycle accidents was much higher, with 68,000 cases reported in 1993. By 2003, this number had fallen to 41,000. The number has risen over the last decade, but it has also levelled out: there were 52,000 bicycle injuries reported in 2008, 51,000 reported in 2009, and 52,000 reported in 2010. Between 1998 and 2010, however, the rate of bicycle accidents declined by only 2 percent.

Bicycle fatalities. In the year 2001, 721 bicyclists were killed in accidents in America. Over the next 10 years, that rate went down by 14 percent. The number of bicyclists killed in accidents in 2012 was 618—or nearly two bicyclists a day. This amounts to 2 percent of the totality of traffic accident victims in the United States in 2010.

Possible errors. The inherent flaw with bicycle accident statistics, however, is that most bicycle accidents are never reported. According to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, as few as 10 percent of all bicycle accidents—not including fatal accidents—are reported.

Contributing factors. A number of factors affect how likely a bicyclist is to become involved in an accident. For example, nighttime riding is more dangerous than daytime riding, inexperienced bicyclists are more at risk than experienced bicyclists, and certain areas are more dangerous for riding than others.

When you have been injured in a bicycle accident, it’s important to understand how to protect yourself and your rights. At the Law Office of Neil Flit, we provide legal counsel for people who have been involved in bicycle accidents in the Atlanta area. Call (678) 809-7428 today to set up a free initial consultation, and visit our website to read more about our legal services. 

Safety Tips for Riding Your Bicycle on Atlanta’s Roads

Friday, March 28th, 2014

As in many states across the country, bicycles are considered vehicles by the state of Georgia. This means that bicyclists are required to obey traffic laws in the same way that other cars and vehicles are expected to obey traffic rules and regulations. However, bicyclists are still more vulnerable to suffering an accident, so they need to take extra safety precautions in order to avoid a collision.

Never ride against traffic

Car drivers don’t expect bicyclists to be travelling on the wrong side of the road or coming toward them from an opposite direction. Like other nearby cars, bicyclists are expected to move with the flow of traffic. Not only is riding against traffic illegal, but also it is incredibly dangerous, as cars are less likely to see someone riding against traffic when making a turn or changing lanes.

Follow lane markings

Left lane, right lane, and straight lane designations are all marked to enhance safety. Just like cars shouldn’t make a left turn from a right lane or vice-versa, bicyclists should also follow these important markings. It’s equally important for bicyclists to not go straight through a lane marked “right-turn only” or to continue moving through the intersection when the light turns red.

Avoid passing on the right

Though it’s not illegal for a bicyclist to pass on the right side of a car, it is incredibly dangerous. Motorists aren’t often looking to see if a bicycle is passing on the right, making it more likely that they will hit the rider. A great way for a bicyclist to know whether or not a driver sees him or her is by making eye contact with nearby drivers. This can help a bicyclist know whether or not a car poses a threat to his or her safety.

Call (678) 809-7428 to schedule a free consultation with an Atlanta personal injury lawyer. At the Law Office Of Neil Flit, we are dedicated to protecting our clients’ right to compensation following an auto accident. We can help you hold someone accountable for their negligence and the injuries you sustained following an accident.

Watch Out for Small Car Crashes warns Car Wreck Attorney in Atlanta

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Do you drive or are you thinking of buying one of this subcompacts?

  1. Chevrolet Spark
  2. Mazda 2
  3. Kia Rio
  4. Toyota Yaris
  5. 2014 Ford Fiesta (built after August 2013)
  6. 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
  7. Nissan Versa Sedan
  8. Toyota Prius C
  9. Hyundai Accent
  10. Fiat 500
  11. Honda Fit

Then, with one exception, your chances of getting hurt in a specific type of collision are higher, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The small overlap test crashes the front quarter of the driver’s side of a vehicle into a stationary barrier at 40 miles per hour. Vehicles numbered 2 to 5 scored Marginal on the test. Cars numbered 6 onward received a Poor. Only the Chevrolet Spark received an Acceptable rating.

The ratings mean drivers of these cars are likely to sustain injuries in such collisions, primarily in the left leg. The Fiat 500 and Honda Fit fared the worst. In both cars, the steering column pushed toward the crash test dummy, which also showed injuries to the right leg. In the Fit, the head also slid off the airbag and hit the instrument panel. In the 500, hinges tore to allow the doors to partially open, increasing the risk of driver ejection.

The small overlap tests only simulate what happens when these small cars hit a vehicle of the same size. Damage and injuries generally become more severe if the collision is with a larger car. Many of these small vehicles received acceptable or good rating in other types of tests by the IIHS and the government. In fact, the Chevrolet Spark received the IIHS 2014 Top Safety Pick.

If you’re involved in a crash with these automobiles, please contact us. We want to be your car wreck attorney in Atlanta so we can defend your rights. Call for a free consultation 770 916 1270 or visit AtlantaHurt.com

Understanding the Risks of Biking on the Roads of Atlanta

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Every day, thousands of Atlanta residents rely on bicycles to get to school or work, while many others use their bikes for exercise or recreation. But even bikers who abide by the rules of the road and take proper safety precautions may be injured by a negligent motorist. Review these guidelines to better understand your risk and learn how to avoid being injured in an auto accident.

High Traffic

If you live in Atlanta, you know firsthand just how congested the city streets can be. Bicyclists especially struggle to make their ways through crowded roadways; busy Ponce de Leon Avenue has the unfortunate distinction of boasting the highest number of bicycle accidents in Georgia. Unfortunately, Atlanta has only 30 miles of bike lanes, and cyclists simply have no choice but to battle high traffic. When compared to New York City’s hundreds of miles of bicycle-only roadways, this number is especially staggering.

Careless Motorists

While reckless and distracted drivers pose a risk to anyone who relies on public roadways, bicycle riders are not protected by a car’s four sturdy doors and important safety mechanisms such as airbags. Reduce your risk for injury by always wearing a helmet, using hand signals when turning, and investing in reflective nighttime gear if you bike after dark.

Serious Injuries

Sadly, even bicyclists who wear helmets are not protected from many serious personal injuries. If you are hurt by a negligent driver, you may suffer brain damage, spinal cord injuries, or broken bones. Many motorists do not realize that bicyclists have the same right to the road, and biking in Atlanta can be a dangerous activity.

If you have sustained a personal injury in a biking accident, you should be aware of your rights. The personal injury and auto accident lawyers at the Atlanta Law Office of Neil Flit have dedicated our careers to protecting clients injured throughout the state of Georgia. You can find out more about how we will use our legal expertise and considerable resources to help you by calling (678) 809-7428 for a free consultation.