Tips for Driving in Hot Weather

Tips for Driving in Hot Weather

Car Care

  • Battery- Extreme temperatures are hard on the battery system. So if your battery is up there in years, it might be a good opportunity to have it replaced, before the added heat stress causes it to fail to give your car the charge it needs.
  • Fluids- Are so important for maintaining your vehicle in a safe manner
  • Coolant- Your cars radiator is critical to the correct operating temperature of your engine. Refer to your owners manual for instructions. Do NOT open the cap of the radiator when the engine is hot.
  • Oil- Check your oil level as your engine must have the proper level of oil to keep each moving part humming right along.
  • Brakes- Pay attention as you brake to see if they are letting out unusual noises or if they have developed any shakes or surges that are out of the ordinary.
  • Windshield- Keep the glass clean to reduce reflections that could interfere with your driving. Windshield washers may not be very effective in removing some of the build up, so be prepared to pull over and wash the surface if needed.
  • Tire Pressure- When the rubber meets the road you may find that the heat changes your tires air pressure. If your tires are under inflated, they will be more prone to have a blow out… and those are no fun.
  • Tire Tread Condition can cause your traction to respond very differently when the asphalt is hot, some times the surface of the road becomes softer in this type of weather.
  • Air Circulation- Is critical for both you and your engine. Be sure to keep an eye on the engine temperature gauge on your dash. If it is rising to high you may need to pull over and turn off your car to allow your engine to cool. Another option is to draw heat out of engine compartment by turning on your interior heater.
  • Air Conditioner- Is most effective in cooling the passenger compartment when you have it set to recirculate the previously cooled air. Some times the Air Conditioner can put a big draw on the temperature of the Transmission when you are driving at higher altitudes.

Emergency Car Kit

  • Jumper cables
  • Extra Fluids for the vehicle.
  • Flares or caution cones.

People Care

  • No one left behind- people or pets as the temperature inside a vehicle can rise very quickly.
  • Water for all the living beings. Be sure to stay well hydrated.
  • Snacks are best if they are not heat sensitive.
  • Shade/ sun screen for when you are not in your vehicle.
  • Phone and charger.

Weird Tips

  • Alcohol based Sanitizer- Many of us are carrying a container in our vehicle. It may be wise to be sure that it is not in a place that is exposed to direct heat… as it can be flammable.
  • Clear Water bottles can act like a magnifying glass and should be kept out of direct sunlight to reduce flammable any properties.
  • Don’t Get Burned-by the asphalt, concrete or sand surfaces as you exit your vehicle, they retain heat even after they are shaded.

Wear your shades, take a break and rest often to stay at your most alert status for driving.

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New Year Wishes

Here we are at the beginning of a New Year, the eagerly awaited 2021.

We stopped for a minute to reflect on this year, this 2020, that has been with us for 365 long days. As we stopped we could not help but smile as we thought of each one of you. 

So many things have taken place that have seemed like mountains to climb. 

We wanted you to know that we appreciate you. 

  • Thank you for your kindness, as we invented a new way to work from home and the office. 
  • Thank you for your understanding, as we embarked on a new adventure of Courts in the digital age.
  • Thank you for the great gift of your referral, for us to help a friend of yours. 
  • Thank you for your support of small business.
  • Thank you for taking your time to review our services. 
  • Thank you for enabling us to continue to help others.
  • Thank you for your smile, as viewed in your eyes twinkling above your mask.
  • Thank you for your kind words.

Thank you so much from all of us at the Law Office of Rick Merrill,

We truly wish each and everyone a Wonderful New Year filled with Blessing, Joy, and brimming with Thankfulness and renewed Hope.

Welcome to Attorney Logan Merrill

Welcome Attorney Logan Merrill.

We are happy to inform you that Rick’s son, Attorney Logan Merrill, has come to work for Rick. He will be focusing on Auto Accident Personal Injury cases.

EDUCATION

Logan Graduated from Lake Stevens High school in 2012. After which I played baseball at Saint Martin’s University for one year. I Graduated from Central Washington University in 2017 with a major in Criminal Justice. I then moved to Providence, Rhode Island where I attended Roger Williams University School of Law, from which I graduated in May of 2020. 

INTERNSHIPS

I interned here, at the office, in the summer of 2019. In Spring of 2020, I interned with the legal department at Gilbane Building Company in Providence, Rhode Island.

PROFESSIONAL GOALS

Work as hard as I can for our clients to give them the best representation possible.

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Tour of Merrill Law

We Invite You to Join us on our Video Tours

With all the changes that are around us, we want to set your mind at ease and share with you some of the ways that we are making it safe for you to come into the office.

We are following the official mask and safety procedures.

According to the new Washington State Rules we can assist clients in the office who are wearing masks. We have Hand Sanitizer available and have installed shields. We have also marked the floor to help you keep 6 feet of distance.

We are happy to help our customers who are not able to wear a mask.

Please call the office so that we can address your case in one of several different ways. Some options include Email, Fax, Zoom meetings or a porch meeting outside.

Hiring For A Case

Appointments

Zoom Court Hearings

Thank you for helping to keep us all safe and healthy

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Share a Smile, Share Joy, Share Hope!

Share a Smile, Share Joy, Share Hope!

We have noticed that some folks have been busy in the garden, painting new art, building special projects, making new friends, learning new things, returning to forgotten hobbies.

These flowers were given to our office a few years back and continue to make us smile when we remember the kind lady who brought them.

We feel that these are things to remember and share.

Tell us about things that have been good, joyful, encouraging,and cheerful in your life.

You can comment on this Facebook post to share your smiles.

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Masks

We are wearing our masks to help you.

We are thankful for these great masks designed by Lynn especially to meet our needs here at the office.

We are following the official mask and safety procedures.

According to the new rules we can assist clients in the office who are wearing masks.

We are happy to help our customers who are not able to wear a mask.

Please call the office so that we can address your case in one of several different ways.

Some options include email, fax, Zoom or even to help you outside.

Thank you for helping to keep us all safe and healthy

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We Care About You

We Care About You.

We are here to help you with Traffic infractions, Criminal Defense, DUI Defense and Auto Accident Personal Injury cases.

We Care About Your Health.

We have added hand sanitizer stations, face masks for employees and shields to protect your health and ours. Frequently touched locations are being sanitized on a regular basis.

You are welcome to wear your mask when you visit us.

If you are not feeling well, please call the office, we will do our best to assist you through phone or computer options.

Many courts are conducting business through various virtual platforms.

We have arranged a station for our Attorney to attend court in a virtual manner with our clients who do not have digital resources available to them.

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Here To Help

I went into Private Practice and started this business nearly 30 years ago.

I have 4 children, each one of them has worked for me, at one time or another. The older two have gone on to other things.

Right now I have one son, Reece, working for me as an attorney. He was born just after I graduated from Law School. My youngest son, Logan, just graduated from Law School and will be joining the practice this summer.

We are here to help.

I grew up in a small town in Eastern Washington. It is the kind of place where you try to help as many people as you can. We work hard to do this at the office as well. We have been helping people with Traffic Tickets, DUI, Criminal Defense and Auto Accident Personal Injury cases.

If you have a legal question that we can not assist you with, we will try to connect you to someone who can. We do our best to help your family, as my family has been helped.

Please contact us now to ask additional questions or to hire an experienced attorney who has deep connections with the local legal system.

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Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day

A salute for that special Mother who has looked after us and touched our lives for the better.

Bringing joy to a birthday, playing in the sun with us as a child, baking cookies, cheering in the stands, staying awake with us through the night while we battle a nasty illness, showering us with butterfly kisses and band aids.

Sharing our laughter, and tears along with bits of wisdom and humor.

Mom “isms”…

Those strange sayings, that pop out of my mouth and give people just a moment of surprise and usually a smile.

So to all of you dedicated Mothers, and to their children…of any age…

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

Here’s to all the amazing Mothers

Avid supporters of their family

Patient and Persistent in their dedication

Praise upon their lips

Yet attentive when the need for direction must be given

 

Making magnificent memories 

Overseeing our accomplishments with joy

Touching our hearts in so many ways

Helping us through the difficult times in life

Encouraging us to pursue our dreams and aspirations

Reaching toward our goals

Sharing in a selfless manner

 

Determined to provide stability and guidance

Always loving, hoping, and caring

Yearning to see their children reflect Love, Life, Learning

Thank you for all you do, for all you are!

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Corona Concerns

In this together.

We know how easy it is to be overwhelmed with all of the concerns surrounding Covid 19, including court dates that keep changing.

There is a light in all of this. We will get through it all. Perhaps, one step at a time, but let us put your mind at ease where we can.

Your case is important to us.

You can rest assured our office is focused on staying up to date on the case that you hired us to look after.

We are actively checking for additional court changes, filing required documents with the court, speaking to the court and the prosecutor about developing changes.

What is important about that?

This means that you can focus on your health and family in this time.

We are here for you.

If you have questions, or need help with a Traffic Ticket, DUI, Criminal Defense or Auto Accident Personal injury.

Contact us now to ask additional questions or to hire an experienced attorney who has deep connections with the local legal system.

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