Friday, October 3, 2014

Drive Safely Work Week

Road safety is high on the priority list for the Lewin family! At this time of the year, especially, being on the road can get stressful. With school zones and higher traffic volume, things are more hectic than ever. That’s why we love the fact that the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety in the U.S. dedicates a whole week to their Drive Safely Work campaign! The campaigns mission is to focus on integrating the fundamentals of safe driving into an organizations core safety culture.

Driving to work especially during this time of year when school is going on can be a hassle, but incorporating policies, procedures, communication tools and tips related to safe driving could make a huge difference for employees around the county. Whether employers decide to hold a workshop, hand out brochures, send e-mail blasts, or even set up a town hall meeting –emphasizing the importance of road safety is very important not only during Drive Safely Work Week, but year-round.

The NETS has compiled a downloadable tool kit for all employers who wish to reduce the number of accidents that impact the workforce and community as a whole. This kit, which can be found at, is a four-step program that highlights ways to lead, engage, extend, and sustain the core guidelines for safe driving when on the road. While topics like executive leadership, the importance of using seat belts and not using mobile devices are discussed, there’s also a section that reiterates the use of helpful tools like off the job safety and wellness programs that could positively impact the workforce in general. The Lewin family believes that solidarity, awareness, and safety go hand in hand –and Driving Safely Work Week is the perfect combination of all three!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Read and Rise

By now it’s probably not major news that my family and I love helping the community! My company, 1-800-411-Pain, is known for helping accident victims but we’re also heavily involved in promoting literacy and the importance of reading. Around 32 million Americans don’t know how to read, which is why 1-800-411-PAIN along with Scholastic Book Fairs, are on a mission to bring national awareness to this increasing epidemic. This campaign is all about stomping out illiteracy, not only in South Florida, but all across the nation. The main goal I got 1-800-411-PAIN involved with the Scholastic Read and Rise Campaign is to benefit students and families in insufficient schools who have suffered major budget cuts and simply cannot afford to purchase books of their own.

The fact that some children can’t afford to buy books breaks our hearts and is the reason why our company teams up with the campaign every year. I love advocating for a program that encourages young students to enjoy reading, and, as a result, get a chance for a better start in life. The efforts of 411 PAIN, and the Scholastic Book Fair, will give more than 12,500 at-risk students in 25 low-income elementary schools throughout Broward and Miami-Dade County a gift certificate to purchase new books at their schools’ Scholastic Read and Rise Book Fair.

We always look forward to the 1-800-411-Pain Scholastic Read and Rise Campaign. It not only brings awareness to the importance of literacy to our children, but gets kids excited about reading while raising funds so that every child at the fair can receive a $5.00 Reading Certificate. This certificate allows the children to explore the Scholastic Read and Rise Book Fair and buy their own books. By having the freedom to buy their own books, they get excited in finding and reading the books they pick themselves. Since many children who participate in the program haven’t been able to afford to purchase books at past fairs, the gift certificate is a perfect incentive that’s guaranteed to create genuine interest towards reading! These campaigns bring the community and families together and is a tremendously beneficial cause that will positively affect all of our futures. 


Friday, August 15, 2014

Study Shows Pregnancy Increases Risk of Car Accident

According to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, women are 42% more at risk of getting into a car accident while pregnant. The study concluded that around 1 in 50 women get into a car accident at some point in their pregnancy. Although they haven’t been able to pinpoint exactly why their risk increases, but they take into account fatigue, distraction, nausea and other common early pregnancy annoyances.

Since the women in the study didn’t see an increase in car accident injuries when they were passengers but rather when they were drivers, it’s clear that it has something to do with being pregnant and driving. The study found that the safest month for women to be driving is the last month of their pregnancy. They noticed their risk decreased dramatically when compared to the first or second trimester of pregnancy. Instead of telling pregnant women not to drive, though, the study promotes not the idea of limiting drivers but of making sure they drive more carefully and are more aware of their surroundings.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident in Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Murfreesboro, Franklin or any other city in Tennessee –call the Law Offices of Schwed, Adams, Sobel, McGinley, P.A. at 1-800-411-PAIN. They will fight for your rights and get you the maximum compensation you deserve. Don’t forget to follow 411 PAIN on Twitter (@411PAIN) and keep up with the conversation at #411PAIN!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Things to Keep in Your Car in Case of Emergencies

The Lewin family believes that while being a safe and alert driver is the most important part of being on the road, keeping proper emergency essentials in the car at all times is just as important. No matter how safe you are while you’re behind the wheel –anything can happen. 

            To ensure you and your passengers are ready for any situation (an accident, a flat tire, a dead car battery, running out of gas, etc.), there are several items that you’d benefit from keeping in your vehicle at all times. AAA sells emergency safety kits that include a booster cable, flashlight, first aid kit, an emergency whistle, a pair of gloves, an emergency poncho, a roll of duct tape, a Philips and flat head screw driver, a utility knife, a bungee cord, cloths and cable ties –all in one bag. 

An emergency kit a great place to start, but other items like spare tires, a tire pressure gauge, matches, energy bars and bottled water, maps, a seatbelt cutter and window breaker, reflective triangles, blankets, clothes and an ice scraper are all things that could go a long way in ensuring your safety if you’re ever caught in a difficult situation on the road. Taking precautions and preparing for the worst is essential when you’re behind the wheel.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Best Places to Road Trip in Florida with Your Family This Summer

Spending quality family time during the year is hard. Luckily, summertime is upon us and with the kids out of school there is more time for family activities. My family usually goes on road trips every summer, so I want to share with you some of the tips we follow to make sure we have a good time all while staying safe in the car. Whether you’re driving 10 hours or 2 –the time you spend in your car during the road trip is special and should be held with importance. Follow these tips and it could go a long way in avoiding any unnecessary accidents or incidents. 

            There are parts of your car that need to be in optimal shape before you take off for your summer road trip. If you can’t schedule a checkup for basic maintenance, there are things you can do yourself. First, you want to check the fluids in your engine like the engine oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze/coolant, radiator coolant, brake fluid, windshield washer fluid and power steering fluid. Next, make sure the hoses and belts in your engine are connected properly and not loose. Of course, you always want to check your tires to make sure they are road trip worthy. Check the treads to make sure they are deep enough for proper traction and always check your tire pressure before driving.

            After you have determined that your car is safe to drive, prepare an emergency kit to take along with you. Make sure your emergency kit includes a flashlight with extra batteries, blankets, first-aid kit, and basic tools. It’s also a great idea to keep bottles of water in the trunk just in case. If you’re driving with kids you know how important it is to have snacks on board as well. Prepare your family by bringing plenty of snacks, games, videos, books, music and water to keep them comfortable and occupied while you’re on the road. 

            The most important tip is to make sure you drive safely, follow the rules of the road and stay alert at all times. Wherever you end up on your family summer road trip, make sure you stay safe and of course, always have fun!