Monast Law Office - January 2019

Get More Life Out of Your Windshield Wiper Blades

When was the last time you replaced your windshield wiper blades? If you’re like most people, you may not

• In cold weather, always clear your windshield of ice and snow before activating your wiper blades. Ice can shorten the life span of most wiper blades significantly.

• Every time you gas up your vehicle, take a moment to clean your windshield and the wiper blades. You can run the squeegee sponge over the wiper blade or use a paper towel.

remember. As a general rule of thumb, you should replace your wiper blades about once a year, assuming they’ve been through a normal level of wear and tear. However, with a few easy steps, you can make your blades

• Watch your washer fluid levels and top it off regularly. When you run a cleaning cycle without washer fluid, the wiper blades deteriorate.

How do you know when it’s time to replace your blades? The first sign is when they start streaking. However, in some cases, streaking may be caused by dirt or other grime stuck to the blades. If they continue to streak or skip after cleaning, they need to be replaced. Thankfully, wiper blades are typically the least expensive and easiest car part to replace. With this in mind, remember that you get what you pay for, and it pays to do research. There are many different blades on the market. Some are suited for icy conditions and some are designed for sunny weather. Take your time to read product descriptions to ensure you install blades that are right for your vehicle.

last longer without compromising visibility.

• Keep your windshield and wipers clean of debris, dirt, dust, and other particles. Anything on the window or the blades can cause damage. Simply wiping them off with a microfiber cloth can go a long way.

JAY KNEISLEY AND HIS DAD, DOUG

We have — and have had over the years —many fine, hardworking clients from Honda and its affiliate companies. Given their work, these folks get hurt a lot! One favorite, Jay Kneisley, was referred by several fellow line-workers in 2012 after sustaining seven — yes, seven — injuries he’d tried handling on his own! An inspiring, gracious, and humble man, Jay’s most serious injury had occurred in 1993, long before he sought legal advice. While doing the strenuous, repetitive work his job entailed, his wrist popped. He ultimately underwent a carpal tunnel release, had bone removed and a surgical fusion, extensive rehab, and ultimately another surgery for hardware removal. However, even with this debilitating injury, Jay eventually returned to work, suffering five more injuries over the ensuing 25 years — he had a relatively dinky injury in 1992 — until his wrist pain became too much.

and tried his best not to choke up talking about his dad, who

recently passed away. Following his service during the Korean War as a member of the U.S. Army, Douglas D. Kneisley returned to his native Marion,

OH. He is responsible for much of the phone service in Marion, having installed most of the telephone lines during his

44 years with GTE/Verizon. He taught his boys and grandchildren how to hunt and fish — and how to make deer jerky. Jay shared how his dad would set up targets backed by hay bales in the garage, and the boys would practice shooting their bows from across the street. Sometimes, the local police would stop by to chat and encourage the kids while all this was going on — everybody knew Doug and his boys. We’re so thankful for people like Doug and Jay who model decency, hard work, and self-sufficiency. We’re grateful for our small towns and neighborhoods where folks can be kind to one another, laugh and cry together, and just share life. We thank Doug Kneisley for his service to our country and for the legacy he has passed on to his children, grandchildren, and great grandson.

He took early retirement and settled his various claims. On

the plus side, he says he now gets to spend more time with his grandson.

It’s obvious where Jay got much of his grit. He came in recently to pick up his settlement check

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