Kevin Patrick Law - January 2022

Keep Your Family Safe on the Road Resolve to Drive Defensively in 2022 . That said, here are a few of our favorites.

The secret is out: Atlanta is a dangerous place to drive. In 2018 alone, there were 45,944 car crashes here in Fulton County. They killed 131 people and seriously injured 656 more, according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. You may have already been in a car crash in our city, but no one wants to suffer through that trauma twice! To keep yourself and your family safe on the road in 2022, do our team a favor and resolve to drive more defensively. What is defensive driving? According to the dictionary, defensive driving is “the practice of using driving strategies that minimize risk and help avoid accidents, as by predicting hazards on the road.” Basically, to drive defensively, you need to assume every other driver is impaired (by alcohol, lack of sleep, or a cellphone) and may act unpredictably. This puts you on the defense. How can you practice it? There are more than a dozen ways to practice defensive driving, and you can find 15 of them at

1. Maintain good driving posture. Don't slouch and keep both hands on the steering wheel. If your posture is good, you’ll be able to react faster to hazards. 2. Don’t break focus. Defensive drivers minimize distractions, like cellphones, chores (have you ever put on makeup in the car?), and mental to-do lists. It’s not enough to keep your eyes on the road — you have to keep your mind there, too. 3. Scan your surroundings regularly. Look behind you for tailgaters, far ahead for potential problems, and to the side for cars closing you in. If you can, keep your sides free so you can easily change lanes. 4. Pick a lane and stick to it. Changing lanes maximizes your odds of an accident. Pick your lane early and stick to it for the safest trip (except on the interstate, where the middle lanes are safest). 5. Follow the three-second rule. Make sure there is always at least three seconds of driving time between you and the car in front of you to give you space to brake. Add more time if it's raining, there’s construction, or someone is tailgating you.

Chicken and Leek Filo Pie Ingredients • 3 oz unsalted butter, divided • 2 large leeks, finely sliced • 2 large carrots, finely chopped • 1 tbsp flour • 14 oz chicken stock, warmed • 2 tsp Dijon mustard

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• 3 tbsp heavy cream • 12 oz cooked chicken, cut into chunks • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley •

12 sheets frozen filo pastry, thawed

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 2. In a pan over low heat, melt 1 oz butter. 3. Add leeks and carrots and cook for 15 minutes, until softened but not colored. 4. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. 5. Gradually add chicken stock, stirring until sauce is smooth, then let simmer for 10 minutes. 6. Stir in mustard and heavy cream, then add cooked chicken

and parsley. Transfer to a large ovenproof dish.

7. In a pan, melt remaining butter. 8. Put a single filo sheet on a board and brush with melted butter. Scrunch up pastry sheet and place on top of chicken mixture. Continue until pie is covered. 9. Bake for 20–25 minutes, until the filo is golden and chicken mixture is bubbling.

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