Here at AskPatty, May is for Moms. Not just one day! That's not nearly enough to sufficiently honor that special Mom in your life: We're celebrating the entire month of May with a Mom's Extravaganza.
Whether you’re choosing something special for the mother of your children, for your own mother, or for a special friend who's also a great Mom, AskPatty has plenty of ways to make her month special.
Here's a chance to put your special lady behind the wheel of her dream car on a real race track where she can push the car to its limits -- and there are plenty of opportunities for the racer Mom! If your Mom is anything like those of us at AskPatty, we know she yearns to get out of her practical family car and get behind the wheel of an exotic supercar and drive it like the pros do in the movies.
You can start her off with a day of hotlaps at Exotics Racing Ultimate Driving Experience in either sunny Southern California or super sunny Las Vegas. High-horsepower cars in their stables may include Audi R8 V-10, Nissan GTR, Ferrari 458 Italia, Ferrari F430 F1, Lamborghini Superleggera, Lamborghini Gallardo, Porsche Cayman S, Porsche 997 Turbo S, Lamborghini Aventador, and even a McLaren MP4-12C!
For women who want to do more than just drive a few hotlaps, consider giving her an educational driving course such as the Porsche “Women’s Only” class designed exclusively for women drivers. What’s different about the “Women’s Only” course? Very little! Bathroom breaks are a little longer, but the instruction is the same as what’s offered in the regular schools. At PSDS, Mom will enjoy more track time than at any other school, and she is sure to leave with a smile cemented on her face, as well as real-world performance driving skills.
Short on cash but have big intentions? Then detail Mom’s car for her! TurtleWax offers an entire collection of car care items that will help you detail Mom’s car at an affordable price.
One bottle of Turtle Wax ICE Car Wash costs under $10 and will last up to 64 washes. Turtle Wax ICE Wheel & Tire Cleaner quickly and easily cuts through brake dust, road grime, dirt and oil. And Turtle Wax's ICE Total Interior Care can be used to easily clean its interior surfaces -- including carpeting and upholstery fabric, soft-vinyl or leather, and hard dash and door panels.
"Many people think that cleaning their own car can be a time consuming process," said Mike Schultz, senior vice president of product development for Turtle Wax. "With today's car care products, washing and waxing a car takes no more than an hour, and cleaning the interior takes minutes. So not only is washing and waxing your own car cost effective, it only takes the time of a round trip to the car wash - without the added cost of gas to get there."
If Mom’s paint has small dings or scratches, consider a paint repair pen like the Turtle Wax Premium Grade Scratch Repair Kit. Such a kit can easily remove light scratches from small to larger areas. For deep scratches, using the kit along with matching touch-up paint from the dealership helps to improve the final appearance, making repairs nearly invisible and as smooth as the original paint job.
How old is Mom’s car? Are its headlights showing their age? Over time, plastic headlight lenses can become hazy and cloudy, and can even contribute to vehicle accidents as they can significantly reduce the emission of light and limit nighttime visibility. You can easily restore Mom’s headlights to “like-new” with just a little elbow grease and a pre-packaged kit, where replacing the entire assembly can cost $300 or more.
No gift guide would be complete without AutoTex Pink wiper blades. These high-end wiper blades not only keep Mom’s windshield clear, but also support breast cancer research. Available in black and pink, a portion of every sale goes directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in the United States or the Breast Cancer Society for Canadian purchases. Giving Mom AutoTex Pink wiper blades is more than just a gift; it’s a selfless commitment and an investment in life-saving change.
What car-loving woman wouldn’t love a Harveys Seatbelt bag?Luscious colors include Razzleberry, Buttercup, Peach, and Mint, and Harvey's bags come in a variety of styles from backpacks, satchels and totes in many sizes, and crossbody and messenger bags. Their newest line is the “SLVG” line, which includes a variety of styles, all made from reclaimed safety belts and recycled textiles. Lovely but durable, all Harveys bags are handmade in the USA and come with a lifetime guarantee.
Branded apparel from any of her favorite manufacturers is always a hit, especially when it serves a great purpose. Why not surprise mom with products from Ford's "Warriors in Pink" line of accessories? Since 2006, Warriors in Pink has offered a line of apparel and accessories, and 100 percent of the net proceeds from the sale of these items benefit Warriors in Pink’s charity partners.
Why not take mom on a special weekend getaway? In addition to Mother's Day weekend, May also has the three-day Memorial Day weekend, which is the official start of summer travel season. Traditionally one of the most traveled weekends of the year, more than 36.1 million travelers took a vacation farther than 50 miles from their home last year, with 31.8 million of them traveling by car for a weekend road trip. Before you hit the road, make sure Mom's car is ready for the trip by following these pre-travel tips.
As every Mom knows, the key to backseat harmony is as simple as knowing a few silly games to help pass the time on long trips. Here's a collection of fun games you can play while traveling in the car, simple games that are perfect for kids of all ages -- even the grown-up kind. But please, don't let back-seat games -- or anything else -- distract you when you're driving!
If you're taking the entire brood on a family road trip, make sure everyone's safely buckled up in the correct car seats or safety belts. Last year, Safe Kids Worldwide released a study that showed an alarming number of parents are allowing kids to use a seat belt alone before they are big enough. The study’s shocking results reveal nine out of ten parents move their child from booster seat to seat belt before their child is big enough to be safety protected by the belts. When is it safe for a child for a child to move out of a car seat and use a seatbelt? Find out here at AskPatty.
Make sure Mom is safe wherever she travels by giving her a special car emergency kit. Safety Kits Plus is a leading supplier nationwide of Emergency Preparedness Supplies such as car emergency kits, first aid kits, and disaster kits. No matter what your budget, they've got a variety of car emergency kits to suit your needs, from giant kits with more than 70 pieces for about $50, to smaller more compact kits that will fit in her glovebox for less than $10. From jumper cables, air compressor, screwdrivers, first aid supplies, flashlights, duct tape and bungee cords, they've got any kind of safety kit you can imagine. The whole family will feel safe knowing Mom is prepared for any roadside emergency!