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Ask Patty Around the World Blog Carnival: September 4, 2007

Published Sep 4th 2007, 11:21pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

Welcome back to our blog carnival. Last week we featured a selection of letters from ladies to their cars, and this week we've got a potpourri of female focused car news and notes.

Hand_held_phones According to Consumer Reports, texting while driving is the newest road risk. It's more than multi-tasking, it's a dangerous distraction. Driving while texting (DWT?) is making headlines as drivers and the government weigh in on this roadway threat. It's not illegal like DWI, but it may be soon.


Kim_harris_jones Chrysler has named Kim Harris Jones as Vice President and Chief Controller. Harris Jones previously held the position Vice President - Product, Procurement and Cost Management Finance. She joined the Chrysler Corporation in 1992 as a finance executive in Employee Benefits and has held numerous positions throughout the company.

More than 20 major auto manufacturers now participating in BBB Warranty Dispute Settlement Program at the Council of Better Business Bureaus (BBB) AUTO LINE program - the largest and most effective auto warranty dispute resolution program in the U.S. "Companies participating in BBB AUTO LINE commit to an exceptionally high standard in resolving complaints and concerns with," said Rod Davis, VP of Dispute Resolution for the CBBB. A detailed listing of all participants may be found on the BBB Web site at

Volvo_alcoguard_5_2 Our friends at are touting Volvo's latest safety feature: the Alcoguard. The safety device features a fuel-cell-powered breathalyzer to check the driver's blood-alcohol limit before starting the car. Apparently, the fuel cell breathalyzer will go on sale early next year for the Volvo S80, V70 and XC70 models, coming to smaller cars later in the summer.

Ap_whatsinthebag What's in your bag? We love It's a great place to find inspiration!  Ever get a little voyeuristic and wonder what other ladies are keeping in their purses? This car-loving gal carries a Honda hood badge. Check out what everyone else has got stashed in their bags by searching for whatsinyourbag, or whatsinyourpurse

Danica_patrick_porsche_911_gt3rs Women do drive fast! Indy Racing League star Danica Patrick offers her impressions of her top-speed run behind the wheel of a 2007 Porsche GT3RS in this video at Yes, she said, it goes fast.


Etoxzaferresimleri3_2 In a car exhibition four years ago, a Turkish businessman who wasn't allowed to inspect Lamborghini's latest sportscar decided to create his own. Et voila! The Etox Zafer [Victory], an odd-looking little two-seater which packs 272bhp with 3.0-liter V-6 engine and a pricetag of about $56,000, was unveiled just last week. Now, Turks can drive fast too!

Smilingseniordriver asks "What Should We Do About Grandma's Driving?" Suggesting that taking the keys away from elderly drivers isn't the only solution, this first installment of Edmunds' new senior-driving series outlines the challenges posed by shaky senior drivers on American roads.

Celebdrivers145 Paris/Lindsay/Nicole/Britney, hire a driver! Motherproof says "Driving in Los Angeles must be like being on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride with all these starlets behind the wheel. For the sake of us all, I offer the following advice, free of charge, to these ladies and all who come after them: Hire yourselves a driver!" Our own blog offers Lindsay Lohan similar advice, as well.

That's it for this week! Make sure to submit your article for next week's "Automotive Advice for Women Blog Carnival" using the online form or by emailing Ask Patty at

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