AskPatty's President Jody DeVere recently filmed a series of videos to be featured at capessa.com in which she offers female-friendly car advice every woman should know about keeping their car in reliable working order.
These female-friendy videos offer excellent technical and safety information to help women properly maintain their cars, to be better prepared for roadside emergencies, and to avoid getting ripped off at the mechanic is capessa.com is a wonderful women's site that features real stories from real women, and covers a variety of subjects from parenting and pregnancy, health and fitness, relationships, beauty and style, work and money, and much more! AskPatty is so happy to have this opportunity to share Jody's automotive expertise with their women readers!
As Jody says, you don't have to be a car expert, you just have to do your research and be informed ahead of time. "You know where you're getting your hair done. You know where you're getting your nails done," says Jody. "You know where you're taking your children to the doctor. So in my eyes, you also need to know where you're going to be taking your car for a repair, or if you have an emergency. If you do that in advance of a car emergency, you can avoid putting yourself in a vulnerable position and avoid being ripped off." Building a good relationship with your car technician will ease any fears you might have about how they will care for your car - and you!
"I became a single mom overnight."
Jody's story is one of empowerment. She learned how to take care of her car because she had to, saying, "I've always been interested in cars, but I never knew much about the mechanics of them until my husband passed away. He was the one who always took care of the car things, but when he died, I didn't have someone to call on anymore. It became my job, for my and my kids' safety, to make sure my car was tuned up and trouble-free."
"I didn't want to ever be in a position where I was stranded on the side of the road."
Learn about your car now, so you'll be prepared in case of an emergency. Jody recommends starting off by reading your vehicle's manual, saying "My kids and I go camping alone a lot, and I knew that having a breakdown could be really dangerous. I wanted to still be independent and to take them on adventures, so I started gaining knowledge about how to take care of my car. I learned how to change a tire and more about how the engine works. Now I always have jumper cables, and I always keep spare oil in the car."
"I've learned that if you properly maintain your car, you can make it last for a really long time."
Invest in proper maintenance, according to the intervals recommended by your vehicle's manufacturer and your car will run reliably for a long time. According to Jody, "A car manufacturer has a very large staff of engineers who design vehicles to run optimally for a very long time if they are serviced regularly. Those services must be performed in the interval that they recommend to keep you safe and to keep you from breakdowns."
Check out the two female friendly car advice features at Capessa.com for lots more "Car Advice Every Woman Should Know" and tips on "How to Avoid Getting Ripped off at the Mechanic." They're both extremely informative!
By Brandy Schaffels