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Who Says Women Can't Drive Stick?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 14th, 2008 5:56pm

I love driving a manual transmission. My current vehicle, a 1998 Honda Accord, has racked up nearly 145,000 miles on the original clutch, and it’s still going strong. Almost every car I’ve ever owned was a manual, except for the beautiful classic 1968 Ford Mustang I owned in college. All said, I think I’ve put more than 500,000 miles on manual transmissions over my lifetime. And, I’ve done quite a ...


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Want to save gas? Try slowing down.

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 12th, 2008 5:51pm

Now that gas prices are loitering around $4 a gallon, gas-saving tips are abundant. Automotive pundits are quick to offer a variety of tips to help drivers eke every possible mile out of each gallon of gas. The tips are usually quite obvious: reduce weight, maintain your vehicle, keep your tires properly inflated, blah blah blah... But here's one that many don't consider: Slow down. That's all there is ...


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Chrissy Wallace wants to be NASCAR's 'Danica'

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 12th, 2008 5:50pm

Chrissy Wallace’s NASCAR debut a few weeks ago at Martinsville Speedway went quite smashingly. The 19-year-old daughter of driver Mike Wallace climbed behind the wheel in the Kroger 250, and looked like she’d been driving in the Craftsman Truck Series for seasons. She avoided the pitfalls many drivers face in their NASCAR debuts, and earned an 18th-place finish for Germain Racing. Wallace raced all 253 laps, ...


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Happy Mother's Day from Ask Patty

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 11th, 2008 9:06am

Are you a mom? Do you remember your first Mother’s Day? What did you think of it? Did it live up to the hype? Do you go all out, or just relax at home? Mother’s Day is celebrated on different days of the year in various countries. Here in the U.S., it is today, May 10. There are several possibilities of its origin, from mother worship in ancient Greece, the Roman holiday Matronalia (dedicated to Juno, but ...


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Happy Mothers Day, a Proclamation by the President of the United States

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 11th, 2008 9:04am

We found this item on the Business Wire newswire last night, and thought it might be nice to share it with all the mothers we know. We at AskPatty would like to wish a happy Mothers Day to all our women readers, to the Moms, Daughters, Wives, Nieces, Grandmothers and Aunties, whether you are young, old, married, or single; an experienced driver, a new driver, a race car driver, a hot rod driver, a classic car driver, a ...


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Family Automotive Tips from the Car Care Council

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 9th, 2008 5:49pm

By Susan Jones, Car Care Council Women’s Board member The Women’s Board of the Car Care Council encourages women to improve their “car smarts” and pass along this information to the rest of their family. Female drivers already are on the right tract, according to the Women’s Board, who said that three out of four women think that following the recommended maintenance schedule ...


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Participating in A Local Sustainability Effort

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 8th, 2008 5:47pm

Recently I wrote a blog about how to get involved in the fight against climate change. Today, I thought, I should write about a nifty city program I am involved with along this front -- my contribution to the challenge, if you will -- that has been quite an eye-opening experience. You see, the city where I live (which shall remain anonymous to maintain some privacy) recently commenced a citizens task force to work ...


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Maryland May Raise Carseat Age to Eight; Should Cars Include Built-In Harnesses?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 7th, 2008 5:45pm

Maryland may require children to be in car seats an extra two years under a bill put in front of the state House and Senate. Currently the law requires a booster up to age six. The new law would extend it to eight years. The bill follows national recommendations about how old kids should be before going without a booster seat. Maryland was first in the Mid-Atlantic to pass a booster seat law, but the bill’s ...


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Eco-friendly School Makeovers by Ford and 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 7th, 2008 5:43pm

We would all like our schools to be more environmentally friendly. But budget cuts and old facilities don’t help in going green. Ford Motor Company would like to help. Ford joined with ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” on Educate to Escape — a green school makeover campaign. They’re sponsoring a contest and one lucky school will get $250,000 for a makeover. Anyone can nominate a ...


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Saving gas at the pump helps the environment too

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 7th, 2008 5:40pm

Gasoline is volatile hence prone to vaporization. The smell from your tank, when first opened, is that of trapped and pressurized gasoline vapors escaping. Also when you pump, the splashes within the fuel tank encourages fumes to escape, which is why all pumps in gas stations in the United States have caps on them. Recently, I learned about a way to save gas, that I have not heard of, so perhaps AskPatty readers ...


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