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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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Happy Cinco de Mayo, from Chaucer the Terrier

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 5th, 2008 9:44pm

Happy Cinco de Mayo, from Chaucer the Terrier Chaucer the Terrier sent out this letter today, and asked me to share it on his behalf. Not too many dogs can send out emails on their own, but Chaucer is an adorable little Terrier I know through his starring role in the AutomotiveTraveler.com column "Travels with Chaucey" where he and his owner Robyn McCarthy share stories and tips about their road trips together. ...


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Top Tips to Improve Your Vehicle's Fuel Economy

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 5th, 2008 5:39pm

I remember how shocking it was the first time I saw Los Angeles-area gas stations advertising prices at $3 per gallon--this was about a year ago, in May 2007. And recently, barely eleven months later, I drove past a station at which the price for their premium fuel was over $4!! (The photos associated with this article were taken April 10, at several stations in the San Fernando Valley.) At AskPatty.com, we recognize ...


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Captivating Auto Shops Offer Special Features for Ladies -- and their Kids!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 5th, 2008 5:37pm

Captivating Auto Shops Offer Special Features for Ladies -- and their Kids! Nobody relishes the idea of spending hours at the mechanic, in a dirty waiting room sipping stale coffee, and reading last-week’s crumpled newspaper. Many auto shops and dealerships recognize this, and have taken steps to make their waiting area much more pleasant to their patrons, offering such niceties as designer coffees, ...


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Barbara Terry's got the Baja 500 on her mind

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 5th, 2008 5:35pm

America’s favorite auto expert is adding a new challenge to her ‘to-do’ list – Barbara Terry is running the Baja 500. This is the Baja 500’s 40th anniversary -- the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 is a 500-mile off-road race starting and ending in Ensenada, Mexico. Barbara will be in Ensenada a week before the race to do a pre-run of the course and take part in media interviews, she is also ...


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