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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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Sleepy? Truckers Can Blame it on Being Overweight

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 2nd, 2008 5:35pm

A recent article at USA Today reports that obesity may be what causes some truckers to doze while driving. Last month, the medical review board of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was scheduled to finalize recommendations about truckers and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition in which people constantly reawaken for lack of air, says Maggi Gunnels, the agency's director of medical programs. The ...


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AutoTrader Publishing Expands Publication of AutoTrader Green

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 2nd, 2008 5:33pm

Rising gasoline prices and concerns for the environment are generating unprecedented, nationwide consumer demand for fuel-efficient vehicles. Whether hybrid technology (gasoline and electric), flex fuel (ethanol), clean-burning diesel or smaller gasoline engines, fuel-efficient vehicles are becoming a highly sought after segment of every dealer's inventory. As a result of this increased earth-friendly demand, ...


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Green Grand Prix set for May 3, at Watkins Glen

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 1st, 2008 5:28pm

With the world's most efficient Hybrids and Alternative Fueled Vehicles (AFV) set to compete this weekend over the scenic roads of Watkins Glen in upstate New York, all attention will be on the limitless possibilities of green power - showcasing first-year sponsor Juice Energy as a natural fit. The 60-mile Green Grand Prix is the creation of artist -- and fellow hybrid owner -- Bob Gillespie, and is the only ...


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Women In Trucking Celebrates Milestone First Anniversary

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 30th, 2008 7:43pm

Women In Trucking (WIT) -- a non-profit organization created to encourage the employment of women and assist in promoting a more female-friendly environment for those already in the trucking industry -- recently celebrated its one-year anniversary and hit a record one thousand corporate and individual members. "Our rapid growth confirms what we've known all along," said Ellen Voie, WIT chairwoman, ...


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Ford Extends Warranty Coverage

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 30th, 2008 5:31pm

Ford has improved its warranty coverage on both new and remanufactured gasoline engine and transmission assemblies, increasing the mileage by 25,000 miles from 3-years/75,000 miles to 3-years/100,000 miles, effective April 1, 2008. According to their press release: "This warranty enhancement not only matches the terms of competitive automakers in the aftermarket industry, but it exceeds their coverage in a ...


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Hummer a Big Hit at the Hospital with Kids

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 28th, 2008 7:42pm

Hospitals across the United States have received donated hundreds of child-sized, HUMMER battery-operated vehicles to their pediatric units. The vehicles are being donated by HUMMER dealerships under a program called "Courageous Kids." The HUMMERs are used by young patients who may "drive" themselves into surgery or for other medical procedures. The goal of Courageous Kids is to help reduce the anxiety ...


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