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New AAA Information Assists Aging Drivers

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 16th, 2008 7:32pm

The Automobile Association of America (AAA), in partnership with the University of Florida's National Older Driver Research and Training Center (NODRTC), recently released its "Smart Features for Mature Drivers" program. The program identifies vehicle features that can assist drivers with visual, physical, and mental changes that are frequently encountered as they age. The announcement addresses ...


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Biomimicry - Integrating Nature into Car Design

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 16th, 2008 7:31pm

If you are a vehicle designer, vehicle engineer, or product designer of any stripe, the please please check out the field called "biomimicry." In my opinion, it is one of the coolest, most intuitive aspects of sustainability. I follow biomimicry for fun, because it is replete with cool stories about how nature has inspired various innovations. Imagine an exterior paint that cleans itself -- ...


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Ford Syncs Up With California Laws

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 15th, 2008 7:30pm

As California prepares to go "hands-free" this summer, Ford is ready to help the 29.7 million cell phone subscribers in California with its state-of-the-art Sync in-car communications and entertainment system, developed with Microsoft. California drivers don't have to buy a new bluetooth handsfree headset to comply with the law if they already own a Sync-equipped Ford vehicle. Ford Sync provides ...


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Getting a Good Vibe from Pontiac

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 15th, 2008 7:26pm

I had an opportunity to do a walk around and review the 2009 Pontiac Vibe with Dave Poniatowski, Pontiac Product Manager of the Vibe and Solstice. It was a bit of a change of pace from all the focus that was placed on the three new entrants (Solstice Coupe, G8 GXP, and G8 Sport Truck). Many of our readers have asked about the Vibe and Dave was kind enough to give me a personal tour at the New York Auto Show last ...


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The Ins and Outs of Accessible Van Rentals, Part Two: Accessibility Specialists

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 15th, 2008 6:42am

According to Tom Scott, United Spinal Staff editor, accessible vans are the key for many people with disabilities to unlocking their independence on the road. UnitedSpinal.org offers a broad variety of information to assist your special mobility needs. With so many people with disabilities traveling these days it's surprising that there aren't many companies that cater to this growing market. But the few ...


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The Ins and Outs of Accessible Van Rentals, Part One: The Vehicles

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 14th, 2008 11:56pm

According to Tom Scott, United Spinal Staff editor, accessible vans are the key for many people with disabilities to unlocking their independence on the road. UnitedSpinal.org offers a broad variety of information to assist your special mobility needs. As more and more wheelchair-users take to the road in pursuit of adventure, many prefer the peace of mind that comes with being behind the controls of a vehicle modified ...


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Demographics of Hybrid Vehicle Owners

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 10th, 2008 10:15pm

According to a recent study by Acxiom, a business intelligence and data mining firm, North American hybrid vehicle owners are likely to be: higher income, live on the coast, and tech-savvy. OK, that seems quite obvious... With the average premium on a hybrid around $6000 (less after tax rebate if it applies), owning a hybrid is an environmental statement for folks with the cash to spare. Plus, with its different ...


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New Study Says SUVs Need Stronger Roofs

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 9th, 2008 10:55pm

Do you feel safe in the event your SUV rolls over? When you look for a vehicle, do you think about roof strength as a safety issue? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does. In a recent report the Institute concludes that more than 200 deaths in 2006 could have been prevented with strong SUV roofs. Some automakers have insisted there’s no connection between roof strength and passenger safety. ...


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Turning 50 won't keep Gail Hill out of her race car

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 9th, 2008 10:01pm

Gail Hill isn’t going to let a little thing like turning fifty keep her out of a race car. She believes in herself and her abilities, and thinks that women bring a unique bent to auto racing; because their driving abilities are so different from men. “You just have to believe in yourself and remember it's never too late,” says Hill. “I have been racing for 7 years but now I'm nearly ...


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Buick Invites Golf Fans to Tee Off with Tiger

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 8th, 2008 9:59pm

Who's your caddy? If you win Buick's contest, it could be none other than Tiger Woods himself. Buick, the premium international automotive brand of General Motors, is giving one lucky person an exclusive opportunity to play golf alongside Tiger Woods, the world's top golfer. Only this time, Woods will serve as the winner's personal caddy in Buick's new "Tee-Off with Tiger" online contest that ...


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