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Snow Means Fun Fun Fun!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 25th, 2008 9:42am

I like snow as much as the next person, which is about this much (holding fingers only an inch apart). The reason being that snow basically brings with it wet socks, wet floor mats, too many layers, red noses, and the harsh reality of needing a vehicle that can handle the winter weather. There are many different things you can do to make driving in snow and winter conditions safer. You can invest in good winter tires - ...


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Keep Your Teens Safe at Prom

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 24th, 2008 9:46am

It won’t be long until Prom season is upon us. Boys and girls dressed in their finery will head to dinner and then dancing. Mom’s worrying will start before they leave the house. Will they be safe? What if there’s drinking? How will they get home? To protect your teen and make the night memorable, you might think about hiring a chauffeured car. And if you share the costs with some other parents, the ...


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What Is in Your Trunk?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 24th, 2008 9:39am

What Is in Your Trunk? Some of us keep absolutely nothing in our car trunks, while others have enough packed to live in their cars for weeks. Somewhere in between is this list of things we think every car owner should always have on hand. Things to carry in your trunk Duct Tape. Buy a good quality brand from a hardware store. Worth it’s weight in gold. A can of emergency tire repair. Small aerosol can of WD40 Can of de-icer (if you live ...


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'Driving Independence' Focus of 2nd Annual Disability Matters Awards Hosted by General Motors

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 21st, 2008 9:16pm

Registration is now open for the second annual Disabilities Matters Conference; its theme will be centered on 'Driving Independence.' The national meeting will feature three panel discussions on how a variety of work/life, diversity, and marketing initiatives can help increase the personal independence of individuals with special needs both in life and work. The conference will take place on July 22, 2008, at ...


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Mary Barra to Lead General Motors Global Manufacturing Engineering

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 21st, 2008 10:16am

General Motors Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner recently announced that Mary Barra, currently executive director, vehicle manufacturing engineering, was appointed GM vice president, global manufacturing engineering, effective February 1. In her new position, Mary reports to Gary Cowger, GM group vice president, global manufacturing and labor relations. She will succeed Jim Wiemels, who will retire April 1 after 43 years of ...


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Green vs. Safety New Trend of US Car Makers?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 21st, 2008 9:38am

Recently, a lot of talk about cars have been about the alternative green vehicles -- electric, hybrid, biodiesel, ethanol, biofuel, fuel cell. We are served with ads after ads of car companies out competing each other on being green. Even if you are not wondering when you can buy it and are enjoying the positive vibe of these feel good ads, you may be getting sick of them like me. However, perhaps we are ...


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Pontiac Empowers United Spinal Association with Motorability Car Culture Island in Second Life

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 20th, 2008 10:04am

Pontiac's Motorati Island is getting a second life by making a very generous donation of the very successful seven-region car culture island in Second Life to United Spinal Association. The newly named Motorabilty Island aims to continue catering to the car culture community in Second Life with a twist, by providing an opportunity to empower the 10,000 United Spinal Association members to join Second Life and ...


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Parents - Not Sure Which Car Seat to Use?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 19th, 2008 5:54pm

Not Sure Which Car Seat to Use? Are you looking for a new car seat for your infant, toddler or 4-8 year old child but overwhelmed by the choices and worried about how to properly install your car seat? Click the below to watch a video from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on how car seat features differ among various models: Click here to view video


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How Big is Too Big? Supersized Hummer Poses Parking Problems

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 19th, 2008 10:28am

The delivery guy drove the 2008 Hummer H2 up the ramp into my parking structure without any problems at all. I watched as he slowly drove under the bar that indicated the height limitation and I could see that he went safely underneath with inches to spare. Imagine my surprise upon exiting down the ramp, when we felt the roof of the humongous Hummer drag against the pole. And as if that wasn’t enough, when ...


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Perspective: A woman in a car guy's world

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 19th, 2008 9:48am

AskPatty President Jody sent me a link to this column recently and asked me to comment on it. I had no idea what I would say. My first thought was "Well, I don't really know much about advertising. I have no idea what it's like to be a woman in the advertising industry." Background: In her column " 'Mad Men' and Irate Women" Nina DiSesa said "While watching Mad Men last year, I ...


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