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Do Cell Phones Make Your Commute Longer?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 7th, 2008 2:09pm

We all do it people. Don’t even act like you don’t. We chat on our cell phones while driving to work, running errands, dropping off the kids, picking up dinner – you get the idea. I’ve even been sitting in my car and found myself thinking “man there’s nothing on the radio…I’m bored…I should call my mom…” Like there isn’t the business of DRIVING ...


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Driving MBA -- Senior Driving Safety Podcast - After55Blog.com Featured

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 6th, 2008 2:21pm

When is it time for a senior to assess their driving skills? How do you tell Mom it might be time to drive only during daylight hours? How important is driving to maintaining a senior’s independence? How do you objectively assess anyone’s driving skills? The After55Blog.com spoke to Maria Wojtczek of Driving MBA, a full service driver training faciltiy located in Scottsdale, AZ about how to answer ...


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Women in Motorsports - Jennifer Jo Cobb is ready to race

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 6th, 2008 1:58pm

Jennifer Jo Cobb began racing in 1991, and despite some up-and-downs in her career she has proven to be a tough competitor in the world of auto racing. She has numerous victories, and finished in the top ten championship standings for every season she competed full-time in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series. In June 2002, Jennifer debuted in the ARCA RE/MAX Series at the Kansas Speedway, finishing 16th position. In ...


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Mean Mom Sells Son’s Car When She Finds Alcohol

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 5th, 2008 2:13pm

A Des Moines mom calls herself the “meanest mom on the planet.” When Jane Hambleton found alcohol in her son’s car — breaking one of two rules set when she bought the car — she decided to sell the car. So she put an ad in the paper. But not only did she put an ad in the paper, she told every reader of The Des Moines Register exactly what her son did. The ad said: "OLDS 1999 Intrigue. ...


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Excuse Me, But Do You Carpool?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 5th, 2008 1:35pm

We found a video about adult carpools at sheknows.com, where they introduce it by saying: "With gas prices going through the roof, state agencies, private companies, and online sites are hyping the idea of carpools for commuters. And research shows it might be just the ticket for lowering bills and raising employee morale." It made me remember my own ridesharing experiences, when I had been fortunate enough ...


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2007 Honda Element Wins First-Ever DogCar of the Year Award

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 4th, 2008 2:01pm

With market research showing that more households have pets than have children, the folks who designed DogCar.com know they're not alone in considering the needs of their dogs when shopping for a car. Created by "Good Morning America" veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker and his writing partner, the syndicated columnist, book author, and PetConnection.com blogger Gina Spadafori, the pair decided to start reviewing ...


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How Not to Get Ripped Off on Auto Repairs!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 4th, 2008 1:32pm

Most common cons: Scams of disreputable service centers contain one or both of two elements: (1) Charging you for work that was never done, or (2) Convincing you of the need for unnecessary and often overpriced repairs. Here are four different types of scams you could run into and ways to avoid them: Unnecessary replacement of parts. If the mechanic says your car needs a replacement part, ask to be shown which part ...


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Explorer America Concept Presents Ford's Sustainable Strategy

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 3rd, 2008 1:52pm

To help explain its vehicle sustainability strategy, Ford created the Explorer America concept for the 2008 North American International Auto Show. The Ford Explorer America concept showcases a new kind of utility for the vehicle customers have known and loved for years: even better fuel efficiency. "Customers are smart. They value vehicles - the more efficient, the better," said Jim Farley, Ford group ...


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General Motors Green Cadillac Provoq Hydrogen Fuel Cell Concept

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 2nd, 2008 1:43pm

Cadillac unveiled a new vision for the future of luxury transportation with the innovative Provoq fuel cell concept during the CES Show in Vegas in January a hydrogen fuel cell crossover vehicle that continues GM’s commitment to displace petroleum through advanced technology. The Cadillac Provoq fuel cell concept is the latest example of GM’s groundbreaking E-Flex propulsion system, combining the ...


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National MS Society Drives Along with Cadillac and GM

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 31st, 2008 1:49pm

This Year the Auto Show is Not Just About Cars My son 35 has MS I am grateful to the National MS Society and UnitedSpinal.org for the good work they are doing. The MS Society helped my family by providing in-home support during my son's recovery from a tragic car accident as the result of a MS Flare up. Kudo's to GM for their support of the National MS Society during NAIAS 2008. Here are the ...


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