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GM Asks The World -- 'What's Next?'

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 30th, 2008 1:39pm

What should power the world's vehicles in 20 years? How can personal transportation become more sustainable in an age of increasing global competition for resources? What role will the automotive industry play in developing markets? Decisions on issues like these will largely shape transportation in the 21st century. To speed the process, GM will mark its 100th anniversary by launching a global dialogue through an ...


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They're On a Roll -- Sweet Chihuahua Pups Get Some Wheels!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 30th, 2008 1:37pm

For those who follow the progress of North Shore Animal League America's famous Chihuahua trio, Venus, Carmen and Pablo, there's news: these charming dogs, born without their front legs and rescued by the League from a Virginia shelter, now have front-wheel drive, in the form of carts that will assist their mobility. The three have been practicing getting about and eating using their new, ...


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Hate the Thought of Dealing with an Auto Repair Center?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 29th, 2008 11:05am

Hate the Thought of Dealing with an Auto Repair Center? Love or hate your auto repair center? I came across a great article in the Automotive Management Institute Instructor Blog and thought I would share some this and get your thoughts on what level of customer service you are looking for at an auto repair center? Share your good, bad and mediocre experiences at automotive service facilities and suggestions to make your ...


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Overcoming All Odds, Lalah Saddigh is the 'Iranian Schumacher'

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 28th, 2008 6:37pm

Lalah Saddigh is the toughest thing on wheels in the Islamic world. She trains in the western Teheran in efforts to become the best rally driver in the world. Saddigh is proud of her nickname the "Iranian Schumacher", and after five years of driving on the rally circuit she has earned it. A year ago, she was granted permission to compete against men. It came with great success: Saddigh has beat out her ...


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The Last Living Driver of a Regular-Sized Car in the 'Burbs

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 24th, 2008 6:18pm

My car is developing an auto-inferiority complex from being constantly squeezed between hulking behemoths in the parking lots of our little corner of suburbia. Which leads me to ask: am I the only one still driving a regular-sized (e.g. not a SUV, mini-van, or maxi-sized four-wheel-drive) vehicle these days? Okay. You have three or more kids, and each of those kids has friends and sporting equipment and band ...


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Eight Women, Two Model Ts, and the American West - Book Review

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 24th, 2008 6:15pm

A great winter read for women who love memoirs and road trips is Eight Women, Two Model Ts, and the American West, where writer Joanne Wilke pieces together the journey her grandmother, great-aunt, and six of their female friends made in a couple of Model Ts. In 1924, the women headed out from Iowa on a sightseeing tour that took them to the Garden of the Gods in Colorado, the Great Salt Lake in Utah, Mount Rainier, the ...


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Washing Your Car the Green Way

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 22nd, 2008 6:11pm

Have you ever thought about how much water you use when you wash your car? If you could find an environmentally-friendly way to wash your car and save water, would you try it? Enter the Green Earth Waterless Car Wash. According to their web site, a typical car wash uses 20 - 45 gallons of water per car. If you wash your car at home, you can use up to 140 gallons! For areas with a limited water supply, that’s a lot ...


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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day - and Considering 'Driving While Black'

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 22nd, 2008 2:53pm

A recent trip to Memphis left me with some free time in the afternoon before heading to the airport to return home. My friend and I were wondering how to pass a few hours, when he suggested we visit The Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. which now houses the National Civil Rights Museum. It was an eye-opening afternoon for me: I was raised in Hawthorne, California, in the 1970s, and ...


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Safety Solutions for The Blind-Sided Driver

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 21st, 2008 6:13pm

Everybody knows there are blind spots around the vehicle where the driver can not see; unfortunately, many people don't realize how big the blind spot behind their vehicle actually is. Did you know that rear blind spots can stretch as far as 75 feet behind some larger vehicles, or that as many as 20 young children could be standing behind the average SUV and still be invisible to a driver's rearview mirrors? ...


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How to Travel with an Infant

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 21st, 2008 5:41pm

Every holiday season my husband and I drive to my parents’ house, from California to Missouri. We usually drive straight through, only stopping for quick breaks, food, and gas. But this year, our son (born on Thanksgiving) came with us. The logistics of traveling with an infant make the trip a lot more complicated than normal, especially since this is an extended trip. The following tips can make your trip ...


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