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Teen Drivers: Track Them or Trust Them?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 8th, 2007 1:30pm

Auto insurance companies have started offering devices for parents to monitor teen driving habits. Services include in-car cameras or global positioning devices. The intent? Reducing teen accidents. We all know that insurance is higher for teens because they tend to get in more accidents. But is looking over their shoulder the right solution? Teen fatality rates are four times higher than most drivers over 25. And with ...


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6000 Teen Drivers Die Each Year

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 7th, 2007 7:56pm

Sometimes, when I'm watching TV, I am so moved by some small fact on a show or during a commercial that I must get up immediately to research the subject. I saw a commercial just now from Allstate Insurance that shows a long line of vehicles driving on the highway towards the viewer; as we watch, we see that each car is filled with carefree teenagers. My first impression was how much I liked the music, and that once ...


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Ask Patty Around the World Blog Carnival -- November 6, 2007

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 7th, 2007 8:02am

Gobble, Gobble! It's November, which means pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce feasts are just around the corner. While you're waiting for the Turkey, why not relax with the AskPatty blog carnival? Time to get revved up! Ridemakerz is opening a new shop in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Ridemakerz offers kids of every age the opportunity to tune and "trick out" their very own ride. Sounds like the perfect ...


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Wet Weather Driving Tips

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 6th, 2007 10:05am

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, nearly one million vehicle accidents a year occur in wet weather. Many of these rainy-day wrecks are caused by motorists failing to appreciate the vast difference between driving in wet and dry conditions, says Peter Cunningham, a championship-winning race car driver who tours the United States for Firestone, teaching driving skills and discussing ...


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Airbags: Are They Enough To Save Your Life? Lexus Says NO

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 5th, 2007 5:50pm

A lot of people believe that the typical seat belts and airbags are enough to save their lives, but is that really true? With all the technology available today, car makers are coming up with better ways to develop safety. Ever heard of back-up cameras? Or how about surrounding sensors? Many of the manufacturers are creating all kinds of devices or added features that have safety in mind. According to the ...


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Ford Creates Fake Marketing Research Company for 'Swap your Ride' Campaign

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 2nd, 2007 11:30am

In a recent blog, Toby Bloomberg complains "What is wrong with marketers and advertisers?" She points readers to Ford's recent advertising campaign, "Swap Your Ride," which includes a television commercial with this voiceover: "We didn't tell them we were from Ford; we told them it was... market research." The tag line on Ford's website supporting the campaign reads - ...


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Women in Motorsports Blog Carnival November 1, 2007

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 1st, 2007 10:10pm

It's that time of the week again! Time to take a spin around the wide world of motorsports and see what some of our favorite fun and fearless females are up to! AskPatty.com has all the news. Today, seven women race regularly in the NHRA's top classes. But Peggy Llewellyn’s success in the sport is viewed as another barrier broken because she is the first African-American woman to win. "It ...


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If It Looks Like A Flat, Feels Like A Flat, And Sounds Like A Flat, Guess What…!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 1st, 2007 8:36am

A flat tire shouldn’t be reason for panic. “In schools where drivers’ education isn’t available,” observes one educator, “tire changing ought to be included in home economics.” The Car Care Council suggests that motorists who are unprepared to deal with a flat tire are faced not only with added expense and inconvenience; they also are more vulnerable to foul weather and ...


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Safe Driving Tips for Halloween

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 31st, 2007 3:47am

Statistics say there are between 220,000 and 285,000 people with Spinal Cord Injury in the US . The #1 cause for Spinal Cord Injury is car accident. Car accidents happen each and every day and holidays like Halloween have higher car accident rates. This is very personal for me as my son Joseph is a paraplegic as a result of a car accident 1n 2005. Education and training on safe driving habits is an important part ...


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Ask Patty Around the World Blog Carnival: October 30, 2007

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 30th, 2007 10:51pm

It's almost time for Halloween trick or treating! This week's carnival treat is an assortment of news from SEMA. What the heck is the SEMA Show? Produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association, the SEMA Show is the world's premier automotive aftermarket accessories event. This trade-only event serves the $36.7 billion automotive aftermarket industry, which allows drivers to personalize and enhance ...


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