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Fewer Drivers are Licensed at 16

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 8th, 2008 9:49pm

When I was in high school, we all took our driver’s test the day we turned 16. None of us wanted to wait a day longer than necessary to get that taste of freedom. It was a major rite of passage for all of us. But in the last decade, the number of 16-year-olds who get a driver’s license has dropped from half to less than one-third, according to Federal Highway Administration statistics. The reasons vary, but ...


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Extraordinary African American Women Celebrated In Freedom's Sisters Interactive Exhibition

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 7th, 2008 9:52pm

It would be difficult to imagine the course of American history without these amazing women: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad; Rosa Parks and her brave refusal in 1955 to relinquish her seat on a Montgomery city bus; Fannie Lou Hamer and her courageous stand at a 1968 political convention. These stories of courage and commitment are among the many featured in the "Freedom's Sisters" exhibition, ...


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Anna Walewska is Making a Name in Racing

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 6th, 2008 9:48pm

Anna Walewska may not be a name racing fans in the U.S. are familiar with, but the 20-year-old standout is hoping to change that. In 2007, Walewska raced in the Britcar championship driving for BMW. She finished third in that series. This season she will once again race in the Britcar series, driving for Geoff Steel Racing in a BMW M3 3.2ltr 360bhp. Walewska’s racing skills started in the typical ...


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'Earth: The Sequel' aka The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 3rd, 2008 9:45pm

The Environmental Defense Fund has just released an interesting book, called "Earth: The Sequel", subtitled "The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming". It is a message of hope, about how humankind ingenuity can "save ourselves from ourselves by getting the end of the story just right" (Fred Krupp, author and president of EDF). It is a story on how we can stop global warming through ...


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New York Auto Show Reveal: Suzuki Kizashi Concept

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 2nd, 2008 9:43pm

The New York International Auto Show opened its doors to the public during the last weeks of March. Suzuki used the show as an opportunity to show its sleek and athletic Concept Kizashi 3, the final addition to Suzuki's Kizashi concept series. As we are often told by manufacturers when they show concepts such as this, the Concept Kizashi 3 is said to indicate both Suzuki's future design direction and intent to ...


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Perfect Attendance Could Result in a Car

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 2nd, 2008 9:43pm

Now here’s a program that, had it been in place when I was in school, would have assured a pristine attendance record. High school seniors at over 200 schools in 26 Tennessee counties could win a 2008 Chevy Cobalt via the Drive for Perfection program. The program will award five students with a new sedan for having perfect attendance. How cool is that? According to the US Dept. of Education, students who miss ...


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AskPatty in the News, March 16 through March 31, 2008

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 31st, 2008 9:53pm

March 18, 2008 AskPatty at Reuters.com "Fashion, Cars and Avatars in Second Life" You're invited to Second Life for the Motorability Island Grand Opening Charity Benefit Event "Fashion, Cars and Avatars" on Saturday, March 29th,  2008, from 9am to 5pm SLT. This Second Life charity event benefits United Spinal Association with a fashion show at caLLie cLine's BeaCh club and resort featuring ...


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See For Yourself! Motorability Island on Google Video

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 31st, 2008 6:56pm

Cick below to watch this cool google video that demonstrates what the culture is like at the United Spinal Motorability sim in Second Life: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5259512436868201278&hl=en Motorability Island in SecondLife is a vast, seven-sim complex designed specifically to promote United Spinal Association in Second Life, via the Education Center and other builds dotted around the ...


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Virgin Atlantic Joins Project Driveway, Using Chevrolet Equinox Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles To Transport VIP Passengers

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 31st, 2008 6:54pm

In the current market, the public's perception of greening the environment is key. Virgin Atlantic Airways, Ltd. has jumped into the eco-friendly game with its announcement it will use Chevrolet Equinox hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for its "complimentary ground transfer service for upper class passengers" for planes landing at Los Angeles International Airport. The announcement was made by Virgin Atlantic ...


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My Shifting Perceptions of GM

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 26th, 2008 6:51pm

My first car ever was a Chevy Geo Prizm. I still remember it fondly, as any “first” tends to be. But then I watched the DVD “Who Killed The Electric Car?” This documentary chronicles the saga of the first GM electric car, the EV1. Its debut lease program was greeted with adoration and the EV1 quickly built a loyal fan base that included celebrities, environmental activists, and regular Janes ...


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