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AskPatty.com Featured in Oprah Winfrey O Magazine January 2009

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 15th, 2008 7:35pm

AskPatty.com is featured in a winter driving safety article on page 32 of the January 2009 issue of Oprah Winfrey's O Magazine on newsstands now! In the O Magazine article titled "Drive, She Said" AskPatty.com President Jody DeVere shares winter car care tips and advice to help women stay safe amid the snow, slush, and ice. DeVere offers such tips such as "Have a mechanic check your brakes, antifreeze, and wiper blades; make sure your ...


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28 Money-Saving Car Tips from AskPatty.com

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 10th, 2008 2:02am

We've spent the better part of this year talking about the highest gas prices we've ever seen. For some, the price of premium unleaded was more expensive than $5 per gallon. Just because the cost of fuel has dropped to the lowest it's been in several years, doesn't mean it will stay that way. Listed below under four categories -- Engine Warm-Up, How to Buy Gasoline, How to Drive Economically, and General Advice -- are some effective ...


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Struggles with Auto Industry Bailout Dampen Los Angeles Auto Show

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 21st, 2008 5:00pm

When leaders of the Automotive Big Three left Washington empty handed Wednesday night, it became clear that the industry's immediate future may now lie with the Bush administration, which has staunchly opposed using the Treasury Department's $700 billion financial bailout program to aid Detroit. Top Executives from General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler begged Congress for multi-billion-dollar loans, but fell under fire for ...


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Taking the Scare Out of Driving on Halloween

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 30th, 2008 11:44pm

Driving on Halloween can be frightening for motorists, especially when little "ghouls" and "goblins" - out after dark and full of excitement - forget road safety rules or wear costumes or masks that limit their vision. To help ensure safety on a night reserved for fun, the Car Care Council reminds motorists to drive slowly, be extra careful when entering or exiting driveways or alleyways, and make sure the vehicle's brake system works ...


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Alternative Energy? How About Human-Powered Railcars?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 26th, 2008 4:38am

AskPatty came across something, er, unusual for train fanatics as well as those who seek out-of-the-ordinary entertainment. Each year, Erasmus P. Kitty's Hand-Car Regatta blends art and science into one gigantic experience of moving parts, sounds, and people. The Hand-Car Regatta supports art as an experience by taking art out of the gallery, into a public space, and incorporating science, math, and human ingenuity. The Hand-Car ...


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Goodyear Sponsors 'Just for Women' Car Care Clinics Sept. 11, 17th

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 11th, 2008 8:00am

According to recent statistics from the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, women influence 80 percent of all automotive related purchase decisions; Statistics from The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence say women make up more than 65 percent of customers who take their vehicle to a repair shop. Yet many women find that same automotive-related retail experience to be a high-anxiety, confusing, and unclear ...


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Caring for Your Car During Summer Heat

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 25th, 2008 2:49pm

Summer can be tough on cars, especially during high temperatures when heat can destroy batteries and stress the cooling system and tires. As a precaution, these vehicle components should be checked periodically during summer to help avoid breakdowns and car problems, according to the Car Care Council. Check hoses and drive belts cracks, bulges, or frayed edges. When the engine is cold, visually check for cracks or small leaks. ...


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Life's a drive for Kelly Williams

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 18th, 2008 8:00am

For race car driver Kelly Williams, “nothing can replace the exhilaration of driving a race car.” Kelly first noticed cars when she was six-years-old and had a neighbor that worked on cars. She drove her neighbor crazy, having him explain the ins-and-outs of race cars as she learned how to work on them. "I grew up at the track," she says. "My parents have taken me since I was ...


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Car Care Tips to Help Stay Cool in Hot Weather Driving

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 5th, 2008 3:26pm

Summer temps have been over a hundred degrees Fahrenheit in the San Fernando Valley. It's miserable to be outside in the heat, but it's even worse when the inside of your car is full of hot air and the culprit is a malfunctioning air conditioning (A/C) system. According to the Car Care Council, an annual checkup of your vehicle's A/C system can help prevent it from breaking down when you most need ...


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Perspective: Changing Attitudes of Women Working in the Auto Biz

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 30th, 2008 2:09am

Men and women often have preconceived notions of what is women's work. Women breaking into the automotive industry, a traditionally male-dominated field, may face many challenges. This Newsweek article covers some of the darker aspects of challenges women faced while working in the automotive industry, "More Than A Tune-Up, Tough Going In A Fight Against Sexual Harassment". My whole life has been kind of ...


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