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This Just In: California Governor Bars Cellphone Use By Teen Drivers

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 17th, 2007 7:09pm

According to an article at the Los Angeles Times, California Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed legislation that will prohibit Californians under 18 from using cellphones, text message devices, and laptop computers while driving. The new law, which will take effect July 1, 2008, is meant to address the large number of traffic accidents resulting in deaths and injuries, Schwarzenegger said during a signing ...


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What is 'Top Tier' Gas And Why Should You Use It?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 12th, 2007 5:00pm

Where do you buy your gas? Do you have loyalties based on location, cost, or brand? Do you choose to purchase your fuel with any thought to how its additives can help to keep your engine clean? I recently attended a presentation at the Phoenix Automotive Press Association, given by Jens Mueller-Belau of Shell Oil. It was fascinating. We ate pasta and learned about dreaded engine "gunk," and how gasoline detergents ...


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Rumor Mill: Apple and Volkswagen Team up to Produce the iCar

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 12th, 2007 4:56pm

According to Macrumors.com and cnnmoney.com, German magazine Capital (Google translation ) is reporting that Apple and Volkswagen are in an early stages of planning for an "iCar" that would incorporate techie products by the producer of the beloved iPod personal music player into in future versions of Volkswagen's compact cars. According to a quote from Volkswagen spokesman Hans-Gerd Bode in an article at ...


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September 11th Memorial - Never Forgotten

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 11th, 2007 11:30pm

I will pause today to reflect and pay the due homage and honor to the firefighters, police men and women, the rescued and the rescuers, the fallen, the injured, the precious dear ones who perished, the still grieving and the brave passengers of Flight 93. I vividly remember September 11th 2001, getting ready for a plain old work day, the TV tuned to my morning talk show running back and forth through the house ...


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Ask Patty Around the World Blog Carnival: September 11, 2007

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 11th, 2007 11:26pm

Welcome back to this week's blog carnival of female friendly car items from all around the world. Last week we featured a potpourri of news and notes, but this week we're completely focused on women and their cars, women who work on cars, women who want to work on cars, and women who need cars. We really like Hundalz! If she's not Busting Laurel and Hardy-type car thieves in the middle of the night, then ...


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Road Trip Survival Guide

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 10th, 2007 2:53pm

Summer might be over, but that doesn't mean we don't still have weekends to enjoy! Heck, Thanksgiving is practically around the corner, so whether you're loading your kids into the family minivan to visit grandma or packing your galpals into a convertible for a weekend getaway, America's roads offer plenty of opportunities to create treasured memories. But without the right prep work, you could be left spinning your ...


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Los Angeles Wins 4 of 12 Worst Traffic Sports in the United States

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 7th, 2007 10:37pm

Forbes Magazine recently posted its list of "America's 12 Worst Bottlenecks," and Los Angeles leads the pack with four of the twelve traffic traps (Woo hoo! We won a prize!), while Atlanta, Chicago, and Phoenix each tied with two hot spots apiece. The author, Robert Malone, ranked each location based on the value of the manhours wasted at each location. and the number-one worst location at the junction of the ...


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Women in Motorsports Blog Carnival: September 6th

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 6th, 2007 9:17pm

This week it’s all about girl power. From fiesty Ashley Force beating out all other athletes (male and female) to take the trophy in AOL’s Sexiest Athlete to the women of Feisty Racing. AskPatty.com is taking a spin around the global motorsports arena to see what’s happening with some of our favorite racer chicks. Shirley Muldowney is trying to change her aloof image. The drag racing legend ...


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Tech and Automobiles: Q's on Cars? AskPatty is featured at Girlphyte.com

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 6th, 2007 4:56pm

Too embarrassed to hit the dealership. Know that there’s questions to ask, but they elude you? Need or want quality transportation? Or maybe you’ve always had a secret love affair with cars but never found your heart’s desire? Should you go hybrid or vintage? V4, V6 or V8? Does safety turn your crank? Or Just looking for carefree transportation that you can count on? Ask Patty. TECH AND ...


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Woman's Look: 2007 Saturn Sky Roadster

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 5th, 2007 1:18pm

For the record, I'm a convertible fanatic. I've driven my fair share of them, and can tell you honestly that (IMHO) nothing compares to the feeling of a long cruise with the top down on a lovely summer day. Make it red, and the feeling only gets better. Okay, okay, there's the risk of skin cancer (and any person who owns a convertible should be responsible enough to carry sunblock and caps in the glovebox) ...


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