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When Should You Buy Your Child a Cell Phone?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 23rd, 2008 6:54pm

We all worry about our kids when we’re not with them. It’s second nature for a parent. So what’s the best way to keep track of them when they’re carpooling with someone else, going on a school trip, or just at a party? It’s probably a cell phone. Kids are asking for cell phones at younger and younger ages. Seventy two percent of 13 - 17 year olds now have cell phones, according to ...


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New AAA Information Assists Aging Drivers

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 16th, 2008 7:32pm

The Automobile Association of America (AAA), in partnership with the University of Florida's National Older Driver Research and Training Center (NODRTC), recently released its "Smart Features for Mature Drivers" program. The program identifies vehicle features that can assist drivers with visual, physical, and mental changes that are frequently encountered as they age. The announcement addresses ...


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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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Give Your Teen Driving Skills for Life

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 3rd, 2008 9:44pm

It’s getting harder to get our teens’ attention. With so many things competing — school, homework, friends, the internet — it can be tough to get them to listen to you talk about driver safety. But maybe they’ll learn from a fun, interactive web site. Driving Skills for Life aims to help young drivers improve skills in four areas: hazard recognition, vehicle handling, space management, and ...


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From Dreaming to Driving

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 21st, 2008 3:40pm

So, all your life you've dreamed of being a racecar driver, and now you think it's time to get behind the wheel. But where do you start? Well, unless your name is Earnhardt, Unser, or Andretti, you're going to need to roll up your sleeves, do your homework as well as some serious planning before you'll be ready to take on Daytona, Indy, or the World Rally Championship. If you're really serious about ...


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Keeping New Drivers Safe on the Road

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 4th, 2008 9:30pm

Teen drivers need a lot of practice — and other drivers on the road need to watch out for them. So how do we let others know our teen is behind the wheel? Enter RookieDriver.net. RookieDriver.net offers removable magnets for your car that let others know there’s an inexperienced driver behind the wheel. Rather than have an “uncool” Student Driver magnet, your teen can have a “Rookie ...


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AskPatty at the New York Times-- 'Small Companies Are Finding a Home on the Web'

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 15th, 2008 9:59pm

Small Companies Are Finding a Home on the Web Jill Connelly for The New York Times Jody DeVere, is president of AskPatty.com, a website that is geared to women drivers. By AMY ZIPKIN Published: February 14, 2008 The Web site for Sophia Brodsky’s day spa in Philadelphia, the Body Klinic, was pretty rudimentary until a college student walked into the spa a little more than two years ...


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High-Tech Alerts Sound the Alarm on Drowsy Drivers

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 12th, 2008 5:24pm

There is a short period of time after my first child was born that I absolutely do not remember driving to and from work. The night-time nursing interruptions, coupled with a 40-mile commute often induced an early morning state of autopilot that was more like a driving coma. More than once, I snapped back to attention to realize I was miles past my exit and was heading into another city. I knew that driving while ...


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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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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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