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Tips To Get Better Mileage From Your Hybrid Car

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 20th, 2008 10:12pm

Now that fuel prices have breached $4 per gallon, we know you want to stretch your fuel to get the most out of every purchase. We found a fun collection of money-saving tips and advice at Shell.com and thought to share a few of them with our AskPatty readers. The powertrain of a hybrid car combines an efficient gasoline engine with an electric motor as well as as well as a special system to capture braking energy to store ...


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Shell 'Autotude' Survey Reveals Interesting Insight Into What People Think About Their Vehicles and Driving

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 17th, 2008 9:55pm

A recent Shell "Autotude" survey reveals some interesting things about what American drivers think of their autos. Besides proving that many Americans view their cars as more than just a piece of machinery, the survey showed there are regional differences in drivers' "autotudes." While much of the country views their cars and trucks as simply a way to get from point A to point B, drivers in the Farm ...


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Sunglasses to Save Squinty Eyes

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 16th, 2008 9:55pm

I have a couple pair of beautiful Costa Del Mar sunglasses that I purchased more than 10 years ago, and I fear the day that I might have to replace them, so I'm always on the lookout for the "next pair" to protect my eyes. I spend a fair amount of time driving, and my previous commute was into the sun both ways: into the sunrise on my way to work, and into the sunset on my way home. Because I am short, ...


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Shopping for an Electric Vehicle

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 16th, 2008 9:12pm

The hunt has begun... that is, for a practical electric vehicle, that can be plugged in to a solar panel, in order to go further off-grid. Back a year ago, when the solar panels went up on the roof, I had hoped that all that buzz about plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles would mean that something affordable would be on the market in a year or two. So finally, I need to replace our old creaky car, and am really ...


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Who Says Women Can't Drive Stick?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 14th, 2008 5:56pm

I love driving a manual transmission. My current vehicle, a 1998 Honda Accord, has racked up nearly 145,000 miles on the original clutch, and it’s still going strong. Almost every car I’ve ever owned was a manual, except for the beautiful classic 1968 Ford Mustang I owned in college. All said, I think I’ve put more than 500,000 miles on manual transmissions over my lifetime. And, I’ve done quite a ...


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Maryland May Raise Carseat Age to Eight; Should Cars Include Built-In Harnesses?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 7th, 2008 5:45pm

Maryland may require children to be in car seats an extra two years under a bill put in front of the state House and Senate. Currently the law requires a booster up to age six. The new law would extend it to eight years. The bill follows national recommendations about how old kids should be before going without a booster seat. Maryland was first in the Mid-Atlantic to pass a booster seat law, but the bill’s ...


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Eco-friendly School Makeovers by Ford and 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 7th, 2008 5:43pm

We would all like our schools to be more environmentally friendly. But budget cuts and old facilities don’t help in going green. Ford Motor Company would like to help. Ford joined with ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” on Educate to Escape — a green school makeover campaign. They’re sponsoring a contest and one lucky school will get $250,000 for a makeover. Anyone can nominate a ...


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Top Tips to Improve Your Vehicle's Fuel Economy

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 5th, 2008 5:39pm

I remember how shocking it was the first time I saw Los Angeles-area gas stations advertising prices at $3 per gallon--this was about a year ago, in May 2007. And recently, barely eleven months later, I drove past a station at which the price for their premium fuel was over $4!! (The photos associated with this article were taken April 10, at several stations in the San Fernando Valley.) At AskPatty.com, we recognize ...


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Captivating Auto Shops Offer Special Features for Ladies -- and their Kids!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 5th, 2008 5:37pm

Captivating Auto Shops Offer Special Features for Ladies -- and their Kids! Nobody relishes the idea of spending hours at the mechanic, in a dirty waiting room sipping stale coffee, and reading last-week’s crumpled newspaper. Many auto shops and dealerships recognize this, and have taken steps to make their waiting area much more pleasant to their patrons, offering such niceties as designer coffees, ...


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Ladies, Share Your Car-Buying Stories!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 27th, 2008 7:41pm

Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine is exploring an article and is looking for women to share their car-buying stories (http://blogs.consumerreports.org/cars/2008/04/women-shoppers.html) as part of their research. If you're a woman who has recently negotiated a great deal on a new or used car, they would love to hear your story! Did you buy online or walk in to dealership? How did you research your purchase? How ...


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