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GPS For A Directionally Challenged Woman Driver

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 7th, 2008 9:34pm

I navigate by landmark, so directions can be very challenging. Landmarks work well when you are already familiar with a place. The bank is right next to the big old city hall that is painted yellow and I can see its big dome from afar. The entrance is right down the road that passes the front of city hall, flanked by two tall, distinctive-looking redwood trees. As I cruise around neighborhoods I know, familiar ...


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NHTSA Releases New Car Seat Safety Ratings

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 7th, 2008 9:34pm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released new car seat ease-of-use ratings. A new five-star ratings system will help parents evaluate car seat features before they buy. Safety isn’t a factor in the ratings because all seats rated by the NHTSA meet Federal Safety Standards and crash performance standards. The seats are rated in four categories: Evaluation of ...


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Fiesta Reborn in the Verve, Ford's Got Some Nerve

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 5th, 2008 10:33pm

At the moment I was given a sneak peek at Ford's sporty Verve concept, I knew it was love at first sight. Here before my eyes was a sleek sedan. It was sexy, shapely, sporty. It looked fast and it had four doors. It answered my motherly personal need for the function of a four-door with the price-point, performance, and efficiency of a coupe. It was presented to us at the Detroit Auto Show as simply a concept ...


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Join GM LiveChat to talk green

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 5th, 2008 9:32pm

Want to influence GM's direction? Join their conversations. The GMNext website is an intriguing and proactive effort by America's largest car company to engage its stakeholders. Using interactive media, GM is engaging in conversation with us. On Thursday, Feb 21 from 1-2pm EST, Wes Bolsen, VP at Coskata hosted a live chat on the company's partnership with GM. Coskata plans to produce ethanol for under ...


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Evenflo Recalls One Million Discovery Infant Car Seats

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

Evenflo, a car safety seat manufacturer, issued a voluntary safety recall of one million Discovery Infant Car Seats after tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Evenflo. The tests showed that the car seat had the potential to separate from its base in high impact side collisions. To prevent potential problems, Evenflo will provide current owners a free supplemental dual-hook fastener that ...


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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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Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act Passes Senate

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 3rd, 2008 9:28pm

A collective cheer went up on Valentine’s Day as the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007 (H.R. 1216) was unanimously passed in the U.S. Senate. The bill addresses three of the most serious causes of injuries and fatalities to children in and around vehicles: getting caught in an automatically closing power window, being struck by a backing vehicle because of a blind zone, and placing a vehicle ...


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Green Tires Reduce Rolling Resistance

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 3rd, 2008 9:26pm

Car tires can play a role in improving our gas mileage – and regulators are starting to realize that. Tire makers are finding their industry being subjected to increasing regulations in reducing the rolling resistance of tires. One approach to achieve this is by reducing tire thread thickness to reduce rolling resistance. This regulatory approach will take some pressure off car manufacturers to shoulder ...


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Kitchen Trash Becomes Car Fuel!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 3rd, 2008 10:11am

Did you know the answer to reducing petroleum dependency and producing environmentally efficient fuel may be right in your kitchen trash? Household garbage, old tires, and even plant stalk all contain carbon which can be turned into fuel for our cars and trucks. And all of this can be done cheaply and efficiently. Building upon General Motor’s 25 years of biofuel research and energy alternatives for ...


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Toyota: Greenest Car Company?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 29th, 2008 10:14am

In the latest Auto Pulse survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, Toyota is ranked as the greenest car company (by 49% of respondents). The nationwide telephone survey ran from Dec. 6-10, 2007, polling 2,037 adults. Honda came in second, at 26%, about half the score of Toyota, while Ford came in third, at 16%. The runaway success of the Prius gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles, ...


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