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Halloween Safety for Drivers and Trick or Treaters

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 31st, 2016 11:00am

Halloween Safety for Drivers and Trick or Treaters Halloween is the most dangerous night of the year for child pedestrians. Darting out into the street is one of the most common causes of pedestrian death among children. As children scurry from house to house collecting treats, it is important to take the following precautions: Visibility Decorate costumes, bags, and sacks with reflective tape and stickers. Use costumes that are light or bright enough to make children more ...


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Memorializing Automotive Travel

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 7th, 2008 2:45pm

Are you planning to take a road trip over the Fourth of July weekend? How much do you expect to spend on gas? I spent nearly $60 to fill my tank last week, a painful increase from a cost that used to hover around $20 just a few years ago. With predictions promising prices to rise as high as $5 per gallon this summer, it kinda makes you reconsider the importance of our cars, and the cost of that independence. I am sad that ...


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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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Saving gas at the pump helps the environment too

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 7th, 2008 5:40pm

Gasoline is volatile hence prone to vaporization. The smell from your tank, when first opened, is that of trapped and pressurized gasoline vapors escaping. Also when you pump, the splashes within the fuel tank encourages fumes to escape, which is why all pumps in gas stations in the United States have caps on them. Recently, I learned about a way to save gas, that I have not heard of, so perhaps AskPatty readers ...


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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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Anna Walewska is Making a Name in Racing

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 6th, 2008 9:48pm

Anna Walewska may not be a name racing fans in the U.S. are familiar with, but the 20-year-old standout is hoping to change that. In 2007, Walewska raced in the Britcar championship driving for BMW. She finished third in that series. This season she will once again race in the Britcar series, driving for Geoff Steel Racing in a BMW M3 3.2ltr 360bhp. Walewska’s racing skills started in the typical ...


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'Earth: The Sequel' aka The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 3rd, 2008 9:45pm

The Environmental Defense Fund has just released an interesting book, called "Earth: The Sequel", subtitled "The Race to Reinvent Energy and Stop Global Warming". It is a message of hope, about how humankind ingenuity can "save ourselves from ourselves by getting the end of the story just right" (Fred Krupp, author and president of EDF). It is a story on how we can stop global warming through ...


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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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My Shifting Perceptions of GM

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 26th, 2008 6:51pm

My first car ever was a Chevy Geo Prizm. I still remember it fondly, as any “first” tends to be. But then I watched the DVD “Who Killed The Electric Car?” This documentary chronicles the saga of the first GM electric car, the EV1. Its debut lease program was greeted with adoration and the EV1 quickly built a loyal fan base that included celebrities, environmental activists, and regular Janes ...


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Alli Owens ready to take on the racing world

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 24th, 2008 10:18pm

Alli Owens has everything you need to be a successful race car driver. She has spunk, determination, and a raw ability to race cars and motorcycles. Despite the lack of opportunity for women in NASCAR, Owens’ dreams of becoming the first female Cup series champion. How did you get into racing? I lived in Indianapolis s for three years, and they held an annual Big Wheel Race. I was six-years-old and ...


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