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Help Save Lives - Get AMBER Alerts on Your Cell Phone

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 7th, 2008 2:43pm

AMBER Alerts were recently issued in Connecticut, Texas, and Georgia urging residents to be on the lookout for abducted children and their abductors. Many of us wonder if there’s really anything we can do to help. I don’t know about you, but I start watching the vehicles around me a little closer when I see an AMBER Alert on the freeway signs near my home. But you can get information even when you’re ...


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2008 Safety Scholars Video Contest For Teens Now Accepting Entries

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 3rd, 2008 2:41pm

It's time for teenagers to fire up their video cameras and get their creative juices flowing. The 2008 Safety Scholars Video Contest, presented by Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC, has begun start accepting student-made, safety-themed videos once again. As a continuation of its extremely successful annual campaign, the company is again turning to America's teens to offer creative media solutions ...


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Considering Downsizing to Save Fuel? Consumer Reports Suggests it Might be Better to Wait

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 2nd, 2008 2:39pm

We've been watching gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon for over a month now, and at last (in my neighborhood, at least), the price of regular unleaded finally jumped all the way up over to $4.50. It's enough to make a commuter cry. An increase of a dollar a gallon in the last year means each tank is costing $15 to $20 more, or $60 to $80 per month if you fill up weekly. Sales of trucks and SUVs have ...


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BlogHer Announces Blockbuster Premium-Level Sponsors, With General Motors as Platinum Sponsor, for Its Fourth Annual Conference

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 2nd, 2008 1:57pm

July 02, 2008 08:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time BlogHer Announces Blockbuster Premium-Level Sponsors, With General Motors as Platinum Sponsor, for Its Fourth Annual Conference General Motors Leads Sponsor List of Top Global Brands Including Michelin, Macy's and Johnson & Johnson and Others   PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--BlogHer, Inc. ...


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My Weekend with Audi and the Girls

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 1st, 2008 2:37pm

Last month, Audi invited me to join them and a group of women and a few male journalists for a weekend of fun, networking and the best part: to test drive the Audi A4 for a long country drive through wine country in Northern California and at Infineon Raceway. The weekend included a stay at the St Regis in San Francisco, Yoga lessons, wine tasting, and a visit to Solage, a top-rated spa and a chaffered tour of Napa Valley ...


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Toyota Announces $5 Million Grant To National Park Support Organizations

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 1st, 2008 2:36pm

We've run several articles lately about the many contributions that Toyota has made to environmental concerns. Well, here's another: Toyota has promised to make a $5 million contribution to support five National Parks as well as a National Park Foundation that works to enhance environmental leadership and educational programs at parks around the country. Toyota also will donate 23 vehicles to the National Parks. ...


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Product Review - Bluetooth-Enabled Handsfree Cellphone Devices

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 30th, 2008 4:20pm

Product Review: Bluetooth-Enabled Handsfree Cellphone Devices If you live in California or Washington, you know that as of July 1 you must go handsfree when using your cellphone while driving your car. On July 1, 2008, these two states become the fourth and fifth states to enact laws that ban the use of any hand-held mobile device while driving. When it goes into effect, the California law will also prohibit ...


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How far are you willing to go for all-around economy?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 30th, 2008 2:26pm

A subject has come up in discussions with my colleague Rich Truesdell: He asks "Is the prospect of $5.00/gallon gas causing people to lose their sense of reality?" Apparently people are buying 13-year-old Geo Metros for more than they cost new, just because they get great gas mileage. Do you remember the Metro? Basically a rebadged, domestic version of the Suzuki Swift, the little tiny econobox was powered by ...


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Caution: Hands-Free Cell-Phone Laws Ahead!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 27th, 2008 2:36pm

On July 1, 2008, California and Washington will be the fourth and fifth states to enact a law that bans the use of any hand-held mobile device while driving your car. Other states prohibiting handheld mobile phone use are Connecticut, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, and New York. When it goes into effect on July 1, 2008, the California law will also prohibit ALL cell-phone use -- including hands-free devices ...


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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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