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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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Your LAST Chance to Focus on the Music and Win Free Gas, iTunes, and Apple iPod Nanos!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 15th, 2008 10:23pm

So Kim and Seana, those two music-loving Ford-focus-travelling- Sync-using singer songwriters have assembled all their travel adventure videos at a giant Kim and Seana YouTube video page (http://youtube.com/user/kimandseana), and have offered our readers another chance to win some more cool prizes. It’s been several months since Kim and Seana began their journey, and along the way, they posted dozens of webisodes ...


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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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Want to save gas? Try slowing down.

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 12th, 2008 5:51pm

Now that gas prices are loitering around $4 a gallon, gas-saving tips are abundant. Automotive pundits are quick to offer a variety of tips to help drivers eke every possible mile out of each gallon of gas. The tips are usually quite obvious: reduce weight, maintain your vehicle, keep your tires properly inflated, blah blah blah... But here's one that many don't consider: Slow down. That's all there is ...


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Chrissy Wallace wants to be NASCAR's 'Danica'

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 12th, 2008 5:50pm

Chrissy Wallace’s NASCAR debut a few weeks ago at Martinsville Speedway went quite smashingly. The 19-year-old daughter of driver Mike Wallace climbed behind the wheel in the Kroger 250, and looked like she’d been driving in the Craftsman Truck Series for seasons. She avoided the pitfalls many drivers face in their NASCAR debuts, and earned an 18th-place finish for Germain Racing. Wallace raced all 253 laps, ...


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Participating in A Local Sustainability Effort

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 8th, 2008 5:47pm

Recently I wrote a blog about how to get involved in the fight against climate change. Today, I thought, I should write about a nifty city program I am involved with along this front -- my contribution to the challenge, if you will -- that has been quite an eye-opening experience. You see, the city where I live (which shall remain anonymous to maintain some privacy) recently commenced a citizens task force to work ...


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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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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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Sleepy? Truckers Can Blame it on Being Overweight

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 2nd, 2008 5:35pm

A recent article at USA Today reports that obesity may be what causes some truckers to doze while driving. Last month, the medical review board of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was scheduled to finalize recommendations about truckers and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition in which people constantly reawaken for lack of air, says Maggi Gunnels, the agency's director of medical programs. The ...


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