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Top 12 Car Care Myths Debunked

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 28th, 2008 10:19pm

An old adage says: "April showers bring May flowers." I'd like to add: "and dirty cars!" With gloomy weather and poor driving conditions in the rear-view mirror and sunny days ahead, now is the perfect time to give your vehicle a thorough spring cleaning. To help maintain that new-car shine through spring and into summer, Meguiar's, the century-old leader in vehicle appearance care, has sent us ...


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Larry's Auto Works: a Certified Green Business

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 25th, 2008 10:16pm

At the recent Santa Clara County Green Business conference, I heard Larry Moore of Larry's Autoworks in Mountain View share his thoughts about being a green business. They have been in business for 30 years and became green certified by Santa Clara county in November 2006, the first certified green business in Mountain View, the town famous for being Google's headquarters. Their environmental motto is, ...


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Top Tips to Get Road Ready for Summer's Family Road Trips

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 24th, 2008 5:00am

Memorial Day is here, and that means it's officially opening weekend for summer travel. So, do you want to cruise the Florida Coast, meander the mountains of North Carolina, or check out the culture in cowboy land? Families planning their next road trip should look no further than getroadready.com. The all-inclusive online resource from Prestone Products, featuring content licensed from Rand McNally, includes handy ...


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California Wireless Laws - What Happens After July 1st

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 22nd, 2008 10:14pm

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has written a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to field questions about the new wireless telephone laws that go into effect on July 1, 2008. Let's take a look at some of the information they have provided. There are two laws going into effect on July 1. The first addresses drivers over the age of 18. These drivers can use a hands-free device to operate their phone while ...


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Carbon Offset: A Primer

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 20th, 2008 10:13pm

If you are planning to go green, whether individually or as a business, the financial instrument called "carbon offset" can be a good friend. Buying carbon offsets is a good approach to negate the greenhouse gas emissions from your business or daily lifestyle that cannot be easily reduced in the short-term. You can think of it as a way to assuage guilt. At the most basic, you pay some financial ...


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Check Your Tires For Proper Inflation To Be Safe, Save Gas, Save Money, And Help The Environment

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 19th, 2008 10:11pm

During April "Earth Month," the Automobile Club reminded us that motorists can do their part not just on Earth Day but all throughout the year to help the environment, save gas, and be safe with one simple action: checking their vehicle's tire pressure. Properly inflated tires improve vehicle safety while reducing emissions and gas usage, says the Auto Club. The Auto Club, the Rubber Manufacturers ...


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Pros and Cons of Hybrid Vehicles

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 19th, 2008 10:06pm

Now that gas prices are hovering around $4 a gallon, many drivers are becoming more aware of their need to cut their gas costs. And with April being "Earth Month", we've recently been bombarded by messages telling us to make greener choices to help save our planet. Many people combine these messages and believe that their best automotive choice to accomplish both these goals is to drive a hybrid vehicle, ...


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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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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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