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2008 Urban Wheel Finalists Announced

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 11th, 2008 5:52pm

An independent panel of automotive journalists has cast its votes for the finalists of the 2008 Wheel Awards, which will be held January 15, 2008, at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, in conjunction with Press Preview Week of the North American International Auto Show. Celebrities Rosie Perez and Kevin Frazier will co-host, leading a star-studded cast of famous presenters to honor automotive manufacturers, executives, ...


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New Law Takes Effect - Don't smoke in cars with kids

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 11th, 2008 5:46pm

California is now the third state in the nation to ban smoking in the car with minors. The new law imposes a fine of up to $100 for smoking a pipe, cigar or cigarette in a motor vehicle with another person 17 or younger. The infraction is a secondary offense, meaning you can be fined for it only if you're stopped on suspicion of another, more serious offense. And the fine applies regardless of whether the car is ...


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2008 Energy Bill - Much Ado About Efficiency

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 9th, 2008 9:00am

The 2008 Energy Bill is currently being discussed could determine our country's energy and vehicle efficiency for years, if not decades to come. Comparing the list below to the 2005 bill shows how much the U.S. political world view has changed on the subject. Back in 2005, the Republican Senate sought to increase domestic oil production through subsidies and other incentives. This year, the Democratic Senate list ...


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It Does Rain in California - Time to Check or Replace Worn Windshield Wipers

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 8th, 2008 5:34pm

It Does Rain in California - Time to Check or Replace Worn Windshield Wipers So, it has been raining cats and dogs in California this week and was lucky I had snagged myself some RainX wipers recently. Of course, they were in my garage as I drove in a torrential downpour (it was almost like a hurricane. Almost.) and used my three-year-old, stock wipers. Oops. Lesson learned the hard way. When I got back home, the first ...


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2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR Lands Starring Role in New Knight Rider

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 4th, 2008 3:17pm

When the 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR launches this spring don't be surprised if there's some confusion over what the letters "KR" stand for. While the super car has been known to racing fans as "King of the Road" since 1968, this February it will star in a remake of the hit TV series Knight Rider, making mix-ups inevitable. "It's purely a coincidence and a nice one at that,"" ...


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AskPatty President Jody DeVere Appointed to United Spinal Association Board of Directors

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 3rd, 2008 10:16pm

AskPatty President Jody DeVere Appointed to United Spinal Association Board of Directors AskPatty's very own President, Jody DeVere was appointed United Spinal Association's Board of Directors at its December 2007 meeting. Ms. DeVere already chairs the United Spinal Association Motorsports Committee, which encourages people with disabilities, including persons who use adaptive automotive equipment, to participate in ...


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Nearly 40 Percent Of Moms Spend Two Or More Hours A Day Behind The Wheel Of Their Cars

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 3rd, 2008 3:15pm

Blink Car Care Products Help Them Tame the Mess A recent study by online mothers' community mamasource.com said moms are making, on average, at least three trips a day and about 40 percent are spending at least two or more hours behind the wheel of their vehicles. My best friend Carrie is one of these women. Her brand-new Honda Pilot has clocked 7500 miles in the few months she has owned it. With trips to school, ...


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Roadside Etiquette: Hugs, not Horns

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 28th, 2007 3:10pm

Roadside Etiquette: Hugs, not Horns I woke up with a nasty cold the other day, and had a hard time getting out of bed and to the office. I was running late, but needed to stop at the nearby syndicated coffee stand for a designer-branded energy boost. In order to pull into the mini-mall driveway, I had to swerve around a car blocking the 'in' side of the opening, to enter against exiting traffic. I scanned ...


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Celebrate Hometown Heroes with the Volvo for Life Awards

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 27th, 2007 3:04pm

Forty semi-finalists in the 6th Annual Volvo for life Awards are waiting for your vote. Nominees are in the running for a $100,000 charitable contribution and a Volvo car for life. You can vote for winners in four categories: Safety, Quality of Life, Environment, and the Butterfly Award (youth only). Cast your votes before January 7, 2008 and celebrate the season of giving! Volvo Cars of North America will award ...


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US House Energy and Commerce Committee Gives Holiday Gift - New Vehicle Child Safety Bill Passed!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 26th, 2007 2:59pm

I am so happy and excited to report that the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on a voice vote, passed a bill that would require federal regulators to consider ways of diminishing blind zones in large SUVs and pickups, prevent vehicles from rolling away and making power windows safer. A Senate committee approved similar legislation in May following reports of children being backed over in their driveways. Safety ...


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