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What Does the Typical American Family Car Look Like in 2015?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 13th, 2015 9:35am

“Whether you're carrying a lot of people, a lot of their stuff, or a lot of both, your family car needs to get it all where you need to go,” says Brandy Schaffels, automotive industry analyst and chief editor of automotive site AskPatty.com. “Young families need room for strollers and car seats, others need room for their kids' backpacks and sports gear.” ... Read More!


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Autos: Drive smart with family-friendly features - Indy Star

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 4th, 2014 3:07pm

Brandy Schaffels AskPatty.com Editor Featured Become a mom or dad and you'll quickly re-prioritize what features you want in your next vehicle. Car seat attachment hooks, roof styling and trunk access suddenly become much more important. ... Read More!


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Share the Joy of these Babies Safe #FirstRides Home

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 28th, 2014 2:53pm

Inspired by the real stories of New Yorkers going home with their newborns in taxis (an experience that does not legally require child safety seats), Mitsubishi recently launched its #FirstRide program in New York by giving three babies their inaugural ride home in one of America’s safest small SUVs, the 2014 Outlander, as part of Mitsubishi Motors’ “First Ride” program, which focuses on creating awareness and ...


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Shifting Out of Neutral

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 30th, 2013 1:32am

When Marta Moren goes to work at Georgetown only female mechanic on the shop floor, and even though she’s only 24 years old (and always sports pink nail polish) she’s got the talent of a veteran. For the last two years, Moren has won a Grand Master Gold Technician Award in a hands-on skills competition. She competed against 160 finalists (selected from 7,000 technicians) and earned one of the 44 awards handed out in ...


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Click-It for Safety with Harvey's Seatbelt Bags!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 5th, 2010 12:31am

Child Seat Inspections are a great addition to a service center's repetiore, and a valuable service for ANY type of automotive business to offer to their community http://www.seatbeltbags.com/


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We Minivan Moms Can Be Pretty High-Tech

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 15th, 2009 12:50am

I am a high-tech Mom and here's the proof: I purchased my first CD burner in 1997 and used it to create holiday music mixes I gave to friends at Christmas.  I was one of the first people I knew to sign up for broadband internet in 1998. I opted for a DVD drive in my 1999 Blue Apple PowerMac G3, and used it to watch movies on my beautiful GIANT egg-shaped 21-inch Apple Studio Display. I joined Twitter 526 days before Oprah and ...


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Best Ways to be Pampered in your Car

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 12th, 2009 3:59am

Some of the BlogHer women were discussing recently whether we tend to be the ones who get spoiled, or whether we are the ones who do the actual spoiling. So the question was asked "Is it better to be spoiled than to spoil others?" It got me to thinking about ways to be spoiled while in the car. At AskPatty, we often have opportunities to evaluate vehicles with a large assortment of special features and options, and have come across ...


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AskPatty's Automotive Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 25th, 2008 7:12pm

As we move closer to the holidays, AskPatty thought it might be nice to offer you some fun gift choices for those car-loving folks in your life. Whether you're looking for fun and frivolous, inexpensive and practical, or simply fantasizing about those luxurious and aspirational items you WISH you could give, we'll share it with you here in our holiday gift guide.     Busted Knuckle invites you to consider more than 250 ...


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New Questions on Booster Seat Safety

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 9th, 2008 2:32am

We've been told over and over again how important it is to have our babies safely buckled in to their child safety seats, but as they grow up a little more, it's also equally important that their growing bodies be strapped into booster seats better designed for their midsize frames. Boosters are designed for children -- typically ranging from about 4 to 9 years old -- who are too big for toddler restraints but still too small to use ...


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Be Safe and Smart with Car Seat ID Kits

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 30th, 2008 8:32am

Sometimes AskPatty stumbles across something that's so smart and such a no-brainer, we're ashamed we didn't think of it ourselves! Here is one of those things, found in a product review by Real Moms Review Panel Member Sara Lilly: the Chicks and Cubs "Car Seat ID Kit." "Why is this such a good thing?" you ask? Well, here's a scary thought. When I take my grandkids to crowded places, such as theme parks or on vacation camping ...


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