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Winter Driving Tips from AskPatty

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 27th, 2017 8:00am

Winter Driving Tips from AskPatty As the snow start falling and the wind grows colder, it's time to start thinking about winter driving safety.  Santa may have already completed his 'round the world trip, but your winter driving season is just getting started. Stay safe this winter with these tips. The first thing to do is get your vehicle ready.  This includes making sure you have plenty of coolant (also known as anti-freeze, for obvious reasons), ...


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What Is It Like to Be in a Car When the Airbag Deploys? My Airbag Story.

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 25th, 2017 8:00am

What Is It Like to Be in a Car When the Airbag Deploys?  My Airbag Story. Have you ever been in a car crash and the airbags deployed?  I asked my car insurance lady this and she absolutely shuddered and said she hoped she never experienced it. I thought I would share my own personal experience with you. I was 26 at the time, and I was driving home after having what I thought was a really great meeting regarding potential sponsorship on my racecar. I was heading north, doing the speed limit and at ...


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How Long Should you Really Warm Up Your Car?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 24th, 2017 8:00am

How Long Should you Really Warm Up Your Car? Do you warm up your car?  Do you just twist the key and go?  Have you been told that it's best to let your car warm up for a few minutes before you start driving?  How long do you really need to let your car warm up? Are you ready for the answer?  All you need to do is let your car run for about 30 seconds and then you are good to go!  Having said that, don’t start driving accelerating hard or ...


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Who Really Makes The Repair Decision? Motor Age Magazine with Jody DeVere

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 16th, 2017 9:00am

Who Really Makes The Repair Decision? Motor Age Magazine with Jody DeVere  


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NHTSA Tips to Keep Your Family Safe During The Holidays and All Winter

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 23rd, 2016 6:00am

NHTSA Tips to Keep Your Family Safe During The Holidays and All Winter With the holiday travel season upon us, we wanted to share these NHTSA winter safety tips to keep you and your family safe all winter and especially during your holiday road trips.   Get your car serviced – Start the season off right with a visit to your mechanic for a tune-up and other routine maintenance. Have your entire vehicle checked thoroughly for leaks, badly worn hoses, or other needed parts, repairs and ...


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Need Help Parallel Parking? Follow These Five #Tips

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 23rd, 2016 8:00pm

Need Help Parallel Parking? Follow These Five #Tips Sometimes, even the best drivers can use a little help with parallel parking. A few months ago I was embarassed when my effort at parallel parking a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen into what seemed like a giant space took more than a dozen attempts -- all while being watched by a gentleman with whom I was about to have a first date. I was mortified. He said it was endearing. How kind of him... If only I had seen the following giphy video. ...


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A Very Important Piece of Driving Advice

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 14th, 2016 6:00am

A Very Important Piece of Driving Advice After 15 years of racing and 15 years of being a performance driving instructor, I have one piece of driving advice for you:  “LOOK WHERE YOU WANT TO GO.” If you keep this advice in mind when you are driving, you will be better off than most people. If you ask most people what they were looking at when they had a crash, it’s what they hit. What most people don’t realize is that you drive exactly ...


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The Allstate Blog - 4 Car Care Tips for Extreme Weather

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 3rd, 2016 6:00am

Weather across the country this winter, and every year it seems, is behaving just a little strangely. Depending on where in the country you live, if you want to get through the winter months disaster-free, you’ll need to be prepared for anything. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of tips for driving in any “extreme”—take our advice and you’ll be prepared to face nearly anything Mother ...


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Halloween Safety for Drivers and Trick or Treaters

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 31st, 2016 11:00am

Halloween Safety for Drivers and Trick or Treaters Halloween is the most dangerous night of the year for child pedestrians. Darting out into the street is one of the most common causes of pedestrian death among children. As children scurry from house to house collecting treats, it is important to take the following precautions: Visibility Decorate costumes, bags, and sacks with reflective tape and stickers. Use costumes that are light or bright enough to make children more ...


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Getting My Car Ready for Winter Storage

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 31st, 2016 6:00am

Getting My Car Ready for Winter Storage Yikes! As much as I don’t like to think about it, winter is just around the corner. Right now, many of us are enjoying the beautiful fall weather and watching the leaves change colour. I will enjoy this as well, but in the back of my mind, I’m also thinking about the things I need to do to get ready for winter. I need to put my gardens to bed by pulling out and trimming back lots of plants, pile firewood since ...


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