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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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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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AutoTrader Publishing Expands Publication of AutoTrader Green

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 2nd, 2008 5:33pm

Rising gasoline prices and concerns for the environment are generating unprecedented, nationwide consumer demand for fuel-efficient vehicles. Whether hybrid technology (gasoline and electric), flex fuel (ethanol), clean-burning diesel or smaller gasoline engines, fuel-efficient vehicles are becoming a highly sought after segment of every dealer's inventory. As a result of this increased earth-friendly demand, ...


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Green Grand Prix set for May 3, at Watkins Glen

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 1st, 2008 5:28pm

With the world's most efficient Hybrids and Alternative Fueled Vehicles (AFV) set to compete this weekend over the scenic roads of Watkins Glen in upstate New York, all attention will be on the limitless possibilities of green power - showcasing first-year sponsor Juice Energy as a natural fit. The 60-mile Green Grand Prix is the creation of artist -- and fellow hybrid owner -- Bob Gillespie, and is the only ...


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Driving in the Family Way: 2008 Hummer H2

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 22nd, 2008 7:38pm

Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? From the moment the Hummer's roof banged against the height-restriction bar stretched across the exit of my parking structure I knew my initial concerns about the size of the H2 were just the tip of the iceberg. It didn't bump the pole on the way up the ramp! That scrape, and the sign on the gate that said "No vehicles over 5000 pounds," set a heavy ...


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High School Girl Converts Car to Biofuel Power

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 17th, 2008 7:35pm

A high-school student in Honolulu, Hawaii -- Olivia Klein -- has decided to take on an ambitious junior year project. Inspired by being her school's delegate to the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Summit, she decided to build a biofuel car for her independent project. It has been a great learning experience for Olivia. From not knowing much about car -- not to mention experience with cars being only 16 years old -- ...


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