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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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Oh No, My Battery is Dead! Do You Know How to Use Booster Cables?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 26th, 2016 8:00am

Oh No, My Battery is Dead!  Do You Know How to Use Booster Cables? Click Click Click...oh no, my battery is dead! Did you know that the average life of a battery is three years? When do you think most of the damage happens to your battery?  Summer? Winter?  Many of you are probably thinking winter, but the answer is summer.  In many vehicles the battery is located under the hood and in the summer it gets very hot under there and this deteriorates the battery.  However, ...


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Holiday Driving Preparedness - Are You Ready?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 21st, 2016 8:00am

Holiday Driving Preparedness - Are You Ready? Christmas is fast approaching and with that many of us will be travelling to visit family.  Some close and some far away. We’re so busy making sure that we have all of our gifts packed, kids fed and all of the other stuff that goes with the holidays that we sometimes to forget to make sure our vehicle is prepared.   I remember many years ago, we used to go to my grandparents on Christmas day and on Christmas Day ...


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What Type of Driver Are You?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 19th, 2016 8:00am

What Type of Driver Are You? What type of driver are you?  Of course, we’re all great drivers, aren’t we?  Just ask any of your friends and see what they say.  Having said that, 85% of crashes are due to human error.  So I guess we all aren’t great drivers after all.  How many people do you know who’ve taken any form of driver training after they got their driver’s license?  Do you practice driving every ...


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In the Driver’s Seat with the Jaguar/Land Rover Experience

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 21st, 2016 6:00am

In the Driver’s Seat with the Jaguar/Land Rover Experience During September and October, I worked with Jaguar/Land Rover as a driving instructor on their consumer events. Jaguar/Land Rover visited four cities and invited many people to come experience their vehicles. What a great experience it was! Not only because I was there for three of the events but because of the great vehicles and courses that attendees were able to experience. People who came to the event were able to experience ...


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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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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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Jody DeVere CEO AskPatty Featured in New Book - Secrets to Parenting Your Adult Child by Nancy Williams

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 10th, 2011 6:32pm

Nancy Williams, MEd, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor and trained life coach. She speaks frequently in both professional and church contexts and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Nancy and her husband live Near Austin, TX, and are the parents of two adult children.Jody DeVere CEO AskPatty featured in chapter on life skills as it relates to car buying and car maintenance. ... Read More!


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Life's a drive for Kelly Williams

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 18th, 2008 8:00am

For race car driver Kelly Williams, “nothing can replace the exhilaration of driving a race car.” Kelly first noticed cars when she was six-years-old and had a neighbor that worked on cars. She drove her neighbor crazy, having him explain the ins-and-outs of race cars as she learned how to work on them. "I grew up at the track," she says. "My parents have taken me since I was ...


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