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Halloween Safety for Drivers and Trick or Treaters

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 31st, 2008 3:19pm

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 ...


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Goodyear Sponsors 'Just for Women' Car Care Clinics Sept. 11, 17th

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 11th, 2008 8:00am

According to recent statistics from the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, women influence 80 percent of all automotive related purchase decisions; Statistics from The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence say women make up more than 65 percent of customers who take their vehicle to a repair shop. Yet many women find that same automotive-related retail experience to be a high-anxiety, confusing, and unclear ...


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AskPatty's Jody DeVere Highlighted in Forbes Auto 'Most Influential Women in the Auto Industry'

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 29th, 2008 6:40pm

read the complete article at ForbesAutos.com by ELIZABETH BLISH HUGHES One of Adriane M. Brown's favorite childhood memories is sitting on her dad's lap to pilot the family's Ford Country Squire station wagon down the driveway at their home in Richmond, Va. The only she liked as much was to listen to her next-door cousins and their equally Corvette-crazed friends start their cars. "I loved that, when the ...


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Rebekah Mercadel Heating up Junior Dragsters

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 25th, 2008 3:36pm

Rebekah Mercadel, or Beka to her friends, is a New Orleans native who now hangs her hat in Texas thanks to Hurricane Katrina. She is also a junior drag racer and pilots a Top Alcohol Jr. Dragster for Mercadel Motorsports. She is one of about 8,500 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) junior drag racers and one of a very few licensed minority top alcohol junior drivers in the country. With her dad and crew chief -- ...


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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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Shell Scores Another Point for Hydrogen

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 10th, 2008 3:28pm

AskPatty was present at the recent grand opening of the Shell Hydrogen station in Santa Monica. This marks the first public hydrogen fueling station at a conventional gas station in California, and is the third hydrogen station Shell has open to American consumers. (Shell also operates stations in New York, and Washington, D.C.) Officiating at the launch, City of Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl said, "I ...


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Perspective: A Woman's opinion of life in Motorsports

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 31st, 2008 11:41pm

When given the assignment to talk about how hard it is for a woman to be taken seriously in sports – I immediately felt lucky. The worst offense I have ever suffered had nothing to do with my job, but more my inability to know what was going on in my car. You see, an underhanded mechanic told me I needed a new transmission, and – well – as you can imagine, it’s a very long, tragic story that ...


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Perspective: Changing Attitudes of Women Working in the Auto Biz

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 30th, 2008 2:09am

Men and women often have preconceived notions of what is women's work. Women breaking into the automotive industry, a traditionally male-dominated field, may face many challenges. This Newsweek article covers some of the darker aspects of challenges women faced while working in the automotive industry, "More Than A Tune-Up, Tough Going In A Fight Against Sexual Harassment". My whole life has been kind of ...


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Gas Prices So High, Older Pumps Must Sell by Half-Gallons

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 27th, 2008 3:25pm

As the price of gas approached $4 a gallon last month, thousands of station owners across the nation were faced with another problem besides just the high price. According to an article in the New York Times, many stations, most of them independently owned, have older pumps that are unable to go above $3.99 per gallon. The solution? According to the article, one station owner in Queens had to price his gas by the ...


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BMW's 'Shameful' Greek Used Car Ad

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 24th, 2008 5:04am

Everybody on the women's blogging network is talking about the BMW ad pictured at the left. And all of them are offended by it. Our friend Yvonne DeVita at Lipsticking.com is fuming, saying "This ad isn't just visually disturbing. The text is also poorly thought-out. It's for USED cars...and it says, "You know you're not the first." Clearly a sexual connotation meant to depict the young ...


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