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TV 'Hero' James Kyson Lee Joins the 2008 Urban Wheel Awards on January 15, 2008

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 14th, 2008 8:01pm

James Kyson Lee, co-star of the NBC hit Television series, Heroes, is onboard as the latest celebrity presenter for the star-studded 12th Annual Urban Wheel Awards (UWA) taking place on January 15, 2008, at the majestic Fox Theatre in Detroit. The Urban Wheels Awards, which is looked upon as the Academy Awards of the automotive industry, will pay tribute to those pioneering automotive industry leaders who transcend the ...


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Don't Drive if You're Drunk - And Don't Run if You're Dumb

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 14th, 2008 5:43pm

Don't Drive if You're Drunk - And Don't Run if You're Dumb Sometimes life just follows a dominoes effect of mishaps that can cause a situation to go from bad to worse. Sometimes it's just dumb luck. Sometimes it's just dumb choices. Take, for instance, the recent incident involving a 22-year-old Minnesota woman who plays the starring role in this season's best example of why it's just ...


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Women and Cars: The Psychology of Global Warming

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 14th, 2008 5:39pm

Here is an entertaining New Year resolution that we women could adopt to help fight climate change. What’s more, it seems like it will makes for a lively conversation topic with girlfriends! Recently, Britain’s top government scientist, Professor Sir David King of Cambridge University, was quoted as saying that if women stop admiring guys with fast and sexy cars, the world could be a greener ...


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2008 Energy Bill Update -- Reducing Oil Dependence

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 13th, 2008 6:35pm

Here is an update to the 2008 Energy Bill blog that I wrote in early December. On December 19th, President Bush finally signed this bill into law, although it is a much weaker version than what Democrats had wanted. The initial goals were ambitious: energy efficient vehicles, less dependence on foreign oil, cleaner fuels, and punishment for price gouging by oil companies. In the end, the bill mainly address ...


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2008 Urban Wheel Finalists Announced

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 11th, 2008 5:52pm

An independent panel of automotive journalists has cast its votes for the finalists of the 2008 Wheel Awards, which will be held January 15, 2008, at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, in conjunction with Press Preview Week of the North American International Auto Show. Celebrities Rosie Perez and Kevin Frazier will co-host, leading a star-studded cast of famous presenters to honor automotive manufacturers, executives, ...


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New Law Takes Effect - Don't smoke in cars with kids

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 11th, 2008 5:46pm

California is now the third state in the nation to ban smoking in the car with minors. The new law imposes a fine of up to $100 for smoking a pipe, cigar or cigarette in a motor vehicle with another person 17 or younger. The infraction is a secondary offense, meaning you can be fined for it only if you're stopped on suspicion of another, more serious offense. And the fine applies regardless of whether the car is ...


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Dina Parise is Racing for a Cure

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 9th, 2008 7:00pm

Dina Parise is a 40-year-old married woman, former figure skater, hairdresser and drag racer. She has always had an interest in racing, Formula 1, NASCAR, you name it. Oddly enough, she never watched drag racing, until she met her husband Andrew ten years ago. After watching him race, she decided to strap in and give it a try for herself. She went to Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School, and got my ...


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2008 Energy Bill - Much Ado About Efficiency

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 9th, 2008 9:00am

The 2008 Energy Bill is currently being discussed could determine our country's energy and vehicle efficiency for years, if not decades to come. Comparing the list below to the 2005 bill shows how much the U.S. political world view has changed on the subject. Back in 2005, the Republican Senate sought to increase domestic oil production through subsidies and other incentives. This year, the Democratic Senate list ...


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AskPatty President Jody DeVere Appointed to United Spinal Association Board of Directors

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 8th, 2008 6:17pm

AskPatty's very own President, Jody DeVere was appointed United Spinal Association's Board of Directors at its December 2007 meeting. Ms. DeVere already chairs the United Spinal Association Motorsports Committee, which encourages people with disabilities, including persons who use adaptive automotive equipment, to participate in competitive motorsports. This committee also cultivates partnerships within ...


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It Does Rain in California - Time to Check or Replace Worn Windshield Wipers

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 8th, 2008 5:34pm

It Does Rain in California - Time to Check or Replace Worn Windshield Wipers So, it has been raining cats and dogs in California this week and was lucky I had snagged myself some RainX wipers recently. Of course, they were in my garage as I drove in a torrential downpour (it was almost like a hurricane. Almost.) and used my three-year-old, stock wipers. Oops. Lesson learned the hard way. When I got back home, the first ...


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