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August 01, 2014

The Truth About the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

2014_Mitsubishi-Mirage-sh2967_1200x600It’s a fact that the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage is an inexpensive, super fuel-efficient subcompact five-door hatchback.

It’s a fact that in base DE trim with a manual transmission and no extras, the Mirage has an MSRP that starts at $12,995, though it can price as high as $17,920 in ES trim with a CVT transmission and additional options. (Note that these figures do not include $810 destination and delivery fees.)

It’s also a fact that based on EPA ratings the Mirage is the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car currently for sale in the U.S. It’s powered by a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that produces 74 horsepower, and promises fuel economy of 37 mpg in the city, 45 mpg on the highway, with 40 mpg combined.

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July 30, 2014

#HeatStrokeKills: July 31 is National Heat Stroke Prevention Day

Hot-car-safety-thinkstock-93087452-askpattyAs a parent, this is one of the stories I most hate writing each year; I simply cannot imagine anything more painful for a family than for a beloved baby to die because somebody left their child in a hot car. And yet, 17 such deaths have already been reported in 2014.

To raise awareness of the dangers of leaving kids in hot cars, KidsandCars.org, safekids.org, NHTSA.gov, and many other child-safety advocacy groups, mark July 31 as Heat Stroke Prevention Day to educate parents and caregivers to prevent children from being left alone in a hot vehicle.

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July 28, 2014

How Hill-Hold or Hill-Start Assist Technology Makes Steep-Road Starts Safer for Drivers

2014_Mitsubishi_MIrage_Hill_Start_Assist-Scott_Harris-3733_1200x800It's a scary moment for any driver when you move your foot from the brake to the accelerator on an incline and the car begins to roll backwards: Nobody likes the anxiety of that panicked glance in the rearview mirror to see "just how close is that car behind me?" And wondering "How fast can I pull away on this steep hill?" isn't much fun either.

While sturdy torque converters used to keep automatic-transmission-equipped cars in place on an incline, today's newer automatic transmissions are more fuel-efficient and tend to rev lower, which means they can slip more. And so these days, we're often experiencing that anxious rollback moment, even in automatic-equipped cars.

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July 25, 2014

Understanding Right of Way for Pedestrians

Volvo_pedestrian_detection_w_full_auto_stopRight of way for pedestrians is an important concept to understand for all drivers. Accidents involving pedestrians are most commonly caused by a motorist's failure to yield to a pedestrian. 

Fortunately, pedestrian impacts and fatalities are at a 19-year low. Lots of steps have been taken in an attempt to reduce accidents overall. Volvo has even developed a technology to keep a lookout for pedestrians and other obstructions and brake for you! Another system, developed by AutoLiv will even watch for animals and pedestrians IN THE DARK!

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July 24, 2014

Happy 10th Anniversary, BlogHer!

Please join the AskPatty.com team and CEO Jody DeVere in wishing BlogHer a very happy 10th Anniversary!  For the past decade, BlogHer has been a phenomenal media company working to connect and showcase women bloggers from across the 'net.  They're always a dream to work with and we want to wish them all the best in the next decade - and the next!  Congrats, BlogHer!

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July 23, 2014

Drive Safer in the Dark with Night Vision Safety Technology from AutoLiv

LEAD-Autoliv_Night_Vision_heads_up_displayIf you've ever driven on a poorly lit road after twilight, you know how hard it can be to see either animals or pedestrians in the dark.

Collisions with pedestrians are a major cause of death, with more than 100,000 people killed each year worldwide. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Association says that the risk for fatal pedestrian accidents is almost four times greater at night than during the day, and each year more than 4,000 pedestrians are killed at night, just in the United States.

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July 21, 2014

Get your Jollies with this Late-Fifties Fiat

1959-Fiat-Jolly-front-viewThere’s much to love about this adorable little car! Called the “Jolly,” and created in the late Fifties and early Sixties off the Fiat 500 and 600, this cute little convertible was originally modified by the Italian design house Ghia to be a luxury vehicle for wealthy Europeans and for export into the United States market.

It’s widely said that the Fiat 500 of 1957 was Italy’s answer to the Volkswagen Beetle. This modified little Fiat beach buggy may have been marketed worldwide as the Jolly, but it was best known in Europe as “La Spiaggina” -- a word loosely translated as something like "beach-ette." According to the MicroCarMuseum, the name “Jolly” also means "joker" in Italian, but also transates to something light, fun, funny and pretty in other languages.

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July 16, 2014

Car Shopping: When Is A “Deal” Too Good To Be True?

Used-car-dealer-thinkstock-76686162x1200So, you’re shopping for a used car: Whether you’re browsing prices online, or watching the advertisements in the newspaper, we know that vehicle cost is always an important part of your research.

New or used, many shoppers suspect that car dealers may publish prices that are insanely low as a way to get shoppers to come in and take a look at what’s on the lot. They’re called “loss leaders” and by the time consumers get to the dealership, the car has already been sold, or it’s an unappealing model that nobody really wants to buy anyhow. And then the dealer tries to upsell the shoppers into another car on the floor, or attempts to negotiate a sale of the inenxpensive car with expensive loan terms.

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