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October 06, 2015

Interviewing Sheryl Connelly, Ford's Female Futurist

2015Trends_article-Sheryl_ConnellyBy Holly Reich

"Looking Further With Ford" is the automaker's yearly trends conference, which explores global micro-trends. The theme for 2015 is "Make way for Gen Z."

Sheryl Connelly, global consumer trends and futuring for Ford Motor Company, addresses changes across the globe and demographics with issues that confront everyone, from Gen Y (millennial), Gen X, and Baby Boomers, to the new Gen Z.

Connelly notes "New forms of mobility and collaborative platforms are emerging every day. At Ford, we are always mindful of the blueprint for sustainability, and the need to push the change as much as to adapt to it. You'll see that in the products that Ford introduces."

According to Connelly, "anticipating shifts in society is an inherent part of product development; so from that standpoint our consumer insight and trend work dates back to the days of Henry Ford. Over one hundred years later, designers, engineers, and marketers within Ford still spend much of their time contemplating how they can better serve customers of the future."

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October 05, 2015

AskPatty's Breast Cancer Awareness Tip 1: Create an Early Detection Plan


Early detection provides the greatest possibility for successful treatment. When breast cancer is detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.

An early detection plan enables you to be proactive about your health by reminding you to do monthly breast self-exams and schedule clinical breast exams and mammograms.

The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages. Visit to create your own plan to receive reminders to do breast self-exams, and schedule your clinical breast exams and mammograms based on your age and health history.

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October 03, 2015

Valvoline Launches Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Pink-Out Day

Go_pink_with_PINK-wipersValvoline Instant Oil Change (VIOC) officially kicks off its October PINK Wiper fundraising campaign, today, Saturday, October 3, 2015.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and VIOC’s Pink-Out Day campaign is a national event with participating locations giving away special pink swag.

Did you know? Every 3 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer AND 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Valvoline Instant Oil Change is partnering with AutoTex PINK to raise funds and increase awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

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October 02, 2015

Is It Normal To Name Your Car? On October 2, It Is!

Name_your_car_day-iStock_000022734127_SmallOf course it's normal to name your car, and -- as National Name Your Car Day -- today is the day to do it!

According to a survey published by Nationwide car insurance, 25 percent of the people they polled have a name for their car. The company polled a thousand U.S. car owners and discovered 27 percent of women name their vehicles, while just 17 percent of men do the same.

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October 01, 2015

Changing Seasons Require Changing Your Driving Habits

Fall Season Safety Tips from Nexen Tire

Fall is here, the kids are back in school, and Halloween is just around the corner. As the days grow shorter and we shift our focus to the cooler season ahead, it’s also important to shift our focus on the road as well.

Changing_seasons_driving_habits-Nexen_tire-school_bus-iStock_000003860471_SmallBack-to-School Safety
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic accidents are the single most common cause of death for children ages 4 to 18, and autumn is the most dangerous time of year for pedestrians, accounting for 29 percent of pedestrian-related fatalities. Approximately 800 school-aged children are killed in motor vehicle accidents during normal school travel hours each year, says the National PTA. Their safety must be a high priority for every driver as our young pedestrians return to the roadways.

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September 30, 2015

Winter is Coming: 6 Ways to Prepare Your Car for Safe Driving

Winter_DrivingMany cold weather climate regions are currently experiencing a warmer-than-average fall that makes it feel like summer is still going strong.

But you’d be wise to remember that, no matter how it may feel now, real winter weather is coming…

People all over the northern United States will soon be hauling out their down coats and industrial-strength boots.  One morning in the next couple of months, you’ll wake up and see inches of snow piled up outside your door and, if you’re like many, you’ll think, “Oh no, I haven’t even winterized my car yet!”

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September 29, 2015

Don't Make Vehicle Theft Easy: Take Your Keys!

Car_theft-keys_in_ignition-iStock_000012404949_SmallThe National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) is reminding drivers to take their keys and lock their vehicles, or risk becoming a statistic. It might seem like a no-brainer, but last year some 45,000 drivers admitted that they had left their keys in the car when it was stolen.

"This may sound like a broken record," said NICB President and CEO Joe Wehrle. "But the simple fact is, too many people make it easy for car thieves. We repeatedly warn motorists to lock it up and take the keys, but our research shows that in too many cases, that's not happening. Today's vehicles have excellent anti-theft systems, but they don't work if you don't use them."

A new PSA, "If Only Cars Could Talk," uses animated cars to drive home the point that a thoughtless driver may regret the decision to leave the car unlocked with the keys inside because they are only making a quick stop.

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September 28, 2015

ACEEE Has Suspended Volkswagen Diesel Scores At

2015-volkswagen-golf-tdi-front-three-quartersAccording to, "on September 18th, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) slapped the Volkswagen Group with a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act for circumventing EPA emission standards for nitrogen oxides (NOx).
Volkswagen has now acknowledged using so-called 'defeat devices' on its diesel cars that turn on full emissions control technologies while in testing mode but allow the vehicles to emit nitrogen oxide levels up to 40 times the certified level during normal operation.
In the United States, Volkswagen will be forced to recall half a million vehicles, including the diesel versions of the popular Jetta, Jetta Sportwagen, Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Golf Sportwagen, Passat, and Audi A3 models for model years 2009 to 2015."

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