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February 26, 2015

AskPatty's Winter Driving Do's and Don'ts -- Tip #10


DO make sure you are awake and alert behind the wheel.

If necessary, take a break and grab a coffee.

DON’T lose track of how many hot toddies you consumed to stay warm.

The most important winter weather safe driving tip of all is to refrain from drinking and driving under all circumstances. If you think you will drink, arrange for alternate transportation ahead of time.

February 25, 2015

Yes, You Can Drive That Exotic Auto Show Concept!

DESIGN_MB-AMG-Vision-Gran-Turismo_03sThere’s no better place to search for a new car than at an auto show, where attendees can research and evaluate hundreds and hundreds of production vehicles from every manufacturer, making it a great way for women to cross shop their preferred selection of brands and models without the pressure of a salesperson trying to make a sale.

But parked alongside those production models can be found a small but exotic selection of concept cars; automotive eye candy built to demonstrate special features or cutting-edge technology that may eventually trickle down into production models. Costing millions of dollars to create, these spectacular vehicles are beautiful to look at, but are often crushed when auto show season is over, never to be driven by the average consumer.

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February 24, 2015

AskPatty's Winter Driving Do's and Don'ts -- Tip #9


DO stay calm

if you find yourself stuck in the snow or broken down on the side of the road in adverse conditions

DON’T leave your car unless available shelter is close by.

If you need to run the engine to stay warm, make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow so the interior stays clear of harmful carbon monoxide.

February 20, 2015

Frozen Jeep Cherokee Creates ‘Epic' Ice Imprint

TristaStiles-JeepCherokee-34ths-1editBy now, you’ve probably seen that frozen imprint of the Jeep® Cherokee front fascia – and had a hard time believing it’s real.  Big thanks go to Mike Driehorst from the FCA blog  for sharing the whole back story with us!

According to Mike, the person who took some of those photos also couldn’t believe it. (Be sure to click on the images to enlarge their icy glory!)

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February 19, 2015

AskPatty's Winter Driving Do's and Don'ts -- Tip #8


DO turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide

when driving on snowy or icy roads until you gain control.

DON’T apply power or change directions suddenly on snow or ice.

February 17, 2015

AskPatty's Winter Driving Do's and Don'ts -- Tip #7


DO apply even pressure when braking

in slick conditions if your vehicle is equipped with anti-lock brakes. Keep in mind anti-lock brakes do not shorten stopping distance, but they do help you maintain control.

DON’T become overconfident in snowy and slippery road conditions.

Always test road conditions with cautious driving when the surface area is wet or icy, particularly on bridges and overpasses.

February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day Survey Sheds Light into Automotive Love Affairs

Car-keys-flowers-valentines_day-thinkstock-523514119Love is in the air this Valentine's Day, and not between who you might think. Nearly a third of Millennials surveyed say they have "a love affair" with their vehicle, according to research from The recent survey also revealed men are significantly more likely than women to have these passionate feelings about their vehicle, with 27 percent of men describing the relationship as a "love affair" compared to only 18 percent of women.

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February 13, 2015

The No-Fail Valentine’s Day Gift

Car-keys-flowers-valentines_day-thinkstock-465906017Giving the gift of tender loving care to one’s vehicle will pay off in terms of dependability and performance this Valentine’s Day, according to the Car Care Council.

“When that gift translates into maintenance, motorists can expect a positive and tangible response from their vehicle in terms of dependability and performance,” says Rich White of the Car Care Council.

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