March 3rd marked 100 years since suffragists marched on Washington. Suffragists faced a difficult road in their march towards equality. Even women opposed giving women the right to vote. One letter called it "an endorsement of nagging as a national policy." The "National Policy of Nagging" Pinterest board, created by the National Archives, honors this anniversary.
Today, March 8th, is International Women's Day: a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Each year on IWD thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. The theme this year is "Inspiring Change."
Take a moment to peruse the International Women’s Day website to learn a little more about the history of this global event, and the good work being done for women worldwide. And every day, try to do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe, and rewarding.
According to NHTSA, the age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers falls into the under-20 age group. In 2009, 16% of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving.
A 2010 study conducted by AAA and Seventeen Magazine reveals that teens admit to sending a monthly average of 23 texts each month while driving. And of course, 35% of those teens who drive while distracted don't think they'll get hurt.
Because educating young teens about safe driving is a high priority, right now there are two distracted driving scholarship programs accepting video entries to raise awareness in this age group, with prizes to the winning entries that can be worth thousands of dollars!
Project Yellow Light
Project Yellow Light has created a scholarship program in which high school and college students can create a video to encourage their friends to avoid distracted driving. Now in its third year, the scholarship honors the memory of 16-year-old Hunter Garner, who died in a car crash in 2007.
Applicants have one clear mission: create a 25- or 55-second video to persuade their peers to develop and embrace safe driving habits.
For both the high school and college contests, the first-place winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $5,000, each second-place finisher will receive $2,000, and each third-place finisher will receive $1,000. In addition to a scholarship, the winning video will be turned into an Ad Council PSA and will be distributed nationally to 1,600 television stations. The top two winners will also earn the opportunity to attend a one-day survival skills class at the Skip Barber Racing School.
Because the first year after a teen gets their license will be one of the most dangerous years of their life, Toyota and Discovery Education have teamed up to create the Toyota Teen Driver program to help them avoid distractions and stay safe while driving. The comprehensive program provides educational tools and resources for teens, parents, and educators to help young drivers be safer during their first year behind the wheel.
Toyota’s program also includes a video contest that encourages students who are enrolled in 9th through 12th grade and who are at least 13 years old to create a video that would encourage their friends to drive safely and think twice about making bad decisions behind the wheel. The video must be between 60 and 90 seconds, and be uploaded it to YouTube by Thursday March 13th.
The first-place winner will receive $15,000 and the chance to work with a Discovery film crew to reshoot their video into a TV-ready PSA! The second-place winner will receive $10,000 and a behind-the-scenes trip for two to a Discovery Channel Velocity show. The third-place winner receives $7,500.
It’s time for an important reminder: Just put your cell phone down, and stop texting while driving.
I've been scolded about it by friends who have seen my in-car tweets complaining about congested traffic and bad drivers, and my response has usually been, "Sitting stopped in bumper-to-bumper traffic can hardly be considered 'driving.' "
The Fact Is: If you're behind the wheel and the engine is running and the transmission is in gear, you're driving. That includes stopped at red lights, idling in congested traffic, or just waiting at the railroad crossing counting train cars. You're still "driving."
When it comes down to finding trouble in your car, sometimes it's best to trust your nose. While most of us enjoy that “new car smell,” there are other specific odors that motorists should never ignore.
Use this easy-to-understand infographic from the Car Care Council to identify six car smells that could mean trouble for your vehicle. Identifying these suspect smells early on can help car owners be car care aware and avoid the hassle and expense of an unexpected breakdown, says the Car Care Council.
“Unusual smells can be the sign of serious, and potentially costly, trouble for your vehicle. By acting quickly and making necessary repairs, you’ll be able to breathe easy knowing there is no harmful damage to your car,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.
The all-new Cadillac ELR electric luxury coupe shared the “Green” carpet with dozens of eco-aware celebrities who attended the annual Global Green USA Pre Oscar® Party this week, and we’ve got a slideshow of dozens of those celebrities posing with Cadillac’s luxurious -- and eco-friendly -- sport coupe.
Global Green USA is an organization dedicated to fighting climate change, and each year their event is considered to be THE green event of Oscar Week! This year, General Motors continued its “Green Carpet” tradition by showcasing the Cadillac ELR at this high-profile event which brings together a wide array of eco-celebrities (many of whom drive electric and hybrid vehicles) to raise funds and awareness for environmental issues and to inspire their fans to drive electric cars.
Graco is conducting a recall on the harness buckles used on all toddler convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats manufactured from 2009 to July 2013.
Don’t panic: The seats themselves are not unsafe, the problem is with the harness buckles. Graco says that food and dried liquids can make some harness buckles progressively more difficult to open over time or become stuck in the latched position. This is a voluntary recall and no injuries have occurred.
The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf has been redesigned from the ground up. The 2015 Volkswagen Golf is slightly bigger and more spacious than the model it replaced, but is lighter and more fuel-efficient. Popular with Volkswagen fans, the 2015 Golf is one hot little hatchback offering plenty of fun, sporty performance, and practical features.
AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Partners Offer These Special Offers For February:
Harris Garage of Hayes, Virginia Get your oil changed at Harris Garage and $5 will be donated to the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society! This full-service auto repair center in Hayes, Virginia, has been operating since the 1940s, providing customers with superior service and quality repairs to ensure their vehicle is always running smoothly. Find out more here. Offer good during the month of February.
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AutoTex PINK and Valvoline Instant Oil Change are still supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Breast Cancer Awareness month is October, but breast cancer doesn't go away the other 11 months of the year, so why should we pretend otherwise? AutoTex PINK understands this, and some of our AskPatty clients sell these high-end blades – available in pink or black, metal, frameless, or uni-blade variants – that benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation year-round.
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Centers sponsored a nationwide "Pink-Out Day" in October, with retail shops across the country going pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness. And, at the end of the month Henley Enterprises (makers of AutoTex PINK wiper blades) and Valvoline Instant Oil Change made an additional 5% donation from sales of AutoTex PINK wiper blades to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. For a list of all participating Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations with AutoTex PINK wiper blades, visit www.viocpink.com
Automobile Dealer Judith Schumacher-Tilton, Owner of Gearhart Chevrolet and Schumacher Chevrolet, Featured in Ally Dealer Hero Campaign Judith was recognized for her community outreach through Give the Kids Hope Foundation, a charitable foundation that supports Camp Hope to provide arts and recreation programs to disadvantaged children in northern New Jersey. Find out more about the award here at PRWEB.
Community Tire Garden of Phoenix and Glendale, Arizona Community Tire Garden is focused on providing a neighborhood salsa garden and educating about the love of Mother nature and all she has to offer in the "Joy of Gardening!" We will do everything we can to meet your expectations, with education, on-site cooking Chefs, seasonal events, creative recycled Tire art, fun kid projects & to create a learning experience of planting & harvesting to benefit the community & its volunteers.... With a variety of offerings to choose from in the garden, we're sure you'll be happy working with us and watching us GROW!
Girl Scouts Car Care Badge Clinic at Rick's Performance of Pleasonton, California Rick’s Performance hosted a free car care clinic for the local teenage Girl Scout troop on February 9. Throughout the clinic the Girl Scouts acquired an understanding for proper car maintenance and car safety through hands on demonstrations. The hands-on demonstrations included how to use a car jack in conjunction with replacing a flat tire, as well as assessing tire wear and checking for proper tire pressure. More hands-on work included identifying the vital under hood fluids and checking the car’s oil level. Lastly, the Girl Scouts participated in changing worn wiper blades. The Girl Scouts demonstrated their strength as they manually jacked up the car in need of a tire replacement. Cheers and a sense of accomplishment followed after the girls individually completed the process of changing a flat tire. The Girl Scouts then learned what is underneath the hood of the car as each of them hunched under the hood to check the oil on the dipstick. They examined the unfamiliarity of the car’s different parts, while getting their hands dirty with a little grease and oil. Near the end of the event the Rick’s Performance team enlightened the Girl Scouts of women’s influence in the automotive industry. And the dynamic career options available in the industry. Furthermore, the current Green Car movement was discussed along with gas mileage tips and alternative energy cars. The participating Girl Scouts earned a Car Care Badge after attending the clinic. Along with this tangible badge the girls obtained a new sense of empowerment and confidence about car maintenance and safety.
Your hybrid is a special car, but that doesn't mean that it should be difficult or expensive to maintain and repair your hybrid. We guarantee that your car will receive the care it needs to stay reliable and safe as the day you purchased it. These companys’ certified technicians will ensure your hybrid vehicle receives the best maintenance. They have the most current training and are also specialized in hybrid diagnostic and service tools.
Lloyd's Tire and Service of Santa Cruz, California Lloyd’s Tire Service is now a complete and fully certified Hybrid Service Center, featuring everything from routine maintenance to diagnostics and repairs for hybrid and electric vehicles. Hybrid Care at Lloyd's is good for both your car and our planet. We proudly provide hybrid repairs to Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Los Gatos, and other surrounding Central California communities.
Wilhelm Automotive Service Centers of Peoria, Arizona In 1928, Joe Wilhelm and his father purchased Wilhelm Automotive Repair and made it the success that it is today. They have become the local Hybrid Shop and are now able to effectively and efficiently service hybrid vehicles and refurbish hybrid batteries. Wilhelm Automotive Repair's certified technicians will ensure your specific vehicle receives the best maintenance. They have the most current training and are also specialized in hybrid diagnostic and service tools.
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Meineke Car Care of Burnsville, Minnesota Since our first Houston, Texas, location got up and running in 1972, we’ve worked to create a network of friendly, locally-owned shops led by true car care pros. Today, we’ve got a line-up of over 900 shops from coast-to-coast all working hard to accomplish the same goal: helping you drive a little smarter.
Hillside Auto Repair of Torrance, California At Hillside Auto Repair, we provide quality auto maintenance and repair in a clean and friendly environment. We respect our customers and treat them as if they are our friends or family. We employ state-of-the-art equipment and methods, have highly trained ASE certified technicians, and use top quality parts.
Tuffy Auto Service Center of Yorkville, Illinois We offer complete car care service from routine dealer recommended maintenance to complete diagnostics and full service auto repair. We know that our reputation is built "one customer at a time" and we appreciate your business.