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April National Car Care Month Maintenance Tips

Spring_maintenance_tipsWhen you put away the winter coats and salt bags, it’s also time to prepare your vehicle for spring, summer, and fall.

April is National Car Care Month, so now's the time to spend a little time and money on some simple maintenance jobs, and it will save you big money and hassle all year.

Check your tires: Even if your car has a tire-pressure monitor, it is a good idea to check your tire pressure once a month. Under-inflated tires, even a few pounds that won’t trigger your dashboard monitor, will cause premature wear and harm fuel economy.

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March 01, 2017

Gas Prices are Going Up - Here are Some Tips to Save Gas

Pumping_gasI don’t know about where you live, but gas prices are definitely going up where I live. My vehicle uses premium gas and right now it’s around 1.25/litre meaning close to $80.00 a fill up and the prices are supposed to keep going up! A few years ago I remember paying 1.50/lt and it’s supposed to go higher this time around. So here are some tips to saving gas while you drive:

  • Combine your trips - sounds so simple but if you live in town sometimes it’s easy to just run out and get things as you think of them. A warmed up engine is more fuel-efficient. When you first start your engine even if you live in a warm climate it is cold and it burns more gas.
  • Don’t waste gas by idling - how many times have you gone through the drive through lately or are waiting for someone. If you are going to be stopped for more than 30 seconds, shut your car off and restart it when it’s time to move.
  • Change your spark plugs - seems that nowadays spark plugs last forever, but a fouled spark plug can reduce your fuel efficiency by as much as 30%.
  • Drive with windows open if you are going less then 60km/hr. Obviously I wouldn’t suggest this in the winter but in the summer time for sure. If you are going over 60 km/hr. then close your windows, as your car will be more aerodynamically efficient.
  • Check your tire pressure - Most people have at least one under inflated tire on their vehicle. When your tires are low it creates a greater rolling resistance and the engine has to work harder to get through the air. Kind of like riding a bike with low air. You have to work a lot of harder to pedal the bike!
  • Don’t use cruise control in hilly areas - If you are using cruise control and going up and down hills what happens is the engine holds you back as you are going down the hill to try and maintain the speed you’ve set the cruise control at and as you go up the hill the transmission will have to downshift to give you the necessary power to get up the hill. Keep your momentum up as you go down the hill to help you get up the hill.
  • Get rid of the extra weight - are you driving around with your kids hockey equipment and your gym equipment and water softener salt in the back of your car? If so, you are going to burn more gas
  • Take off your roof rack - if you don’t use it, take it off.
  • Keep your car clean - believe it or not a clean car will glide through the air more efficiently than a really dirty one.

Kelly_Williams_with_tireRace car driver, educator, safety advocate, TV personality, Kelly Williams started racing cars at 17 years old and continued to race for 15 years. Now she works in the automotive industry, teaching women about taking care of their vehicles. She also teaches performance driver training with BMW as well as other manufacturers, keeps busy as a spokesperson for Be Car Care Aware, hosts ladies' Car Care clinics across Canada, and has recently launched a new consumer website www.KellysGarage.ca

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February 01, 2017

How Often Do I Need to Change My Oil?

Woman_checking_oil-iStock_46051112-kasto80Most drivers have grown up with the traditionally advertised oil change recommendation of 3,000 miles, but if you've bought a new car within the last ten years that interval may no longer be necessary.

In fact, if you’re driving a car that’s less than five years old, you may only need to change your oil every 7,500 to 10,000 miles. Some models don't require an oil change more frequently than every 15,000 miles; synthetic oil can help your engine last longer, and may even allow car owners to go up to 20,000 miles between changes. If you're changing your oil too frequently you’re simply wasting money and oil.

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January 04, 2017

Make a Resolution You'll Actually Keep in 2017 - and Don't Forget Your Car!

New_Year_2017_AskPattyIf you're like almost half of all adults, you have a New Year's resolution - however, once the ball drops and the fireworks are all shot, our commitment to our resolutions seems to waver a little. A week into the new year, just 77 percent of us are still holding to our promises, and after six months, that number drops to just 40 percent, according to University of Pennsylvania research.  

This new year, we invite you to not become a New Year's statistic.  Make a resolution you can actually keep - and while you're at it, apply those convictions to your vehicle, too. Here's our New Year's Toast to all of you!

For More New Year 2017 Car Tips go here: http://www.askpatty.com/posts/make-a-resolution-youll-actually-keep-in-2017-and-dont-forget-your-car

 

December 23, 2016

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November 30, 2016

AskPatty is #Grateful in November for... Co-Workers

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Here at AskPatty, we are especially #grateful for our co-workers.

We have a wonderful team of women who love to work together and who have always got each other's backs!

 

November 28, 2016

AskPatty is #Grateful in November for... Employees

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According to Maria Shriver's report on women in the workforce, "For the first time in our history, half of all U.S. workers are women. Mothers are the primary breadwinners or co-breadwinners in nearly two-thirds of American families." (Is the Auto Industry a Woman's Nation? )

But did you know there is a shortage of women seeking education, jobs and careers opportunities in the automotive industry? 

Auto Manufacturers, service providers, independent repair shops and car dealerships want to hire more women in management positions, marketing, sales, service advisors, finance managers, parts departments and technicians.  Professional Technicians can earn $60,000 or more per year! Service Advisors can earn up to six figures in some major cities. 

Learn more about Automotive Career Opportunities for Women here at AskPatty.

 

In an effort to improve the experience for their female employees, Lexus is also offering a new designer line of clothing for its associates. Rather than dress in a cookie-cutter “button-down-and-khakis” uniform, Lexus is teaming with a high-end, classic fashion retailer to provide stylish, sophisticated separates for female sales associates to choose from as part of their work wardrobe. Lexus debuted the upcoming fall collection to a small group of women journalists, showing such pieces as classic sweater sets, a navy-blue wool blazer with white-satin-trimmed collar, and a trendy black peplum top.

Learn more about how Lexus is using new ways to improve the experience for their female employees here at AskPatty.

 

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November 25, 2016

AskPatty is #Grateful in November for... Customers

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It's the day after Thanksgiving: the feast has been devoured, the dishes have been washed, and you’re looking forward to several more meals from the leftovers, right? Well, if you’re planning to do a little “Black Friday” shopping, then know you are just one of the millions of customers who will be taking advantage of great deals on the busiest shopping day of the year.

In the old days, men would take the car into the shop, but those roles have now changed and are constantly evolving. Here at AskPatty, part of our mission is to help female customers to become more informed and savvy about all things automotive. We want them to have a positive experience every time they take their car in for a repair, and be as well educated as possible.

 

 




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