There's so much happening in the automotive world, whether it's exciting reports about amazing women in the industry, fun car news, or news about our Certified Female Friendly dealers and retailers, we've got something here for everyone. Have you got female friendly news or interesting automotive tidbits to share? Email Ask Patty at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form at the end to include your own blog bits in our next carnival!
Father's Day was just this weekend. If you're still looking for the perfect gift for that special guy in your life, be sure to check out our Car Guy's Gift Guide. No matter what his tastes, you should find something for him in our gift guide here at AskPatty.com, or in the companion article which has even more choices over at www.automedia.com
At the most basic level, regenerative braking means re-capturing the kinetic energy of the vehicle's motion and turning it into another type of energy. Commonly, this is done by converting kinetic energy into electricity and recharging the car's battery with it. Find out more about regenerative braking in this installment of Greenlings by Sebastian Blanco at autobloggreen.com.
June marks the 100th anniversary of the first woman to cross America behind the wheel of a car. In 1909, a decade before women would be given the right to vote, Alice Huyler Ramsey proved to the world that a woman had the necessary virtues to drive from New York to San Francisco. Read more in this article by Joni Gray at LATimes.com
During June, hundreds of CarMax associates have been participating in volunteer efforts across the United States. Teams of CarMax colleagues have spent the month helping out at such non-profit organizations as Boys and Girls Clubs, Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity to support the communities where they live and work. How cool is that?
You know that slick-looking Fiesta hatchback Ford gave out recently to 100 agents to drive? Well, here's a good look at the non-hatchback version as well. Edmunds believes this disguised car is a prototype of 2011 Ford Fiesta sedan first introduced as the Verve at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. I'm pretty certain that Ford will be offering both the sedan and hatchback versions of this Civic beater when it arrives in United States dealerships just in time for Christmas. You can see official photos, and even pre-order your Fiesta, here at FiestaMovement.com.
Speaking of the Fiesta Movement, Agent Brooklyn Hilary has been posting her road trip adventures in her special edition Ford Fiesta here at AutomotiveTraveler.com This woman has driven her Fiesta all over the country, putting more than 13,000 miles on the odometer in just a couple months. Hillary, how many states have you been through so far?
Looking for an eco-friendly way to charge your cellphone while you're out and about? Sprint has released the new SOLIO Mono Hybrid Charger, which allows cell-phone users to store power from the sun or electrical socket allowing customers to recharge their mobile phone anywhere, anytime. Check it out at Ecyclegroup.com.
For the fifth year in a row, GMAC Insurance set out to gauge the knowledge of the American driving public in the GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test, where more than 5000 respondents were administered actual questions taken from DMV tests. According to their estimates, nearly 41 million licensed drivers would fail if retested today. Think you're smarter than the average driver? Take the test yourself, and see if you pass with flying colors or if you could use a little brushing up. Then compare your scores to the national average and challenge a friend to beat your score! I took the test and got three wrong or 85%
According to this jewel we found at Jalopnik: "Business owners in economically-depressed Metro Detroit suburbs, eager to do business with wives of Italian Fiat executives, are prettying-up their shops, discounting their $1,595 high-heeled sandals and learning Italian, all in a bid to earn some valuable Lira." The shoes and increased Rosetta Stone sales are only one indication of the way Detroit-area businesses are preparing to welcome the estimated 100-200 Fiat executives and their families expected to relocate to Detroit as dealings get ironed out.
News from our Certified Female Friendly Dealers and Retailers
A+ Japanese Auto Repair of San Carlos, California, is an awesome green business with a calendar full of special events: They just sponsored a booth this weekend at the Vertical Challenge Helicopter Air Show at the Hiller Aviation Museum and have many more special events planned! Coming up right away, they are a Gold Circle Member of the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce and are a sponsor of Hot Harvest Nights in San Carlos. This Farmer's Market/Art & Wine Festival-ish event allows San Carlos vendors to show off and sell their wares as well as all kinds of yummy fruit, vegetables, breads, etc. A+ Japanese Auto Repair will be there Thursdays throughout the summer, July 2, July 9, July 30, August 20, and September 10, so be sure to check them out!
Customers of Larry's Auto Works in Mountain View, California love being shuttled to and from their appointments in Larry's classic Checker Cab, but beyond that, the business is aggressively green and active in their community. One of their most popular affiliations is with the Annual Palo Alto Moonlight Run http://www.paloaltoonline.com/moonlight_run/ coming up this year on October 2. Larry's Auto Works also provides its customers with a Preferred Customer Card with a retail value of over $450 and includes such services as free rental cars with service, free car wash with service, loaner cars with service, free window treatment, and other added values and discounts. Awesome!
AAA Car Care Plus of Santa Clara, California, hosts AAA hybrid driving clinics to provide hybrid owners driving tips to get the most out of their vehicle "without being an annoyance" to other drivers, as well as maintenance tips to help increase your fuel efficiency. They offer a great children's area and outer cafeteria waiting room and the whole place has free wi-fi access. Plus, they are very involved with the AAA Greenlight Initative program, and AAA Members receive a 10% discount on labor.
Jon Lancaster Toyota of Madison, Wisconsin, claims to be one of the most environmentally safe service facility in the country: They recycle all tires, cardboard, paper, plastic, and metal acquired while doing business and collect oil from oil changes to be used to heat the building's interior! They post an informative eNewsletter/blog that informs their customers of ongoing service and sales specials, but their biggest recent news is about their brand new, state-of-the-art, Toyota Image II dealership which opened in May after two years of planning and construction. Congratulations on the new location!
Community Tire and Automotive Service Specialists of Arizona have hosted several great events lately, including free tire checks for National Tire Safety Week, a special drawing for Father's Day, but most awesome was their participation as an exhibitor at the Little Pink Book Y.E.S! Women's Business Expo held in June: The Y.E.S! Women's Business Expo, at Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, was an exciting event geared toward women in business and featured seven speakers presenting on a variety of topics, 50+ exhibitors, a Networking Reception, on-site professional headshots, and great door prizes.
AutoAid and Rescue of Van Nuys, California, recently came to the aid of one of their customers -- with more than just automotive assistance! When one of their customers showed up at their business needing personal help, owners Jack and David Bulko allowed her to park her car there and watched her four dogs while she took care of business at the local courthouse. Upon her return, the customer was elated to see her family of dogs safe and eager to embrace her, and expressed enormous gratitude for their understanding and kindness, saying,"I love this place. I feel safe, it's a wonderful atmosphere and you guys are amazing, amazing!" Certainly not the usual day at AutoAid, "but what a gratifying feeling to be able to help someone in need especially in these hard times" said Jack. Indeed!
And that's it for this edition of AskPatty's Certified Female Friendly Blog Carnival! Make sure to submit your article for our next "Automotive Advice for Women Blog Carnival" using the online form or by emailing Ask Patty at email@example.com.
By Brandy Schaffels
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