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If you’re a pumpkin lover, this is the most wonderful time
of the year. From Halloween to Thanksgiving, we can enjoy everything in our
favorite flavor, whether it’s a frothy pumpkin latte or a yummy pumpkin bagel
schmeared in delicious pumpkin cream cheese.
It’s also the time of year that we can embrace our fondness
for the color orange. “Orange is the new black,” they say, and I’m not talking
about prison uniforms here. While “Orange is the New Black,” may be the most
watched original series on Netflix, it’s not the most popular automotive
paint shade on the road. However, orange cars certainly turn heads: And even if
they don’t sell a ton of them, the manufacturers still offer orange in a broad
variety of shades across many models in their lineups.
Continue reading "Orange is the New Black -- For Cars, That Is " »
As Teen Driver Safety Week comes to a close, I remember
clearly how afraid I was the first time I handed my newly licensed teenaged son
the keys to the car for his first solo drive.
I wasn’t afraid because I thought he was an unsafe driver;
in fact, he was a careful driver who had received good instruction and lots of
practice time behind the wheel. I was afraid because so much of being a “good”
driver comes with experience -- which then teaches how to pay attention and be
prepared for all the things that can be caused by other drivers -- and he didn’t have that experience yet. During
their first months of licensure, teens have a particularly high risk of accidents. Five
years later, much to my relief, he remains ticket- and crash-free.
Continue reading "Teen Driver Safety Week Encourages Safe Teen Driving Every Week of the Year " »
We saw this cute little "Things we've 'caught' people doing in their car" infographic in a recent tweet from @USAToday,
and it was too fun to pass up. A little research of our own reveals there’s
even more to this than first meets the eye.
The USA Today graphic is based on a survey created by KFC to
back up its recent release of the “Go Cup” a handy (and now-patented-by-KFC) container
that fits in a vehicle's cup holder, which includes a choice of the brand’s
chicken products along with seasoned potato wedges for $2.49 plus tax.
As the infographic shows, the top activities Americans have
“caught” motorists multi-tasking while behind the wheel include:
talking on the phone (84 percent),
eating (69 percent),
singing (61 percent),
and applying makeup
However, the KFC survey reveals even more: Some drivers just can’t
resist moving to the music, as 33 percent have caught someone “dancing” in the
car (I've done that!). Amazingly, 26 percent report they have busted someone changing clothes (yep, I've done that!).
And one in five has spotted someone taking a “selfie” photo while behind the
wheel. (Yikes, I've done that, too!)
Continue reading "Caught! What Are YOU Doing in Your Car? " »
For 364 days each year, we teach our children not to take
candy from strangers. But on Halloween, collecting candy from strangers is the
number one goal. While most parents are careful to inspect the sweet hoard for signs
of malevolent tampering, many public servants and safety organizations agree
that it’s more important to make safe lighting the primary concern on
Continue reading "10 Important Halloween Trick or Treat Safety Tips from AskPatty" »
When the Kia Soul came to market in 2010, the company was trying to reinvent itself to appeal to the children of baby boomers, aka Gen Y. At the time, Tom Loveless, VP of Sales for Kia Motors said, “This is the tip of a very big iceberg. It’s the direction Kia is going.”
And I wrote, “Could it be that, by next year, it will actually be cool to own a Kia?”
My prediction was spot on. Kia has certainly upped its cool factor, especially with the Soul, an urban hatchback that, like Gen Y, is not cut from the mold.
The ad campaign for Soul, which started out featuring hamsters on wheels, was different from the get-go. Over the years, Kia has grown the hamster theme to incorporate everything from rapping and hip-hop hamsters to this year’s edition, Lady Gaga.
Continue reading "Kia's Newest Star: The 2014 Soul " »
By Sue Mead
There’s a new Range Rover Sport in the royal British
automotive family of Land Rover, so move over, Baby George! The all-new,
second-generation Sport is the fastest Range Rover to date; it is lighter by
800 lbs., and you get a choice of engines that includes a – let’s just say it –
ludicrously-powerful 510-horesepower supercharged version, plus more “Range Rover-ness”
luxury and Star Wars-like technology--so say the Range Rover folks. And, here’s
a pop quiz: what was the vehicle that Brit Baby George had his first ride in? A
Range Rover! The new model has a starting MSRP of $63,495.
Continue reading "2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Has Ludicrous Power and Lavish Luxury" »
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and all month
long, we’ll be reporting on ways that automotive companies are showing their
support of the annual campaign.
Last week, we shared news about how Valvoline stores
nationwide celebrated a “Pink
Out Day” to help wipe out cancer with the sales of AutoTex Pink windshield
This week, we’re focusing on ways that both Ford and General
Motors are showing their support of Breast Cancer Awareness programs.
Continue reading "October Breast Cancer Awareness: Ford and General Motors Show Support" »
Ask Patty is so excited to share the news that Amy Mattinat
has been elected the
new president the Car Care Council Women’s Board. Her appointment becomes
effective following the Women's Board reception on Tuesday, November 5, at AAPEX in Las Vegas.
Amy has been a long-time contributor to AskPatty, and is a
member of the AskPatty
Women’s Automotive Speaker’s Bureau. Amy is president of Auto Craftsmen, an
independent auto repair sales and service center in Montpelier, Vermont. In
addition to managing the business, Amy writes a monthly car care newsletter and
a magazine column called “Under the Hood.” She also is the author of “How to
Buy a Great Used Car” and teaches women car care clinics on a regular basis.
She has been a part of the auto care industry for more than 18 years.
Continue reading "AskPatty’s Amy Mattinat New President Of Car Care Council Women's Board" »
As a part of their month-long promotion in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Valvoline Instant Oil Change
stores nationwide are participating in a “Pink Out” day on October 10th. As you can see, some of the team at AskPatty joined in on the fun and “Pinked Out” for VIOC, too!
When we talked to VIOC about their special day, they told us “Pink Out Day is a visual event for a very visual product.” The product, of course, is AutoTex PINK Wiper Blades, and they're taking automotive retailers nationwide by storm this October. The goal of these wipers is to “Wipe Out Breast Cancer,” and they're following through on that promise by donating 20% of every blade sold to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Continue reading "Valvoline Instant Oil Change Hosts PINK OUT Day" »