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12 posts from March 2014

March 31, 2014

Distracted Driving: How Modern Automotive Technology Allows Safer, Hands-Free Connectivity

Cadillac_ATS_4GLTE_connectivityMany manufacturers are implementing hands-free technology to help you interact more safely with your devices while behind the wheel of their cars. Whether it's Bluetooth connectivity to allow you to place calls, operate your music player, or to send and receive texts, these automotive technologies are improving every day and are appearing as standard equipment in more and more new cars.

On top of offering hands-free connectivity for entertainment and cellphone use, most of these systems also integrate automatic notification to 911 in case of accidents.

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March 27, 2014

A Ladies’ Look at Mila Kunis’ 2014 Fiat 500 Lounge Edition Cabrio

2014_Fiat_500c_Lounge-exteriorAs we reported over at BlogHer, Mila Kunis has been spotted driving a Fiat 500 Cabrio around Los Angeles. What’s going on with the little car that Mila and Ashton are driving?

The couple recently announced their engagement and pregnancy. Engagement gift? Pregnancy gift? Doesn't matter, it's still cute. Painted black and sporting a flashy red soft-top, Mila’s Fiat Lounge Cabrio is powered by 135-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged engine boasting fuel economy of 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.

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March 26, 2014

Ford’s New Super-Fuel-Efficient Fiesta Is Small But Mighty

IMG_2479_SH_CropIt’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Ford Fiesta, having preordered my 2011 Fiesta sedan before they even arrived at Ford dealerships. It’s four years old now, and Ford has refreshed the fun Fiesta for the 2014 model year, in a midcycle makeover offering styling changes, improved technology, and a brand-new super-fuel-efficient engine choice.

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March 24, 2014

Ladies: Do You Know What Your Car Needs? Discussing The Importance Of Following A Regular Maintenance Schedule

ASE_Womens_Consumer_Confidence__woman_With_Technician-077This month, AskPatty spent some time with Tony Molla, the Vice President of Communications for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence to discuss the topic of general car maintenance and helping women drivers to better know what your car needs.

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March 21, 2014

Distracted Driving: Ways to be Safer in your Car

Texting_While_DrivingIt’s hard to keep focused while we’re in the car. As Moms, we’re always busy; we’ve got places to go, kids to haul around, and errands to run. And the temptation to take care of small details while stopped at a light or when stuck in traffic is powerful if we feel we can save a few minutes later.

The Fact Is: Americans continue to use electronic devices while driving, despite warnings that it causes their own driving to deteriorate and can lead to crashes, injuries and even death.

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March 19, 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Carnival for March 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Partners Offer These Special Programs For March:

Import_Auto_Maintenance-75653294-20_offImport Auto Maintenance in Nashville, Tennessee
Import Auto Maintenance is currently offering $20 off to all new customers. As doctors have specialties, so do auto shops. The advantage of specializing is that the auto technician is highly educated and experienced, becoming an expert in the field. At Import Auto Maintenance, in Nashville, Tennessee, we specialize in import auto maintenance, and our well-trained technicians are skilled in the intricacies and differences of foreign cars.

Marlins_Auto_Diagnostics-taxtime_service_specialMarlin's Auto Diagnostics in Lebanon, Pennsylvania
It’s tax time, and if you’re like most consumers, we know you’ll use your refund for much needed products and services. Marlin’s Auto Diagnostics would like to remind you that we are here to assist you in maintaining your vehcle so it is safe, reliable and fun. Consider investing a portion of your tax refund in vehicle car and maintenance at Marlin’s Auto Diagnostics, and we’ll take $25 off any invoice over $250.
Since 1995, Marlin's Auto Diagnostics has provided motorists in the Lebanon, PA 17046 area with comprehensive auto repair services. You'll be hard-pressed to find the same level of expertise that our auto mechanic specialists provide! We have years of experience working on both domestic and import vehicles of all makes and models and can work with you to find cost-effective repair and maintenance alternatives. Our goal is to offer the best services available at affordable prices to get you back on the road in no time. 
For a high-performing vehicle, trust Marlin's Auto Diagnostics with your car, truck, or van. To learn more about the services we offer, please contact us by phone at 717-273-8550 or send us an email. We also invite you to learn more about our dedication to you, our valued customer

Shirley_and_Camelia_from_Ricks_PerformanceRick's Performance of Pleasonton, California
Looking to save some cash? The folks at Rick’s Performance know this is a taxing time, and they want you to save on sales tax! Schedule a service with Rick’s Performance on any Wednesday between now and April 15th, and they’ll pay your sales tax (on all services $1,000 and below)!
Meanwhile, Camelia and Shirley at Rick's Performance are wearing their CFF logos to raise awareness that they are AskPatty Certified Female Friendly. WOOT!

Waukegan_tire_kiss-me-im-soberWaukegan Tire of Grayslake, Park City, and Waukegan, Illinois
Once again, Waukegan Tire is adding an inexpensive item to its auto parts inventory: "Kiss Me, I'm Sober" buttons promoting sober driving for St. Patrick's Day. During the month of March, Waukegan Tire is selling the buttons for $1, and matching every dollar made through the sales in a donation to the Chicagoland chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. For several years, these buttons promoting a safe message for the St. Patrick’s holiday have been a popular item at Waukegan Tire. 


AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Partners In The News:

Waynes_Tow_Man_pink_towtruckWayne’s Tow Man of Aiken, South Carolina
Wayne’s Tow Man is a dedicated company committed to providing excellent customer service thru a team that cares and serves our customers. Total Satisfaction is our Goal!!
Wayne’s offers 24 hour towing and roadside service, including an awesome pink tow truck, and their teensy little spokesman makes celebrity appearances to support female friendly events.
As a NAPA Auto Care Center, and a AAA approved auto repair and towing center we follow a strict code of ethics so customers will know up front what to expect. As part of this code, we pledge to perform high-quality diagnostic and repair services at a fair price, using quality NAPA parts employing ASE-certified technicians in all areas of work performed. Wayne’s Tow Man is dedicated to customer satisfaction exercising reasonable care for the customer's property while it is on our property.

GLCU_Financial_Fitness-728x90Great Lakes Credit Union -- 12 locations in Illinois and Wisconsin
Great Lakes Credit Union (GLCU) is a full-service financial institution offering competitive auto loansnationwide. GLCU can help get you behind the wheel of the new or used car, truck, van, motorcycle or RV of your dreams. Count on GLCU to give you low interest rates, affordable monthly payments, an easy application process and fast approval. Talk to one of our loan consultants today and get pre-approved for your loan giving you confidence and bargaining power at the dealer.  That is truly being a savvy consumer!  
Great Lakes Credit Uniton can help you become financially fit with tips, ideas, and financial options!  Whether you're interested in developing a workable spending and savings plan, getting out of debt, understanding and improving your credit, buying a new car, looking for a mortgage, establishing kids accounts, exploring student loans or planning for your financial future, these educational tools can help.

Waukegan_Tire_WishIMayBannerWaukegan Tire of Grayslake, Park City, and Waukegan, Illinois
Waukegan Tire is taking part in BCureful by helping to support Bcureful’s efforts to focus resources on Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Help Waukegan Tire contribute to this all-volunteer organization as it aids in the development of a new TSC Center at Lurie Children’s Hospital and provides a gap in the funding needed for a critical research project at NYU Langone Medical Center. Help us help them!


Welcome These Businesses to the AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Family:

O'daniel mazda automartO'Daniel Mazda/Automart of South Bend, Ft. Wayne, and Indianapolis, Indiana
O'Daniel Automart/Mazda is proud to be an automotive leader in our area. Since opening our doors, O'Daniel Automart/Mazda has kept a firm commitment to our customers. We offer a wide selection of vehicles and hope to make the car buying process as quick and hassle free as possible.
If you would like financing options and you are in the market to purchase a new Mazda or used car or truck, we will provide assistance to help you find financing options that fit your needs! Whether you have bad credit, no credit, or are a first time car buyer, you can trust that O'Daniel Automart/Mazda will get you into the car or truck you choose with professionalism and attention to your needs.
O'Daniel Automart/Mazda has an experienced and reliable Service and Parts departments that are open extra hours to help fit our customers' hectic schedules, and as always, O'Daniel Automart/Mazda offers competitive pricing for your automotive maintenance needs. Customer satisfaction is our highest priority, and our staff is committed to achieving this goal in every aspect of our business. Please feel free to reach us at (888) 743-2621 if you have any questions or comments.

M&C_TireM&C Tire of Kalispell, Montana 
At M&C Tire we are "Your Total Tire Dealer" and we carry tires for commercial, farm, industrial, and OTR tires all matched with affordable low prices.  We offer a great selection of tires at M&C Tire including nationally recognized brands: Michelin, BFGoodrich and Uniroyal. 
Since 1979 we have been a locally owned, hometown service. Located in Kalispell Montana with the ability to serve Flathead Valley, MT. Stop in to one of our location and see our unmatched service.  We can attend to any of your motor vehicle’s needs, even newly released HYBRID VEHICLES.  
Our TIA certified technicians can perform quality services such as, low profile installation, PAX tires, rotations, computer spin balance, and flat repairs.  Our website also features a Tire Size Finder, in case you are unsure of the tires you need. For any questions please contact us online or call (406) 752-9662.

Vermont-tire-and-serviceVermont Tire & Service of South Burlington and Montpelier, Vermont
Vermont Tire & Service of Montpelier have proudly been servicing Central and Northern Vermont for over 30 years.  Our knowledgeable staff is committed to giving our customers the best experience possible; delivering service and value that have been hallmarks of our retail stores.
We aim to educate our customers with information to make the choices about what tire is right for them, not just what the latest special or trend is.  Because we are an independent tire dealer, we have no single affiliation with one manufacturer, so we are free to make decisions based on your needs and requirements.  We know your safety and comfort depend on how well we do our job.
In addition, to help get the maximum wear and gas mileage from your tires, we offer a free front-end alignment with purchase of four all season tires and we will rotate your tires free every 5,000 miles, for as long as you own your car.  We want to make sure that your tires give you the maximum in performance and the best value for your dollar.

Be sure to check out all the great things our Certified Female Friendly partners accomplished in February!


March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day from AskPatty


We at AskPatty want you to have a safe and sober St. Patrick's Day celebration.

Remember, "If you're driving, don’t drink. And if you're drinking, don’t drive.”

Click here to review tips for safe celebrating.

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We at AskPatty want you to have a safe and sober St. Patrick’s Day!

March 11, 2014

AskPatty Promotes Safe Driving for Safe and Sober St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Dont_drink_and_drive-thinkstock-178374423St. Patrick’s Day has become a worldwide celebration of Irish culture in which people of all backgrounds take part in the festivities, which often include green beer, Irish whiskey, or other types of alcohol. However, revelers still have to get home from the party and drinking -- and driving just don't mix! According to, drunk driving kills nearly 10,000 people in the United States each year and injures almost 350,000 more.

How can you ensure a safe and sober St. Patrick’s Day?
AskPatty offers these tips for your celebrations:


Be a Responsible Party Host!

Party hosts may be held responsible in a court of law if someone you served alcohol to ends up in a car accident. Make sure your guests have arranged alternate transportation before the party begins, or help them to set up alternate transportation. Take the car keys away from friends and relatives who have had too much to drink. Be sure to have a couple of taxi numbers on hand, or appoint your own designated driver to help drive your guests home. Tell your guests at the start of your party, and pass around a tip jar to help fill up your friends’ gas tank!

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March 08, 2014

AskPatty Celebrates Women: Today, and All Month

Votes_for_women_buttonEvery March, we celebrate Women's History Month, an annual declared month in the United States and worldwide that highlights contributions of women to events in history.

Its origins are found in 1978 when the school district of Sonoma, California, participated in Women's History Week, a weeklong celebration designed around International Women's Day.

In 1987, Congress expanded the celebration when March was declared Women's History Month. Its official centennial was celebrated in 2011. Find out more about Women’s History Month here at the official site.

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.

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March 07, 2014

Teens Can Help Prevent Distracted Driving: Create A Message to Save Lives

Distracted-driving-thinkstock-123465986According 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!

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