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May 30, 2014

Don't Do This! Avoid These 7 Common Driving Distractions

140530-askpatty-state-farm-distracted_driving_makeup-thinkstock-123466007The Centers for Disease Control estimates that each day in the United States more than nine people are killed in crashes involving a distracted driver.

Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous driver distractions, but it’s not the only one.

State Farm insurance is sharing with us seven other unsafe habits to avoid:


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May 27, 2014

Support the Multiple Sclerosis Society with Ask Patty


Twitter-logoTweet it Up with Us on World MS Day

As a part of our annual MOMS: Moms Opposing Multiple Sclerosis initiative, @AskPatty will be hosting an all-day Twitter chat on World MS Day, May 28.  Join us using hashtag #MomsMS all day long on Wednesday the 28th to help us spread awareness - and to really make a difference, make a donation to the MS Society and help us find a cure!


Ford_mustang_ms_convertibleSupport the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Get a Chance to WIN a One-of-a-Kind Ford Mustang Convertible!

Ford Motor Company, which has worked closely with the Michigan Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society for more than a decade, has generously donated a vehicle to benefit the National MS Society and the NOW research campaign. Raffle tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity are $20 each, and the drawing will be held in August as part of the annual Woodward Dream Cruise.  Click here to find out how to purchase your raffle tickets.

A single 2015 Ford Mustang "50 Years" special edition GT convertible will be produced for raffle and will feature a performance pack as well as content from Ford's 50 Year Limited Edition fastback, including a badge on the instrument panel engraved with the signature of Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford and identifying the car as one of a kind with serial number 0001 of 0001

Find out more about this one-of-a-kind Ford Mustang Convertible here at


MOMS-moms-opposing-multiple-sclerosisJody DeVere, CEO of, is a mom with two adult children fighting Multiple Sclerosis

According to Jody, the challenges of Multiple Sclerosis affect the entire family. "I'm sometimes overwhelmed by the gravity of the disease and the horrible impact it's having on my children, in fact, on our entire family," she says. It's because of this connection that AskPatty has a strong commitment to supporting the Multiple Sclerosis Society. 

The National MS Society is a driving force of MS research and treatment to stop disease progression, restore function, and end MS forever. The National MS Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. 

To help celebrate World MS Day (Wednesday, May 28, 2014), we at AskPatty are partnering with the Multiple Sclerosis Society to raise awareness of the disease with our MOMS (Moms Opposing Multiple Sclerosis) social media campaign. We have also created an official MOMS donation page where supporters can contribute directly to the MS Society to help research prevention, treatments, and a cure.

Please help support our campaign during the month of May by making a secure donation here. 


Together we can find a cure for MS!  
Help us spread the word: #MOMSMS

May 26, 2014

AskPatty Remembers Our Women in the Military

Thinkstock-woman-military-memorial-day-174255751Today at AskPatty, we remember the women service members who have taken on a variety of roles and have risen through the ranks in our nation’s military. Wives, mothers, sisters, daughters: At the foundation of our nation’s history with the American Revolution and continuing to the present, women have always volunteered in defense of our nation.

According to the National Women’s History Project, more than 24,000 women served in World War I -- half of whom were nurses in the Navy, Army, and Red Cross. 

From 1942-1945, while men fought in the battlefront of World War II, more 18 million women filled the civilian and defense positions created is the country's shift to wartime productions.

Scores of women have served honorably in a variety of occupations, but most importantly, we made history when The Pentagon lifted its ban on women in front-line combat roles. In January, 2013, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, signed an order at a Pentagon news conference rescinding the rule that prevented women from serving in direct combat jobs.

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May 23, 2014

Does Your Teen Know Everything About Driving? Keep Talking!

IKnowEverything_ParentImage_2As part of its new “I Know Everything” Program, the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) is asking teen drivers “How much do you really know about safe driving?”

As the parent of a boy who is about to turn 21, I remember how it felt when he first started driving. I wanted him to be a safe driver, and had spent months preparing him for the day he would finally begin driving alone. During that time, I spent hours in the passenger seat sharing driving tips, and trying not to be nervous.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens: More than 300,000 teens are injured in crashes each year, and thousands more are killed. One-third of those crashes involve a teen driver who had been drinking and ten percent of 15- to 19-year-old drivers involved in a fatal crash were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.  Of teenage passenger deaths in 2009, 59% occurred in vehicles driven by another teen. 

These are frightening statistics. There are plenty more teen dirivng factoids in the infographic at the end of this article. But FAAR is aiming to improve them.

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May 21, 2014

Support the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Get a Chance to WIN a One-of-a-Kind Ford Mustang Convertible!

Multiple_Sclerosis-Ford_Mustang_50th-convertibleFord4MS Raffle Supports National Multiple Sclerosis Society with a special edition 50th Anniversary 2015 Ford Mustang GT convertible

Ford Motor Company, which has worked closely with the Michigan Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society for more than a decade, has generously donated a vehicle to benefit the National MS Society and the NOW research campaign. Raffle tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity are $20 each, and the drawing will be held in August as part of the annual Woodward Dream Cruise. Click here to find out how to purchase your raffle tickets.

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May 19, 2014

Shaquille O'Neal Teaches Teen Actress Bella Thorne Safe Driving

Shaquille_teaches_Bella_ThorneWho was your driving instructor? We bet it wasn’t Dr. Shaquille O’Neal!

Popular young actress, Bella Thorne is joining forces with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR)  by serving as the lead ambassador for iDECIDE, a new campaign encouraging teens to focus on the importance of creating and following individual decisions, which includes saying no to underage drinking. The campaign was designed to evoke a stay-true-to-yourself message and empower teens to act based on their personal beliefs.

In honor of National Youth Traffic Safety Month, and as part of FAAR's ongoing awareness campaign, basketball great Shaquille O’Neal agreed to be Bella's Driver's Ed instructor — sharing safe driving tips about not texting, checking your appearance in the mirror, having too many friends in the car, and --most importantly-- avoiding underage drinking. You can check out the fun videos below.

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May 16, 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Carnival for May 2014

May is the month for Moms! AskPatty Certified Female Friendly partners are involved in a diverse selection of activities, and are offering a great variety of special female friendly programs for May.

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Partners In The News

Take_the_car_care_surveyAskPatty and ASE Ask:  How Well Do You Know Your Car? Survey

AskPatty is partnering with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence to create a Customer Confidence Index, and we’d like your answers on a few simple questions.

Won’t you please take our quick and easy survey? 


Waai-logoWomen’s Automotive Association International at the New York International Auto Show
AskPatty attended the Women’s Automotive Association International (WAAI) Annual breakfast at the New York International Auto Show on April 17. Each year, the WAAI breakfast assembles an amazing assortment of women leaders of the automotive industry for networking and a panel discussion, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC.

The breakfast launched as Lynn Wilhelm welcomed attendees, and gave recognition to special guest Maryanne Kolb, Board Member of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association. Next was the presentation by WAAI Founder Lorraine Schultz of the special International Allegiance Award to Genevieve K. LaRobardier, Esquire, for her long career as franchise lawyer in the industry and her support for women in automotive.

This year’s panel discussion focused on the topic of leadership, and lively and engaging discussion outlined the panelists’ experiences, abilities, challenges, and rewards they face as leaders in the automotive industry. The panel was moderated by Nicole Markson, owner of Auto Empowerment, a company dedicated to changing the purchasing experience women are subjected to at auto dealerships by recognizing women as a major consumer force. Panelists included:

-Elisabeth Hillman, Wholesale Portfolio Analyst at VW Credit, Inc.;
-Andrea Karsian, CEO, Wholesale Auto Supply Co., Inc.;
-Katie Laughhunn, Database Management Specialist Sales Operations, VCW Credit, Inc.;
-Myra Moreland, President, Moreland Consulting Services; and
-Jenell R. Ross, President Bob Ross Automotive Group.


Chicks_cars_cupcakesAskPatty’s CEO Jody DeVere Speaks at “Chicks, Cars, & Cupcakes”
Sponsored by Premier America Credit Union and Autoland on May 1, in Granada Hills, California, Jody DeVere was the keynote speaker for the fun and informative evening. Discussing the topic of “What do Women Want,” Jody shared details on the purchasing power of women, how to be a savvy car buyer, and the power of their word of mouth through social media. The panel of automotive experts included:

-Sally Smeed, General Manager of DCH Lexus of Santa Barbara on the topic of “Preparing yourself for the Dealership Experience”;
-Beth Hope, Senior Vice President of Sales for Autoland, on the topic of “Finding the Perfect Car”;
-Donna McNeely, Senior Vice President of Insurance and Investments for Premier American Credit Union on the topic of “Automotive Insurance, What Kind and How Much?”;
-Karen Valenti, owner of North Hollywood Discount Auto Repair on the topic of “The Five Fluids and Essential Automotive Care”;
-Sharon Coleman, Assistant Vice President for Premier American Credit Union on the topic of “How to Shop For and Buy Your Next New Car.” 

Moms-Opposing-Multiple-SclerosisMOMS Supporting Multiple Sclerosis during May
To help celebrate World MS Day (Wednesday, May 28, 2014), we at AskPatty are partnering with the Multiple Sclerosis Society to raise awareness of the disease with our MOMS (Moms Opposing Multiple Sclerosis) social media campaign. We have also created an official MOMS donation page where supporters can contribute directly to the MS Society to help research prevention, treatments, and a cure. Please help support our campaign during the month of May by making a secure donation here.


Autotex_Pink_Metal_Product_Image_smallAutoTex PINK Wiper Blades
Now that spring has sprung and rainy season is over, May is a good month to replace Mom’s wiper blades after all the wear and tear from the winter’s Polar Vortex. Each purchase of AutoTex PINK blades helps increase awareness of and contributes to the fight to “Wipe Out Breast Cancer!” through donations to either National Breast Cancer Foundation in the US or the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. AutoTex PINK blades come in metal, frameless, or uni-blade variants with either a classy pink ribbon on traditional black wiper blades or in the AutoTex PINK Plus model, an all-pink windshield wiper blade that proudly shows your support with every perfectly pink swipe. AutoTex PINK blades are available at a variety of Certified Female Friendly® locations or by calling (800) 692-3962. Order online at AutoTex PINK and use the Code ASKPATTY10 for 10% off your first order!


Bcureful-logoWaukegan Tire and Bcureful
Waukegan Tire’s Julie Scroggins is a mom who started the Bcureful charity for her daughter MaryAnn who has Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, and this week they held their “Wish I May” 3rd Annual Gala & Wine Dinner  fundraising event! Bcureful is dedicated to accelerating research towards a cure of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex while raising public awareness of the disease within the general population and within the medical community. 

Funds raised help to establish the Tuberous Sclerosis Center at NYU, which will further research and serve as a model for other centers. Bcureful also provides funding to other universities, institutions or organizations specifically stated to support research of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex. Help us help them!


The_Hybrid_ShopThe Hybrid Shop (THS) Named as Finalist in 2014 American Business Awards
The Hybrid Shop (THS), a growing international network of dealers committed to providing expert care for hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs), is excited to announce that they have been selected as a finalist in the New Product or Service of the Year - Consumer Services category in The 2014 American Business Awards, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie® Award winner in the program.


AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Partners are Offering These Special Programs For May: 

Waynes-Tow-Man-Heels-WheelsWayne’s Automotive of Aiken, South Carolina
Wayne’s Automotive 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. Wayne’s Automotive Center sponsored a special “Heels & Wheels” Ladies Car Care Clinic on April 27, where participants learned how to check critical fluids including oil, coolant, and transmission fluids, how to change a tire, and what technicians look for during a typical inspection. The event was free to all women and included lunch.


Meade_LexusMeade Lexus Group of Southfield, Michigan
DealerRater, the world’s premier car dealer review website, announced the winners of the 2014 Dealer of the Year Awards Program. Congratulations to Certified Female Friendly Meade Lexus of Southfield for being honored as Michigan's 2014 Lexus Dealer of the Year for outstanding customer service based on reviews about the dealership shared on DealerRater’s website! According to DealerRater, Meade Lexus of Southfield has demonstrated consistently high PowerScoreTM ratings for customer satisfaction, placing them in the top of their class. The PowerScore is determined using an algorithm that factors the dealership’s average DealerRater consumer rating and the total number of reviews written about the dealership during the 2013 calendar year. This Metro Detroit Michigan Lexus dealer has received more than 550 reviews, with an impressive 4.9 out of 5 overall stars. “We couldn’t achieve such a humbling distinction without our incredibly supportive customer base,” said Meade Lexus of Southfield CEO Ken Meade. “Our customers are more than just customers—they become part of our family. We take great pride in not only exceeding their expectations in previous calendar years, but also in making it a goal to continue doing so every single day now and in the future.”


Schumacher_chevySchumacher Chevrolet of Little Falls, New Jersey
Schumacher Chevrolet participated in the "Give the Kids Hope" event at the Fifth Annual David Harris Golf Invitational at Green Brook Country Club on May 15th. The event benefits underprivileged kids in New Jersey and attracting celebrity participation and corporate sponsors. Participants enjoyed a great day of golf with David Harris of the NY Jets and other celebrity guests at a world-class course, compete for prizes, along with a fabulous cocktail party and dinner -- all while feeling good about the charity they are supporting.


High-tech-car-careHi-Tech Car Care of Phoenix, Arizona
Hi Tech Auto Repair is proud of their high quality, dedicated customer service – customer service that sets it apart from other car repair shops. As a family, we believe that earning a living in a community also means giving back to it. The Valley residents have supported our auto repair business with loyal patronage over the past 60 years, and we want to give our thanks to the community. Hi-Tech Car Care recently participated in a local event for Helping Hands for Single Moms where they gave away free oil changes to all of the participants. Helping Hands for Single Moms is a community-based nonprofit that assists impoverished single mom families while the moms are pursuing a college education and financial independence.


TGK_AutomotiveTGK Automotive Specialists of Hugo and Maplewood, Minnesota
TGK Automotive Specialists is a family run business with over 18 years of automotive repair experience and is celebrating eight years in business in the Twin Cities area with an 8 percent discount on services. Hurry and schedule your appointment before May 17th to receive 8% off any service before it’s too late! There will be free food, free drinks, goody bags, and more! We will be doing a drawing for a free iPad, Twins tickets, and a Visa gift card. Also, every day we will be giving out two free oil changes per shop!  Make sure to invite your friends and family!


Wheels_on_Time-grand_openingWheelz On Time of  Chicago, Illinois
Wheelz On Time is a unique company offering consumers the OPTION of buying or renting and takes  great pride in being the first and only rent-to-own tire dealer in Chicagoland! In addition to being the premier dealer for alternate tire financing, Wheelz On Time is “the Brand that cares” –not just about helping you get the tires you need, but more importantly, we care about your safety. Wheelz On Time is celebrating a Grand Reopening on Saturday, June 14 with snacks, goodies, and a special live broadcast from special guest WYCA -- The New Rejoice 102 with Darryll King. Wheelz on Time is also offering a chance to win a free set of four tires from among those who “like” them on Facebook.


Harris_garageHarris Garage of Hayes, Virginia
Harris Garage is a full-service preventive maintenance and auto repairs center that has been performing high quality and guaranteed automotive repairs in the Hayes area since 1940. During the month of May, Harris Garage is donating $5 from every oil change to Operation Homefront. Plus, military personnel and their families get 10 percent off their total bill all month long.



TPS Tire & Auto Service of Brunswick, Ohio
Need your brakes done???? During the entire month of May TPS Tire and Service Center of Brunswick, Ohio, is helping raise money for Brakes For Kids!! Come in during the entire month of May and receive FREE BRAKE PADS--all you have to do is pay for labor! 10% of proceeds with benefit the Berea Children's Home. Click to enlarge out the flyer on the right for more details!



Welcome These Businesses to the AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Family:



TPS Tire & Auto Service of Brunswick, Ohio
Owner, Scott Beard brings over 30yrs experience and as a "Master Technician" with hands on experience you can rest assured your vehicle is in good hands. Scott was also voted best mechanic in Medina County in newspaper polls. Scott credits his work ethic, discipline, and quality of work to his Grandfather who instilled those values in raising him after his mother passed away at the age of 9 years old. Values like “do it right or don't do it at all,” and "Quality is first" are the business focus that has gotten TPS Tire & Service where it is today!


Taylor Transmission & Auto Care of Memphis, Tennessee
Taylor Transmission & Auto Care has been a family owned business since 1973! We are a full service automotive repair and maintenance facility serving the Mid-South area with consistent, honest, reliable and friendly service. Taylor Transmission and Auto Care is here to service and repair your vehicle. We are proud to specialize in all facets of Auto Repair. 

Parrish-mcintyre-tire-coParrish-McIntyre Tire Company of Akron, Ohio
Parrish-McIntyre Tire has been serving the Greater Akron, Ohio, community for over 40 years with a commitment to customer service and quality products. Beginning in 1972 as a small tireshop, we now have two full service tire and automotive repair facilities in Akron and Medina, Ohio. At Parrish McIntyre, we also understand that in today’s busy world your time is valuable and convenience is key. Both of our stores, centrally located between Cleveland and Canton, Ohio, offer free shuttle service to work or home. If you choose to wait for your vehicle, we help keep you connected in our business center with free WiFi, or relax in our comfortable, newly remodeled showrooms. We offer a wide selection of leading national tire brands and a variety of automotive repair and maintenance services, so please call, click or stop by today to get a quote or schedule an appointment. At Parrish-McIntyre the customer comes first, and we strive for your complete satisfaction!


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

May 14, 2014

Seventh Annual Jeep “Go Topless Day” is May 17, 2014

Jeep-go-topless-2014For the seventh year in a row, is encouraging Jeep owners worldwide to drop their top for the 7th Annual Worldwide Jeep Go Topless Day. The big day is Saturday May 17th, 2014, and everybody is invited to celebrate their Jeep love, Jeep spirit, and the sense of fun and adventure that comes with owning a Jeep by going topless for the day.

Jeep Lovers, Go Topless!

You can go shirtless if you want, but the true intention is to take the top off your Jeep vehicle and join in on local festivities such as picnics, trail runs, trail clean-ups, and social events being held around the world by Jeep clubs and groups. Own a Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Comanche, Commander, Compass, Liberty, Patriot, Wagoneer, or other hard-top Jeep? The fun folks at know you’re topless in spirit so feel free to join in the fun.

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May 13, 2014

Infographic: Does Buying a Hybrid Car Make Cents?

Does-buying-a-hybrid-make-sense According to Wikipedia, a total of 434,498 hybrid electric vehicles were sold during 2012. During 2013, hybrid sales totaled 495,685 units; up 14.1% from 2012 and representing a market share of 3.19% of new car sales.

Statistics show that consumers are purchasing more hybrid cars, and are branching out into purchasing plug-in electric models as well. Earth-aware drivers choose these eco-friendly models because they reduce fuel costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce our dependency on petroleum.

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May 10, 2014

Happy Mother's Day from AskPatty!

Happy-Mothers-Day-thinkstock-92733738The celebration of Mother's Day began in the United States in the early 20th century. According to Wikipedia, the modern American holiday of Mother's Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial in remembrance of her mother who passed away in 1905.

As the American President, on May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made an official announcement proclaiming Mother's Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.

The tradition of giving a Mother's Day Proclamation continues to this day with each President of the United States doing so every year. Below, please find this year's presidential proclamation, in which President Obama urges all Americans to express love and gratitude to mothers everywhere. ceremonies, and activities.

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