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June 30, 2014

Mitsubishi’s "First Ride" Program Highlights Car Seat and Automotive Safety

Mitsubishi_first_ride_montero_NYIAS-IMG_7562Every day, thousands of newborns around the nation leave hospitals and head home for the first time, making it a once-in-a-lifetime story to tell. While the law requires parents to have a suitable child safety seat, most people don’t think about the safety of the actual car driving them home.

Inspired by the real stories of New Yorkers going home with their newborns in taxis (an experience that does not legally require child safety seats), Mitsubishi launched its #FirstRide program in New York by giving three babies their inaugural ride home in one of America’s safest small SUVs, the 2014 Outlander, as part of Mitsubishi Motors’ “First Ride” program, which focuses on creating awareness and educating parents on child safety.

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June 25, 2014

Summer Road Trips: Why You Need an Espresso Machine in Your Car

Roadtrip_coffee_thinkstock-82756205Have you ever found yourself on the road craving some coffee? Have you found yourself either nowhere near your favorite coffee shop, or simply can’t convince yourself to pay for an overpriced cup?

Or even worse, it’s late at night and you've got the nods and there's no coffee shop for a hundred miles. Almost makes you wish you had brought your personal espresso machine, don’t you? Well, there is a solution.

Many of today’s vehicles now have power outlets that would allow using a personal espresso machine in the car for a great way to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee wherever you are.

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June 23, 2014

Leading Cause of Teen Death: Teen Driving

General_Motors_safekids_Teen_Driving_safetyTeenagers think they know more than adults and consider themselves invincible. Today's teens are so worldly, we're sometimes fooled into believing they are more mature than they are. But teens are still children and they still make stupid mistakes, some of which are fatal. Adults do stupid things too. And children notice.

Reading the headlines, it might seem that the biggest killer of teenagers is drugs. This isn't the case. According to a study conducted by Safe Kids Worldwide and made possible by a $2 million grant from General Motors Foundation, more teens die in motor vehicle crashes than from any other cause of death. The toll is about 2,500 per year or 8 out of every 1,000 teens.

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June 20, 2014

Are You A Road Rager? Take This Quick Quiz To Find Out!

Ingenie-top-road-rage-triggersIngenie, a UK-based insurance company, recently launched their #RedMist  campaign to raise awareness of the issues surrounding road rage. The company surveyed a thousand 17-25 year olds in the UK to find out their experiences with road rage. What did they discover? The company learned that road rage is as serious a problem as ever, with 70% of young drivers admitting they'd been a victim of road rage in the past 12 months.

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June 17, 2014

Are you a Connected Driver? Demand is Growing For Ethernet in Cars

Mobile-device-Thinkstock-177123816Automakers today are continuing to examine ways to improve vehicles for consumers and adapt to their everyday needs. Manufactures must adapt to the growing needs of consumers to integrate electronic functions into our vehicles. Experts suggest Ethernet usage in cars will be expanding in coming years, with more than 100 Ethernet nodes expected by 2020 for luxury vehicles while mass-market cars will have between 50-60 Ethernet nodes. Imagine the possibilities, especially for remote sales teams who work from their vehicles or work fleets that need Ethernet for business.

Ethernet was commercially introduced in the 1980s and has often been the chosen technology for computer networking and local area networks. Businesses continue to rely on business Ethernet services as they are incredibly reliable, so it’s no wonder car technologies integrate the same usage and that demand is expanding for the future.  

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June 16, 2014

Bad Driving Costs You Money: Drive Smart To Save $$$!

Did you know that practicing good driving habits can save you money? As you and your family hit the road this summer, you can save money by the mile with these cost-saving driving tips.

According to research presented by such sources as the Department of Energy, Safe Motorist, and Earth Easy, the average driver who follows these tips could save from $675 to $1582 per year based on a national average of 25 miles per gallon and an average number of 15,000 miles driven within the United States.

Many thanks to Michelin for summarizing all the info into the easy to read infographic below!

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June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day from AskPatty


Happy Father's Day to all the Dads and Granddads in AskPattyland.

And an extra-special greeting to all the Moms and Grandmas who have also filled in over the years!


June 13, 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Carnival for June 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Partners in the News:

Aspen_Auto_Clinic_CentennialAspen Auto Clinic of Centennial, Colorado

Congratulations to Aspen Auto Clinic! Aspen Auto Clinic has won the Colorado Independent Best Mechanic Award for the ninth year in a row, thanks to their unparalleled integrity in the automotive maintenance and repair industry.

Aspen Auto Repair now has branches in six different locations, all with a better business bureau A+ rating. As the most rapidly expanding auto repair businesses in Colorado, they have made a strong impression on both customers and the media. A spokesperson for Aspen Auto Clinic explained, “We are very grateful to the Colorado Independent for their continuing support of our work and our mission, and we thank the Colorado Gazette for their recognition as well. We understand that the automotive maintenance and repair industry has not upheld the highest standards that we both expect and deliver, and we are pleased that our commitment to these values has resulted in an unbeatable service.”


Community_Tire_and_Automotive_Service_SpecialistsCommunity Tire Pros & Auto Repair of Phoenix, Arizona 

Pat and Howard Fleischmann, Owners of Community Tire, received this terrific (but anonymous) letter of recommendation recently, and it's so heartfelt that we wanted to share it with all our AskPatty Certified Female Friendly partners. 

“To the family of teams at Community Tire Pros; 
What amazing accomplishments!! I'm a self employed hairstylist, When clients ask me where to go for tires or car repair, there's no other place I would send them. I overhear people talk about their bad experiences, so I hand them an AskPatty booklet. I know that my clients, even if they're strangers, are going to get the best care with Community Tire Pros. I feel they offer the Best Service in the industry.
 Thank you for taking great care of the people I send to your family of teams.”

How awesome is that? CEO Jody DeVere to Join NCM OnDemand as Thought Leader, Expands Certified Female Friendly Training

Jody DeVere, entrepreneur, spokesperson, and CEO of Inc., a website, blog, and online resource that serves as a safe haven for women to get advice on automotive issues, is pleased to announce that she will be joining retail automotive management training and consulting company, NCM® Associates, to make the AskPatty Certified Female Friendly training more accessible to a large segment of automotive professionals, as an NCM OnDemand Thought Leader, offering insight on female-focused marketing best practices in addition to the company's automotive management training.

Visitors to NCM OnDemand at will be able to purchase access to the Certified Female Friendly training program via NCM's easy to use virtual training marketplace, as well as get insight and advice directly from Marketing to Women leader Jody Devere in NCM OnDemand's Thought Leaders section. “We are extremely pleased that we are now able to provide NCM clients with Jody DeVere’s expertise and insight through NCM OnDemand,” said NCM President and CEO, Paul Faletti, Jr.

“We're a company that thrives on educating the automotive marketplace about the changing face of the woman consumer,” continues DeVere. “Online training is something that has always been a part of our Certified Female Friendly marketing program, but the honor of serving as a Thought Leader for NCM OnDemand has enabled us to expand the reach of our training program to an entirely new audience.”


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


Schierl_Tire_and_Service_WestonSchierl Tire & Service Centers of Central Wisconsin 

Schierl Tire is participating in a golf classic for to benefit the Circle of Friends Foundation and Team Schierl Companies Charitable Giving Fund.

Circle of Friends is a non-profit foundation that is designed to increase self-esteem and self-confidence in children who have been impacted with cancer and other chronic blood diseases.  The Foundation hosts children from multiple US cities on a trip each year in conjunction with their medical support teams to interact with others with similar medical conditions. Circle of Friends was founded by former Green Bay Packer, Bill Schroeder along with Jerry Wunsch, a veteran of the Wisconsin Badgers and Seattle Seahawks. For more information visit
The Charitable Giving Fund is a donor-advised fund directed by Team Schierl Companies. The fund was created to allow TSC and the Schierl family to play a more active role in directing where the charitable funds they raise are donated. For more information, please visit
Last year's Golf Classic was attended by over 150 golfers who participated in the fundraising event by paying a golf entry fee and bidding on donated items in both a silent and live auction. Over $71,000 was raised.

Team Schierl is also a proud sponsor of Walk for Wags on June 22, 2014. This  family-friendly festival featuring food, frolic, and fun with our furry friends benefits the Humane Society of Portage County. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. with the 1.5-mile walk starting at 11 a.m. A pet fashion and costume contest will be held at 12:30. Ask friends, family, coworkers and neighbors to pledge money to help you raise money to register for the walk and win prizes. The Walk will be held rain or shine and you can walk with or without a pet.
Sign-up is easy: visit and print the brochure and registration/pledge form, register at the Humane Society Shelter at 3200 Iber Lane in Plover, or just show up at Pfiffner Pioneer Park on the day of the Walk. Save $5 - call 715-344-6012 to register in advance. Join us on Sunday, June 22nd for a fun day of activities for the entire family.


Performance_automotive_services_winston-salem_ncPerformance Automotive Services, Inc. of Winston, North Carolina 

Performance Automotive recently participated in the 8th annual Saddles & Spokes Bike Ride to Benefit Hoof and Paw Therapeutic Riding and Activity Center.

Therapeutic Riding has been used since the early 1950's in Europe as a tool for improving the lives of individuals with physical disabilities. Individuals with almost any cognitive, physical and/or emotional disability can benefit from a safe and supervised interaction with equines.

Because horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength. For individuals with mental or emotional disabilities, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem.


Harris-garage-logoHarris 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.

Harris Garage ran an Operation Homefront Fundraiser donation event that raised $490 during the month of May!



Wilhelm automotiveWilhem Automotive Service Centers of Peoria, Arizona 

Wilhelm Automotive has entered into a two-year sponsorship deal with the Arizona-based SC Del Sol soccer club to provide their practice gear. “Being involved with a big club like SC del Sol is an honor. It is a first-class soccer club with a reputation for excellence. It is the type of organization that we are excited to be associated with.”

Wilhelm Automotive is a family owned and operated award winning automotive repair and maintenance business that has been serving the Phoenix, Arizona, market since 1928.

Have you seen their June Special? Just in time for your upcoming vacation, Wilhelm Automotive is offering a $49.95 Road Trip package that includes an oil change and A/C check, as well as a 60-point Car Health Care Check to make sure your car is ready for travel.


Express-auto-serviceExpress Auto Service of Fredericksburg, Virginia 

Express Auto Service sponsored a Father's Day-themed cutest baby photo contest on Facebook.  The winning Dad gets a year's worth of free oil changes!!! (up to a $175 value) Express Auto Service has done several of these social contests and always has great participation! Check it out here!


GLCUGreat Lakes Credit Union of Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Great Lakes Credit Union (GLCU) is a full-service financial institution offering competitive auto loans nationwide. For June, GLCU (Great Lakes Credit Union) participated in National Safety Month with a Child Safety Fair that included fingerprinting ID Toolkits, information on cyber bullying, car seat checkups and much more. Find out more about the event here.


TPS_Tire_Auto_Service_Brunswick_OHTPS Tire and Service Center of Brunswick Ohio 

TPS Tire & Auto recently participated in the Strongsville Duck Race! The free community event featured food, games, face painting, animals, and TPS's very own military trucks for the kids to play on! Find out more about the event here.


Community_Tire_and_Automotive_Service_SpecialistsCommunity Tire Pros & Auto Repair of Phoenix and Glendale, Arizona

Community Tire Pros' Pat and Howard Fleischmann honored PetSmart with the Howard/Pat Fleischmann Spirit Award at the recent Phoenix PRIDE 2014 gala! Find out more about the event here.


Meineke_carcare_centerMeineke Car Care Centers of Williamsburg, Virginia

Did you know that old tires are a prime breeding ground for mosquitos? On Saturday, June 14, Meineke Car Care Centers are joining with Marion County Public Health for Tire Amnesty Day to help control the local mosquito population by allowing drivers to drop off up to six used tires for free disposal. Find out more about the event here. 


ODaniel-Automart-FtWayne-INO'Daniel Automart of Fort Wayne, Indiana

Since opening our doors, O'Daniel Automart 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. O'Daniel Mazda recently sponsored a "Mother's in May" essay contest that featured some awesome prizes. Find out more about the event here.  



Star Motors of San Juan Capistrano, California

Who loves a clean, sparkling car? Star Motors has a Spring Cleaning Detail Special for $159 that includes a thorough car wash inside and out, including exterior paint wash and protectant, wheels, tires, rubber as well as windows, ashtrays, upholstery, carpets and floormats. Learn more about the Spring Cleaning Special here.


Autoaid_ugly_tieAutoAid and Rescue of Van Nuys, California

AutoAid and Rescue Repair Center, family owned and operated since its inception in 1979, is hosting an ugly tie contest for Father's Day where people can win a $25 visa giftcard. View the contest at Facebook.

AutoAid is a AAA approved full service automotive repair garage and collision and auto body center servicing your Domestic, Import and Light Truck vehicles.


Wheelz_on_timeWheelz 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.



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


June 11, 2014

AskPatty’s Father’s Day Gift Guide: Car-Themed Gifts For The Ultimate Car Guy

Happy_Fathers_Day-thinkstock-86493423Did Dad get grease on the tie you gave him last year for Father's Day? If he'd rather spend time in the garage than at the Nordstrom haute couture department, check out AskPatty’s Gift Guide for Dads, full of unique gifts for the wrench-twisting car guys in your life. Whether he’s your father, hubby, boyfriend, son, or brother, if you’re looking for a thoughtful and unique gift for Father's Day, we’ve got something for every budget here.


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June 09, 2014

Quick Car Cleaning Tips to Prep for Summer Road Trips

Road_trip-thinkstock-200299958_sWinter has finally waned, spring has sprung, and the passing of Memorial Day means summer road trips are just around the corner!

If you haven't already done it, now is the time to prepare your car for the summer travel season with the yearly ‘spring cleaning’ ritual.



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