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May 22, 2016

AskPatty.com is Celebrating Our 10 Year Anniversary

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May 19, 2016

Sears Auto Center Wants to Keep “Women on the Move”

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Car Care Tips Every Woman Driver Should Know

Here at AskPatty, we receive thousands of auto-related questions from women looking for advice from our expert panel. 

Follow Sears Auto on Facebook Follow Sears Auto on Google plus Follow Sears Auto on Instagram Follow Sears Auto on Linked in Follow Sears Auto on Twitter Follow Sears Auto on You Tube Of these, about 85% are women with questions about car care – so it's clear that this is something women want to know about!

This spring we're teaming up with Sears Auto Center to present a free Car Care Clinic to keep “Women on the Move”, so we're kicking things off with some great must-know car care tips.  If you're looking for a little Car Care 101, read on – if you want to learn even more, get to a Sears Auto Center Car Care Clinic on May 21! 

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April 21, 2016

Spring Maintenance Tips

Spring_maintenance_tipsWhen you put away the winter coats and salt bags, it’s also time to prepare your vehicle for spring, summer, and fall.

April is National Car Care Month, so now's the time to spend a little time and money on some simple maintenance jobs, and it will save you big money and hassle all year.

Check your tires: Even if your car has a tire-pressure monitor, it is a good idea to check your tire pressure once a month. Under-inflated tires, even a few pounds that won’t trigger your dashboard monitor, will cause premature wear and harm fuel economy.

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February 29, 2016

Sweetheart Safety Tips from @AskPatty and @NexenTireUSA 13: You Light Up My Life

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Check your headlights and taillights to ensure optimal visibility.

Have your headlights properly aimed: Mis-aimed headlights blind other drivers and reduce your ability to see the road. Also: don't overdrive your headlights. You should be able to stop inside the illuminated area. If you're not, you're creating a blind crash area in front of your vehicle. Finally, be sure your taillights and brake lights are working properly: When driving in reduced visibility conditions, drivers tend to follow the tail lights of vehicles in front of them.

Be A Sweetheart and Save a Life: Get all 13 Tips for Driving Safely with the Family on Snow and Ice, here at AskPatty

 

February 25, 2016

Sweetheart Safety Tips from @AskPatty and @NexenTireUSA 11: Idling Gets You Nowhere

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Idling your car to warm up the engine is unnecessary.

Research from the Environmental Defense Fund shows that today's electronic engines do not need idling to warm up before being operated, and in fact, idling creates both unnecessary waste and harmful pollution. With today's modern engines, idling for more than 10 seconds wastes more fuel than stopping and restarting the engine.

Rob Maier, who runs Maier's Garage in Bridgeport, Connecticut, says, "You don't really need to idle your car, because of the efficiency of modern fuel injection, which eliminated carburetors and chokes. The only reason to let the car idle at all is to get the oil circulating, but after 30 seconds that's a done deal. My truck has 150,000 miles on it, and I just throw it into gear and go."

Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage. According to Esquire.com, "Idling a car in a garage, even with the door open, is dangerous and exposes the driver to carbon monoxide and other noxious gases. If the garage is attached, those fumes can also enter the house."

Temperature is rarely a reason to idle these days. If you're like us and just don't like driving in a cold car, Bob Aldrich of the California Energy Commission points out that "idling is not actually an effective way to warm up a car — it warms up faster if you just drive it." Turn on your heated seats instead!

Be A Sweetheart and Save a Life: Get all 13 Tips for Driving Safely with the Family on Snow and Ice, here at AskPatty

 

February 19, 2016

Chantilly Auto Body Honored as ABRN’s 2015 Top Shop

Chantilly_auto_body_logoAskPatty.com would like to congratulate Chantilly Auto Body as Automotive Body Repair News’ 2015 Top Shop.  Chantilly Auto Body is a six-location auto body group located in and around Chantilly, Virginia. 

Automotive Body Repair News (ABRN) is a premier publication serving the collision repair industry.  Their annual Top Shop award recognizes outstanding auto body shops across the country.

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December 04, 2015

Multiply Gas Savings During Holiday Travel with Simple Vehicle Maintenance

Santa_driving_car-iStock_000029555592-Trish233Thanksgiving officially opened the holiday travel season, with approximately 42 million Americans expected to have taken road trips over the long holiday weekend, according to AAA.com.

Today's very low gas prices (the lowest since 2008) are encouraging travelers to hit the highways for the holidays, especially as the AAA Fuel Gauge Report shows the national average is poised to drop to below $2 per gallon by the Christmas holiday.

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November 24, 2015

Valvoline Instant Oil Change Raises Over $10,000 with October Sale of Pink Wiper Blades

Valvoline_Instant_Oil_Change-go_PINK_-800-zps60d5ca27I was driving my son home from school last week when I saw a black Honda Civic with PINK wiper blades. I smiled at the driver as she passed me because I knew a portion of the revenues from her wiper blades helped support Breast Cancer Awareness. 

Valvoline Instant Oil Change's annual  PINK Wiper fundraising campaign sold pink wiper blades during October, to raise more than $10,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® (NBCF). Valvoline shops across the country were decorated in pink, and employees wore pink  shirts -- some guys even dyed their hair or wore pink wigs -- to raise awareness of this campaign. Check out some of the pink fun here at our Pinterest page.

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September 30, 2015

Winter is Coming: 6 Ways to Prepare Your Car for Safe Driving

Winter_DrivingMany cold weather climate regions are currently experiencing a warmer-than-average fall that makes it feel like summer is still going strong.

But you’d be wise to remember that, no matter how it may feel now, real winter weather is coming…

People all over the northern United States will soon be hauling out their down coats and industrial-strength boots.  One morning in the next couple of months, you’ll wake up and see inches of snow piled up outside your door and, if you’re like many, you’ll think, “Oh no, I haven’t even winterized my car yet!”

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June 02, 2015

Do-It-Yourself Tips for Saving Money on Car Maintenance

Woman_mechanic_do_it_yourself_car_maintenance-iStock_000045551482_SmallSaving money and making it last as long as possible is something many people attempt each and every day. It’s surprising however that as much as people want to save money, they forget about looking after their vehicle. So let’s take a look at ways to keep your vehicle in shape without having to spend a bucket load of cash on car maintenance.

I often ask the students I’m teaching to drive who’s responsible for the maintenance of the vehicle; the owner of the vehicle or the driver? The correct answer is both. If the owner isn’t the sole driver of the vehicle, the driver should inform the owner if something isn’t working properly. The owner can either fix it themselves or have a professional do it.

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