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January 04, 2017

Make a Resolution You'll Actually Keep in 2017 - and Don't Forget Your Car!

New_Year_2017_AskPattyIf you're like almost half of all adults, you have a New Year's resolution - however, once the ball drops and the fireworks are all shot, our commitment to our resolutions seems to waver a little. A week into the new year, just 77 percent of us are still holding to our promises, and after six months, that number drops to just 40 percent, according to University of Pennsylvania research.  

This new year, we invite you to not become a New Year's statistic.  Make a resolution you can actually keep - and while you're at it, apply those convictions to your vehicle, too. Here's our New Year's Toast to all of you!

For More New Year 2017 Car Tips go here: http://www.askpatty.com/posts/make-a-resolution-youll-actually-keep-in-2017-and-dont-forget-your-car

 

November 15, 2016

Drivers Increasingly Concerned About Driving at Night -- INFOGRAPHIC

Check_your_car_lights-iStock_000076970183_SmallA new survey recently released from Sylvania Automotive Lighting reveals that more than two thirds (70 percent) of American drivers are increasingly concerned about driving at night.

Motorists surveyed said they occasionally avoid driving during evening hours due, in part, to the following concerns:

--Difficulty seeing hazards and other drivers (28 percent)
--Discomfort with other vehicles’ headlights and brake lights (26 percent)
--Decreased trust in other drivers‘ abilities at night (25 percent)

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October 21, 2016

Are You Getting Ready for Winter?

Woman_with_snowy_car-winter_driving-iStock_000018495162-omgimagesHave you thought about buying a new winter jacket, new winter gloves, or even new boots? If you have, then you are thinking about getting yourself ready for winter, but have you thought about getting your car ready for winter? Hmmm… probably not.

Why not, I wonder? Our cars are very important to us and we need to take care of them so they don’t let us down in the cold winter months.

Below are a number of items that you should be having checked when you take your vehicle in for service in the next month.

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October 20, 2016

Is It Bad For Your Car If You Drive Until You Run Out Of Fuel?

Empty_gas_tank-iStock_76575303So I did this the other day.

Well, I didn't actually run out of gas, but after sitting in rush-hour traffic for two hours, my "Miles to Empty" indicator dropped in one step from 14 miles left on the tank to alternating between zero and one mile left.

I pulled off the freeway immediately to find a gas station and along the way, watched it creep back up to three miles to empty and breathed a sigh of relief.

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October 13, 2016

Another Way to Protect Your Car's Passengers: Window Tinting

Window_tinting-iStock_47033532-RobertsGalleriesEver since I became a mother more than 20 years ago, I've recognized the value of having tinted windows. Once you start driving around with kids in the car, the importance of keeping the sun off their little faces becomes pretty much a no-brainer.

I've lived in the San Fernando Valley for 30 years now. Aside from places like Phoenix, Arizona; Dallas, Texas; and Orlando, Florida; the valley ranks pretty high as a Hellhole between June and August when the summer sun blazes at its hottest. It doesn't take long for a car's interior to climb to oven-like temperatures, and when you're toting a baby around, that heat can be more than inconvenient: It can be downright dangerous, especially to small children whose little bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s.

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October 11, 2016

How Often Do I Need to Change My Oil?

Woman_checking_oil-iStock_46051112-kasto80Most drivers have grown up with the traditionally advertised oil change recommendation of 3,000 miles, but if you've bought a new car within the last ten years that interval may no longer be necessary.

In fact, if you’re driving a car that’s less than five years old, you may only need to change your oil every 7,500 to 10,000 miles. Some models don't require an oil change more frequently than every 15,000 miles; synthetic oil can help your engine last longer, and may even allow car owners to go up to 20,000 miles between changes. If you're changing your oil too frequently you’re simply wasting money and oil.

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September 28, 2016

Valvoline Raises Awareness of Breast Cancer with Pink-Out Day On October 1!

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Once again, Valvoline Instant Oil Change (VIOC) will be promoting its annual PINK Wiper fundraising campaign during the month of October. Support Valvoline's effort by getting your AutoTex PINK wiper blades this October at any participating Valvoline Instant Oil Change location.

AutoTex PINK donates a portion of the proceeds from each sale to National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.®; to get the promotion off to a great start, Valvoline Instant Oil Change will kick off the campaign with a Pink-Out day on Saturday, October 1st and will double donations for all purchases made that day.

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September 16, 2016

Cabin Air Filters, Mice, and Allergies...

Mice_in_fram_fresh_breeze_cabin_air_filterCabin air filters, mice, and allergies...What’s the connection?

Well, mice love to live in my car’s cabin air filter! I don’t happen to love the idea the idea of them in my cabin air filter though. :-) I live in a rural area about an hour north of Toronto and don’t have a garage… I also have a car that I store in the wintertime.

Last year, when I pulled my car out of storage it smelled really bad inside, and I couldn’t figure out why. So I drove with the windows open most of the time.

When I took my vehicle in for an oil change a couple of months later, my shop owner kept my cabin air filter to show me what had happened. A family of mice had been living in my cabin air filter and what I was smelling was actually mouse urine and poop. Yuck! Pretty much every time I take my car in for service there are mice in the cabin air filter. I’ve been told Irish Spring soap deters the mice but when I pulled out the bar in the spring it had tooth marks in it! The joys of living in the country...

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August 12, 2016

Consumer Survey: New Car Quality at High Standards

2__dtr___2016_terrainThe quality of new vehicles improved by 6 percent, the largest increase since 2009, according to the recent 2016 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. And the good news for consumers is that more affordable non-premium brands had fewer problems than more expensive premium brands for the first time since 2006.

"Non-premium brands are adding a lot of new technology," said Renee Stephens, vice-president of U.S. automotive quality at J.D. Power. And it is advanced technology, such as blind-spot monitoring, low-speed collision avoidance, navigation systems, voice recognition, and touchscreens, which can and have caused problems. However, in this case, the non-premium brands are delivering the technology in a way that's intuitive to use and with quality, she said.

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May 22, 2016

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