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July 09, 2015

Auto Service: A Pleasant Event? Or Nightmare?

Woman_with_mechanic-car_repair-iStock_000061256784_SmallYou need service help for your vehicle. Soon. What do you do? The service indicator light is on, or your car is pulling to the right, or you hear a thump or strange noise. Or you just know it’s time for an oil change, or at least some type of service. You have to do something right away. But you’ve heard horror stories about atrocities and being ripped off at auto repair shops or auto dealership service departments.

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June 04, 2015

What About Automobile Sales for Women?

Woman_salesperson_automotive_dealeship-iStock_000046856972_SmallAnd how do dealerships perceive and address women coming into their organizations?

By Thomas Procter

In a time that women have as much as 85% influence on all vehicle purchases, you might think this statistic would stimulate an interest from women in participating in the automotive industry as a career, or at least part-time. Yet, fewer than 7% of all auto salespeople are women. Even more remarkably, statistics show that these 7% are most often in the top 10% of sales for the dealerships for which they work. One might surmise that this success rate would be a tempting carrot for women wanting to make a substantial income, with benefits. Income for women in this category can realistically range from $5,000 to $12,000 per month, and even more, before taxes.

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May 10, 2015

Ode to Motherhood by Jody DeVere CEO




My children have always been

Three strong anchors

When the hard winds of life blew

They always kept me grounded


My first child, a son, stirring in the womb

Love at first sight at your birth

Rocking you to sleep singing Blackbird

All blond curls and blue eyes


My second child, a son, born strong and fine

Brothers forever, sweet boys

Curtain climbers and sandwich grabbers

Fed my poor fishes Kool-Aid..RIP


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August 15, 2014

Breastfeeding Moms: Have You Ever Pumped in the Car?

Baby oh baby the places ive pumpedAugust is National Breastfeeding Month, and AskPatty recently interviewed Y.N. Farkus to discuss her humorous book “Baby Oh Baby The Places I’ve Pumped.”

You knew that once you had a child nothing would ever be the same. But in your wildest dreams, did you ever imagine strapping on a breast pump in a car or trying to sneak bottles of pumped milk through airport security? I did!

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April 16, 2014

Automotive Industry Goes Green: 2014 DC Auto Show

Ladies, the DC Auto Show isn’t about glamour as much as it’s about policy making and the future of the car industry. In honor of Earth Month, we've collected information from the DC auto show to share more about the greening of automotive.

NissanTaxi-11.2013-7_mediumFront page: For the 2014 Washington Auto Show, Nissan rented an Amtrak train car and ferried a group of journalists from Penn Station, NYC to Washington, D.C. Since the show took place during an epic East Coast snowstorm, the train was both a pleasant and efficient way to arrive. And it’s consistent with Nissan’s push into the future of environmental changes. That objective encompasses Nissan’s NV200 vehicles (the taxicab of the future and NYC’s official taxicab) as well as some new initiatives they are rolling out with FedEx.

The scoop: The Washington Auto Show is known as the “Public Policy Show.” It is unique on the global industry circuit because of its proximity to the U.S. Congress, international diplomatic corps and federal agencies.

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August 21, 2013

How to Eat Carefully While on a Road Trip

Healthy-Eating-Road-Trip_Thinkstock-105671811-sAs students prepare to return to school across the country, is your family planning a last-chance road trip? In addition to watching the road, are you also watching what you eat? For all the education we do about distracted driving awareness, this feature is going in a different direction: in this article we are sharing healthy eating tips while in the car, especially if you’re taking a family road trip!

My friend Amy Culver, also known as “The Queen of Lean” has shared the following tips on healthy, calorie-conscious choices you can make while in the car, so that with a little planning, you can save money, eat nutritiously, and create some nice family memories on your end-of-summer road trip.

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May 16, 2013

May 18th is Safe Kids Day: Tips to Reduce Preventable Injuries in Your Garage or Driveway

Safe-Kids-DayEvery year, 9,000 families lose a child because of a preventable injury. That’s one child every 30 seconds globally due to tragedies such as fires, falls, drownings, and car crashes. In the United States alone, nearly 9 million children are treated for injuries in emergency rooms for injuries that can affect them for a lifetime. What can you do to help reduce these preventable injuries? On Saturday, May 18, 2013, more than 100 communities across the United States will celebrate Safe Kids Day to raise awareness and funds to protect our kids.

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April 08, 2013

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Gets Complete Makeover: New Features and Prices Make it a Standout in its Class

2014_Mitsubishi_Outlander_Front_Exterior_SE_3Brasada Ranch, Redmond, Oregon: Attractive new styling, more powerful and efficient engines and some of the latest creature comforts, even at the entry-level model, define the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander; it’s a crossover sport utility vehicle that seats seven. Mitsubishi says the third-generation Outlander has some “ground-breaking safety features for its class”—and we agree. It is also the only SUV at its price in its segment with three-row seating that comes standard. The new model also gets improved aerodynamics and better sound insulation; high-end technologies include adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and a crash-mitigation system. While Mitsubishi has not announced exact pricing, the new model will be priced close to the outgoing version, with an impressive array of added content over the previous generation. 

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March 25, 2013

Beauty Kit for The Car: But NOT When Driving!

I always keep ChapStick in the cup holder of my car for a lip fix. A quick swipe is the extent of my makeup ritual. However, after observing a friend apply a full face while I was driving one day, I started thinking about what I should keep in the car for an instant touch-up.

In truth, your car can serve as the perfect dressing room. There’s enough natural light to see what you are doing and there’s a built in vanity mirror for close-ups.

However, before you read on, know that the following tips are not meant for when you are driving, stopped at a light or in a traffic jam. Putting makeup on is for those times when you are sitting in the car waiting for your kids to get out of school, parked in a lot waiting to go in for an appointment or clocked into a meter. Bottom line: NO APPLYING MAKEUP WHILE DRIVING.

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March 12, 2013

2013 Toyota RAV4: Large Update for a Big Player in the Small-Sized Segment by Sue Mead

2013ToyotaRAV4001Carefree, Arizona: For the 2013 model year Toyota is giving RAV4 customers a little less and a little more for their money. The “more” category includes a complete interior and exterior redesign, a new engine, new six-speed transmission, and new all-wheel-drive system. Under the “less” heading, Toyota has filed its V6 motor, which was previously available as an option on this compact SUV, as well as removed the optional 3rd-row seat. The 2013 RAV4 starts at $24,145, including destination. The 4th generation RAV4 is significantly more refined and distinct from the first models that came to market in 1994 as ’95 editions with little competition; since Toyota has sold 1.7 million RAV4s in 150 countries and says some 80 percent are still on the road. The latest edition now joins 45 crossovers, including its direct competitors, the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue and Chevy Equinox. Toyota’s California design team penned the new model for the U.S.; it gets 8 standard airbags (including driver side knee airbag, front passenger seat cushion airbag and side airbags for front and second row) and a standard backup camera, as well as optional goodies like Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and a height-adjustable power liftgate.

2013ToyotaRAV4008Outside, the all-new RAV4 has the profile of an Olympic cyclist, with a low front bumper shape that wraps up from below like handlebars and a roofline that slopes steeply back from the A-pillar like a hunched-over speed racer. Glistening headlamps have an asymmetrical shape that slants inward toward the nose, which features a V-shaped grille that emphasizes this “cute ute’s” more aerodynamic look. The rear of the ute, which features an integrated spoiler with LED lights, has a bulbous shape that belies the cargo space inside. We’re thrilled that a liftgate replaces the swinging rear door of previous model years which also held the spare tire; standard steel wheels are 17 inches, with 17- and 18-inch alloys available on higher-end trim lines. The spare is now tucked under the cargo floor.

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