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June 24, 2016

How Safe Is Your Car's Passenger In A Crash?

IStock_6519891-KonovalikovAndreyAccording to a recent report by the Insurance Institute from Highway Safety, some vehicles with good driver-side protection may still leave passengers at risk.

Drivers of vehicles with good small overlap front ratings from the IIHS can expect to be protected well in a frontal crash involving the left corner of the vehicle. But how would the passengers sitting next to them fare in a right-side small overlap crash?

A new study shows that good crash protection doesn’t always extend across the front seat.

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May 27, 2016

Memorial Day Travel Tips from Michelin and AAA

Memorial_Day_Travel_tipsLow gas prices are fueling the busiest Memorial Day Weekend since 2005 and AAA is forecasting 38 million Americans will be traveling for the holiday weekend this year, with 34 million going by car. 

Of these, AAA expects to rescue nearly 350,000 motorists at the roadside this Memorial Day Weekend, with the primary reasons being flat tires and tire failure, dead batteries, and lockouts. And this is just the beginning of a busy summer season: AAA Projects that more than half of Americans will take a road trip this summer!

Ahead of the official start to the summer road trip season and National Tire Safety Week (May 29 – June 3, 2016), Michelin and AAA have expert safety tips to keep motorists safe on the road this Memorial Day weekend and all summer long.

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AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Have a Dress Rehearsal


Be sure you can drive in what you’re wearing!

Whether it’s a formal tux with fancy leather shoes, or a slinky dress with strappy sandals, Prom attendees are often dressed in unfamiliar clothing and are usually not wearing comfortable shoes. Be sure you can drive in what you’re wearing and that it won’t inhibit your reaction time while driving. Be sure to scuff your shoe soles: More than one new shoe has slipped off a brake pedal.

Prom is a great time to have fun with your friends, but don’t forget that you have a responsibility to yourself, your passengers, and other drivers on the road to act responsibly and drive safely.

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May 25, 2016

AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Make a Phonecall


Be prepared to ask for a “no questions asked” ride home.

No list of tips for teen drivers would be complete without an understanding that parents would rather have a phone call at 2 a.m. than for their teenager to make the decision to drive impaired. Make an agreement with friends to check on one another during the evening, and be sure someone you trust is available for you to call if your plans change or you need a "no questions asked" ride home.

According to an interview with D’Arcy Lyness, a child and adolescent psychologist and behavioral health editor, teens must know that they can and should call parents if they’re in an unsafe situation, and the parents should be ready to answer the call. “Sometimes parents and teens set up a little code call, in which a teen doesn't have to say ‘come get me, my ride is drinking,’ ” Lyness says. Teens can call parents and say a simple, agreed-upon phrase that will cue parents to pick them up.

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May 23, 2016

AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Keep Your Hands on the Wheel


Don’t be distracted by fiddling with your phone while driving.

Surfing through the radio or your MP3 player to find a good song is just another distraction that takes your attention away from the road, so choose your music playlist ahead of time, and ensure everything is properly connected before starting the engine. Let your passenger control the music so you can keep your hands on the wheel. You’re going to see all your friends at Prom, so there’s no need to be texting or on the phone while driving!

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May 20, 2016

AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Make a Plan


Make sure you have a safe plan for Prom night

Know where you are and where you’re planning to go, and be sure to discuss your plans with your friends and parents ahead of time so you all get to your destination safely. Know your route so you don’t get lost on dark and unfamiliar roads, and be sure to contact your parents if your plans change. And remember to charge your cell phone and have it with you -- and even your spare battery, just in case you need it.

Teen drivers are four times more likely than older drivers to crash. Even worse, according to, the fatal crash rate of 16-year olds is nearly twice as high at night, while 58 percent of teen nighttime crashes happen between 9pm and midnight.

Ensure your special event is nothing but a smooth ride!

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May 18, 2016

AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Wear Your Seatbelt!


Insist that everyone wears a seatbelt even if it means a few clothing wrinkles.

Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use, according to In addition to jewelry or flowers, seatbelts are the perfect formal accessory – a little wrinkle in your dress, tux, or graduation gown is hardly worth not buckling up for. Buckling your seatbelt can save your life and keep you from getting seriously injured.

May and June are peak season for attending Proms and graduation parties, but don't let a fun celebration turn into a tragic teen statistic.

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May 16, 2016

A Mom's Practical Guide to #TeenDriver Safety

Back_to_school-teen_driver-iStock_000008379470As the mother of two boys (now 22 and 13), I dreaded the days approaching my first son's landmark 16th birthday and the all-important driver's license that would come with it.

Knowing that, each year, thousands of teen drivers and passengers are killed and more than 150,000 are injured in car crashes made me concerned about his safety on the road. The leading cause of death among teenagers is teen driving!

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AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Don’t Drink/Do Drugs and Drive!


Drinking is responsible for over 4,500 deaths each year among young drivers.

Drinking before the age of 21 is illegal in every state, and alcohol and driving should never mix no matter your age. This goes for using drugs and other illegal substances as well. Be smart: Don't get into the car with a driver who's been drinking, and pay careful attention to other drivers out late at night. Each year in the U.S., more than 10,000 people are killed and 350,000 are injured due to drunk driving.

Keep an eye on your date/driver to make sure they do not drink any alcohol or take any drugs. And, even if you don’t intend to catch a buzz, be safe about what you do drink: Don’t accept drinks from someone you do not know, and if you leave your drink unattended, discard it and get a new one.

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