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October 08, 2015

Car Seat Safety Tips

Carseat-thinkstock-82089970Raising kids can be a challenge and a lot of fun. Transporting them in the family vehicle can be difficult at the best of times. I’m not sure which was worse; when the kids were little or when they got older. A day never goes by when I hear “shotgun” from one of my kids. They all want to sit in the front seat. However, when the kids are small, it’s every parent’s responsibility to know where the kids should sit, especially in the early years. Keep in mind the middle of the rear seat is safest for any passenger. It's farthest away from any of the four sides in case of collision.

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October 01, 2015

Changing Seasons Require Changing Your Driving Habits

Fall Season Safety Tips from Nexen Tire

Fall is here, the kids are back in school, and Halloween is just around the corner. As the days grow shorter and we shift our focus to the cooler season ahead, it’s also important to shift our focus on the road as well.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic accidents are the single most common cause of death for children ages 4 to 18, and autumn is the most dangerous time of year for pedestrians, accounting for 29 percent of pedestrian-related fatalities. Approximately 800 school-aged children are killed in motor vehicle accidents during normal school travel hours each year, says the National PTA. Their safety must be a high priority for every driver as our young pedestrians return to the roadways.

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September 24, 2015

AskPatty’s Teen Driving Tips 6: Don’t Drive at Night


Poor decisions among teen drivers can lead to crashes and fatalities at any time of the day, but fatal teen driver crashes are most frequent between 3 and 8 p.m., and remain high until midnight and into morning.

According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, 58% percent of teen crash deaths occur between 6 pm and 6 am. This is primarily due to a combination of the visibility challenges caused by dark conditions, slower response time brought about by fatigue, and a lack of experience driving under such conditions.

Many states have graduated driver licensing programs in place to limit the times of day that new drivers are allowed on the road. Consider limited driving on weekends as well: More than 50% of teen deaths from motor vehicle crashes occurred on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

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September 22, 2015

Got Road Rage? AskPatty Shares Some Tips To Help You With That

Road_rage-iStock_000017748269_SmallStudies show that up to 1,500 people are injured or killed in road rage incidents each year. According to the National Safety Council, motorists rate road rage as a top threat to highway safety. Road-rage-related deaths and injuries are always tragic, and almost completely avoidable.

Everybody knows it can be stressful driving during peak traffic times, especially as temperatures rise and tempers start to fray. Congested roads, busy schedules, and idiots on the road are a fact of life. No one likes to be trapped in bumper-to-bumper traffic, and even I admit that there's been a few times I've imagined taking my little car off road just to get out of frustrating traffic jams.

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AskPatty’s Teen Driving Tips 5: Wear a Seat Belt


Clicking your seat belt takes a matter of seconds, and it’s your best defense in an accident — not to mention it’s the law. Yet, around 53% of teen drivers killed in car accidents are not wearing one.

Regardless of whether they’re headed off to a college in another city or state, or just driving to the school across town, AskPatty knows you want your teen driver to be as safe as possible behind the wheel.

Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use, according to In 2011, over half of the teen occupants of passenger vehicles who died in crashes were unrestrained. In 2013, only 55% of high school students reported they always wear seat belts when riding with someone else. Peer pressure is also a contributing factor in teen crash deaths: When the teen driver in a fatal crash was unrestrained, nearly all of that driver’s teen passengers were also unrestrained.

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September 18, 2015

Three Ps of Auto Care: Preventative, Proactive, Prepared

National_preparedness_month-be_prepared-iStock_000029328938-by-DirimaIn recognition of National Emergency Preparedness Month in September, AskPatty joins with the non-profit Car Care Council to remind motorists of the importance of the "three Ps of auto care" to make sure their vehicle is ready for the unexpected. 

Reduce the chance of unplanned, costly car trouble by following a vehicle service schedule and performing routine maintenance. The Car Care Council's free personalized schedule and email reminder service is a simple way to help you take better care of your vehicle.

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September 17, 2015

AskPatty’s Teen Driving Tips 4: Don’t Drink and Drive


Teens are more likely to die in an alcohol-related crash than anyone else. In 2012, 23% of drivers aged 15 to 20 involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes were drinking.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens. Talk with new drivers about the consequences, review stories of teens impacted by drunk driving, and remind them never to ride with someone who has been drinking.

Even though all states have Zero Tolerance Laws for drinking and driving under age 21, according to, a national survey conducted in 2013 showed 22% of teens reported that they had ridden with a driver who had been drinking alcohol within the previous month. Among students who drove, 10% reported having driven after drinking alcohol within the same one-month period.

According to NHTSA, alcohol involvement is higher among young male drivers than among young female drivers. In 2012, 25% of the young male drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking at the time of the crashes, compared with 15% of the young female drivers involved in fatal crashes.

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September 15, 2015

AskPatty’s Teen Driving Tips 3: Don’t Speed


Speeding has pricey consequences, from a ticket to a crash. In fact, speeding was a factor in 35% of fatal crashes involving teen drivers in 2011, according to NHTSA.

Most of us speed at one time or another. Why? Usually we’re in a hurry and we think the laws don’t apply to us. Most of the time, we don’t think speeding is dangerous, and most people think they won’t get caught. Unfortunately, it’s the third leading contributing factor in traffic crashes after distracted driving and impaired driving. A 2012 study by the AAA Traffic Safety Foundation showed 52% of drivers said they had driven 15 mph over the speed limit on a freeway in the past month, and nearly one in four said they consider it acceptable to do so.

According to information at Caddell Weiland, speeding costs drivers in many ways. For every 5 mph over 60 mph you travel, you pay an extra 24 cents per gallon for gas. Americans have paid more than $6 billion in speeding fines. That’s just fines; NHTSA says the accidents themselves where speed is an issue cost society more than $40 billion annually.

Teens are more likely than older drivers to speed and allow shorter headways (the distance from the front of one vehicle to the front of the next), according to It’s especially dangerous to new drivers who just don’t have the experience to process on-the-road emergencies.

An analysis of crash data from 2000-2011 by TeenSafeDriver show that speeding is one of the primary factors in fatal crashes involving young male and female drivers and is implicated in about a third of all such crashes. Half of fatal crashes involving 16-year-old drivers with three or more passengers are speeding-related.

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September 14, 2015

#TheRightSeat: Keep your children safe in the car during Child Passenger Safety Week and every day!

Child_passenger_safety_week-therightseat-leadI just had a discussion last night about safe seating with the 8-year-old son of a friend of mine who wanted to be moved up to the front seat. (Sorry Hayden, NHTSA recommends children ride in the back seat at least through age 12!) Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13 in the USA? In 2013, a child under 13 was involved in a crash every 33 seconds. Sadly, many of these deaths and injuries could be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.

AskPatty joins with NHTSA and other child safety organizations like to observe Child Passenger Safety Week from September 13-19, 2015, and National Seat Check Saturday on September 19, 2015. One of the goals of Child Passenger Safety Week is to encourage parents and caregivers to visit to determine if their child is in the right seat for his or her age and size and to locate a car seat inspection event in their area. Additionally, parents and caregivers are urged to register their child’s car seat with the manufacturer so as to be informed in the event of a recall.

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September 10, 2015

AskPatty’s Teen Driving Tips 2: Don’t Carry Extra Passengers


Cell phones aren’t the only behind-the-wheel distraction — friends can unknowingly do more harm than good.

"Inexperience and immaturity, combined with speed, drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts, distracted driving, and other teen passengers contribute to the high fatality rate of teens involved in fatal crashes," said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland.

Crash risks increase when teens drive with other teens in the car. According to NHTSA, teens are 2.5 times more likely to engage in risky behaviors when driving with one teenage passenger and three times more likely with multiple teenaged passengers. In fact, NHTSA analysis shows that the risk of a fatal crash increases in direct relation to the number of teenagers in the car.

Be sure your teenager understands your state’s graduated driver licensing program passenger restrictions. And don’t be afraid to enforce your own rules regarding extra riders.

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