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April 19, 2016

Toyota and Teens Encourage Safe Driving with Video Challenge

Toyota_teenDrive365_challenge-do_it_for_the_whalesVote Online for People’s Choice Winner until April 25!
"Do it for the whales!"

Teen filmmakers across the country are using their position behind the camera to encourage safer behavior behind the wheel. Today, Toyota and Discovery Education announced the ten finalists of the Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge. Now in its fifth year, the Challenge invites teens to create short videos to inspire their peers to drive more safely and avoid risky behavior. This year, more than 1,500 students entered the competition – the highest number of submissions ever received.
Toyota and Discovery Education invite the public to watch the ten finalist videos at and vote through April 25 for the People’s Choice winner, who will receive a $5,000 prize and a behind-the-scenes trip to a taping of a Velocity network show. 

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April 04, 2016

All Parents Should Know These 7 Safety Rules of Driving with Kids

Driving with KidsAs a parent, you probably know that accomplishing everyday tasks is a little bit more challenging when children are in the picture.

A simple trip to the grocery store or even taking a shower can be a feat when your little ones are around. And so it goes with driving…

Although you may have a good decade or more of driving experience under your belt, you quickly learn that operating a vehicle with your kids in the backseat is a whole other ballgame. Not only is it more difficult to stay focused, but the need to drive safely is even greater because you hold their lives as well as your own in your hands.

So, before you jump in the car with your children, take a few minutes to review these safety rules that will help keep everyone safe.

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March 23, 2016

Keyless Ignition Safety Tips

Understanding_keyless_ignition-iStock_000035895986-westernstudioFirst introduced as a premium feature on luxury cars in the early 2000s, keyless ignitions are now popular inclusions on many mainstream vehicles.

My keyless entry and start are two of the features I love the most about my Ford Fiesta, because as long as the keyfob is in my purse, I can get into my car and go without having to dig out my keys from under all the other stuff. And while I’ve historically been notorious for losing my keys, I can always find my purse…

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March 22, 2016

Air Bag Safety: How Air Bags Work

Airbag_logo-iStock_000049562804-Yuri_SnegurDid you know that every vehicle sold is required to have two airbags?

One is for the driver, and one is for the passenger, to protect them in case of a frontal crash. Sensors around the vehicle detect if an accident has occurred and determine the severity: If the crash is severe enough, the airbags will deploy.

While Ford and General Motors began to install air bags in some vehicles during the 1970s, official airbag legislation went into effect on September 1, 1998, with the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991: The law required that all cars and light trucks sold in the United States have air bags on both sides of the front seat.

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March 21, 2016

Driver's Little Helper Car Seat System Keeps Babies Safe

Drivers_little_helperEvery year, we share stories at AskPatty reporting on the tragedy that happens when children are left behind in hot cars. I simply cannot imagine anything more painful for a family than when a beloved baby dies because somebody forgot their child in a hot car

Enter "Driver's Little Helper," a revolutionary new stand-alone smartphone-enabled car seat system, that can monitor and alert parents and caregivers if a child leaves the car seat, if the temperature inside the car gets too hot or cold, or if a child is left in the seat for several minutes after the vehicle has stopped moving.

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March 16, 2016

Has Your Vehicle Been Recalled?

Dayight_saving_time-NHTSA_recall_reminderEach year when spring comes, Americans set their clocks forward. Then we set them back again in the fall. Why not use this same twice-a-year timeline to protect yourself and your loved ones against possible vehicle safety defects?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is recommending consumers use the daylight saving time adjustments to remind car owners to take a simple safety step and check their Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, to see if their vehicle is under a recall.  

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March 02, 2016

Understanding Five New Vehicle Safety Technologies

Volvo_Pedestrian_Detection_in_darkness-sWhen I was a kid I was pretty good at math. I did well at it in school and that carried with me into adulthood. Now as a parent, I’m tested when I try to help my kids with their math homework. Things have changed from what I was familiar with. When did that happen? Where was I?

The same could be said about features available on today’s new vehicles. So much new technology has been introduced over recent years that unless you’re up with the changes, you might not understand how these new safety features work.

Some of this vehicle technology has really helped to make the vehicles safer to drive. Let’s look at five new vehicle technological advances.

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February 29, 2016

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


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 26, 2016

Sweetheart Safety Tips from @AskPatty and @NexenTireUSA 12: No Cruising Allowed


Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface.

Your car's cruise control does not know the difference in road surface types and -- on slippery surfaces like wet, ice, snow, or sand -- it can actually cause your vehicle to go into a skid.

If you have cruise control set and the vehicle suddenly loses traction, the cruise control reads it as a loss of power and can make the vehicle accelerate, and you can lose even more control. And if you do skid, you won’t feel it as quickly as you would if you had your foot on the pedal.

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


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, "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


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