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February 12, 2016

Sweetheart Safety Tips from @AskPatty and @NexenTireUSA 4: Get the Snow Off


From the driveway to the highway, get all the snow off your car.

Getting your car out of the snow and on the road can be a pain, but it's an important aspect of driving safety.

Keep your windows clear: Don’t start driving until the windows are defrosted and clean -- even if you’re only going a short distance. Brush all the snow off your car and don't forget the roof! In fact, failing to clean off your car can be illegal. More than that, it can be dangerous to cars behind you: You don't want a block of ice the size of a mattress flying off your car into traffic.

Also, before you hit the road, make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow, ice, or mud. A blocked exhaust could cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to leak into the passenger compartment with the engine running.

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 11, 2016

Sweetheart Safety Tips from @AskPatty and @NexenTireUSA 3: Slow and Steady


Slowing down is the most important thing to do when driving on ice and snow.

High speeds make it both easy to lose control and difficult to stop. You should never be driving faster than 45 mph in any vehicle when roads are icy -- not even on highways! In many cases, much slower speeds are necessary. You can slide off of the road on certain types of more treacherous icing - like black ice - at 10 mph or less! If you're fishtailing or sliding at all, it means you are going too fast for the conditions.

In normal conditions, you should maintain a following distance of three seconds between you and another car. On winter roads, increase that to a full 8 to 10 seconds. Yes, that may mean slow going, but a little patience will keep you a lot safer on the road.

Be extremely cautious until you are able to determine how much traction you can expect from your tires.

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 09, 2016

Sweetheart Safety Tips from @AskPatty and @NexenTireUSA 2: Keep it Full When it’s Cold


Keep your gas tank sufficiently full – at least half a tank is recommended.

The first reason is obvious: Keep your tank half full to prevent the possibility of running out of gas in an area where no service stations are available. Running out of gas under normal circumstances is inconvenient, but in freezing weather running out of gas can be downright dangerous.

Another reason, according to the Car Care Council, is that the condensation of moisture in the air in the gas tank can cause an accumulation of water. Because water is heavier than gasoline, it settles to the bottom of the tank, entering the gas line and eventually working its way to the lowest point in the fuel system. Once the moisture freezes, the fuel flow is blocked and the engine may not start on a cold morning.

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 08, 2016

Sweetheart Safety Tips from @AskPatty and @NexenTireUSA 1: Don't Drive in The Snow If You Don't Have To


The best way to avoid an accident on on snowy and icy roads is to simply stay off the roads until the threat passes.

Nothing can inconvenience you more than a wreck or getting stuck! If your trip is non-essential or can be postponed, just stay home. If the weather forces you change your Valentine's Day plans, schedule a romantic evening at home 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


February 05, 2016

The Latest Driver Safety Technologies

Car_technology-iStock_000045322586-cosmin4000Every day, we're getting closer and closer to self-driving cars. In fact, a number of models are already on the market that are more than capable of driving hundreds of miles on the Interstate with almost no input from a human being.

Currently, they're required by law to disengage if the driver doesn't touch the steering wheel every so often, but the capability is here right now.

Meanwhile, the features that enable this capability are being marketed independently as the following driver safety technologies.

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February 03, 2016

7 Things Drivers Should Do to Keep Pedestrians & Cyclists Safe

Keep_Pedestrians_Cyclists_Safe_sAs good drivers, we know exactly how to interact with other cars on the road – we know who has the right of way at various types of intersections, what to do if another car has its lights off at night, and how to handle a tailgater.

But what many drivers are far less versed in is safe interaction with the pedestrians and cyclists with whom they share the road.  And given that cars are the post powerful things on the road, this lack of knowledge often causes accidents that result in serious injury or even death.

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January 21, 2016

Ladies Auto Know: Keep Calm, Drive On

1__istock_road_rage__by_mandy_godbehearIt will come as no surprise that speeding is as prevalent as it is dangerous. Over a period of several months, I observed speeders on Interstates, as well as in residential neighborhoods.

Women, it turns out, hit the accelerator just as hard as men and wear the same tense and determined look when speeding. But who is most likely to speed, and what can be done about the behavior?

I recall reading an article on the gender and age profiles of road rage offenders in Psychiatry MMC, a peered review journal, which reported that a number of studies have examined the characteristics of individuals who perpetrate road rage. It revealed that individuals are predominantly young (33 years of age on average) and male (96.6 percent). Investigators also found that road rage behavior may extend across all age groups with the exception of seniors. And while the behaviors are predominantly male, women are not exempt.

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January 19, 2016

Seat Belt Syndrome can be Avoided with Proper Booster Seat

2_good_fit_beltIn the 2015 report sharing ratings for new children's booster seats by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 20 earned the highest rating of Best Bet and three received the next highest rating of Good Bet.

These ratings are designed to inform parents how well booster seats work to help safely secure 4- to 8-year-old children with a vehicle's seat belts.

Studies have shown that children ages 4 to 8 who ride in booster seats are 45 percent less likely to be injured in crashes than children that age who are incorrectly restrained by adult seat belts alone. Injuries caused to children this age who are restrained by adult seat belts alone include injuries to the spine and internal organs in what is known as "seat belt syndrome."

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January 13, 2016

Winter Driving Tips For Survival

Snow_tires_for_winter-iStock_000015474918_SmallThroughout life there are things we can always rely upon; aging, politics, the fact the sun will rise in the east and set in the west…oh, and winter. Winter driving conditions can make traveling difficult for many drivers, so here are a few reminders to help keep you safe while driving in snowy and icy conditions.

The first thing to help keep you safe while driving on a snowy winter day is preparation. Preparing your vehicle before the snow flies is one of the best things you can do each winter season. Having a mechanical check, including brakes, suspension, and fluid levels will ensure your vehicle is in its best shape to tackle the road conditions. And don’t forget about the much-needed winter tires. They can grip the roads better during cold weather, not just snow- and ice-covered roads, so put those on before the temperature drops.

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January 06, 2016

Are Boomers Embracing New Vehicle Technologies, Including Self-Driving Cars?

Car_technology-iStock_000063962599-welcomiaAs car manufacturers continue to introduce new vehicle technologies, it's important that all drivers learn how they work and how to use them effectively.

This is especially true for mature drivers as many technologies such as blind-spot warnings and reverse back-up cameras can enhance driving safety and the driving experience as we age.

Vehicles today have many more features than they did 10, 20 or 50 years ago. But when it comes to going high-tech behind the wheel, are older drivers willing to adopt them? In this attached video at YouTube, Jodi Olshevski, a leading gerontologist from The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence, and Joseph Coughlin, Director of the MIT AgeLab, discuss findings from their Vehicle Technology Adoption Among Mature Drivers study and talk about how new technologies can benefit older drivers.

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