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July 30, 2015

July 31 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day

National_Heatstroke_day-heatstroke_awareness-it_only_takes_ten_minutesNothing is more heartbreaking than hearing about the death of a child accidentally left in a hot car. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a child dies from heatstroke about once every 10 days from being left alone in a hot vehicle. In fact, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle fatality for kids 14 and younger.

All day on Friday, July 31, 2015, AskPatty will be joining NHTSA in a national day-long social media campaign to share messages with the hashtags #heatstroke #heatstrokekills #checkforbaby to raise awareness of the dangers of heatstroke. As of July 27, 11 children have died so far this year as a result of vehicular heatstroke, according to More than 30 died in 2014, and more than 40 died in 2013; sadly these tragedies are 100% preventable. Please watch our Twitter and Facebook feeds to share these messages yourself.

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May 21, 2015

Graduated Driver Licensing Laws Reduce Teen Car Deaths

Teen_Driver_safety-iStock_000016997442_SmallGraduated Driver Licensing laws, initiated in 1996, have successfully reduced fatal crashes among teens, but more could be done, according to new estimates by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

There are at least 10 states that could sharply lower their rate of fatal crashes among teen drivers if they adopted the five strongest provisions of graduated licensing. The map below shows how much each state could reduce the fatal crash rate for teens if it adopted the strongest policies in five GDL components. The states that would improve the most are shown in red.

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May 12, 2015

Raising Awareness of Traumatic Brain Injuries During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Man_and_woman_on_motorcycle_wearing_helmets-iStock_000055288188_SmallAskPatty takes safety seriously, not just for those driving in automobiles, but for those riding bicycles and motorcycles, as well. As part of efforts to promote safe driving during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, we're joining with experts from the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center's (DVBIC) "A Head for the Future" initiative to remind motorcyclists and bicyclists to protect their heads while on the road.

It's especially important now because summertime is just around the corner and fatal motor vehicle crashes tend to peak in the warmer months of the year.

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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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April 27, 2015

Distracted Driving Tips for Distracted Driving Month


Can you think of a day that goes by during which you never get distracted because you’re deep in thought? You know what I mean; while you’re thinking about things at home, food, friends, your relationship, or anything else in your life, you either forget what you were currently doing or someone walks in on you and speaks to you but you just don’t hear them. I’m pretty sure you chuckle and move about your business. Not so easy if you were driving.

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March 25, 2015

U-Haul, Ad Council, and Project Yellow Light Unite Against Teenage Distracted Driving

IStock_000007636075_SmallU-Haul International Inc. is pleased to announce its new partnership with Project Yellow Light and the Hunter Garner Scholarship, which issues $16,000 annually to high school and college students whose video submissions most effectively promote safe driving and convey the dangers of distracted driving to their peers.

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March 16, 2015

Five Safety Tips for Seasonal Transitions

IStock_000017361351_sTake a deep breath. Can you smell it? Spring is almost here! You may remember that season: Plants are blooming, grass is growing, winter coats are being put away and the most important part; windows are down while we’re driving. I can almost feel it now! Making the transition from winter driving to spring driving can be tricky if you live in a colder winter climate. Let’s take a look at a few things to make this transition easier.

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March 03, 2015

AskPatty's Tips for Driving with Dogs -- Tip #1


DON’T: Let your dog ride loose in your car.

Keep your pet in the back seat in his crate or with a harness attached to a seat buckle.

Lauren Genkinger, president of Adopt a Golden Atlanta, recommends not allowing your dog in the front seat to avoid driver distraction and injury to the animal if there is a sudden stop or accident and the airbag goes off.

If you choose a crate, make sure it's large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down, and turn around in. Always secure the crate so it won't slide or shift in the event of a quick stop.  And P.S., it's smart to get your pet used to the carrier in the comfort of your home before your trip.

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February 26, 2015

AskPatty's Winter Driving Do's and Don'ts -- Tip #10


DO make sure you are awake and alert behind the wheel.

If necessary, take a break and grab a coffee.

DON’T lose track of how many hot toddies you consumed to stay warm.

The most important winter weather safe driving tip of all is to refrain from drinking and driving under all circumstances. If you think you will drink, arrange for alternate transportation ahead of time.

February 24, 2015

AskPatty's Winter Driving Do's and Don'ts -- Tip #9


DO stay calm

if you find yourself stuck in the snow or broken down on the side of the road in adverse conditions

DON’T leave your car unless available shelter is close by.

If you need to run the engine to stay warm, make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow so the interior stays clear of harmful carbon monoxide.

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