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January 01, 2016

AskPatty & Nexen Tires Holiday Travel Tip 12: Don't Drink and Drive.


Be even more aware of other drivers, especially during the holidays.

The reason is obvious: Holidays mean parties and drinking, which means more alcohol-impaired drivers. Officials with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) cite alcohol as a contributing factor in roughly 52 percent of all deadly accidents on Christmas Day and 57 percent on New Year’s Eve.

#HolidayResponsibly: If you will be enjoying cocktails at a holiday party, check your blood alcohol content (BAC) with a portable breathalyzer (like this one from Floome) to make sure you are safe to drive. According to 63 percent of Americans do not know that the legal limit for drunk driving is 0.08 BAC, which is the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. If you're not safe to drive, use a ride-share service like Uber or Lyft, or call a taxi to get you home.

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December 30, 2015

AskPatty & Nexen Tires Holiday Travel Tip 11: Buckle Up for Safety.


All passengers should be safely restrained by seatbelts and child safety seats or boosters.

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.

Make sure your car seat fits your child: As children grow, how they sit in your car will change. Make sure your car seat is designed to fit your child’s current size and age and allows some room for growth. Get more information on the right safety seat for your child here at AskPatty.

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December 28, 2015

Owners Auto Know: Complexity of the Auto Recall

Automotive_recall-Drive_safely-iStock_000069343943-liorptRecalls are a fact of life. In 2014, there were 803 recalls for problems with more than 63.9 million vehicles. Yes, it is up to auto manufacturers to let you know about a recall, but it isn't that simple. Consumers have to be on the ball, too.

A recall is issued when a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a vehicle, car seat, tire, or any equipment creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards. Manufacturers are required to fix the problem by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund, or in rare cases, repurchasing the vehicle.

If you were one of the people who didn't respond to a recall, then you may not have known about it. Or maybe you just didn't care. There are many reasons why vehicles don't get repaired.

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December 18, 2015

AskPatty & Nexen Tires Holiday Travel Tip 6: Prep Your Route.


Scope out your route and the weather before you head out.

Visit links to information on weather and road conditions. Another great source of information to have along the way is the Department of Transportation road condition hotline at 800.427.7623. Call in every few hours while you’re on the road to avoid or prepare for conditions up ahead.

Leave yourself some extra time on your holiday travel schedule. The roads will be heavily traveled, and congestion and winter storms can sometimes hit without warning. Always let someone know where you are, and check in with a family member or friend along the way so they know your location and when to expect you. Also, let someone know when you are heading back home and when you are expected to return.

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December 10, 2015

Driver's Education for Those Behind the Wheel With ADHD

Behind_the_wheel_with_ADHD-app-iconHave you heard the studies that show that teen drivers with ADHD are four times more likely to be in a car accident than their peers who do not struggle with executive-function impairments?

Behind the Wheel With ADHD provides driving instructors with additional training to understand the risks associated with ADHD and teen driving. Instructors are trained in the use of new tools, technologies, and strategies designed to help teens with ADHD learn to drive more safely. This may be welcome news to their loved ones, many of whom are aware of the higher incidence of car accidents among young drivers with ADHD.

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December 08, 2015

AT&T Joins Ohio Department Of Public Safety to Create Teen Video Challenge On Dangers Of Distracted Driving

ATT_it_can_wait-no_postAT&T* and the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS) invite Ohio high school students to submit ideas for video messages discouraging smartphone distractions behind the wheel. Students may send written video scripts or concepts to ODPS in December and January for the It Can Wait/Safer Ohio Teen Video Challenge. Several students will have their ideas selected for production in 2016.

"All of us are put at risk by distracted driving on our roads," said ODPS Director John Born. "Ohio teens can put their own creativity to work to remind all drivers how real the dangers are."

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December 07, 2015

Safety Technologies Make New Cars More Appealing

Chevrolet_active_safety_graphicThe appeal of non-premium brands such as Chevrolet and Ford is rising as automakers increasingly offer their buyers the kinds of in-vehicle technologies once only available in more expensive premium brands. That is one of the findings in the 2015 J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study.

And it is safety-related technologies, increasingly being added to new vehicles, which are especially helping to make those vehicles more appealing, according to the study.

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November 27, 2015

AskPatty’s Winter Tire & Driving Safety Tip 12: Beware of Black Ice


Watch for black ice, also known as “glare ice” or “clear ice” which is usually a transparent or invisible coating of ice on roadways, overpasses, bridges, and highly shaded, rural areas.

This thin ice may look similar to the color of the material below it and it can make your vehicle skid and lose control. Remember: if a road looks slick, there’s a good chance it is.

Be especially cautious when driving your car into shaded areas, and slow your vehicle down during your approach. If you're approaching a patch of ice, brake during your approach. Applying pressure to your brakes while on the ice will only throw you into a skid.

Forty-one percent of all weather-related car crashes on U.S. roads are due to conditions involving snow, sleet, ice, and slush, and we know severe weather can be both frightening and dangerous for automobile travel. 

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November 25, 2015

AskPatty’s Winter Tire & Driving Safety Tip 11: Be Prepared With a Winter Driving Kit


Prepare (or buy) an emergency car kit to keep in your vehicle at all times.

A well-stocked kit can help you handle any on-the-road emergency. Year-round, your vehicle emergency kit should include jumper cables and warning devices like flares or emergency lights, a road atlas and maps, first-aid kit, flashlight with extra batteries, water, and non-perishable food and snacks.

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November 23, 2015

AskPatty’s Winter Tire & Driving Safety Tip 10: Keep it Clean


If you can't remember when you last replaced your windshield wipers, it's time for new ones.

Make sure your windshield washer system works and is full of an anti-icing windshield washer fluid that includes chemicals to keep it from freezing up in the reservoir, as well as on the windshield. Apply a water-shedding coating (such as Rain-X) to the outside to assist with visibility in rain and snow.

Before you get behind the wheel, be sure to remove all snow and ice from your car. Don't just clean the windshield: Make sure you also clear snow and ice from side and rear windows, as well as the top, sides, and trunk of your vehicle. Clumps of snow falling off your car as you drive can be hazardous to drivers around you. 

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