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September 04, 2015

AskPatty Advises: Please Drive Safely this Labor Day Weekend!

Labor_day_driving_safety_wear_seatbelt-iStock_000063781533_MediumAs summer comes to a close and families celebrate with their last road trips of the season, AskPatty reminds our readers to drive safely and remember to buckle up!

With all the travel scheduled over the upcoming Labor Day holiday period, the National Safety Council estimates 395 people will be killed and another 47,800 will be seriously injured in car crashes between 6 p.m. Friday, September 4, and Monday, September 7, at 11:59 p.m.

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August 24, 2015

AskPatty's Back-to-School Tips 10: Make -- and Keep -- a Budget


Using credit and debit cards can make it easy to lose track of what you spend. Be careful about weekend splurges.

Make a monthly budget and divide your spending into categories -- like food, clothing, and entertainment, etc. -- and set limits on the amount you spend on each. It will prevent you from going overboard. Before you indulge, think about how many hours would you have to spend at your work-study or part-time job to pay for your expenses. It will help you keep things in perspective.

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August 21, 2015

AskPatty's Back-to-School Tips 9: Do it Yourself


Don’t waste money on things you can do yourself: Small savings here and there can really add up.

Instead of stopping into the SUB or local coffee shop for a caffeine fix, try brewing coffee in the dorm with one of those single-serving coffee makers. Keep a compact refrigerator and countertop microwave in your room to heat up frozen snacks instead of making frequent fast food runs. Every little bit counts when you're a student on a limited budget.

Speaking of which…

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August 19, 2015

AskPatty's Back-to-School Tips 8: Reward Yourself!


Positive reinforcement is an amazing thing. Set goals, and when you have completed your tasks, reward yourself in small ways.

This can be anything from allowing yourself to take a 10-minute break after a long study session, to treating yourself to a movie after getting an "A" on a difficult exam. This will help to encourage healthy habits and avoid procrastinating!

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August 18, 2015

Driving Tips For Students Heading Back To School

Back_to_school-teen_driver-iStock_000008379470Well, it’s that time again: The kids will be heading back to school and I think that makes many parents very happy. Having four kids myself, I look forward to getting back into a regular routine once again. However, with an older son who now is heading to college, there are a few things that are different with him driving every day versus walking to school each day. If you’re a parent facing the same things, here are a few tips you may want to consider.

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August 17, 2015

AskPatty's Back-to-School Tips 7: Establish Healthy Habits


This is the perfect time to develop smart strategies for studying, sleep, exercise, and diet. Your brain can’t function at full capacity unless you treat your body right!

No matter what kind of student you were in high school, heading off to college creates a great opportunity to forge new habits. Establish good study habits early on, try to get at least eight hours of sleep a night, and set up a schedule for exercising at least three times a week. Take advantage of the campus commissary, and get in the habit of eating well.

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August 14, 2015

#MyCarDoesWhat? Do You Understand Your Vehicle's Safety Features?

Mycardoeswhat-leadMany consumers do not know the many ways in which their car’s safety technology works to protect them from danger on the road. In fact, many drivers misunderstood their vehicle's safety behaviors as being "unexpected."

A brand-new, one-of-its kind study from the University of Iowa revealed that a majority of drivers expressed uncertainty about how many potentially life-saving vehicle safety technologies work. The survey also showed that 40 percent of drivers report that their vehicles have acted or behaved in unexpected ways.

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AskPatty's Back-to-School Tips 6: Make connections


Heading off to a new school can be pretty nerve-wracking, but it’s also the best time to forge new friendships. Some of them may even last a lifetime!

While some students might be homesick at the beginning of the school year, it's the best time to make new friends, because everybody is feeling like a fish out of water. Just lean over and introduce yourself -- the other person will probably be happy you’ve broken the ice. Having a study buddy will also come in handy if you miss a class and need to get notes.

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August 12, 2015

AskPatty's Back-to-School Tips 5: Car Insurance Follows The Car


In case of an accident, car insurance follows the car, not the driver. So if your student lends his or her car to a friend or roommate, you could be liable if an accident occurs.

Even if the friend has great coverage with the highest limits and the lowest deductibles, your car insurance would have to cover the damages if the friend gets into an accident while driving your student's car.

So, if your student is thinking of letting his or her roomie drive the car, keep in mind that you're not only lending the car, you're also lending your car insurance.

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August 11, 2015

Keep your Cool: How to Prevent a Summer Breakdown

Dont_overheat_summer_roadtrips-iStock_000029328938-by-DirimaThe dog days of summer are here! As families try to make one last road trip before it's time to head back to school, we're sharing a few tips to make sure those adventures go off without a hitch... Unless, of course, you've got a trailer hooked to one!


#1) Start with a Tuneup:

If you're taking an extended road trip, make sure your car is in tip-top shape. If it's almost time for a scheduled maintenance or oil change, make a visit to your trusted mechanic and get it done before your vacay to reduce the chance of breakdowns along the way.

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