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May 13, 2016

AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Set Limits


Follow the speed limits and limit on the number of friends you ride with.

More than half of teenage drivers involved in motor vehicle accidents were speeding at the time of the incident. Teens are more likely than older drivers to allow shorter headways (the distance from the front of one vehicle to the front of the next), according to It’s especially dangerous to new drivers who just don’t have the experience to process on-the-road emergencies.

Crash risks increase when teens drive with other teens in the car: Half of fatal crashes involving 16-year-old drivers with three or more passengers are speeding-related. According to NHTSA, teens are 2.5 times more likely to engage in risky behaviors when driving with one teenage passenger and three times more likely with multiple teenaged passengers, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says the risk of fatal crashes increases with each additional passenger.

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May 11, 2016

AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Don’t Drive Tired


Make sure you get plenty of sleep ahead of the event.

Since many parties last until early morning, you might just choose to rent a limousine, ask your parents to pick you up, or hire an Uber so you and your friends don't have to drive tired.

In a poll of drivers surveyed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37% of drivers admitted to falling asleep at the wheel at some point in their driving career, and 8% admitted doing so in the past six months; NHTSA conservatively estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of drowsy driving each year. This results in an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses. Those numbers encompass all drivers, but keep in mind that fatal car crashes involving teens happen significantly more frequently at night.

Since it’s definitely an event that combines teens with night driving, driving safely to and from Prom is as important as selecting the right clothes for the event.

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May 09, 2016

AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Groom Before You Zoom


Ignore that makeup mirror while you’re on the road!

Before it’s time to go, take one last look in the mirror and make sure you’re looking good, so nothing takes your focus off the road while driving. Distracted driving contributes to a million crashes in North America each year -- up to 8,000 crashes every single day! Prom or not, shaving, styling your hair, or applying makeup while driving is never a good idea.

Prom is a great time to have fun with your friends, but don’t forget that you have a responsibility to yourself, your passengers, and other drivers on the road to act responsibly and drive safely.

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May 03, 2016

‘Mopar Road Ready Powered by @Dodge’ Teen #SafeDriving Program Returns for 2016 Season

Mopar_and_BRAKES-Teen_Driving-Road_ready-A4720cc6f9laubv5bn20krl6qjvpas9 (1)The Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge teen safe-driving program is returning for the 2016 season with events scheduled over the weekend of May 14-15 in Detroit and the weekend of May 21-22 in Brandenton, Florida. The spring stops follow completely full sessions offered in 2015 by the complimentary advanced driver’s training program.

Sponsored by the FCA Foundation and supported by Mopar and Dodge, the Mopar Road Ready Powered by Dodge program is dedicated to training and educating teenage drivers between the ages of 15-19 with a learner's or driver's license and at least 30 hours of driving experience.

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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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