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August 07, 2015

Protecting Your Teen Driver With Safety Equipment Just For Them

Teen_driver-iStock_000008004922_lisafxParents know that coaching a teenager on safe driving skills is vital. Their concern for their young drivers is more than just instinct – the numbers back it up.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16- to 19-year-olds in the U.S. is nearly three times the rate for drivers ages 20 and older. And the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration says more than half of teens killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts.

So, who is there to remind teenagers to buckle up when their parents aren’t around? How will they know when the radio is a distraction, or to slow down?

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AskPatty's Back-to-School Tips 3: Check The Tire Tread


Consider driving conditions where the student will be living. If the climate at college leans towards wet or snowy winters, be sure the car has enough tire tread for those conditions.

While tires should be replaced when they’re worn down to 2/32-inch of tread, be extra cautious and ensure your tires have at least 4/32-inch of remaining tread depth for driving under wet or snowy conditions. Instead of relying on the traditional penny test, use a quarter: If the top of Washington’s head is showing, you’ve reached 4/32’s of an inch and you may want to replace your student's tires now to ensure best winter-weather handling.

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While you're packing the kids off to school, take a little extra time to think about the tires that will transport them this school year and your desire to keep them all safe. After all, your tires are the only part of your vehicle that touch the road -- so they're very important to travel safety, and proper tire maintenance can boost your fuel economy, too!

Join NEXEN Tires and AskPatty and come get schooled on all things tires at our #NEXENTireCollege Twitter Party, being held on Tuesday, August 25 at 6pm Pacific and 9pm Eastern. Get more information on the Nexen Tire Back-to-School Twitter Party here.


August 05, 2015

AskPatty's Back-to-School Tips 2: Get The Car Serviced


Finding a mechanic in a new city can be difficult, especially for an inexperienced young person, so perform your student's next scheduled automotive maintenance service before he or she heads off to college.

Every vehicle requires regular scheduled maintenance regardless of their condition, oil changes being the most frequent of those services. Routine maintenance is a year-round investment that will help your student's vehicle last longer and perform better. Proper maintenance will ensure your student is driving a safe and reliable vehicle.

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August 03, 2015

AskPatty's Back-to-School Tips 1: Buy a Dependable Car


A great back-to-school car needs to be versatile, safe, and budget friendly.

Sometimes a back-to-school car can be a student’s first car. Do plenty of research to find your student a car that will be great at hauling his or her sports gear and school projects, as well as siblings if they will be ride-sharing. New cars these days are super reliable, which means that a gently used car can be a safe and affordable option as well. Do your back-to-school car shopping at Consumer Reports, where their recent round-up of "Safest Used Cars Under $10,000 for Teen Drivers" can help you find safe and reliable choices that won't crush the college fund.

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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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