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June 16, 2015

Women in Automotive Conference Taps Industry Thought-Leaders for Inaugural Conference

WIAlogoThe first-ever Women in Automotive Convention will draw upon top female success stories as it assists the automotive community in recruiting, retaining, and developing female employees and leaders. Women make up just 17% of employees at auto dealerships according to NADA – and organizers of the conference are working diligently to raise this number, beginning with this event.

The conference is set for Tuesday through Thursday, August 18-20, 2015, at the Ballroom at Church Street in downtown Orlando, Florida. The three-day conference includes a recruiting event, speakers, breakout sessions, workshops, and booth displays – all centered on the goal of educating and inspiring women in all areas of the automotive industry.

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April 16, 2015

Are you an infrequent driver? How should you maintain your car?

IStock_000024409355_MediumA friend who doesn't drive her car much recently asked us if her car needs any different maintenance than one that is driven regularly.

We reached to Tony Molla, the Vice President of Communications for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, for advice.

According to Tony, "there's actually not a lot different about maintenance on a vehicle that is only driven occasionally. Even a few hundred miles a month is enough driving to keep things like the battery charged and avoid any problems with parasitic energy drains from the accessories."

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March 06, 2015

International Women's Day 2015: Women are Breaking Barriers in the Automotive World

General_Motors-Mary_Barra-photo_by_Steve_Fecht International Women's Day is being celebrated this year on Sunday, March 8, making this a good time to talk about how women are breaking barriers in the automotive world.

It was big news last year when Mary Barra became CEO of General Motors, making her the first female CEO of a major automobile company. She downplayed the significance of her gender when she accepted the position, but that doesn't mean it's not important.

Even though it seems like we're seeing more and more women in positions of leadership, women are still struggling to fit into the largely male automotive industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women hold about 25 percent of jobs in the motor vehicle and parts industry as of late 2014.

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October 20, 2014

Test Drive a Buick to Raise Funds for High School Extracurriculars

BuickDriveForStudentsWV04-sBy Derek Handova

It’s back to school time. Learning is in full swing on campus when the bell rings. And after hours, there’s a full slate of extracurricular activities. Unfortunately, with the state of educational backing in many districts, only the essentials get funded. Many programs could be at risk. That’s why outside resources are vitally important. In that spirit this last September, Buick started a full-scale initiative to help local high schools across the country raise money for after-class programs.

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August 04, 2014

5 Rules of the Road You Forgot from Drivers Ed

Teen_Driver_safety_Week-student_driver-thinkstock-153681188Do you remember when you first learned to drive?  You probably focused 110% of your attention on the road as you gripped the wheel at 10 and 2 with nervous, white knuckles.  And, strangely enough, you probably knew the rules of the road much better then than you do now. 

Why?  Because your driver’s license test depended on it.

But in the passing years, you’ve likely become much more comfortable behind the wheel and you’ve probably let slide a few of the rules your driver’s ed teacher taught you way back when.

Realistically, some of those rules are a bit unnecessary, but there may be a few you’ve forgotten which would help you to be a better, safer driver.  Read on to find out what they are.

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July 14, 2014

Don’t Get Too Friendly with the Cab Driver And 5 Other Taxi Safety Tips

Mobile-device-Thinkstock-78427556Opting for a taxi instead of driving or walking is often the safest and most convenient option for getting around in a city. If you’re drinking alcohol, worried about parking or alone in an unfamiliar place, it’s almost always in your best interest to cab it.

Though hopping in a taxi is much safer than some other alternatives, it’s not entirely without risk. To mitigate those risks, it’s wise to keep these crucial tips in mind so that your trip is safe and sound.

 

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May 01, 2014

Who Determines Fault in a Car Accident?

Ap-car_accident-thinkstock-455682573When you have a car accident, the first thing you may say is that the accident wasn’t your fault. It's an instinct, which people looking back often don't understand. Unfortunately, the other driver or drivers probably say the same thing.

Determining who is at fault in a car accident comes down to one thing: negligence. All drivers have a responsibility to obey traffic rules and not harm pedestrians or other drivers. Negligence is when a driver acts in a thoughtless or careless way that causes harm to someone else. For example, if the driver fails to stop for a red light or yield, he or she behaved in a careless or thoughtless manner.

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December 02, 2013

Ladies! Deadline for $5000 “Emerging Voices” Scholarship from Ford is December 16

Alliance-for-Women-in-Media-Foundation-&-Ford-Motor-Company-sutter-middle-schoolThe Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) and Ford Motor Company are funding a $5,000 Student Media Scholarship Competition: Blazing the Trail: Celebrating the Women of Empowering America® and the deadline to apply is just around the corner!

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November 15, 2013

AskPatty Affiliates Receive Kudos at SEMA!

Sema-logoCongratulations to these AskPatty partners and affiliates who received a variety of awesome recognitions at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show last week. AskPatty is proud to be associated with these excellent people!

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June 25, 2013

GM’s Chief Engineer of Full Size Trucks is a Woman!

Jully-Burau-Chief-Engineer-GM-full-size-trucksIntroducing Jully Burau, GM’s Chief Engineer of light-duty and heavy-duty pickup trucks. Jully was hired as a crash test engineer for Buick in 1980, and joined full-size trucks as Chief Engineer in 2001, where she has played a large part in working to refine the quietness of the all-new GMC Sierra, as well as its handling, steering, and braking capabilities.

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