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August 25, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Don’t Let Dogs Ride Loose In Pickup Truck Beds.

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The hot metal can burn a dog's paws, the sun and flying debris can hurt the dog, the dog can accidentally be thrown out of the truck if the brakes are suddenly applied, and the dog can jump out if scared or upon seeing something interesting to chase. Instead, use a crate to create a safer space for your dog if you can't fit the dog inside the truck cab -- and make sure to include lots of fresh water.

Get all eight Hot Car Tips for Kids and Dogs here at AskPatty.com

 

August 23, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Take Action to Save Lives

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KidsAndCars.org reminds everybody if you see a child or pet alone in a car, don't wait more than a few minutes for the driver to return: immediately call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

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August 22, 2016

Wacky Driving Laws

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Nothing can be more embarrassing than having to phone your attorney from Alaska for legal assistance in escaping a fine for lashing your Irish Setter to the roof of your car. Mitt Romney may have gotten away with it in Massachusetts in 1983, but that behavior would get him a hefty fine in Alaska where it is illegal to tether a dog onto the roof of a car. Laws about traveling with animals are common, but why does Massachusetts make it illegal to drive with a gorilla in the back seat of your car?

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August 18, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Create Reminders

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Put something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse, or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.

Today's electronic devices make it easy for you to create a calendar reminder to make sure you dropped your child off at daycare. And as a backup, ask your babysitter or childcare provider to call you if your child hasn't arrived on time.

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August 17, 2016

Choosing Your Next Car Color -- Could It Affect Resale Value?

2011-ford-fiesta-selx590When I was anticipating buying my Ford Fiesta in 2011, I had a hard time deciding between a cute girlie magenta hue, or a bright metallic shade called “Blaze Yellow.”

Six years later, both colors are uncommon on the road, but I especially appreciate having chosen my car’s eye-searing shade of yellow because makes it easy to find in any parking lot.

Turns out, that color yellow has additional value!

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August 16, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Humidity Is Also A Killer

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Heat is not the only concern; humidity can also severely affect pets.

"It's important to remember that it's not just the ambient temperature but also the humidity that can affect your pet," says Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD, of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

"Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly."

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August 15, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Makes Latex an Automotive Fashion

Mercedes-Benz_SL-Latex_Obsession_with_an_icon-15C1139_66-sMercedes-Benz highlighted its the new SL roadster in a 2016 Fashion Campaign and Film shot by American photographer Jeff Bark. The promotional film features Russian supermodel Natasha Poly and latex works by Japanese designer Atsuko Kudo.

The campaign, Obsession with an Icon, puts the luxurious new SLs’ distinctive design in the spotlight, highlighting its sinuous lines and sensual curves in precise detail by wrapping the car in latex. The car is photographed alongside Natasha Poly, who wears matching body-hugging latex.

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August 12, 2016

What Happens to Your Car When it's Stolen by a Professional Thief?

Thief_stealing_car-iStock_64000917_SMALLSpeaking as one who knows: finding the remains of your chopped-up car at the junkyard sucks. The first car I bought right after graduating from college was stolen with only 32,000 miles on the odometer, and it broke my heart to see its skeleton at the police impound lot!

Have you ever wondered what might happen to your car if it were stolen?

Sadly many cars end up in chop shops, where the vehicle is stripped down to its components, which are then sold separately on the black market.

By selling individual parts, thieves can make two to four times the vehicle's actual worth (see visual below). 

Other vehicles are shipped overseas and sold illegally. Hundreds of thousands of stolen vehicles are transported across U.S. borders each year.

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August 10, 2016

We Welcome Kelly Williams to the AskPatty Team!

Kelly_Williams-headshot-sHi! I’m Kelly Williams from Canada and I’m excited to be joining the Ask Patty Certified Female Friendly team! You will soon be seeing blogs from me about all things automotive!

So who am I? Well I raced cars for 15 years and 10 of those were in the top stock car series in Canada, called CASCAR. I was also a pace car driver for the Champcar World Series (now Indy Car).

In addition to that I work numerous vehicle launches, am a driving coach, motivational public speaker, was a judge on Canada’s Worst Driver (season 1), and I teach women about taking care of their cars. Everything I do is automotive and I love every second of it.

I live about an hour outside of Toronto and I also ride a Honda CBR 600RR, which is unbelievably fast. In the winter months I go snowmobiling with my boyfriend and we can often do this right from my driveway.

So there’s me in a nutshell and -- oh by the way -- I’m a certified high school teacher and, no, I don’t say “eh.”  :)

 

TrueSavings: Great Savings on Sport Utility Vehicles

TrueSavings-Great_deals_on_SUVs_for_August-AskPatty_car_buying_serviceAugust is a Great Time to Buy a Utility Vehicle!

Back-to-school is just around the corner, and the end of summer is traditionally the best time to buy a new car because dealers are clearing space for incoming models.

Whether you want something large or small, if you’re shopping for a utility vehicle, this edition of True Savings offers something for every SUV shopper’s needs. TrueCar analysis shows potential savings ranging from 15.3% to 19.7% off Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (“MSRP”), while market average pricing on these five crossovers and SUVs demonstrates potential MSRP discounts of as much as $8,050.

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