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May 27, 2016

Where Are You Driving for Memorial Day Weekend?

AAA_Memorial_Day_travel_report-driving_highway_cars-iStock_000025951140_MediumAccording to their annual Memorial Day Travel Forecast report, AAA projects more than 38 million Americans will travel this weekend. Not only is this the most since 2005, but it's also the second-highest Memorial Day travel volume since tracking began in 2000. Nearly 34 million (89 percent) holiday travelers are expected to drive to their Memorial Day destinations, an increase of 2.1 percent over 2015.

Thanks to some of the lowest gas prices in more than a decade, about 700,000 more people will travel over this Memorial Day Weekend, compared to the same time period last year.

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Memorial Day Travel Tips from Michelin and AAA

Memorial_Day_Travel_tipsLow gas prices are fueling the busiest Memorial Day Weekend since 2005 and AAA is forecasting 38 million Americans will be traveling for the holiday weekend this year, with 34 million going by car. 

Of these, AAA expects to rescue nearly 350,000 motorists at the roadside this Memorial Day Weekend, with the primary reasons being flat tires and tire failure, dead batteries, and lockouts. And this is just the beginning of a busy summer season: AAA Projects that more than half of Americans will take a road trip this summer!

Ahead of the official start to the summer road trip season and National Tire Safety Week (May 29 – June 3, 2016), Michelin and AAA have expert safety tips to keep motorists safe on the road this Memorial Day weekend and all summer long.

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AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Have a Dress Rehearsal


Be sure you can drive in what you’re wearing!

Whether it’s a formal tux with fancy leather shoes, or a slinky dress with strappy sandals, Prom attendees are often dressed in unfamiliar clothing and are usually not wearing comfortable shoes. Be sure you can drive in what you’re wearing and that it won’t inhibit your reaction time while driving. Be sure to scuff your shoe soles: More than one new shoe has slipped off a brake pedal.

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 25, 2016

AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Make a Phonecall


Be prepared to ask for a “no questions asked” ride home.

No list of tips for teen drivers would be complete without an understanding that parents would rather have a phone call at 2 a.m. than for their teenager to make the decision to drive impaired. Make an agreement with friends to check on one another during the evening, and be sure someone you trust is available for you to call if your plans change or you need a "no questions asked" ride home.

According to an interview with D’Arcy Lyness, a child and adolescent psychologist and behavioral health editor, teens must know that they can and should call parents if they’re in an unsafe situation, and the parents should be ready to answer the call. “Sometimes parents and teens set up a little code call, in which a teen doesn't have to say ‘come get me, my ride is drinking,’ ” Lyness says. Teens can call parents and say a simple, agreed-upon phrase that will cue parents to pick them up.

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May 24, 2016

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Offers Innovative Back Seat Entertainment

2017_Chrysler_Pacifica-kids in back 2-AskPatty_Car_Buying_CenterTaking a driving vacation with your kids always seems like a fantastic idea. Until that nagging back seat refrain, "are we there yet?" begins.

A good road trip gone wrong? Well, not if you’re driving the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, the company’s newest minivan designed with everything parents could think of including an app titled, “Are We There Yet?”

The app displays the distance remaining to the destination and estimated arrival times -- all presented in a fun, colorful, and child-friendly graphics.

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May 23, 2016

AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Keep Your Hands on the Wheel


Don’t be distracted by fiddling with your phone while driving.

Surfing through the radio or your MP3 player to find a good song is just another distraction that takes your attention away from the road, so choose your music playlist ahead of time, and ensure everything is properly connected before starting the engine. Let your passenger control the music so you can keep your hands on the wheel. You’re going to see all your friends at Prom, so there’s no need to be texting or on the phone while driving!

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May 20, 2016

Car Deals and Discounts for 2016 College Graduates


A new car can be an important part of leaving school to set off on a professional path.

Getting the degree was undoubtedly expensive, so to assist recent graduates as they ease onto a new road, many manufacturers offer special incentives – such as cash rebates, low down payments, and flexible leasing – and financing offers that may include relaxed credit requirements, discounted percentage rates, no requirements for a co-signer, waived security deposits (on leases), and even deferred payments on their new car purchases.

Program offers and requirements vary by manufacturer, so here’s a list of currently available programs to help 2016 graduates find their fit:

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AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Make a Plan


Make sure you have a safe plan for Prom night

Know where you are and where you’re planning to go, and be sure to discuss your plans with your friends and parents ahead of time so you all get to your destination safely. Know your route so you don’t get lost on dark and unfamiliar roads, and be sure to contact your parents if your plans change. And remember to charge your cell phone and have it with you -- and even your spare battery, just in case you need it.

Teen drivers are four times more likely than older drivers to crash. Even worse, according to, the fatal crash rate of 16-year olds is nearly twice as high at night, while 58 percent of teen nighttime crashes happen between 9pm and midnight.

Ensure your special event is nothing but a smooth ride!

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May 19, 2016

The 2016 Rallye Aicha des Gazelles: American Women Drive to Record Results in the Sahara Desert

2016_ralleye_aicha_des_gazelles-03-23-Gazelles-1Get Your 4WD On!

by Sue Mead

It’s not uncommon for a family member or friend to donate a kidney or give medical support to loved ones in a time of need, but a different matter entirely to donate your vehicle’s air compressor in the middle of a competition!

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