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September 12, 2016

Denise Mueller Sets Guinness World Book Record as the Fastest Paced Woman on a Bicycle

160910-Denise_Mueller-record_148_mph_salt_flats-project_speedBig things happened at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah this weekend, when the Project Speed Team powered by Cylance and cyclist Denise Mueller, set a Guinness World Book Record as the Fastest Paced  Woman on a Bicycle. At the time of this writing, Denise has already set a record run of 147.75 mph, with more runs ahead of her!

Watch the record-setting run here at on the Team Fire Cycle page at Facebook.

Denise, a self-acclaimed "adrenaline junkie," has been coached by three-time Olympian and member of the US Cycling Hall of Fame, John Howard, who set a record of 152 mph in 1985, riding behind a dragster car at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The current record is 167 mph, set by Fred Rompleberg of the Netherlands in 1995. In three separate centuries, fewer than a dozen people have set a bicycle land speed record, and this is the first attempt to ever be made by a woman.

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September 02, 2016

Happy Labor Day Weekend from AskPatty!

Wallethub-2016_labor_day_by_the_numbers-LeadWhat have you got planned for this Labor Day Weekend ?

Perhaps it's one last family road trip before the official end of summer -- after all, 85.8 percent of Americans plan to travel somewhere by car. Maybe you'll be celebrating at home with a barbecue and a dip in the pool. Or, maybe you’ll buy a new car, since Labor Day is typically one of the busiest car-buying times of the year.

Whatever you do, please remember to drive safely over the weekend holiday as the National Safety Council has done some math magic to predict approximately 438 traffic fatalities and another 50,300 will be seriously injured in crashes over the Labor Day Holiday period, which is officially identified between 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 2, to 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 5.

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August 30, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Watch For Signs Of Heatstroke


Extreme temperature and humidity can cause heatstroke.

In children, some signs of heatstroke are red, hot, and moist or dry skin; no sweating; strong, rapid pulse or slow, weak pulse; and nausea, confusion or strange behavior.

In pets, some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness.

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August 29, 2016

Traffic Jam Etiquette

Traffic_jam_etiquette-leadGetting stuck in a traffic jam is all kinds of frustrating, so it's no wonder that our manners seem to evaporate as our tempers rise. 

Before you take it out on surrounding drivers with a full-on bird-flapping offensive, take a deep breath, feel the love, and remember your traffic jam etiquette.

Many thanks to Auto Insurance Center,  a news and information site that covers all things car insurance, for sharing this infographic refresher course on traffic jam etiquette to help keep you between the lines!

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August 26, 2016

Ladies: Sunday, August 28th is “#GoTopless” Day In Support Of Gender Equality

Obama_speaks_on_women_equality_day_2016On Sunday, August 28, 2016, people in cities around the world are invited to stand up for a women’s right to go topless in public by participating in a #GoTopless activity near them.

According to, GoTopless Day always falls at the Sunday closest to Women’s Equality Day,  which occurs every year on August 26. It was on August 26, 1920, that women earned their right to vote on the basis of Gender Equality. In 1971, the US Congress has made August 26 into a nationally recognized date and named it “Women’s Equality Day.” The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality.

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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.


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.

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August 23, 2016

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

AskPatty-Summertime_tips_for_dogs_and_kids_in_HotCars06-Take_action-save_lives 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


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


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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