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897 posts categorized "Around the Auto World"

January 19, 2015

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. #Kingday2015

Lorraine_MotelA media ride and drive event in Memphis in 2008 left me with some free time in the afternoon before heading to the airport to return home. My colleague and I were wondering how to pass a few hours, when he suggested we visit the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Martin Luther King, Jr. which now houses the National Civil Rights Museum.

It was an eye-opening afternoon for me: I was raised in Hawthorne, California, in the 1970s, and grew up with the understanding that all us kids were the same -- even though I was a white girl and I was the minority among my own diverse peer group. 

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January 16, 2015

Cold Car Facts: Your Fuel Mileage Will Drop With Winter Weather

1__discovery_sport__001Oil prices continue to fall and analysts say gasoline will be cheap for the rest of 2015. Low gas prices are a gift to consumers who find themselves with a little more cash to spend on items more rewarding than feeding their gas tank.

Winter is here, so it helps to know that your actual fuel economy is going to go down in cold weather conditions. There really isn't any way around this, but it helps to understand why you are getting lower gas economy mileage and what measures you can take to look after your car and its engine.

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January 12, 2015

5 Things NOT To Do Right After a Car Accident: A Lawyer’s Step-by-Step Advice

Car_accident-thinkstock-57280364-sWe all try to be safe drivers and avoid accidents, but accidents happen. The average American will be involved in a least one car accident in their lifetime. The only way to avoid an accident with 100 percent certainty is to stay off the road, which isn’t a real option for any of us.

The surprising thing is, despite how common accidents are, few people actually know what to do when they happen.  Because of this, even the smartest and most competent drivers often make serious mistakes that have legal implications or hurt their chances of being covered by insurance.

Take a few minutes to learn a few things you should always avoid after any kind of driving accident.

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January 09, 2015

7 Tips for Preparing Your Car for Winter from Ask Patty and MetLife Auto & Home®

Pretty_woman_in_the Snow_with_carWinter driving is never as easy as pie (which is really only easy if you buy it from a store). If you can navigate to your destination by avoiding treacherous snow-packed highways, then that's a great start for an easier trip. But as winter takes a turn for the worse, it’s always important to make sure your car is in the best shape possible before even hitting the road. Performing simple car maintenance and check-ups are a great way to save money and time.

Keep in mind: Although doing projects yourself can be fun and save you money—always think about the term “safety first” when you’re the “driveway mechanic.” AskPatty has joined with MetLife Auto & Home® to suggest these best practices to help keep you and your family safe and your car running at its best this winter.

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January 05, 2015

Mastering Disaster: 10 Tips for Winter Road Safety from Ask Patty and MetLife Auto & Home®

Snow_winter_weather-thinkstock-160926545According to The Association for Safe International Road Travel, more than 1.24 million people die and 50 million are injured in car accidents on the roads of the world each year. With AAA predicting more than 88.7 million Americans hitting the highways this holiday season, it's especially important to extra diligent about traveling safely.

In light of these statistics, MetLife Auto & Home® recently launched the sixth video in its Mastering DisasterSM video series, “Road Safety,” created to help consumers prepare themselves in case of an emergency situation.

Before you hit the road, be sure you've prepared yourself, your car, and your family for the adventure ahead. And when you're on the road, make sure everybody in the car is properly restrained by their seatbelt or child safety seat!

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December 29, 2014

Self-Driving Cars are Closer Than You Think

Hyundai-empty_car_convoySelf-driving cars are not science fiction.

In fact, you might be surprised at how sophisticated the cars on the road already are. Automatic distance sensing cruise control works with automatic braking to keep cars at a specific distance from each other, regardless of speed, and some systems can even bring the car to a full stop when necessary to prevent impact with the vehicle ahead.

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December 22, 2014

Follow Santa’s Christmas Adventures with OnStar and NORAD

Santa_in_car-onstar-norad-santa_trackerAs kids across the country anxiously await Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve, OnStar can keep your family aware of jolly Ol’ St. Nick’s whereabouts with a simple press of the “blue button.” If your kids are especially anxious to know what Kris Kringle is up to, OnStar Advisors can provide specific location-based updates on Santa Claus’ annual trek around the world based on data received in partnership with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

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December 01, 2014

AskPatty’s Expert Woman Amy Mattinat Honored as one of Vermont’s Professional Women of the Year

Amy_Mattinat-AutoCraftsmen-smilingThe National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) has honored AskPatty’s Expert Woman Amy Mattinat as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year, a prestigious distinction that recognizes her for leadership in the automotive industry. 

“I love cars and am proud to be part of the automotive industry. I am passionate about educating the public, especially women, about car care so they can make informed decisions about their cars and not get taken advantage of,” says Ms. Mattinat, President of Auto Craftsmen.

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November 27, 2014

Warm Thanksgiving Wishes from AskPatty

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Thanksgiving is a time to share and spread happiness with those near and dear to us. We hope this day is a reminder of all the wonderful things in your life, today and always.

At this time of Thanksgiving, we would like to take a moment to express our deep gratitude for our freedoms, families, and friends, the influence of which touches every aspect of our lives.

The entire AskPatty family wishes you and yours a happy Thanksgiving, and reminds you to buckle up and drive safely during your travels on this holiday.

November 17, 2014

Deja Fuel Multi-Gas Tech from the 80s Makes a Comeback in Chevy Impala

2015_Chevrolet_Impala-Bi-Fuel-001-frontviewBy Derek Handova

Those of us who were children of the 1980s and had a Midwestern experience at some point might remember multi-fuel-capable GM trucks. The one summer that I spent working a seasonal job in Colorado, there was another employee from Nebraska who had a Chevy pickup modified to run on gasoline and propane. The details of how the air-fuel mix was adjusted for switchover escape me, but the concept was to save money at the pump and extend overall range. In the Eighties, it was a long way between service stations in western Nebraska.

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