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October 24, 2016

AskPatty Dear Diary Entry #1 Rebelle Rally

EmilyMiller Tim Calver Photography.My time with the Rebelle's this week was transformative, exciting, memorable, awe-inspiring and extremely motivating. Watching all these amazing women compete under such difficult challenges was awesome! More on my adventures in Dear Diary Entry #2 coming soon.

The Rebelle Rally is the first women’s off-road navigation rally raid in the United States. Blending the love of driving with the ultimate challenge of precise navigation, the Rebelle tests your skills over 7 days of competition.

It is not a race for speed, but a unique and demanding precision event based on the elements of time, distance, headings, and hidden checkpoints using maps, compass, and road-book. Teams of two women, (driver/navigator), will spend seven days driving mostly off-road from Lake Tahoe to the sand dunes of Southern California. Best of all, you get to leave your cell phone, computer, GPS, & headaches behind. It’s all about YOU. And your endless abilities.

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October 21, 2016

Are You Getting Ready for Winter?

Woman_with_snowy_car-winter_driving-iStock_000018495162-omgimagesHave you thought about buying a new winter jacket, new winter gloves, or even new boots? If you have, then you are thinking about getting yourself ready for winter, but have you thought about getting your car ready for winter? Hmmm… probably not.

Why not, I wonder? Our cars are very important to us and we need to take care of them so they don’t let us down in the cold winter months.

Below are a number of items that you should be having checked when you take your vehicle in for service in the next month.

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October 13, 2016

Another Way to Protect Your Car's Passengers: Window Tinting

Window_tinting-iStock_47033532-RobertsGalleriesEver since I became a mother more than 20 years ago, I've recognized the value of having tinted windows. Once you start driving around with kids in the car, the importance of keeping the sun off their little faces becomes pretty much a no-brainer.

I've lived in the San Fernando Valley for 30 years now. Aside from places like Phoenix, Arizona; Dallas, Texas; and Orlando, Florida; the valley ranks pretty high as a Hellhole between June and August when the summer sun blazes at its hottest. It doesn't take long for a car's interior to climb to oven-like temperatures, and when you're toting a baby around, that heat can be more than inconvenient: It can be downright dangerous, especially to small children whose little bodies heat up three to five times faster than an adult’s.

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October 12, 2016

Inaugural 2016 Rebelle Rally Launches Thursday, October 13th in Lake Tahoe

Rebelle_Rally_logoOn Thursday, October 13th, the inaugural Rebelle Rally presented by Hoehn Adventures will launch on the shores of iconic Lake Tahoe. More than 75 women from 19 states and four countries will become the first competitors to take part in the women’s 10-day off-road navigation rally raid. And our very own Jody DeVere will also be attending the event as media on behalf of AskPatty!

If you’ve ever seen our annual coverage of the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles, then you're already familiar with this type of racing event. The Rebelle Rally is not a race for speed but an event based on traditional compass, map, and roadbook navigation. GPS devices and cell phones will be sealed and prohibited from team use until the event concludes as navigators and drivers traverse the stunning Nevada and California terrain in stock four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles. The route covers primarily land managed by the Bureau of Land Management and takes place on legal dirt roads, trails, and OHV areas. The participants will also travel through two National Parks.

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October 10, 2016

A Lesson on #CrushingIt With Lisa Copeland

Lisa_Copeland_headshotHappy birthday to Lisa Copeland! We're so thankful to call this amazing woman a friend to AskPatty. A pioneer in the field of automotive marketing and management for more 25 years, Lisa is also a sought-after speaker and a prolific writer.

Until just about six months ago, Lisa was the managing partner of Fiat of Austin, an award-winning Texas dealership that has been the all-time number one Fiat retailer in North America since the brand returned to the U.S. in 2011. But earlier this year, Lisa turned in her keys to the dealership to write a book, speak around the world, and to help businesswoman and men "FEAR.LESS" through programs she has developed at CrushingItAcademy.com.

And, as if that wasn't enough, Lisa has also taken on a new role as Chief Marketing Officer for "Empowering a Billion Women" (EBW2020.com), a financial literacy company that's working in 72 countries around the world to give women technology, education, and a powerful network to succeed as leaders and entrepreneurs.

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September 27, 2016

Safe Driving Tops List of Concerns for Parents of Teens

Teen_driver_safety-distracted_driving-iStock_000087311727-fizkesChevrolet recently commissioned a Harris Poll of parents with teenagers from 13 to 17 years old to find out how seriously they are concerned about their teens' driving. According to the survey, parents with teens worry more about their child driving (55 percent) than any other area of parental stress, including drugs and alcohol (52 percent), sexual activity (49 percent), and academic performance (53 percent).

It doesn't take a Harris Poll to know that parents always want their kids to be as safe as possible, so Chevrolet offers Teen Driver Technology on 10 of its 2017-model-year cars, trucks, and SUVs to help encourage safe driving practices. Teen Driver is a non-subscription-based service currently available on the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Camaro, Colorado, Cruze, Malibu, Silverado, Silverado HD, Suburban, Tahoe, and Volt.

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Explore Life with Chevrolet's New GPS = Global Positivity System

Chevrolet_Global_Positivity_ScoreLet's hear it for the power of positive thinking! If you're one of those who believes that you can improve the world around you with a few kind words, then you should hurry over to the Chevrolet Global Positivity System to evaluate the positivity you bring to your friends, family, and greater community through your social media presence.

Chevrolet believes the path to finding new roads in your everyday life starts with a positive attitude, so, with September’s “International Day of Positive Thinking” in mind, Chevrolet enlisted the cognitive capabilities of IBM’s Watson platform to develop the Chevrolet Global Positivity System. This mobile and desktop website evaluates users’ Facebook and Twitter presence to measure their positive impact; you can determine your own positivity score at findnewroads.com.

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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

AskPatty-Summertime_tips_for_dogs_and_kids_in_HotCars08-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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