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May 19, 2016

What is the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles?

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The 26th-annual edition of the legendary off-road event began with a prologue day March 23, 2016, in Erfoud, Morocco, and officially concluded 10 days later with a prize-giving ceremony in the coastal city of Essaouira. There were six scored legs of off-road competition, including two marathon legs, that sent teams out on their own for two days at a time overnight alone in the desert in improvised camps, without mechanical support.

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Sears Auto Center Wants to Keep “Women on the Move”


Car Care Tips Every Woman Driver Should Know

Here at AskPatty, we receive thousands of auto-related questions from women looking for advice from our expert panel. 

Follow Sears Auto on Facebook Follow Sears Auto on Google plus Follow Sears Auto on Instagram Follow Sears Auto on Linked in Follow Sears Auto on Twitter Follow Sears Auto on You Tube Of these, about 85% are women with questions about car care – so it's clear that this is something women want to know about!

This spring we're teaming up with Sears Auto Center to present a free Car Care Clinic to keep “Women on the Move”, so we're kicking things off with some great must-know car care tips.  If you're looking for a little Car Care 101, read on – if you want to learn even more, get to a Sears Auto Center Car Care Clinic on May 21! 

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May 18, 2016

AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Wear Your Seatbelt!


Insist that everyone wears a seatbelt even if it means a few clothing wrinkles.

Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use, according to In addition to jewelry or flowers, seatbelts are the perfect formal accessory – a little wrinkle in your dress, tux, or graduation gown is hardly worth not buckling up for. Buckling your seatbelt can save your life and keep you from getting seriously injured.

May and June are peak season for attending Proms and graduation parties, but don't let a fun celebration turn into a tragic teen statistic.

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May 16, 2016

A Mom's Practical Guide to #TeenDriver Safety

Back_to_school-teen_driver-iStock_000008379470As the mother of two boys (now 22 and 13), I dreaded the days approaching my first son's landmark 16th birthday and the all-important driver's license that would come with it.

Knowing that, each year, thousands of teen drivers and passengers are killed and more than 150,000 are injured in car crashes made me concerned about his safety on the road. The leading cause of death among teenagers is teen driving!

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AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Don’t Drink/Do Drugs and Drive!


Drinking is responsible for over 4,500 deaths each year among young drivers.

Drinking before the age of 21 is illegal in every state, and alcohol and driving should never mix no matter your age. This goes for using drugs and other illegal substances as well. Be smart: Don't get into the car with a driver who's been drinking, and pay careful attention to other drivers out late at night. Each year in the U.S., more than 10,000 people are killed and 350,000 are injured due to drunk driving.

Keep an eye on your date/driver to make sure they do not drink any alcohol or take any drugs. And, even if you don’t intend to catch a buzz, be safe about what you do drink: Don’t accept drinks from someone you do not know, and if you leave your drink unattended, discard it and get a new one.

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May 13, 2016

Ninth Annual Jeep “Go Topless Day” is May 14, 2016

Take-top-offFor most people around the world, the advent of spring is marked each year with the Vernal Equinox on March 20th.

However, for Jeep owners, spring doesn't really arrive until "Go Topless Day," when they ceremoniously take the top off their Wranglers to leave winter behind and celebrate the adventure of warm sunny days ahead.

Go Topless Day was started by All Things Jeep’s founders in 2008 after a particularly brutal New England Winter. Now in its ninth year, clubs and organizations come together around the world to celebrate Go Topless Day with picnics, trail rides, convoys, trail clean-ups, beach parties, and other social events.

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AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Set Limits


Follow the speed limits and limit on the number of friends you ride with.

More than half of teenage drivers involved in motor vehicle accidents were speeding at the time of the incident. Teens are more likely than older drivers to allow shorter headways (the distance from the front of one vehicle to the front of the next), according to It’s especially dangerous to new drivers who just don’t have the experience to process on-the-road emergencies.

Crash risks increase when teens drive with other teens in the car: Half of fatal crashes involving 16-year-old drivers with three or more passengers are speeding-related. According to NHTSA, teens are 2.5 times more likely to engage in risky behaviors when driving with one teenage passenger and three times more likely with multiple teenaged passengers, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says the risk of fatal crashes increases with each additional passenger.

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May 11, 2016

AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Don’t Drive Tired


Make sure you get plenty of sleep ahead of the event.

Since many parties last until early morning, you might just choose to rent a limousine, ask your parents to pick you up, or hire an Uber so you and your friends don't have to drive tired.

In a poll of drivers surveyed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37% of drivers admitted to falling asleep at the wheel at some point in their driving career, and 8% admitted doing so in the past six months; NHTSA conservatively estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of drowsy driving each year. This results in an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses. Those numbers encompass all drivers, but keep in mind that fatal car crashes involving teens happen significantly more frequently at night.

Since it’s definitely an event that combines teens with night driving, driving safely to and from Prom is as important as selecting the right clothes for the event.

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May 09, 2016

AskPatty’s #Prom Driving Safety Tips: Groom Before You Zoom


Ignore that makeup mirror while you’re on the road!

Before it’s time to go, take one last look in the mirror and make sure you’re looking good, so nothing takes your focus off the road while driving. Distracted driving contributes to a million crashes in North America each year -- up to 8,000 crashes every single day! Prom or not, shaving, styling your hair, or applying makeup while driving is never a good idea.

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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Navigating the All-Women Off-Road Rebelle Rally

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“If you do not know where you come from, then you don't know where you are, and if you don't know where you are, then you don't know where you're going. And if you don't know where you're going, you're probably going wrong.” Terry Terry Pratchett, Author of Discworld.

Saying goodbye to my GPS, turn-by-turn directions, and thoughts of self driving cars for a weekend, I accepted an invitation join the Rebelle Rally for a two-day Basic Navigation Class. Yes, the old-fashioned kind with a compass and map, a skill-set I found to be quite humbling -- yet empowering to learn.

What is the Rebelle Rally?
The Rebelle Rally is the first women’s off-road navigation rally raid in the United States, coming together in large part by the efforts of off-road pro Emily Miller, visionary and leader. 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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