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March 28, 2016

@AskPatty Salutes Great #Women in Automotive History: The Girl Scouts


In 1916, The Girl Scouts initiated a “Automobiling Badge” for which girls had to demonstrate driving and first-aid skills, and auto mechanics.

Today, Senior Girl Scouts who might be close to earning their driver’s licenses can earn a Car Care Badge by learning basic car maintenance skills like checking fluid levels and where they are replenished, checking tire pressure and wear, using jumper cables, and changing windshield wipers.

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March 24, 2016

@AskPatty Salutes Great #Women in Automotive History: Wilma K. Russey


In 1915, Wilma K. Russey became the first woman licensed to work as a taxi driver in New York; she was also an expert garage mechanic who could repair cars better than most men at the time.

Russey devoted much of her life transporting New Yorkers around the city -- and she did it in style: It's said her very first customer left her a generous tip because she was sporting a leopard-skin hat and stole.

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March 23, 2016

Keyless Ignition Safety Tips

Understanding_keyless_ignition-iStock_000035895986-westernstudioFirst introduced as a premium feature on luxury cars in the early 2000s, keyless ignitions are now popular inclusions on many mainstream vehicles.

My keyless entry and start are two of the features I love the most about my Ford Fiesta, because as long as the keyfob is in my purse, I can get into my car and go without having to dig out my keys from under all the other stuff. And while I’ve historically been notorious for losing my keys, I can always find my purse…

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March 22, 2016

@AskPatty Salutes Great #Women in Automotive History: Alice Burke and Nell Richardson


In 1916, Alice Burke and Nell Richardson (and their cat) traveled for five months and 10,700 miles promoting the women’s suffrage and right to vote message and demonstrating women’s equality at the wheel. Their yellow Saxon automobile, nicknamed the "Golden Flier," became a moving symbol of women's rights and a podium for speeches in many towns and cities.

This was no small feat in 1916, when only a small minority of women drove, and most roads were dirt, or at best graded or "paved" with gravel, making driving a difficult -- and sometimes dangerous -- endeavor.

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March 18, 2016

How Far Would You Drive to Watch Your Team During “March Madness”?

NCAA_Survey-leadWould you drive 500 miles to watch a “March Madness” basketball game? How about 1000? Would you drive 2000 miles to see your favorite NCAA Men’s Basketball team play?

While the vast majority of fans (41 percent) would choose to watch local games only, according to a recent survey by, 12 percent to 17 percent of basketball fans would drive from 250 to 500 miles to see their favorite team play in the NCAA Tournament.

Even more surprising is that there were a small few (approximately 4 percent) who would consider driving 1000 or even 2000 miles to see their favorite men’s college basketball team play!

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March 17, 2016

Happy #StPatricksDay from @AskPatty!



May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine down upon your face
And the rain fall soft upon your fields
Until we meet again
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.


We at AskPatty want you to have a safe and sober St. Patrick's Day celebration.

Remember, "If you're driving, don’t drink. And if you're drinking, don’t drive.”

Click here to review tips for safe celebrating.


@AskPatty Salutes Great #Women in Automotive History: Florence Lawrence


Because Canadian actress Florence Lawrence was such a success, she was able to buy her own car -- a rarity in the early 20th century, when cars were still luxury items. In 1914, she designed the first turn signal or “auto signaling arm,” a device that, with the press of a button, raised or lowered a flag on the car’s rear bumper to let other drivers know which way a car was going to turn.

She also designed the first mechanical brake indicator, a “STOP” sign that flipped up from the car's back bumper when a driver pressed the brakes.

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March 16, 2016

Has Your Vehicle Been Recalled?

Dayight_saving_time-NHTSA_recall_reminderEach year when spring comes, Americans set their clocks forward. Then we set them back again in the fall. Why not use this same twice-a-year timeline to protect yourself and your loved ones against possible vehicle safety defects?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is recommending consumers use the daylight saving time adjustments to remind car owners to take a simple safety step and check their Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, to see if their vehicle is under a recall.  

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Will you be attending the WAAI New York International Auto Show Breakfast?

WAAI-logoEvery year during the New York International Auto Show, the Women's Automotive Association International (WAAI) holds its annual networking breakfast at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. This year's event is being held Thursday morning, March 24, 2016, at 8am. The theme is "Driving Women into the Future of Automotive."

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March 15, 2016

@AskPatty Salutes Great #Women in Automotive History: Alice H. Ramsey


On June 6, 1909, Alice H. Ramsey was a 22-year-old housewife and mother when she boarded a 30-horsepower Maxwell-Briscoe and began a 3,800-mile trip from New York to San Francisco, making her the first woman in history to cross the United States in an automobile. She was accompanied on her 59-day trek by two older sisters-in-law and another female friend, none of whom could drive a car.

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