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June 11, 2014

AskPatty’s Father’s Day Gift Guide: Car-Themed Gifts For The Ultimate Car Guy


Happy_Fathers_Day-thinkstock-86493423Did Dad get grease on the tie you gave him last year for Father's Day? If he'd rather spend time in the garage than at the Nordstrom haute couture department, check out AskPatty’s Gift Guide for Dads, full of unique gifts for the wrench-twisting car guys in your life. Whether he’s your father, hubby, boyfriend, son, or brother, if you’re looking for a thoughtful and unique gift for Father's Day, we’ve got something for every budget here.

 

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June 09, 2014

Quick Car Cleaning Tips to Prep for Summer Road Trips

Road_trip-thinkstock-200299958_sWinter has finally waned, spring has sprung, and the passing of Memorial Day means summer road trips are just around the corner!

If you haven't already done it, now is the time to prepare your car for the summer travel season with the yearly ‘spring cleaning’ ritual.

 

 

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June 05, 2014

Replacing Two New Tires: Do they Go in Front or Back?

Check_tread_worn_tires-Thinkstock-178634798Traditional automotive maintenance recommendations suggest changing all four tires at once when they reach the end of their useful life. And that makes perfect sense when tires have been rotated carefully and have worn evenly throughout their lifespan.

But sometimes, a driver may only be able to change two: maybe because poor alignment or improper inflation has caused two tires to wear dramatically differently from the other two, or because an unrepairable flat in one tire requires replacing a pair to keep the vehicle stable.  And when that happens, where do you install the better pair? Do new tires go in the front or rear?

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May 27, 2014

Support the Multiple Sclerosis Society with Ask Patty

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Twitter-logoTweet it Up with Us on World MS Day

As a part of our annual MOMS: Moms Opposing Multiple Sclerosis initiative, @AskPatty will be hosting an all-day Twitter chat on World MS Day, May 28.  Join us using hashtag #MomsMS all day long on Wednesday the 28th to help us spread awareness - and to really make a difference, make a donation to the MS Society and help us find a cure!

 

Ford_mustang_ms_convertibleSupport the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Get a Chance to WIN a One-of-a-Kind Ford Mustang Convertible!

Ford Motor Company, which has worked closely with the Michigan Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society for more than a decade, has generously donated a vehicle to benefit the National MS Society and the NOW research campaign. Raffle tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity are $20 each, and the drawing will be held in August as part of the annual Woodward Dream Cruise.  Click here to find out how to purchase your raffle tickets.

A single 2015 Ford Mustang "50 Years" special edition GT convertible will be produced for raffle and will feature a performance pack as well as content from Ford's 50 Year Limited Edition fastback, including a badge on the instrument panel engraved with the signature of Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford and identifying the car as one of a kind with serial number 0001 of 0001

Find out more about this one-of-a-kind Ford Mustang Convertible here at AskPatty.com

 

MOMS-moms-opposing-multiple-sclerosisJody DeVere, CEO of AskPatty.com, is a mom with two adult children fighting Multiple Sclerosis

According to Jody, the challenges of Multiple Sclerosis affect the entire family. "I'm sometimes overwhelmed by the gravity of the disease and the horrible impact it's having on my children, in fact, on our entire family," she says. It's because of this connection that AskPatty has a strong commitment to supporting the Multiple Sclerosis Society. 

The National MS Society is a driving force of MS research and treatment to stop disease progression, restore function, and end MS forever. The National MS Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. 

To help celebrate World MS Day (Wednesday, May 28, 2014), we at AskPatty are partnering with the Multiple Sclerosis Society to raise awareness of the disease with our MOMS (Moms Opposing Multiple Sclerosis) social media campaign. We have also created an official MOMS donation page where supporters can contribute directly to the MS Society to help research prevention, treatments, and a cure.

Please help support our campaign during the month of May by making a secure donation here. 

 

Together we can find a cure for MS!  
Help us spread the word: #MOMSMS

May 26, 2014

AskPatty Remembers Our Women in the Military

Thinkstock-woman-military-memorial-day-174255751Today at AskPatty, we remember the women service members who have taken on a variety of roles and have risen through the ranks in our nation’s military. Wives, mothers, sisters, daughters: At the foundation of our nation’s history with the American Revolution and continuing to the present, women have always volunteered in defense of our nation.

According to the National Women’s History Project, more than 24,000 women served in World War I -- half of whom were nurses in the Navy, Army, and Red Cross. 

From 1942-1945, while men fought in the battlefront of World War II, more 18 million women filled the civilian and defense positions created is the country's shift to wartime productions.

Scores of women have served honorably in a variety of occupations, but most importantly, we made history when The Pentagon lifted its ban on women in front-line combat roles. In January, 2013, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, signed an order at a Pentagon news conference rescinding the rule that prevented women from serving in direct combat jobs.

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May 23, 2014

Does Your Teen Know Everything About Driving? Keep Talking!

IKnowEverything_ParentImage_2As part of its new “I Know Everything” Program, the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) is asking teen drivers “How much do you really know about safe driving?”

As the parent of a boy who is about to turn 21, I remember how it felt when he first started driving. I wanted him to be a safe driver, and had spent months preparing him for the day he would finally begin driving alone. During that time, I spent hours in the passenger seat sharing driving tips, and trying not to be nervous.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens: More than 300,000 teens are injured in crashes each year, and thousands more are killed. One-third of those crashes involve a teen driver who had been drinking and ten percent of 15- to 19-year-old drivers involved in a fatal crash were reported as distracted at the time of the crash.  Of teenage passenger deaths in 2009, 59% occurred in vehicles driven by another teen. 

These are frightening statistics. There are plenty more teen dirivng factoids in the infographic at the end of this article. But FAAR is aiming to improve them.

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May 21, 2014

Support the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Get a Chance to WIN a One-of-a-Kind Ford Mustang Convertible!

Multiple_Sclerosis-Ford_Mustang_50th-convertibleFord4MS Raffle Supports National Multiple Sclerosis Society with a special edition 50th Anniversary 2015 Ford Mustang GT convertible

Ford Motor Company, which has worked closely with the Michigan Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society for more than a decade, has generously donated a vehicle to benefit the National MS Society and the NOW research campaign. Raffle tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity are $20 each, and the drawing will be held in August as part of the annual Woodward Dream Cruise. Click here to find out how to purchase your raffle tickets.

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May 20, 2014

Autos 101: What puts the "Cool" in Coolant?

Web2carz_auto101_coolantUnderstanding why radiator fluid is crucial to your vehicle's health.

Having some basic auto knowledge is important for everyone, not just gearheads. Knowing a thing or two about what’s under the hood and how your car functions will make you a safer, more confident driver. This article examines the brightly colored liquid that keeps your vehicle running at homeostasis: coolant.

As an online resource to learn about basic auto maintenance, along with common problems and how to fix them, the kind folks at Web2Carz are sharing the following article with AskPatty readers. Please feel free to read the original Autos 101 at Web2Carz.com.

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May 19, 2014

Shaquille O'Neal Teaches Teen Actress Bella Thorne Safe Driving

Shaquille_teaches_Bella_ThorneWho was your driving instructor? We bet it wasn’t Dr. Shaquille O’Neal!

Popular young actress, Bella Thorne is joining forces with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR)  by serving as the lead ambassador for iDECIDE, a new campaign encouraging teens to focus on the importance of creating and following individual decisions, which includes saying no to underage drinking. The campaign was designed to evoke a stay-true-to-yourself message and empower teens to act based on their personal beliefs.

In honor of National Youth Traffic Safety Month, and as part of FAAR's ongoing awareness campaign, basketball great Shaquille O’Neal agreed to be Bella's Driver's Ed instructor — sharing safe driving tips about not texting, checking your appearance in the mirror, having too many friends in the car, and --most importantly-- avoiding underage drinking. You can check out the fun videos below.

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May 14, 2014

Seventh Annual Jeep “Go Topless Day” is May 17, 2014

Jeep-go-topless-2014For the seventh year in a row, AllThingsJeep.com is encouraging Jeep owners worldwide to drop their top for the 7th Annual Worldwide Jeep Go Topless Day. The big day is Saturday May 17th, 2014, and everybody is invited to celebrate their Jeep love, Jeep spirit, and the sense of fun and adventure that comes with owning a Jeep by going topless for the day.

Jeep Lovers, Go Topless!

You can go shirtless if you want, but the true intention is to take the top off your Jeep vehicle and join in on local festivities such as picnics, trail runs, trail clean-ups, and social events being held around the world by Jeep clubs and groups. Own a Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Comanche, Commander, Compass, Liberty, Patriot, Wagoneer, or other hard-top Jeep? The fun folks at AllThingsJeep.com know you’re topless in spirit so feel free to join in the fun.

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