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September 22, 2015

AskPatty’s Teen Driving Tips 5: Wear a Seat Belt


Clicking your seat belt takes a matter of seconds, and it’s your best defense in an accident — not to mention it’s the law. Yet, around 53% of teen drivers killed in car accidents are not wearing one.

Regardless of whether they’re headed off to a college in another city or state, or just driving to the school across town, AskPatty knows you want your teen driver to be as safe as possible behind the wheel.

Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use, according to In 2011, over half of the teen occupants of passenger vehicles who died in crashes were unrestrained. In 2013, only 55% of high school students reported they always wear seat belts when riding with someone else. Peer pressure is also a contributing factor in teen crash deaths: When the teen driver in a fatal crash was unrestrained, nearly all of that driver’s teen passengers were also unrestrained.

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September 21, 2015

Tips for College-Age Women: Buying Your First Car -- Part One

Tips_for_College_Age_Women-1-Buying_Your_First_Car-86546521First, congratulations! It’s time for your first car. It’s an exciting time.  Buying your first car is an amazing adventure.  At  least, we hope it will be. If you use your head and do your prep, this first car will provide you with a memory that will last you the rest of your life.  The trick is making this a good memory, not one you will look back on with horror or regret.

Statistically we know a couple of things about most of you already:  We know that women generally are more concerned with vehicles that are more dependable than stylish, with some exceptions. You don’t seem to be as concerned with extensive and fancy technological features as you are with having features that allow you to easily operate your vehicle and use whatever features provided with ease. Most of you really don’t want a vehicle that requires excessive maintenance or consumes a lot of gas. You do want a vehicle that is cute and fun in at least some way, and something you can feel comfortable and safe driving with your friends.

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September 18, 2015

Three Ps of Auto Care: Preventative, Proactive, Prepared

National_preparedness_month-be_prepared-iStock_000029328938-by-DirimaIn recognition of National Emergency Preparedness Month in September, AskPatty joins with the non-profit Car Care Council to remind motorists of the importance of the "three Ps of auto care" to make sure their vehicle is ready for the unexpected. 

Reduce the chance of unplanned, costly car trouble by following a vehicle service schedule and performing routine maintenance. The Car Care Council's free personalized schedule and email reminder service is a simple way to help you take better care of your vehicle.

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September 17, 2015

AskPatty’s Teen Driving Tips 4: Don’t Drink and Drive


Teens are more likely to die in an alcohol-related crash than anyone else. In 2012, 23% of drivers aged 15 to 20 involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes were drinking.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens. Talk with new drivers about the consequences, review stories of teens impacted by drunk driving, and remind them never to ride with someone who has been drinking.

Even though all states have Zero Tolerance Laws for drinking and driving under age 21, according to, a national survey conducted in 2013 showed 22% of teens reported that they had ridden with a driver who had been drinking alcohol within the previous month. Among students who drove, 10% reported having driven after drinking alcohol within the same one-month period.

According to NHTSA, alcohol involvement is higher among young male drivers than among young female drivers. In 2012, 25% of the young male drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking at the time of the crashes, compared with 15% of the young female drivers involved in fatal crashes.

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September 15, 2015

AskPatty’s Teen Driving Tips 3: Don’t Speed


Speeding has pricey consequences, from a ticket to a crash. In fact, speeding was a factor in 35% of fatal crashes involving teen drivers in 2011, according to NHTSA.

Most of us speed at one time or another. Why? Usually we’re in a hurry and we think the laws don’t apply to us. Most of the time, we don’t think speeding is dangerous, and most people think they won’t get caught. Unfortunately, it’s the third leading contributing factor in traffic crashes after distracted driving and impaired driving. A 2012 study by the AAA Traffic Safety Foundation showed 52% of drivers said they had driven 15 mph over the speed limit on a freeway in the past month, and nearly one in four said they consider it acceptable to do so.

According to information at Caddell Weiland, speeding costs drivers in many ways. For every 5 mph over 60 mph you travel, you pay an extra 24 cents per gallon for gas. Americans have paid more than $6 billion in speeding fines. That’s just fines; NHTSA says the accidents themselves where speed is an issue cost society more than $40 billion annually.

Teens are more likely than older drivers to speed and 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.

An analysis of crash data from 2000-2011 by TeenSafeDriver show that speeding is one of the primary factors in fatal crashes involving young male and female drivers and is implicated in about a third of all such crashes. Half of fatal crashes involving 16-year-old drivers with three or more passengers are speeding-related.

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September 11, 2015

Honda Accord And Civic Are Top Sellers, Also Top Stolen!

2016_Accord_Sedan-sYear after year, the Honda Accord and Civic place among the top-ten best-selling vehicles in the United States, a list that is usually led by the Ford, Chevrolet Silverado, and Ram full-size pickup trucks, as well as the Toyota Camry and Corolla. Obviously, manufacturers take great pride in being among the best-selling vehicles each year.

A more dubious honor is being included as the top pick in the annual “Hot Wheels” report -- published each summer by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) -- which identifies the 10 most stolen vehicles in the United States. Holding that honor once again this year are the Honda Accord and Civic, followed by the Ford, Chevrolet, and Ram pickup trucks, along with the Toyota Camry.

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September 10, 2015

AskPatty’s Teen Driving Tips 2: Don’t Carry Extra Passengers


Cell phones aren’t the only behind-the-wheel distraction — friends can unknowingly do more harm than good.

"Inexperience and immaturity, combined with speed, drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts, distracted driving, and other teen passengers contribute to the high fatality rate of teens involved in fatal crashes," said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland.

Crash risks increase when teens drive with other teens in the car. 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. In fact, NHTSA analysis shows that the risk of a fatal crash increases in direct relation to the number of teenagers in the car.

Be sure your teenager understands your state’s graduated driver licensing program passenger restrictions. And don’t be afraid to enforce your own rules regarding extra riders.

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September 09, 2015

Jill Close Continues Harley-Davidson’s Outreach to Women

Jill_CloseBy Jo Ann Holt

Jill Close, who has been with Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee for three years, heads up the company’s women’s outreach program. 

Jill says, “Women have always been part of the Harley-Davidson brand, and we’ve been marketing to them for decades.  Our efforts and those of our dealer network have intensified over the past several years and go beyond advertising to include more experiential elements like Garage Party events, Harley-Davidson Riding Academy, a section of dedicated to introducing women to motorcycling and the H-D brand (, the JUMPSTART simulated riding experience, and our women’s outreach booths at major motorcycle rallies like Sturgis and Dayton Bike Week.  All of these allow women who don’t ride opportunities to sample the brand and the riding experience on their terms.”

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September 08, 2015

AskPatty’s Teen Driving Tips 1: Don’t Drive Distracted


The numbers say it all: Dialing a phone while driving increases your risk of crashing by three times; texting while driving increases it by two times.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data show motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers 14 to 18 years old in the United States. In 2011, 2,105 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes. Of those teens involved in fatal crashes, 1,163 (55%) survived, and 942 (45%) died in the crash.

In 2013, 3,154 people were killed in distracted driving crashes. While texting and dialing a phone are the most obvious distractions, talking, eating, and playing with the radio can also take your teen’s attention away from driving. Visit to get more information.

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September 04, 2015

AskPatty Advises: Please Drive Safely this Labor Day Weekend!

Labor_day_driving_safety_wear_seatbelt-iStock_000063781533_MediumAs summer comes to a close and families celebrate with their last road trips of the season, AskPatty reminds our readers to drive safely and remember to buckle up!

With all the travel scheduled over the upcoming Labor Day holiday period, the National Safety Council estimates 395 people will be killed and another 47,800 will be seriously injured in car crashes between 6 p.m. Friday, September 4, and Monday, September 7, at 11:59 p.m.

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