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March 31, 2014

Distracted Driving: How Modern Automotive Technology Allows Safer, Hands-Free Connectivity

Cadillac_ATS_4GLTE_connectivityMany manufacturers are implementing hands-free technology to help you interact more safely with your devices while behind the wheel of their cars. Whether it's Bluetooth connectivity to allow you to place calls, operate your music player, or to send and receive texts, these automotive technologies are improving every day and are appearing as standard equipment in more and more new cars.

On top of offering hands-free connectivity for entertainment and cellphone use, most of these systems also integrate automatic notification to 911 in case of accidents.

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January 10, 2014

Two Great Reasons To Try An Uber Private Driver

Uber-taxi-taxi-without-the-hassleNeed to get somewhere but don’t have a car? If you’ve got a smart phone, consider the ride sharing service from Uber as an alternative to a taxi or other forms of public transportation. The company, which has has labeled itself as “the most reliable ride in cities around the world,” brags about its inexpensive pricing and simple operation. Just “Push a button, and you know you're getting a ride.” And, here are two great reasons to give it a try. 

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December 23, 2013

AskPatty’s Last-Minute Holiday Gifts for Auto-Oriented Kids and Pampered Pets!

Thinkstock_Christmas_kids_in_car_81747936Christmas is just a few days away, and if you’re still looking for gift ideas, here are a few more. We’ve gathered up a collection of great ideas for the younger drivers in your family. No matter their age or driving level, we've got something here to please all your car-loving kids! Or, if you’re at a loss for what to pick up for that pet lover in your life, or looking for something to make your own pets' holiday a little brighter, we’ve also found a few fun things for your special pets!

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December 20, 2013

AskPatty’s Winter Wish List -- Gift Ideas That HE Would Love

Thinkstock-Christmas_tree-455242217Christmas is just around the corner, so we've collected an assortment of gadgets and gizmos meant specifically for that Car Guy you love so much.

Regardless of whether he wants to drive them or work on them -- it doesn't matter if he's your dad, husband, brother, uncle, son or special friend -- if he loves cars, we know you'll find something here that's perfect for your favorite car guy.

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December 10, 2013

AskPatty’s Winter Wish List -- Gift Ideas That SHE Would Love

Thinkstock_Christmas_155603502Dear Santa, I’ve been very good this year, and one of the elves working at the nearby dealership let it slip that you might be giving me a new sled for Christmas. If it’s true, I’d like to offer you a few hints to help make sure my new ride is appropriately decked out for safe, comfortable travels year-round.

 

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November 05, 2013

Green Facts About Ford’s Environmentally Friendly F-150 Pickup Truck

2014_Ford_F150_sustainable-pickup-truckMost people don’t think that a truck can be tough and green. However, the 2014 Ford F-150 is proving everyone wrong when it comes to reducing the truck’s environmental impact.

Ford now uses several sustainable materials -- including rice hulls, and many others -- inside the vehicle to make it more ecofriendly.

“Fuel economy is a top priority when it comes to Ford’s environmental impact,” says Carrie Majeske, Ford product sustainability manager. “But we also recognize the tremendous impact that can be made by using sustainable materials inside our cars, utilities, and trucks.”

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October 31, 2013

Orange is the New Black -- For Cars, That Is

Hyundai_Veloster-Vitamin_C If you’re a pumpkin lover, this is the most wonderful time of the year. From Halloween to Thanksgiving, we can enjoy everything in our favorite flavor, whether it’s a frothy pumpkin latte or a yummy pumpkin bagel schmeared in delicious pumpkin cream cheese.

It’s also the time of year that we can embrace our fondness for the color orange. “Orange is the new black,” they say, and I’m not talking about prison uniforms here. While “Orange is the New Black,” may be the most watched original series on Netflix, it’s not the most popular automotive paint shade on the road. However, orange cars certainly turn heads: And even if they don’t sell a ton of them, the manufacturers still offer orange in a broad variety of shades across many models in their lineups.

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October 30, 2013

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Makes the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book

Neiman_marcus_christmas_book-aston_martin_vanquish_volanteEach year, Neiman Marcus includes a fabulous automotive selection among its fantasy gifts; this year it’s the incredible 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante.

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October 25, 2013

Caught! What Are YOU Doing in Your Car?


USAToday-snapshot-things-people-caught-doing-in-their-carWe saw this cute little "Things we've 'caught' people doing in their car" infographic in a recent tweet from @USAToday, and it was too fun to pass up. A little research of our own reveals there’s even more to this than first meets the eye.

The USA Today graphic is based on a survey created by KFC to back up its recent release of the “Go Cup” a handy (and now-patented-by-KFC) container that fits in a vehicle's cup holder, which includes a choice of the brand’s chicken products along with seasoned potato wedges for $2.49 plus tax.

As the infographic shows, the top activities Americans have “caught” motorists multi-tasking while behind the wheel include:

     talking on the phone (84 percent), 
     eating (69 percent), 
     singing (61 percent), 
     and applying makeup (60 percent).

However, the KFC survey reveals even more: Some drivers just can’t resist moving to the music, as 33 percent have caught someone “dancing” in the car (I've done that!). Amazingly, 26 percent report they have busted someone changing clothes (yep, I've done that!). And one in five has spotted someone taking a “selfie” photo while behind the wheel. (Yikes, I've done that, too!)

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October 15, 2013

October Breast Cancer Awareness: Ford and General Motors Show Support

Breast_Cancer_Awareness-Thinkstock-91618146_sOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and all month long, we’ll be reporting on ways that automotive companies are showing their support of the annual campaign.

Last week, we shared news about how Valvoline stores nationwide celebrated a “Pink Out Day” to help wipe out cancer with the sales of AutoTex Pink windshield wipers.

This week, we’re focusing on ways that both Ford and General Motors are showing their support of Breast Cancer Awareness programs.

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