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August 11, 2015

Keep your Cool: How to Prevent a Summer Breakdown

Dont_overheat_summer_roadtrips-iStock_000029328938-by-DirimaThe dog days of summer are here! As families try to make one last road trip before it's time to head back to school, we're sharing a few tips to make sure those adventures go off without a hitch... Unless, of course, you've got a trailer hooked to one!

 

#1) Start with a Tuneup:

If you're taking an extended road trip, make sure your car is in tip-top shape. If it's almost time for a scheduled maintenance or oil change, make a visit to your trusted mechanic and get it done before your vacay to reduce the chance of breakdowns along the way.

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August 07, 2015

Protecting Your Teen Driver With Safety Equipment Just For Them

Teen_driver-iStock_000008004922_lisafxParents know that coaching a teenager on safe driving skills is vital. Their concern for their young drivers is more than just instinct – the numbers back it up.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16- to 19-year-olds in the U.S. is nearly three times the rate for drivers ages 20 and older. And the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration says more than half of teens killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts.

So, who is there to remind teenagers to buckle up when their parents aren’t around? How will they know when the radio is a distraction, or to slow down?

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July 28, 2015

Who wants to win a Ford Mustang GT customized by Chip Foose?

Win_a_ford_mustang_modified_by_chip_fooseWe all know the Ford Mustang GT is an awesome car: In stock form, the 2015 Mustang GT comes from the factory with a powerful 435-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission, race-ready Recaro seats, and stylish aluminum wheels. It's a high-performance car that's got a lot of swagger.

Car customizer Chip Foose, the host of the "Overhaulin' series on TLC and Velocity TV, has taken that car and added his own personal touches, including a Bama Supercharger system powered by a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger, Magnaflow Competition cat-back exhaust, a Vogtland Sport lowering springs kit, Foose custom wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires, and special exterior design styling to create an amazing prize car that boasts stylish looks and a whopping 800 horsepower! How awesome is that?

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December 24, 2014

AskPatty’s Holiday Shopping Guide - Last-Minute Car Gifts and Stocking Stuffers for Anybody!

In this last installment of our holiday shopping guides, we're focusing on great gifts for the car. Whether you're shopping for him, her, a teen driver, or are just looking for a practical stocking stuffer, we've got lots of great choices here.

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December 19, 2014

10 Tips to Solve Foggy Lighting This Holiday Season

SYLVANIA_zXe_Fog_lifestyle_sDriving in heavy fog, even for the experienced driver can be a daunting experience. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation,  an average of 31,385 crashes, resulting in 11,812 persons injured and 511 deaths, occur each year – all due to fog.

Given the dangerous circumstances of driving in fog, it's important to keep as safe as is possible and this can be achieved by installing high-quality fog lights and using them properly.

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December 18, 2014

AskPatty’s Holiday Shopping Guide - Great Automotive Gifts for Guys

Christmas_gift_man_car-thinkstock-100118082In this installment of our holiday shopping guides, we're focusing on great gifts for the car-loving guy in your life. Father, son, brother, husband, boyfriend, or buddy: no matter whether he wants to drive them or wrench on them -- if your guy loves cars, we know you'll find something here that's perfect for him.

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December 17, 2014

AskPatty’s Holiday Gift Guides: 10 Tools Every Home Mechanic Should Have

Woman_with_tools-thinkstock-151019253Taking your car to a professional mechanic can end up costing you hundreds of dollars and eat away at your savings. Most people don’t realize that it can be easy to do simple repairs and car maintenance yourself, saving time and money -- as long as you’ve got the right tools.

With Christmas just around the corner, this is the perfect time to stock the toolbox of the mechanic you love, or even your own toolbox! The tool man Chris Duke, Automotive Improvement Expert, shares advice about ten tools should be in the toolbox of every home mechanic.

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December 16, 2014

AskPatty’s Holiday Shopping Guide - Ten Great Automotive Gifts for Gals

Christmas_car_thinkstock-500409181-sIt’s that time of year again when we rack our brains trying to find the perfect gift for those special people on our list. To help you in your quest for the ultimate gifts, AskPatty will be sharing gift guides for the rest of the week to help you find the right gift for the car lovers in your world.

Today, we’re starting with ten great gifts for your special car girl. Whether you want to gift her with fun and decorative car accessories, car themed gifts, or practical items she can keep in her car, these ten suggestions make great holiday gifts for the special girls on your list.

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November 07, 2014

Drowsy Driving Week: Spotlight on Safety Features for your Car

Drowsy_driving-thinkstock-177246474-sToday's new cars are more comfortable and more entertaining than ever before, offering a slough of convenience features that help us be more efficient while we're on the road. However, they're also the most dangerous method of transportation. Did you know? Driving a car is the riskiest thing most people do in their day-to-day lives.

According to a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute study, nearly 80% of all crashes involve driver inattention within three seconds before the event. Such types of inattention that increase crash risk include talking on a cell phone (increases risk by 30%); dialing a cell phone (increases risk by 300%); applying makeup (increases risk by 300%), and reaching for moving objects, like a falling cup (increases risk by 900%). Drowsy driving alone increases accident risk by 400% and is responsible for about 23% of all crashes and near-crashes.

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October 13, 2014

OnStar Shares Camping Hacks to Enhance Your Outdoor Adventures

OnStar_Camping_hack-introA scholarly fellow once said camping is 90-percent preparation; the rest depends on how well you deal with ghost stories, bug bites, and eating beef jerky for three days in a row. I'm not much of a camper, so I expect I'd be the one complaining about being dirty and cold.

However, OnStar is all about helping you be prepared and connecting you to the right people, so they teamed up with camping expert Perry Keydel to share camping tricks and tips for your next outdoor adventure.

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