Back in 1990, the EPA's Clean Air Act restricted emissions from diesel engines. Meeting clean air standards was very difficult, so for many years the diesel cars that were sold in Europe didn't come to America. Gradually, German automakers, who were strong in diesel technology, brought diesels that were in compliance with EPA standards to the U.S.
Consumers could now experience torque and range -- diesel's key virtues -- without worrying about the claims that the environment would be compromised by the emissions from these engines.
We all know what has happened. Volkswagen used software, known as a defeat device, in 2.0-liter, four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015 to circumvent EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants.
I was driving my son home from school last week when I saw a black Honda Civic with PINK wiper blades. I smiled at the driver as she passed me because I knew a portion of the revenues from her wiper blades helped support Breast Cancer Awareness.
Valvoline Instant Oil Change's annual PINK Wiper fundraising campaign sold pink wiper blades during October, to raise more than $10,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® (NBCF). Valvoline shops across the country were decorated in pink, and employees wore pink shirts -- some guys even dyed their hair or wore pink wigs -- to raise awareness of this campaign. Check out some of the pink fun here at our Pinterest page.
Holiday driving can cause more than road rage – it can wreak havoc on relationships. Whether stuck in Thanksgiving traffic or riding for hours with the in-laws, the “most wonderful time of the year” has serious potential to turn family fun into family feud.
Last Thanksgiving, AAA predicted 46.3 million Americans traveled more than 50 miles from home – the greatest distance in nearly a decade. Now, with drivers enjoying the lowest gas prices in five years, AAA estimates 90 percent of Americans will celebrate the holidays this year with a road trip. But fear not – avoiding common road frustrations is often as simple as minding your manners, even before you arrive at Grandmother’s house for dinner.
Today is the day we show our gratitude to those 22 million men and women who have served our country in defense of our rights and safety. In the United States, we pay our respects with Veterans Day; in Canada and British Commonwealth Nations, it’s called Remembrance Day; and called Armistice Day in other parts of the world.
The holiday marks the ending of World War I, and is celebrated each year on November 11 because it was in the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, that major hostilities of the war were formally ended and the Armistice with Germany went into effect.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
~ Abraham Lincoln
A media ride and drive event in Memphis in 2008 left me with some free time in the afternoon before heading to the airport to return home. My colleague and I were wondering how to pass a few hours, when he suggested we visit the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Martin Luther King, Jr. which now houses the National Civil Rights Museum.
It was an eye-opening afternoon for me: I was raised in Hawthorne, California, in the 1970s, and grew up with the understanding that all us kids were the same -- even though I was a white girl and I was the minority among my own diverse peer group.
Father Time has booted out 2014 and we celebrate the arrival of Baby New Year. Raise a glass of bubbly to 2015 and make some resolutions: Eat healthier? Go to the gym? Spend less, save more? Speed less and drive more carefully? Whatever you do, do it with gusto!
And one more thought: "Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?" We don't know! According to Grammarly.com, “Auld Lang Syne” was originally written as a Scottish poem and was later set to music. The phrase “auld lang syne” translates in English as “old long since” or something akin to “times gone by.”
"Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne?" I still don't get it.
Regardless, we at AskPatty wish you all a happy new year filled with health and happiness -- and no speeding tickets!