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September 25, 2015

Janis Joplin's Iconic Porsche Cabrio Up for Auction

Janis_joplin_porsche-sothebys_auction-Driven_by_disruptionLadies: Are you looking for something special for your next car?

One of the most important icons of rock ‘n’ roll history, this Porsche 356C convertible was purchased in 1968 by Janis Joplin, who immediately engaged Dave Richards, a friend and roadie with her band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, to customize the car with a kaleidoscopic mural.

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September 24, 2015

AskPatty’s Teen Driving Tips 6: Don’t Drive at Night


Poor decisions among teen drivers can lead to crashes and fatalities at any time of the day, but fatal teen driver crashes are most frequent between 3 and 8 p.m., and remain high until midnight and into morning.

According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, 58% percent of teen crash deaths occur between 6 pm and 6 am. This is primarily due to a combination of the visibility challenges caused by dark conditions, slower response time brought about by fatigue, and a lack of experience driving under such conditions.

Many states have graduated driver licensing programs in place to limit the times of day that new drivers are allowed on the road. Consider limited driving on weekends as well: More than 50% of teen deaths from motor vehicle crashes occurred on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

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September 23, 2015

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

Tips_for_College_Age_Women-6-Buying_Your_First_Car-iStock_000019811012_SmallOnce you've figured out what cars you probably don't want to buy, as we discussed in part one of this series, and have considered such things as insurance and maintenance cost considerations and finding the actual vehicle, as we discussed in the second part of this series, here are some final tips to consider before you make that trip to the dealership:

1. If you find a vehicle online on a dealership lot, DO NOT just show up and ask to see the car. ALWAYS call an Internet Manager for the dealership to determine if the vehicle is available, and try to establish some rapport with this person. ALWAYS make an appointment. And show up on time. Take your notes with you. It would be a good idea to have an adult accompany you, even if they are not going to be involved in the purchase.

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Vote Now For Your Favorite #MiniCarpool Photo!

Mini_Cooper_Carpool_challenge-1MINI owners have a unique way of seeing the world and everything in it, and a handful of happy Mini Cooper carpoolers have shared photographic evidence of their fun in this month's social photo challenge. You can join the fun too: Just pay a visit to #MiniCarpool and show some love by voting for your favorite #MINICarpool photo!

The one with the most votes will get featured on Mini's Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr, on, and maybe even in their newsletter!

In the spirit of fairness, only one vote is allowed per person, per day. MINI USA reserves the right to disqualify votes as a result of suspicious activity. Mini will announce the fan’s choice on September 30th, so stay tuned.

What will the next Mini Cooper Social Photo Challenge be?

September 22, 2015

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

Tips_for_College_Age_Women-4-Buying_Your_First_Car-176965499Once you've figured out what cars you probably don't want to buy, as we discussed in part one of this series, your next step is to consider such things as insurance and maintenance cost considerations -- and finding the actual vehicle.

So here are some well-thought-out tips that work:

1. Sit down at your desk with either a notepad or iPad, or tape recorder. Analyze your personality and what you like to do.

2. Figure out how you will mostly use your vehicle and try to fit these two categories together.

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Got Road Rage? AskPatty Shares Some Tips To Help You With That

Road_rage-iStock_000017748269_SmallStudies show that up to 1,500 people are injured or killed in road rage incidents each year. According to the National Safety Council, motorists rate road rage as a top threat to highway safety. Road-rage-related deaths and injuries are always tragic, and almost completely avoidable.

Everybody knows it can be stressful driving during peak traffic times, especially as temperatures rise and tempers start to fray. Congested roads, busy schedules, and idiots on the road are a fact of life. No one likes to be trapped in bumper-to-bumper traffic, and even I admit that there's been a few times I've imagined taking my little car off road just to get out of frustrating traffic jams.

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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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