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November 20, 2015

AskPatty’s Winter Tire & Driving Safety Tip 9: Shine a Light


Make sure your headlights and taillights are all working properly.

You need to be able to see where you're going, but more importantly, others on the road need to be able to see YOU. When driving, use your headlights even at midday to help them. Having the headlights on also activates the taillights which makes your vehicle more visible from behind.

Bulbs dim quicker than you think, reducing visibility so you see less of what’s in front of you, so it’s important to upgrade before burnout. Always change headlight bulbs in pairs. Changing one at a time can cause an uneven field of vision that can be distracting to both the driver as well as oncoming traffic. 

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November 19, 2015

September 19 is "Global Be(er) Responsible" Day, So Don't Drink And Drive!

FriendsAreWaiting-budweiser-dont_drink_and_driveLast year, Budweiser introduced a digital-only ad for "Global Be(er) Responsible" day, a campaign against drunk driving on September 19.

As the day rolls around, the popular video featuring an adorable and loyal yellow lab is making a comeback once again, jumping from 19 million page views when we highlighted it last year, to more than 23 million page views now.

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November 18, 2015

AskPatty’s Winter Tire & Driving Safety Tip 8: Four Is The Magic Number


If you opt for winter tires, get a full set.

Do not mix tires: different tread patterns, size, and construction can compromise vehicle performance and safety. Mounting winter tires on the front of a front-wheel-drive car will make it prone to spinning out in the snow and plowing straight off on wet or dry roads. Putting winter tires only on the back of a rear-drive car will make the car difficult to turn in snow and more likely to spin in the dry.

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November 17, 2015

Car Buying: How to Ask a Car Dealer to Lower the Price and Succeed

Woman_car_dealership-iStock_000038020078-DeklofenakOne of the scariest parts of the car buying process for many women is negotiating the price. Many would rather not negotiate at all and leave the numbers as they are.

The problem with this approach is that you may end up paying for something you do not want or need. For instance, if the price quote contains rust protection, VIN etching, or some other undesirable fee, then you may want to remove it – as it can cost you up to $1,000 or more. The only way to do so is to speak up.

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Get Your Party On, But Drive Safer with the Floome Portable Breathalyzer

Dont_drink_and_drive-floome-portable_breathalyzer-iStock_000049768998_SmallIt's Friday evening and you've been enjoying Mom's Night Out with a few cocktails. Whether you're celebrating at your friend's kitchen table or in a restaurant or pub, when it's time to head home, how will you know for sure that you're safe to drive?

Enter Floome, a high-precision smartphone-based portable breathalyzer that's inexpensive and convenient to use. Compact and light with a sleek Italian design, Floome utilizes the same sensor as found in breathalyzers used by law enforcement officers. This little device can easily be carried in your purse to measure your blood alcohol level and deliver precise estimates directly to your smartphone, no matter where you are.

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November 16, 2015

Alcantara: You Don't Have to Kill Animals for Luxury

Alcantara-Royal_Palace_of_Milan-Technology_of_Dreams"We are not imitation anything. We are genuine Alcantara," company president and CEO Andrea Borogno said at opening of the company's Concept Design Store in Milan, Italy.

Most luxury car brands use suede-like Alcantara as an upgraded seating option, and for headliners, pillars, door panels, dashboards, and steering wheels, including Tesla, Porsche, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Lexus, and Lincoln, and for top trim levels in some Toyota and Chevrolet models.

Alcantara is an option with Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, and Fiat Abarth, which are designed and built in Italy, home of Alcantara, whose headquarters are near Rome. Alcantara also is used in the interiors of private jets and in the first-class cabins of several commercial airlines.

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AskPatty’s Winter Tire & Driving Safety Tip 7: Use Electronic Stability Control


All vehicles sold since 2012 offer Electronic Stability Control (ESC), a system that uses computer controlled technology to work with your ABS to apply braking to individual tires and help bring the car safely back on track.

According to, "AWD will get you moving and keep you moving in deep snow. It will allow you to climb the steep driveway to the front door of the ski chalet. AWD helps prevent fishtailing under acceleration, which causes many drivers of rear-wheel-drive vehicles to lose control." But AWD doesn't improve traction under braking or when cornering, especially on wet or snowy roads.

If your car has it, be sure to leave the ESC on. If you're shopping for a used car and live where weather conditions get treacherous in the winter, be sure you have it. 

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November 13, 2015

SEMA and AAPEX Goes Female Friendlier in 2015

SEMA-AAPEX-LV-563There were many more women oriented leadership events for those attending AAPEX and SEMA 2015 than any prior year. Standing ovation to the convention planners on making this happen. Was so refreshing to see the growing support and highlighting of so many amazingly talented women!

Here are some highlights:

AutoTexPinkBcamCause-Marketing panel during AAPEX  hosted by Wexco Industries / AutoTex Pink in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation

​Jody DeVere, CEO of moderated the panel on Cause Marketing during AAPEX in Las Vegas hosted by Paula Lombard and AutoTex Pink wiper blades. Executives from the National Breast Cancer Foundation participated as well AutoTexPink CEO Paula Lombard, Quick Chadwick of Tire Pros, Amy Mattinat current President of the Car Care Council Women's Board and more.

The AutoTexPink Wiper Blade program raised $270,000 in support of breast cancer research and program to date.

The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network’s mission is to provide networking, education, and recognition opportunities for professional women in the specialty-equipment industry, which will enhance their careers and positively impact the growth of the entire automotive aftermarket.

The SBN Women Driven Education Program—Newly created for 2015, this program captures networking, education and community in one event at the SEMA Show.

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AskPatty’s Winter Tire & Driving Safety Tip 6: Be A Smooth Operator


Road surfaces slick with ice, snow, or rain will exaggerate any movement. If the road is slippery and you brake too hard, turn too hard, or drive too fast, you can easily go into a skid.

Avoid sudden movements of the car. Accelerate gently and turn gradually. Go easy on the brakes when stopping. And allow extra stopping distances: A good rule of thumb is to allow three times the amount of stopping distance in snow or ice than on a dry road.

Need a visual? Accelerate, brake, and steer as if you had a full cup of hot coffee on the dashboard. Abrupt actions that would spill the coffee could also cause a loss of control.

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November 12, 2015

Audi Joins TOMS to Create Exclusive Sunglasses and #GiveSight

News-2015-audi-toms-glasses-season-2Audi and TOMS are joining forces to make the holidays merrier and brighter. New-car shoppers who purchase or lease a new or certified pre-owned Audi vehicle before January 8, 2016*, will receive an offer for a pair of exclusively-designed TOMS sunglasses featuring Audi's four-ring logo.

For every pair of Audi x TOMS TRAVELER sunglasses, TOMS will help restore sight to a person in need as part of their "One for One" #GiveSight program. According to, 285 million people are blind or visually impaired, but 80 percent of them don’t have to be. By providing sight-saving eye care, this program will help some of these people regain their vision and return to their daily lives.

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