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April 08, 2015

AskPatty's Car Care Tips to Improve Safety and Reliability, Tip #1

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Check The Oil, Filters, And Fluids

Oil should be checked at every fill-up, and for maximum engine life, it should be changed per the owner's manual recommended intervals or every three months or 3,000 miles. Brake, transmission, power steering, coolant, and windshield washer fluids should also be checked regularly. Your car's filters, including those for the transmission, fuel system, and interior ventilation, need regular inspection and replacement.

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April 06, 2015

Are Your Tires Ready for Wet Spring Roads?

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An old saying tells us “April showers bring May flowers.” What it doesn’t tell us is that “April showers bring more accidents.”

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 1.2 million traffic crashes occur on wet pavement with more than half a million persons injured and 5,700 killed each year.

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April 02, 2015

AskPatty's Tips for Driving with Dogs -- Tip #10

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DO: Bring a complete traveling kit, including water.

In addition to travel papers, food, spill-proof water bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication, and a pet first-aid kit, pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity. Hollow toys you can stuff with food are ideal for quiet time in the car, campsite, or hotel. 

When it comes to water, the ASPCA suggests you bring your own: Opt for bottled water or tap water stored in plastic jugs. Drinking water from an area he's not used to could result in tummy upset for your pet.

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March 31, 2015

AskPatty's Tips for Driving with Dogs -- Tip #9

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DO: Protect Your Car's Interior!

If you travel frequently with your pet, you may want to invest in rubberized floor liners and waterproof seat covers, available at auto product retailers.

You can even have them custom-made to fit your specific car model.

This will help keep your car interior clean and fresh-smelling -- and hair-free!

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March 30, 2015

Spring Cleaning your Car after Winter Weather

Pinkelephant-car-washWinter weather has been ravaging much of the nation's snow states and some of us are STILL shoveling snow off our driveways, so it might seem odd to be asked "When's the last time you washed your car?"

If you're still wearing your winter parka, getting a car wash may not be the first thing on your mind, but remember, without regular removal, road salt can cause corrosion and rust, ruin paint, and wreak havoc on your car's undercarriage.

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March 26, 2015

AskPatty's Tips for Driving with Dogs -- Tip #8

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DON’T: Let dogs ride loose in pickup truck beds.

The hot metal can burn a dog's paws, the sun and flying debris can hurt the dog, the dog can accidentally be thrown out of the truck if the brakes are suddenly applied, and the dog can jump out if scared or upon seeing something interesting to chase.

Instead, use a crate to create a safer space for your dog if you can't fit the dog inside the truck cab.

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March 25, 2015

U-Haul, Ad Council, and Project Yellow Light Unite Against Teenage Distracted Driving

IStock_000007636075_SmallU-Haul International Inc. is pleased to announce its new partnership with Project Yellow Light and the Hunter Garner Scholarship, which issues $16,000 annually to high school and college students whose video submissions most effectively promote safe driving and convey the dangers of distracted driving to their peers.

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March 24, 2015

AskPatty's Tips for Driving with Dogs -- Tip #7

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DO: Be sure you have Pet ID!

Make sure your pet has a microchip for identification and wears a collar with a tag imprinted with your home address, as well as a temporary travel tag with your cell phone, destination phone number, and any other relevant contact information. Canines should wear flat (never choke!) collars, please.

If you're traveling across state lines, the ASPCA suggests you bring along your pet's rabies vaccination record, as some states requires this proof at certain interstate crossings. While this generally isn't a problem, it's always smart to be on the safe side.

Be sure you bring a photo of your dog with you or have some on your cellphone, in case you need to identify your dog as your own.

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March 23, 2015

Which Vehicles Sell More When Gas Prices Drop?

IStock_000010355706_SmallWith average U.S. gas prices declining by as much as $1.50 per gallon since last September and still as much as $1 lower than last summer, there has been some speculation about how gas prices affect consumers’ car purchases. Capitalizing on this interest, and their broad depth of resources, iSeeCars.com analyzed three years of historical data to identify exactly how buying patterns changed, and found a few surprises along the way.

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March 19, 2015

AskPatty's Tips for Driving with Dogs -- Tip #6

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DON’T: Leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle.

On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop.

In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

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