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May 14, 2015

Ford’s "Ultimate Driving Challenge" Salutes Moms in May

Three kids in the back seat armed with bubble gunsFord knows Moms face challenges on the road keeping kids happy and calm every day, so the automaker salutes Mothers this month with a special advertisement.

In the new commercial, drivers are given a test drive on a track, and promised it will be the “Ultimate Driving Challenge.” Participants are then surprised with car seats (to install themselves), and made to drive the car, loaded up with energetic children, around the track.

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May 13, 2015

May is for Moms Extravaganza Tip 5

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Restore Her Headlights!

How old is Mom’s car? Are its headlights showing their age? Why not restore them?

Over time, plastic headlight lenses can become hazy and cloudy, and can even contribute to vehicle accidents as they can significantly reduce the emission of light and limit nighttime visibility. You can easily restore Mom’s headlights to “like-new” with just a little elbow grease and a pre-packaged kit, where replacing the entire assembly can cost $300 or more.

 

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May 12, 2015

Raising Awareness of Traumatic Brain Injuries During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Man_and_woman_on_motorcycle_wearing_helmets-iStock_000055288188_SmallAskPatty takes safety seriously, not just for those driving in automobiles, but for those riding bicycles and motorcycles, as well. As part of efforts to promote safe driving during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, we're joining with experts from the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center's (DVBIC) "A Head for the Future" initiative to remind motorcyclists and bicyclists to protect their heads while on the road.

It's especially important now because summertime is just around the corner and fatal motor vehicle crashes tend to peak in the warmer months of the year.

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May 11, 2015

May is for Moms Extravaganza Tip 4

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Touch Up Her Paint!

If Mom’s paint has small dings or scratches, touch them up with a paint repair pen like the Turtle Wax Premium Grade Scratch Repair Kit. Such a kit can easily remove light scratches from small to larger areas. For deep scratches, using the kit along with matching touch-up paint from the dealership helps to improve the final appearance, making repairs nearly invisible and as smooth as the original paint job.

 

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May 10, 2015

Ode to Motherhood by Jody DeVere CEO AskPatty.com

 

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Motherhood

 

My children have always been

Three strong anchors

When the hard winds of life blew

They always kept me grounded

 

My first child, a son, stirring in the womb

Love at first sight at your birth

Rocking you to sleep singing Blackbird

All blond curls and blue eyes

 

My second child, a son, born strong and fine

Brothers forever, sweet boys

Curtain climbers and sandwich grabbers

Fed my poor fishes Kool-Aid..RIP

 

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May 08, 2015

Like Mother, Like Son? Mother’s Day Musings from a Car-Loving Mom

2015-ford-mustang“I really like that new Mustang,” my 12-year-old said to me the other day while we were driving home from school. “Oh, really?” I replied in surprise. “Yeah,” he said, pointing to one near us on the road, “It looks really powerful, and they did a good job keeping the essence of the old one.”

That really came out of left field; he had his face in his iPad, and I had no idea he was paying attention to the cars around us. We enjoyed a short conversation then, discussing the finer points of the new Mustang’s design, right down to the blinking patterns of the taillights, and how he liked the new bold face of Ford. And yes, he actually said all that.

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May is for Moms Extravaganza Tip #3

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Car Care and Detailing

Short on cash but have big intentions? Then detail Mom’s car for her!

TurtleWax offers an entire collection of car care items that will help you detail Mom’s car at an affordable price. 

One bottle of Turtle Wax ICE Car Wash costs under $10 and will last up to 64 washes. Turtle Wax ICE Wheel & Tire Cleaner quickly and easily cuts through brake dust, road grime, dirt and oil. And Turtle Wax's ICE Total Interior Care can be used to easily clean its interior surfaces -- including carpeting and upholstery fabric, soft-vinyl or leather, and hard dash and door panels.

"Many people think that cleaning their own car can be a time consuming process," said Mike Schultz, senior vice president of product development for Turtle Wax.  "With today's car care products, washing and waxing a car takes no more than an hour, and cleaning the interior takes minutes. So not only is washing and waxing your own car cost effective, it only takes the time of a round trip to the car wash - without the added cost of gas to get there." 

 

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May 07, 2015

Denise McCluggage, the First Lady of Racing, dies at 88

Denise_McCluggageIt is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Denise McCluggage, an American auto racing driver, journalist, author, and photographer, yesterday at the age of 88. McCluggage was a pioneer of equality for women in the U.S., both in motorsports as well as in journalism, and she broke ground for the many female racers and journalists who have followed after her.

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May 06, 2015

May is for Moms Extravaganza Tip #2

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Sport Driving School

For women who want to do more than just drive a few hotlaps, consider giving her an educational driving school such as the Porsche “Women’s Only” class designed exclusively for women drivers. What’s different about the “Women’s Only” course? Very little! Bathroom breaks are a little longer, but the instruction is the same as what’s offered in the regular schools. At PSDS, Mom will enjoy more track time than at any other school, and she is sure to leave with a smile cemented on her face, as well as real-world performance driving skills.

 

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May 05, 2015

Moms Auto Know: How to Buy Tires

Woman_with_flat_tire-iStock_000007296087_MediumDon’t know what to get mom for Mother’s Day? Try a gift that no one wants to buy but everyone needs: Tires. The effort you spend here will make your gift thoughtful, useful, and perfect for Mother’s Day. The good news is we've got all the information you need to know in order to be an informed tire buyer.

The first thing you need to know is the correct size of your mom’s tires, but obtaining that information without raising questions may be a bit difficult. A quick and easy solution is to use the TIRE FINDER on NexenTireUSA.com. This tool will tell you what size of tires should be on her car, and which of Nexen’s fitments are available for her vehicle.

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