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July 08, 2016

AskPatty's Guide to 12 Great National Parks: Acadia National Park, Maine

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Dedicated in 1916 to become the first eastern national park, Acadia National Park in Maine is built on land donated by early 20th century visionaries. Most of the park is on Mount Desert Island, a patchwork of parkland, private property, and seaside villages. Sea and mountain meet at this park, which is home to the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast as well as coastal landscapes. Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park have remained in the center of Native American Wabanaki traditional homelands for thousands of years. Today, visitors come to Acadia's sacred landscape to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and view the scenery, plants, birds and animals.

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June 03, 2016

8 Things You Should Know About Tires

8-things-you-should-know-about-tiresHow long should tires last?

Any reputable tire retailer will have knowledgeable people behind the counter to help you when it’s time to choose new tires. They will look up your car in their database to check the wheel and tire size, then tell you what options they have in stock for your vehicle.

It helps to have some knowledge before you get to that point. As part of National Tire Safety Awareness week, AskPatty recommends that you should know the type of tires you need, what you may sacrifice by buying cheaper tires, and what you get by going up the price ladder.

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June 02, 2016

#BeTireSmart During 2016 National #TireSafetyWeek -- And All Year!

Phillip_the_tire-national_tire_safety_week-Be_Tire_SmartEach year during the last week of May, the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) promotes the National Tire Safety week #BeTireSmart campaign to raise awareness about the importance of proper tire care. As RMA mascot Phillip the Tire says, "A well maintained tire is a happy tire so Be Tire Smart."

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May 27, 2016

Memorial Day Travel Tips from Michelin and AAA

Memorial_Day_Travel_tipsLow gas prices are fueling the busiest Memorial Day Weekend since 2005 and AAA is forecasting 38 million Americans will be traveling for the holiday weekend this year, with 34 million going by car. 

Of these, AAA expects to rescue nearly 350,000 motorists at the roadside this Memorial Day Weekend, with the primary reasons being flat tires and tire failure, dead batteries, and lockouts. And this is just the beginning of a busy summer season: AAA Projects that more than half of Americans will take a road trip this summer!

Ahead of the official start to the summer road trip season and National Tire Safety Week (May 29 – June 3, 2016), Michelin and AAA have expert safety tips to keep motorists safe on the road this Memorial Day weekend and all summer long.

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May 22, 2016

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May 19, 2016

Sears Auto Center Wants to Keep “Women on the Move”

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Car Care Tips Every Woman Driver Should Know

Here at AskPatty, we receive thousands of auto-related questions from women looking for advice from our expert panel. 

Follow Sears Auto on Facebook Follow Sears Auto on Google plus Follow Sears Auto on Instagram Follow Sears Auto on Linked in Follow Sears Auto on Twitter Follow Sears Auto on You Tube Of these, about 85% are women with questions about car care – so it's clear that this is something women want to know about!

This spring we're teaming up with Sears Auto Center to present a free Car Care Clinic to keep “Women on the Move”, so we're kicking things off with some great must-know car care tips.  If you're looking for a little Car Care 101, read on – if you want to learn even more, get to a Sears Auto Center Car Care Clinic on May 21! 

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February 19, 2016

Sweetheart Safety Tips from @AskPatty and @NexenTireUSA 8: Know How to Handle a Skid

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To correct for any skid, let up on the gas and gently turn your wheels in the direction you want to go.

Be careful not to over correct and do not re-apply the gas until you're headed in the direction you actually want to go. Panicking and steering sharply into the turn will only reduce control.

If you're fishtailing or sliding, it means you're already going too fast. Reduce your speed so you won't need to worry about this! Most high-speed slides are difficult to correct successfully, but if you're caught off-guard and begin sliding, turn your wheels in the direction that the rear of your car is sliding. It helps to look with your eyes where you want the car to go, and turn the steering wheel in that direction. It can be easy to steer too far, causing the car to slide in the other direction. If this happens (called overcorrecting), you'll need to turn in the opposite direction. Read more about correcting a slide here. http://icyroadsafety.com/tips.shtml

Be A Sweetheart and Save a Life: Get all 13 Tips for Driving Safely with the Family on Snow and Ice, here at AskPatty

 

February 16, 2016

Sweetheart Safety Tips from @AskPatty and @NexenTireUSA 6: Winter Weather Requires Winter Tires

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If you live or travel in snowy climates, your tires need the extra grip and turning capabilities that only winter tires can deliver. This is also true if you drive a four-wheel or all-wheel-drive vehicle.

Snow tires have special treads that cut through the snow and allow the vehicle to have better traction. They're also made of a more flexible type of rubber, so that they don't freeze and become hard in cold temperatures.

Many people think that all-season tires can deliver year-round performance, but if you live where you frequently encounter snow or ice, or if the temperature consistently hovers around freezing, all-season tires just won't cut it.

To help you select a winter tire that improves your safety in the snow, the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) designates winter tires that meet the severe snow standard with a new symbol. Only tires that have the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol (a snowflake inside a mountain) have been tested for use in severe snow conditions.

Nexen offers a selection of five winter tire styles designed to provide safe performance driving in treacherous winter conditions for all vehicles. All of them offer 36 months of free roadside assistance with tow and tire change, as well as a mileage warranty that varies depending on the model. Learn more about these models here.

Be A Sweetheart and Save a Life: Get all 13 Tips for Driving Safely with the Family on Snow and Ice, here at AskPatty

 

February 15, 2016

Sweetheart Safety Tips from @AskPatty and @NexenTireUSA 5: Check the Tread and Pressure

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Tire traction is the key to good accelerating, turning, and stopping under any conditions, but especially on wet and snowy surfaces.

Underinflated tires offer less traction, can reduce fuel mileage, can wear out prematurely, and most importantly suffer unnoticeable and irreparable damage that compromises their performance so check your tires and fill them to the vehicle manufacturer specifications listed in your manual or inside your vehicle's doorjamb. Reducing tire pressure to increase traction doesn't work: driving on under-inflated tires is dangerous any time of year.

Under normal circumstances, tires are legally required to be replaced when they are worn down to 2/32-inch of tread. However, to have adequate snow traction, a tire (even a winter tire) requires at least 6/32-inches of tread. You need more tread depth in snow because your tires must compress the snow in their grooves and release it as they roll. According to Tire Rack, if there isn't enough tread depth, the "bites" of snow your tires can take on each revolution will be so small that your traction will be reduced.

Be A Sweetheart and Save a Life: Get all 13 Tips for Driving Safely with the Family on Snow and Ice, here at AskPatty

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January 04, 2016

Keep Your Tires in Shape with Proper Inflation

TPMS_Tire_pressure_low_alertProper inflation is key to your tires' safe performance and even contributes to your vehicle's fuel economy.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports tires that are under-inflated by more than 25 percent are three times more likely to be involved in a crash related to tire problems than a vehicle with proper inflation.

According to information shared by Schrader International from NHTSA and the U.S. Department of Energy, nearly 200,000 accidents are caused by tire-related issues each year, and 60 highway fatalities and 33,000 injuries are caused by under-inflated tires each year.

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