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January 06, 2016

AskPatty's Guide To Great Winter Family Escapes 1: Go Skiing Or Snowboarding


Whether the kids are bunny-slope-bound or ready for snowboard tricks in the terrain park, you'll want to find ski resorts that are perfect for families to enjoy.

The Travel Channel has carefully evaluated these destinations to be especially family friendly for their easy access from the airport to the quality of their ski schools to how well a mountain is suited for little skiers.

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January 01, 2016

AskPatty & Nexen Tires Holiday Travel Tip 12: Don't Drink and Drive.


Be even more aware of other drivers, especially during the holidays.

The reason is obvious: Holidays mean parties and drinking, which means more alcohol-impaired drivers. Officials with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) cite alcohol as a contributing factor in roughly 52 percent of all deadly accidents on Christmas Day and 57 percent on New Year’s Eve.

#HolidayResponsibly: If you will be enjoying cocktails at a holiday party, check your blood alcohol content (BAC) with a portable breathalyzer (like this one from Floome) to make sure you are safe to drive. According to 63 percent of Americans do not know that the legal limit for drunk driving is 0.08 BAC, which is the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. If you're not safe to drive, use a ride-share service like Uber or Lyft, or call a taxi to get you home.

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December 30, 2015

AskPatty & Nexen Tires Holiday Travel Tip 11: Buckle Up for Safety.


All passengers should be safely restrained by seatbelts and child safety seats or boosters.

Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13 in the USA? In 2013, a child under 13 was involved in a crash every 33 seconds. Sadly, many of these deaths and injuries could be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.

Make sure your car seat fits your child: As children grow, how they sit in your car will change. Make sure your car seat is designed to fit your child’s current size and age and allows some room for growth. Get more information on the right safety seat for your child here at AskPatty.

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December 28, 2015

AskPatty & Nexen Tires Holiday Travel Tip 10: Don't Forget Your Pet's Essentials!


Be sure to bring food, bottled water, a traveling pet bed, and any toys or comfort items your pet enjoys at home.

You want your pet to be as comfortable as the rest of your family on the road. Car sickness is a very common incident, especially in puppies: While many dogs travel best with empty stomach, others respond better after eating a light meal, especially dogs that have one meal per day. Also make sure that you regularly stop and offer your pet some water. If you need to get out for a break and to stretch your legs, so does your pet - so don't leave him shut-up inside to freeze; take him with you.

Always make sure your pet is properly restrained inside the car with a traveling harness or pet carrier. If the animal is on a seat, unrestrained, then any sort of collision is likely to cause it to fly around the inside of the vehicle, probably injuring itself severely as it collides with headrests, the dashboard, or the occupants - or smashes itself through the windshield.

Need more tips to help you travel with a pet? Then check out these top safety tips for traveling with a pet.

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December 25, 2015

AskPatty & Nexen Tires Holiday Travel Tip 9: Stay Alert.


Start your trip well rested, take plenty of breaks, and do not push yourself to meet an unrealistic schedule.

Sitting upright will help keep you attentive. If you get tired, pull off the road into a rest area or business and get some fresh air. If you can’t stay alert and focused, find a motel or campground to spend the night; applications like Trivago and can help you find accommodations along the way. The AAA suggests road trippers plan to take a rest stop every two hours or 100 miles to reduce fatigue.

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December 23, 2015

AskPatty & Nexen Tires Holiday Travel Tip 8: Pack The Right Gear.


If you are traveling through areas where it might snow, you’ll need more than a snow brush and ice scraper.

You never know what might happen – in the big Chicago blizzard of 2011, nearly 1000 cars became stranded on Lake Shore Drive and many were trapped in their cars for as long as 12 hours. It’s just this type of situation that makes winter emergency kits so important.

Your emergency winter kit should include blankets; warm clothing; sand, cat litter or traction mats; a small shovel; a flashlight with fresh batteries; and warning flares or triangles. Most importantly, don't forget to bring your cellphone charger.

Also, stow a special kit inside the passenger compartment stocked with first aid supplies, extra sweaters and a blanket, drinking water, and anything else you might need in case you get stranded, along with your emergency safety equipment. If it's cold and snowy outside, you may not want to exit the vehicle to get these things from the trunk.

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December 21, 2015

AskPatty & Nexen Tires Holiday Travel Tip 7: Slow and Steady.


If you encounter bad weather, please slow down.

Adjust your car speed to fit the road conditions and be extra cautious when the roads are slick or icy. Give yourself plenty of time to react to traffic by increasing your following distance. Slow, gradual starts and stops will help you avoid skids. You need at a lot more space between you and the vehicle in front to stop, and remember that bridges and overpasses freeze first in cold conditions. There will also be more commercial vehicles on the road. Remember that they are a lot heavier then your little car and need much more time and distance to stop.

Regardless of the weather, watch your speed: Drive 55 mph instead of 65 to save fuel. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates a 10 to 15 percent improvement in fuel economy by following this tip.

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December 18, 2015

AskPatty & Nexen Tires Holiday Travel Tip 6: Prep Your Route.


Scope out your route and the weather before you head out.

Visit links to information on weather and road conditions. Another great source of information to have along the way is the Department of Transportation road condition hotline at 800.427.7623. Call in every few hours while you’re on the road to avoid or prepare for conditions up ahead.

Leave yourself some extra time on your holiday travel schedule. The roads will be heavily traveled, and congestion and winter storms can sometimes hit without warning. Always let someone know where you are, and check in with a family member or friend along the way so they know your location and when to expect you. Also, let someone know when you are heading back home and when you are expected to return.

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December 16, 2015

AskPatty & Nexen Tires Holiday Travel Tip 5: Prep Your Kids.


Make sure you bring plenty of books, games, DVDs, or whatever it takes to keep the little ones comfortable and prevent them from distracting the driver who needs to focus all attention on the road.

Road trips are as much about snacking in the car as they are about the trip itself, so bring plenty of healthy drinks and snacks! Kids can get antsy on long trips, so take plenty of bathroom breaks to let them burn off pent-up energy and stretch their legs.

To make a long journey more fun, begin the road trip by handing out a scavenger-hunt-style list of sights and landmarks along the way to keep them engaged in what they see. Promise and deliver prizes for the most sites seen or most unusual things found.

If you've got little ones who might be prone to car-sickness, be sure to travel with Dramamine or other such medications, and don't forget to keep a few extra sealable plastic bags in the cabin…just in case.

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December 14, 2015

AskPatty & Nexen Tires Holiday Travel Tip 4: Check Your Tire Pressure And Tread.


If snow-covered roads are a part of your winter route, your tires need at least 6/32" of tread depth to maintain good mobility.

Always start your trip with your tires set to their proper pressure. Check tire pressure with a quality air pressure gauge and keep them filled to the vehicle’s manufacturer specifications listed in your manual or inside your vehicle's doorjamb. And don't forget to make sure your spare tire is also properly inflated: Before you leave for your trip, check its pressure, and make sure you have everything you need to install it in the event of a flat.

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