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August 02, 2013

Baby on Board: 6 Tips to Help New Moms Drive Smarter

Grumpy-baby-in-car_thinkstock-78399971Driving around with your baby should be fun. But it can be challenging for new mothers to figure out the best way to travel with a baby on board.

There are enough challenges to parenting without stressing over getting your child from one place to another. Read on for tips to make driving with your baby on board a breeze.


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July 29, 2013

Small Footprint With Lots of Sparkle: MINI Cooper S

2013-Mini-CooperPeople always ask me what my favorite car is. And I always answer tactfully, “Whatever I am driving this week.” If pushed, I concede to the one vehicle I’d have in Manhattan, the MINI Cooper S.

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June 21, 2013

Erin Evernham Races at the 3rd Annual Leadfoot Festival


By Erin Evernham

The slogan on my souvenir shirt reads, “To some it’s a driveway, to others it’s a race course, but to Rod Millen, it is a dream.” Rod Millen is one of the most accomplished hill climb and rally racers ever. After Rod and his wife Shelly attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England a few years back, they decided to create their own version of the event in Rod’s home country of New Zealand. And they have done just that with the Leadfoot Festival (as they named it): they have built from scratch a first-class event that brings together classic cars, vintage motorcycles, old race cars, and motorsports legends.

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June 20, 2013

Have You Seen the All-New Electric-Drive smart?

Smart-electric-drive-10-beautysmart, the iconic microcar, is wrapping up its cross-country tour bringing the all-new smart electric drive to eco-minded urbanites across the country and giving shoppers an opportunity to drive the most affordable electric vehicle on the market, with an MSRP of $25,000 (additional federal, state and local subsidies may further reduce the cost of the car). The smart electric drive achieves 122 city MPGe, or miles per gallon gasoline equivalent.

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June 19, 2013

1966 Volvo P1800 at Three Million Miles and Counting

Irv-gordon-three-million-mile-volvo-p1800-49598_2_1-ledeI was impressed when my friend told me her 1991 Toyota Corolla was approaching 300,000 miles. Then I received this press release from Volvo talking about Irv Gordon and how he is about to pass 3,000,000 miles in his beautifully maintained 1966 Volvo P1800. Based on his calculations, Gordon plans to reach three million miles in Alaska this September. America's last frontier is one of two U.S. states Gordon has never visited and a fitting backdrop for his three-million mile moment. 

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June 17, 2013

The 2014 GMC Sierra: Same New Capabilities as Silverado, but with More Upscale Look and Feel

2014-GMC-Sierra-Glamping-with-Airstream-trailer-1By Sue Mead

Different, but the Same

El Capitan Canyon Campground, California: It was a brilliant move for GMC ! Do something distinctive to introduce the 2014 Sierra to U.S. autowriters—because, really, the truck really isn’t that much different. What we mean is this: The news was already out on GM’s light trucks, with the intro of the Chevy Silverado  (, with more than 130 auto evaluators driving the Silverado at the Knibbe Ranch in Texas recently. So, GMC decided to put a clever and different footprint in the sand, with a ride and drive of the more upscale Sierra along the Pacific Coast in southern Califonria, inviting a smaller group of 30 to try out the truck the way many of its buyers might use it: touring, towing, and ‘glamping.’ (In case you haven’t heard—or done it-this is a term for glamorous camping!)

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June 10, 2013

NHTSA Shares Safety Tips for Summer Road Trips

NHTSA-Shares-Safety-Tips-for-Summer-Road-TripsConsidering taking the family off in the car for fun and adventure on the road this summer? There are many great things about summer but few can match the fun of a family vacation road trip. Before you go, be sure to peruse this interactive infographic created by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (the federal agency tasked with improving our nation’s automotive safety).

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June 06, 2013

SoCal Girl Takes on Winter Driving at the Nitto Ride 'N Drive Event

NITTO-Winter-Ride-N-Drive-2013-groupBy Sherice Bellefeuille

A few months ago, I went to Salt Lake City, Utah, to participate in a Nitto Ride 'n Drive media event that being held at Miller Motorsports Park. I didn’t know what to expect, but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised during my experience. Even though this was a winter driving event, because this week is tire safety awareness week, I feel it is a good time to share what I learned there.

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June 03, 2013

2014 Kia Cadenza: Kudos for Kia’s Newest Luxury Sedan!

Kia previewed the 2014 Cadenza luxury sedan at L’Auberge Del Mar, an intimate resort outside of San Diego, California that sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific. The property has 121 rooms with private balconies or patios and marble bathrooms, two lighted tennis courts, a spa and fitness center, an outdoor pool and hot tub and a verdant garden path that winds down to the ocean. The property once hosted the glitter of Hollywood in its glory days, including Lucy and Desi Arnaz, Bing Crosby and Esther Williams. The resort, like the Cadenza, is comfortable, stylish and carries the assurance of a long-standing institution. Kia Motors America (KMA) recorded its best-ever annual sales total and gained U.S. market share for the 18th consecutive year.

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May 24, 2013

Is Your Vehicle Safe for Memorial Day Travel?

The Car Care Council says Be Car Care AwareWith the Memorial Day Holiday weekend upon us and the summer vacation season fast approaching, we at AskPatty know there is no better time to “Be Car Care Aware” about your vehicle.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), an average of 13,000 Americans are killed during the summer travel season between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. A portion of these deaths can be directly attributed to unperformed vehicle maintenance as each year neglected maintenance leads to over 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries, and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses, and property damage.

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