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January 26, 2015

How Chevrolet’s Safety Alert Seat Helps Drivers Avoid Crashes

2015-Chevrolet-Silverado-Midnight-special-editionInvestment adviser Angela Cusmano is a road warrior who logs 25,000 miles a year to and from guiding clients through 401K allocations and other money matters. She says one of her best returns on investment is General Motors'-patented Safety Alert Seat.

“I am a very safe driver, but there are times when I’ve misjudged how quickly I’m approaching the car ahead or I’ve begun to move a bit out of my lane, and that seat gets my attention,” said Cusmano, managing partner of Dahring | Cusmano and Associates who lives in suburban Detroit. “It is more subtle, and I love it.”

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January 23, 2015

10 Tips for Women Traveling Alone


Woman-driver-thinkstock-169280608_sBy Jamie Zunick

Long road trips are the best part of my life.  I have traveled cross-country through America many times. 

As a single woman traveling alone, I've learned how to take care of myself so that the journey can be pleasant and enjoyable. 

This list contains my suggestions for anyone who enjoys solitary journeys.

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January 19, 2015

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. #Kingday2015

Lorraine_MotelA media ride and drive event in Memphis in 2008 left me with some free time in the afternoon before heading to the airport to return home. My colleague and I were wondering how to pass a few hours, when he suggested we visit the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Martin Luther King, Jr. which now houses the National Civil Rights Museum.

It was an eye-opening afternoon for me: I was raised in Hawthorne, California, in the 1970s, and grew up with the understanding that all us kids were the same -- even though I was a white girl and I was the minority among my own diverse peer group. 

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January 16, 2015

Cold Car Facts: Your Fuel Mileage Will Drop With Winter Weather

1__discovery_sport__001Oil prices continue to fall and analysts say gasoline will be cheap for the rest of 2015. Low gas prices are a gift to consumers who find themselves with a little more cash to spend on items more rewarding than feeding their gas tank.

Winter is here, so it helps to know that your actual fuel economy is going to go down in cold weather conditions. There really isn't any way around this, but it helps to understand why you are getting lower gas economy mileage and what measures you can take to look after your car and its engine.

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January 14, 2015

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Carnival for January 2015

Cff_lead_new_car-2015-thinkstock-527342777Father Time has booted out 2014 and we celebrate the arrival of Baby New Year and a brand new edition of our monthly Certified Female Friendly Blog Carnival.

Here's some examples of programs several Certified Female Friendly Dealers participated in during December. Please share your activities with us so we can promote them here in our monthly Certified Female Friendly carnival. 

6a00d8341c4f3653ef01b7c72241f8970b-300wiWomen’s Automotive Association International Names Spirit of Leadership Honorees
Six accomplished industry women have been chosen to receive the esteemed 2015 Spirit of Leadership Award. Established in 1999, the WAAI's "Spirit of Leadership" award is presented annually to professional women in the automotive industry in recognition of their significant accomplishments in their profession, community, and family. 
 
The women will be honored at the 16th Annual Spirit of Leadership Awards Reception on Saturday, January 24, 2015, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at a.Muse Gallery in San Francisco, where attendees will be treated to a guest appearance and exhibit by Nicola Woods, master of classic automobile paintings. The reception is being held in conjunction with the 2015 NADA Convention. A portion of the event proceeds will be contributed to the WAAI International Scholarship Program, which provides tuition assistance to qualified students pursuing careers in the automotive industry.
 

Certified Female Friendly Programs and Activities to Share

ConvoyAutoRepairConvoy Auto Repair of San Diego, California
Looking for road trip ideas? Convoy shared a blog post on great day trips near San Diego

 


Schoen_place_autoSchoen Place Auto of East Rochester, New York
If you don't already have one, Schoen Place will help you create an Emergency Kit for your car.


GLCUGreat Lakes Credit Union of North Chicago, Illinois
Great Lakes Credit Union participated in a "Secret Santa for Seniors" to collect goods for residents in the local nursing homes to help them have Happy Holidays! 


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Active Green + Ross of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

There's no shortage of cole winter weather in Ontario, so Active Green + Ross has teamed up with Car Care Canada to share a winter survival guide with cold-weather car-care tips, as well as tips on staying safe while driving during the winter. 


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AutoAid of Van Nuys, California
If you've got young car fans at home, you'll want to check out their blog on the children's toy that teaches car repair.


CrawfordBuickGMCCrawford Buick GMC of El Paso, Texas
There's plenty to do around El Paso, so Crawford Buick GMC made a list of things to do during the Holiday Season.


Be sure to check out all the great things our Certified Female Friendly partners accomplished in November.

January 12, 2015

5 Things NOT To Do Right After a Car Accident: A Lawyer’s Step-by-Step Advice

Car_accident-thinkstock-57280364-sWe all try to be safe drivers and avoid accidents, but accidents happen. The average American will be involved in a least one car accident in their lifetime. The only way to avoid an accident with 100 percent certainty is to stay off the road, which isn’t a real option for any of us.

The surprising thing is, despite how common accidents are, few people actually know what to do when they happen.  Because of this, even the smartest and most competent drivers often make serious mistakes that have legal implications or hurt their chances of being covered by insurance.

Take a few minutes to learn a few things you should always avoid after any kind of driving accident.

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January 09, 2015

7 Tips for Preparing Your Car for Winter from Ask Patty and MetLife Auto & Home®

Pretty_woman_in_the Snow_with_carWinter driving is never as easy as pie (which is really only easy if you buy it from a store). If you can navigate to your destination by avoiding treacherous snow-packed highways, then that's a great start for an easier trip. But as winter takes a turn for the worse, it’s always important to make sure your car is in the best shape possible before even hitting the road. Performing simple car maintenance and check-ups are a great way to save money and time.

Keep in mind: Although doing projects yourself can be fun and save you money—always think about the term “safety first” when you’re the “driveway mechanic.” AskPatty has joined with MetLife Auto & Home® to suggest these best practices to help keep you and your family safe and your car running at its best this winter.

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January 08, 2015

Knock On Your Hood And 5 Other Tips For Safety In Cold Weather

Cold_cat_in_engine-thinkstock-479046407No, this isn’t a tip to knock snow or ice off your engine block, it’s a tip to help protect the lives of cats or other small animals that may be hiding under the hood or on top of a tire as a way to stay warm in cold weather. The noise should help startle them away from their hidey-hole before they can be killed or injured by moving parts around the engine or crushed when the tire begins to roll.

According to the ASPCA, during the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars or nestle in the wheelwell to stay warm in cold weather. To a cat living outside, or just waiting for a chance to get back in the house, there are a lot of warm nooks and crannies in a car that look very inviting.

If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape. Others suggest also honking the horn before driving away, just to be sure no creatures are hiding in or around the car’s chassis.

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