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October 08, 2015

Car Seat Safety Tips

Carseat-thinkstock-82089970Raising kids can be a challenge and a lot of fun. Transporting them in the family vehicle can be difficult at the best of times. I’m not sure which was worse; when the kids were little or when they got older. A day never goes by when I hear “shotgun” from one of my kids. They all want to sit in the front seat. However, when the kids are small, it’s every parent’s responsibility to know where the kids should sit, especially in the early years. Keep in mind the middle of the rear seat is safest for any passenger. It's farthest away from any of the four sides in case of collision.

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October 07, 2015

Large Turnout, Top Speakers Highlight Successful Inaugural Women in Automotive Conference

Women_in_AutomotiveMore than 300 professionals from across the country attended the inaugural Women in Automotive Conference, a unique opportunity for gaining new insight on an industry hot topic. Held in downtown Orlando in mid-August, the conference included speakers, breakout sessions, workshops, and booth displays.

The purpose of the conference was to assist the automotive community in recruiting, retaining and developing female employees and leaders. According to NADA statistics, women make up less than one-fifth of employees at auto dealerships.

“I cannot thank the attendees, sponsors and board members enough,” said Women in Automotive founder Christy Roman. “Having the opportunity to listen to – and learn from – some of the most influential people in our industry has given us an increased knowledge base and a renewed sense of confidence and purpose as we look forward.”

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AskPatty's Breast Cancer Awareness Tip 2: Practice Healthy Habits


Leading a healthy lifestyle can help you reduce your risk factors for breast cancer and other illnesses.

Although you cannot prevent cancer, some habits that can help reduce your risk are to maintain a healthy weight, stay physically active, eat fruits and vegetables, do not smoke, and limit alcohol consumption. Learn more about these healthy habits and more at

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October 06, 2015

Interviewing Sheryl Connelly, Ford's Female Futurist

2015Trends_article-Sheryl_ConnellyBy Holly Reich

"Looking Further With Ford" is the automaker's yearly trends conference, which explores global micro-trends. The theme for 2015 is "Make way for Gen Z."

Sheryl Connelly, global consumer trends and futuring for Ford Motor Company, addresses changes across the globe and demographics with issues that confront everyone, from Gen Y (millennial), Gen X, and Baby Boomers, to the new Gen Z.

Connelly notes "New forms of mobility and collaborative platforms are emerging every day. At Ford, we are always mindful of the blueprint for sustainability, and the need to push the change as much as to adapt to it. You'll see that in the products that Ford introduces."

According to Connelly, "anticipating shifts in society is an inherent part of product development; so from that standpoint our consumer insight and trend work dates back to the days of Henry Ford. Over one hundred years later, designers, engineers, and marketers within Ford still spend much of their time contemplating how they can better serve customers of the future."

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October 05, 2015

AskPatty's Breast Cancer Awareness Tip 1: Create an Early Detection Plan


Early detection provides the greatest possibility for successful treatment. When breast cancer is detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.

An early detection plan enables you to be proactive about your health by reminding you to do monthly breast self-exams and schedule clinical breast exams and mammograms.

The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages. Visit to create your own plan to receive reminders to do breast self-exams, and schedule your clinical breast exams and mammograms based on your age and health history.

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October 03, 2015

Valvoline Launches Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Pink-Out Day

Go_pink_with_PINK-wipersValvoline Instant Oil Change (VIOC) officially kicks off its October PINK Wiper fundraising campaign, today, Saturday, October 3, 2015.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and VIOC’s Pink-Out Day campaign is a national event with participating locations giving away special pink swag.

Did you know? Every 3 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer AND 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Valvoline Instant Oil Change is partnering with AutoTex PINK to raise funds and increase awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.

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October 02, 2015

Is It Normal To Name Your Car? On October 2, It Is!

Name_your_car_day-iStock_000022734127_SmallOf course it's normal to name your car, and -- as National Name Your Car Day -- today is the day to do it!

According to a survey published by Nationwide car insurance, 25 percent of the people they polled have a name for their car. The company polled a thousand U.S. car owners and discovered 27 percent of women name their vehicles, while just 17 percent of men do the same.

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October 01, 2015

Changing Seasons Require Changing Your Driving Habits

Fall Season Safety Tips from Nexen Tire

Fall is here, the kids are back in school, and Halloween is just around the corner. As the days grow shorter and we shift our focus to the cooler season ahead, it’s also important to shift our focus on the road as well.

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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic accidents are the single most common cause of death for children ages 4 to 18, and autumn is the most dangerous time of year for pedestrians, accounting for 29 percent of pedestrian-related fatalities. Approximately 800 school-aged children are killed in motor vehicle accidents during normal school travel hours each year, says the National PTA. Their safety must be a high priority for every driver as our young pedestrians return to the roadways.

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