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July 06, 2015

AskPatty's Car Buying Do’s and Don’ts 1: Do Know What Kind Of Vehicle You Are Shopping For!

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Educate yourself ahead of time about the vehicles you're interested in, and know what kinds of options and trim levels are available.

Consider several vehicles and research the accessories, features, and trim levels available on each one ahead of time, so you know what trim levels interest you, and which ones you would not want to pay extra for. Knowing the cost of each trim level, options, and packages is very important because depending on the car, these add-ons can add up to the cost of a whole other new car! Keep in mind that most vehicles are packaged according to specific trim levels, and can’t always be purchased to specific requirements without a special order, so familiarize yourself with your vehicle by visiting manufacturer's websites where you can configure the vehicle ahead of time and learn the costs of specific trim levels and options.

 

Get all 11 Car Buying Do’s and Don’ts here at AskPatty.com

 

July 04, 2015

Happy Fourth of July from AskPatty

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Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
~ Abraham Lincoln

 

Celebrate safely this Independence Day! Please don't drink and drive.

 

July 03, 2015

Tire Safety for Family Summer Road Trips

Family_road_tripSummer is here, which means that families across the country are starting to make plans for their summer road trip adventures. If you'll be taking an extended road trip in the next few months, we've got some safety tips to make sure your tires are ready to roll.

 

The first thing to do as part of your summer road trip planning is to check tread depth and tire pressure before you hit the road.

Tire Tread: Tires should be replaced when they’re worn down to 2/32-inch of tread. Tire traction is the key to good accelerating, turning, and stopping under any conditions, but especially on wet surfaces.  Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you won’t find rain along the way.

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July 01, 2015

Three Fun Summer Driving Destinations in Southern California and What to Drive

Woman_driving_road_trip-iStock_000039319394_SmallSouthern California is full of some of the best driving roads around. Whether you enjoy a spirited run in the canyons or a comfortable drive on the freeway, there’s no shortage of fun to be had in So. Cal. for car enthusiasts.

These are some of the best destinations for quick road trips in Southern California. Schedule your travel times to avoid rush-hour traffic, and you can get to any of these places within just a few hours (depending on your starting point), making them perfect for day or weekend getaways!

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June 30, 2015

Summer Travel Tips: Practice Good Road Etiquette

Serving-up-road-tickets-for-the-worst-road-etiquetteMemorial Day weekend has recently passed, signaling the beginning of summer travel season. As one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, AAA Travel projected more than 37.2 million Americans would journey 50 miles or more from home over the Memorial Day weekend, with 33 million of those travelers driving to their destinations.

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June 29, 2015

21 Of The Wierdest Things People Do While Driving

Nose-picking-while-drivingIf you spend any time commuting at all, you've probably seen people doing some pretty crazy things while driving.

We already know that texting while driving is a bad idea, and you've probably seen plenty of people eating or applying makeup, but here's a list of some other wacky things people do while driving.

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June 25, 2015

Waze Offers Voice Navigation from Terminator and Colonel Sanders

Waze_logoI spent a fair amount of time in the car on Tuesday, navigating Los Angeles traffic to and from Willow Springs, where I spent a little fun time on the racetrack (more on that later). My co-pilot was using Waze to keep us updated on traffic along the way, and we got to talking about the collection of celebrity voices that the service is using right now to provide humorous and helpful navigation tips.

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June 24, 2015

10 Tips for a Fun & Safe Summer Road Trip

10_Tips_for_a_Fun_and_Safe_Summer_Road_Trip-1The summer road trip is right up there with baseball and apple pie. 

It’s an iconic American undertaking that’s been memorialized in countless movies and songs, but it also probably has special associations for each one of us who remembers family car trips or hitting the road with friends as soon as we had the freedom to drive.

As we gear up for summer, many are planning their routes and checking their tires in preparation to head out on the open road.  What’s important to remember is that safety and fun go hand in hand, so use this list to help you get ready for the perfect summer road trip.

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