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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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June 22, 2015

AskPatty Tips for Tire Safety 10: Why worry about warranties?

Product warranties are a signal of the company's confidence in their product: After all, if their product doesn't last the contracted use period, the company has to pay back consumers for their losses.

Consumers should view these warranties like quality guarantees: a longer warranty should indicate a better-quality product, right?

We’ve compared the plans, and believe Nexen Tire America has the best tire warranty in the industry with the Nexen Total Coverage Warranty™. In addition to the typical workmanship and defect protection, the Nexen Total Coverage Warranty also gives consumers a generous tread wear mileage warranty, a road hazard warranty, and a convenient roadside assistance policy. As explained earlier, their generous tire warranty is designed to protect the value of your tire purchase and ensure its quality, but it also provides assurance when hazards do occur, and frees you from worry if it happens.

Find out more about the Nexen Total Coverage Warranty at


Get more tire safety tips from AskPatty and NEXEN Tire America here.

For more information or service regarding NEXEN Tire America, visit and use the Dealer Finder to locate your nearest Authorized Nexen Dealer. You can also call the toll-free technical support number: 1-800-57-NEXEN (63936) / 1-866-70-NEXEN (63936). Follow NEXEN Tire on Facebook  and Twitter for details on tire and car care tips, exciting contests, and more.


June 21, 2015

To My Dad for Father's Day

CarlMeadeNavyDear Dad,

You gave me so many gifts!

Your sturdy and reliable love.

Your sense of humor.

Your analytical problem solving mind.

Your love of cars and knowledge passed on.

Your adventurous spirit.

CarlMeadeTahoeYour love of nature.

Your dedication to family.

Your ability to keep your commitments.

Your love of Mom for 68 years.

Your love for God.

Your patriotism.


Thank you for all your gifts remembered and more.

Missing you this Father's Day!

Love your daughter Jody DeVere




June 19, 2015

Guide for Gearheads makes a Great Father's Day Gift

100_things_for_gearheads-book_coverWe know the truth: If you're reading this at AskPatty, you’re either a gearhead, or you know one. With Father's Day this weekend, we thought to share this great guide by Jason Fogelson as a terrific gift idea for the gearhead in your life.

Whether it's your dad, brother, husband, boyfriend, or son, if he's fascinated by cars, trucks, and motorcycles -- or even planes, trains, or tractors -- "100 Things For Every Gearhead To Do Before They Die" has something just for him. 

Available now from Reedy Press for $18.00 (plus shipping and handling),  this fun and easy-to-read book explores 100 experiences, journeys, and challenges that will feed and nurture your favorite gearhead. Part travel guide, part inspiration, part meditation, and part fun, this book is perfect for gearheads and those who love them. After having read the book, I'm pleased to say that I've already done more than a dozen of these activities myself, and look forward to many others!

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