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March 10, 2015

AskPatty's Tips for Driving with Dogs -- Tip #3


DO: Practice mini trips.

Although some dogs gleefully bound into the car, others seem to hate car rides. Before embarking on a vacation with your pet, it is always wise to get him used to moving vehicles.

Start by driving him around a block or two. Reward him each time he manages to stay calm after the short ride.

Gradually prolong the ride. If a blaring siren passes by and he remains calm, reward him immediately with a tiny food treat and praises.

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March 09, 2015

Women, Warranties, Why?


Everybody loves a great product that's backed by awesome customer service, right? What woman hasn't heard about the generous return policy at Nordstrom? The posh department store pledges to do its best to take care of the customer, with a promise to deal with her fairly and reasonably when she is unhappy with a product she purchased there.

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March 06, 2015

International Women's Day 2015: Women are Breaking Barriers in the Automotive World

General_Motors-Mary_Barra-photo_by_Steve_Fecht International Women's Day is being celebrated this year on Sunday, March 8, making this a good time to talk about how women are breaking barriers in the automotive world.

It was big news last year when Mary Barra became CEO of General Motors, making her the first female CEO of a major automobile company. She downplayed the significance of her gender when she accepted the position, but that doesn't mean it's not important.

Even though it seems like we're seeing more and more women in positions of leadership, women are still struggling to fit into the largely male automotive industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women hold about 25 percent of jobs in the motor vehicle and parts industry as of late 2014.

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March 05, 2015

AskPatty's Tips for Driving with Dogs -- Tip #2


DON’T:  Allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window.

He could be injured by flying objects or debris flying into his eyes, and some dogs have even jumped out of the window of a moving car. "Turn off power windows in your car when your dog is in his harness, as they can be accidentally opened with a simple press of their paw,” advises Lauren Genkinger, president of Adopt a Golden Atlanta.

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March 04, 2015

Rolls-Royce Grants us Serenity at the Geneva Motor Show

Rolls_Royce_Serenity_Phantom-lead_interior-P90174985-highResCome on Ladies, you know you want to ride in the new Rolls-Royce Phantom Serenity, revealed at this week’s Geneva Motor Show. If you have to ask what it costs, you can’t afford it, but let’s just say that you’ll probably want to live in it, since this opulent interior costs more than some homes.

Setting the standard in bespoke luxury motoring, the swanky but soothing interior features contemporary interpretations of furniture design combined with Japanese royal robe motifs, calming colors, natural wood, and the ceiling is covered with a sublime silk cherry blossom pattern.

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March 03, 2015

AskPatty's Tips for Driving with Dogs -- Tip #1


DON’T: Let your dog ride loose in your car.

Keep your pet in the back seat in his crate or with a harness attached to a seat buckle.

Lauren Genkinger, president of Adopt a Golden Atlanta, recommends not allowing your dog in the front seat to avoid driver distraction and injury to the animal if there is a sudden stop or accident and the airbag goes off.

If you choose a crate, make sure it's large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down, and turn around in. Always secure the crate so it won't slide or shift in the event of a quick stop.  And P.S., it's smart to get your pet used to the carrier in the comfort of your home before your trip.

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February 26, 2015

AskPatty's Winter Driving Do's and Don'ts -- Tip #10


DO make sure you are awake and alert behind the wheel.

If necessary, take a break and grab a coffee.

DON’T lose track of how many hot toddies you consumed to stay warm.

The most important winter weather safe driving tip of all is to refrain from drinking and driving under all circumstances. If you think you will drink, arrange for alternate transportation ahead of time.

February 25, 2015

Yes, You Can Drive That Exotic Auto Show Concept!

DESIGN_MB-AMG-Vision-Gran-Turismo_03sThere’s no better place to search for a new car than at an auto show, where attendees can research and evaluate hundreds and hundreds of production vehicles from every manufacturer, making it a great way for women to cross shop their preferred selection of brands and models without the pressure of a salesperson trying to make a sale.

But parked alongside those production models can be found a small but exotic selection of concept cars; automotive eye candy built to demonstrate special features or cutting-edge technology that may eventually trickle down into production models. Costing millions of dollars to create, these spectacular vehicles are beautiful to look at, but are often crushed when auto show season is over, never to be driven by the average consumer.

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February 24, 2015

AskPatty's Winter Driving Do's and Don'ts -- Tip #9


DO stay calm

if you find yourself stuck in the snow or broken down on the side of the road in adverse conditions

DON’T leave your car unless available shelter is close by.

If you need to run the engine to stay warm, make sure the exhaust pipe isn’t clogged with snow so the interior stays clear of harmful carbon monoxide.

February 20, 2015

Frozen Jeep Cherokee Creates ‘Epic' Ice Imprint

TristaStiles-JeepCherokee-34ths-1editBy now, you’ve probably seen that frozen imprint of the Jeep® Cherokee front fascia – and had a hard time believing it’s real.  Big thanks go to Mike Driehorst from the FCA blog  for sharing the whole back story with us!

According to Mike, the person who took some of those photos also couldn’t believe it. (Be sure to click on the images to enlarge their icy glory!)

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