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August 20, 2015

Nissan Creates "World's Cleanest Car" Thanks to Self-Cleaning Paint

Nissan_Leaf-self_cleaning_car-MG_7715When we first heard of a self-cleaning car, we assumed it was an April Fools' Day prank. But then we saw it in action and were duly impressed. Not only is the Nissan Leaf a clean vehicle because of its all-electric zero-emission drivetrain, but Nissan is using it to debut innovative paint technology that actually repels mud, rain, and everyday dirt to keep its outside clean, too.

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August 19, 2015

AskPatty's Back-to-School Tips 8: Reward Yourself!


Positive reinforcement is an amazing thing. Set goals, and when you have completed your tasks, reward yourself in small ways.

This can be anything from allowing yourself to take a 10-minute break after a long study session, to treating yourself to a movie after getting an "A" on a difficult exam. This will help to encourage healthy habits and avoid procrastinating!

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August 18, 2015

Driving Tips For Students Heading Back To School

Back_to_school-teen_driver-iStock_000008379470Well, it’s that time again: The kids will be heading back to school and I think that makes many parents very happy. Having four kids myself, I look forward to getting back into a regular routine once again. However, with an older son who now is heading to college, there are a few things that are different with him driving every day versus walking to school each day. If you’re a parent facing the same things, here are a few tips you may want to consider.

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August 17, 2015

AskPatty's Back-to-School Tips 7: Establish Healthy Habits


This is the perfect time to develop smart strategies for studying, sleep, exercise, and diet. Your brain can’t function at full capacity unless you treat your body right!

No matter what kind of student you were in high school, heading off to college creates a great opportunity to forge new habits. Establish good study habits early on, try to get at least eight hours of sleep a night, and set up a schedule for exercising at least three times a week. Take advantage of the campus commissary, and get in the habit of eating well.

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August 14, 2015

#MyCarDoesWhat? Do You Understand Your Vehicle's Safety Features?

Mycardoeswhat-leadMany consumers do not know the many ways in which their car’s safety technology works to protect them from danger on the road. In fact, many drivers misunderstood their vehicle's safety behaviors as being "unexpected."

A brand-new, one-of-its kind study from the University of Iowa revealed that a majority of drivers expressed uncertainty about how many potentially life-saving vehicle safety technologies work. The survey also showed that 40 percent of drivers report that their vehicles have acted or behaved in unexpected ways.

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AskPatty's Back-to-School Tips 6: Make connections


Heading off to a new school can be pretty nerve-wracking, but it’s also the best time to forge new friendships. Some of them may even last a lifetime!

While some students might be homesick at the beginning of the school year, it's the best time to make new friends, because everybody is feeling like a fish out of water. Just lean over and introduce yourself -- the other person will probably be happy you’ve broken the ice. Having a study buddy will also come in handy if you miss a class and need to get notes.

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August 13, 2015

Did You Read Your Owner’s Manual?

Operate_navigation-read_owners_manual-iStock_000042313526_SmallYou just purchased an automobile. New or used vehicles almost always come equipped with an owner's manual.  But most women – more even than men – tend to just glance through it and then put it in the glove compartment to gather dust, and eventually be hidden behind the collections of other paraphernalia that seems to accumulate there.

You are excited. I know you want to get in that new car, and just drive away and show it to all your friends. You really don’t want to take the time to read the manual, perhaps thinking you can read it later. But times have changed. In the ‘50’s all we had was AM radios to keep us entertained. In today’s vehicles, the technological accessories have taken over our once-clean dashboards, converting them into intricate space-age display units, comparable to those found in Star Wars Starship decks. Very few new vehicles today come in basic plain vanilla.

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August 12, 2015

AskPatty's Back-to-School Tips 5: Car Insurance Follows The Car


In case of an accident, car insurance follows the car, not the driver. So if your student lends his or her car to a friend or roommate, you could be liable if an accident occurs.

Even if the friend has great coverage with the highest limits and the lowest deductibles, your car insurance would have to cover the damages if the friend gets into an accident while driving your student's car.

So, if your student is thinking of letting his or her roomie drive the car, keep in mind that you're not only lending the car, you're also lending your car insurance.

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August 11, 2015

Keep your Cool: How to Prevent a Summer Breakdown

Dont_overheat_summer_roadtrips-iStock_000029328938-by-DirimaThe dog days of summer are here! As families try to make one last road trip before it's time to head back to school, we're sharing a few tips to make sure those adventures go off without a hitch... Unless, of course, you've got a trailer hooked to one!


#1) Start with a Tuneup:

If you're taking an extended road trip, make sure your car is in tip-top shape. If it's almost time for a scheduled maintenance or oil change, make a visit to your trusted mechanic and get it done before your vacay to reduce the chance of breakdowns along the way.

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August 10, 2015

AskPatty's Back-to-School Tips 4: Don't Go Overloaded!


Overloading the vehicle creates excessive heat inside tires, which increases tread wear and stress and can lead to blowouts.

When packing up for college, consider these vehicle loading and overloading tips:

Before packing the trunk and roof full of your student's stuff, check out the vehicle manufacturer’s weight recommendations for loading the vehicle. You should be able to find this information on the placard located on the vehicle door edge or in the vehicle owners’ manual -- and don’t forget that passengers count towards the total recommended vehicle weight.

When packing, make sure to secure loose items to prevent them from flying around under sudden stopping, and keep a clear view out the rear window.

Consumer Reports has a great article on packing a car, with tips on safely loading up for a road trip, here.

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Have Questions About Tire Care And Maintenance?

Visit for more information about tire care and maintenance. For more information or service 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. 

While you're packing the kids off to school, take a little extra time to think about the tires that will transport them this school year and your desire to keep them all safe. After all, your tires are the only part of your vehicle that touch the road -- so they're very important to travel safety, and proper tire maintenance can boost your fuel economy, too! 

Join NEXEN Tires and AskPatty and come get schooled on all things tires at our #NEXENTireCollege Twitter Party, being held on Tuesday, August 25 at 6pm Pacific and 9pm Eastern. Get more information on the Nexen Tire Back-to-School Twitter Party here.

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