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January 09, 2015

7 Tips for Preparing Your Car for Winter from Ask Patty and MetLife Auto & Home®

Pretty_woman_in_the Snow_with_carWinter driving is never as easy as pie (which is really only easy if you buy it from a store). If you can navigate to your destination by avoiding treacherous snow-packed highways, then that's a great start for an easier trip. But as winter takes a turn for the worse, it’s always important to make sure your car is in the best shape possible before even hitting the road. Performing simple car maintenance and check-ups are a great way to save money and time.

Keep in mind: Although doing projects yourself can be fun and save you money—always think about the term “safety first” when you’re the “driveway mechanic.” AskPatty has joined with MetLife Auto & Home® to suggest these best practices to help keep you and your family safe and your car running at its best this winter.

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January 08, 2015

Knock On Your Hood And 5 Other Tips For Safety In Cold Weather

Cold_cat_in_engine-thinkstock-479046407No, this isn’t a tip to knock snow or ice off your engine block, it’s a tip to help protect the lives of cats or other small animals that may be hiding under the hood or on top of a tire as a way to stay warm in cold weather. The noise should help startle them away from their hidey-hole before they can be killed or injured by moving parts around the engine or crushed when the tire begins to roll.

According to the ASPCA, during the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars or nestle in the wheelwell to stay warm in cold weather. To a cat living outside, or just waiting for a chance to get back in the house, there are a lot of warm nooks and crannies in a car that look very inviting.

If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape. Others suggest also honking the horn before driving away, just to be sure no creatures are hiding in or around the car’s chassis.

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January 05, 2015

Mastering Disaster: 10 Tips for Winter Road Safety from Ask Patty and MetLife Auto & Home®

Snow_winter_weather-thinkstock-160926545According to The Association for Safe International Road Travel, more than 1.24 million people die and 50 million are injured in car accidents on the roads of the world each year. With AAA predicting more than 88.7 million Americans hitting the highways this holiday season, it's especially important to extra diligent about traveling safely.

In light of these statistics, MetLife Auto & Home® recently launched the sixth video in its Mastering DisasterSM video series, “Road Safety,” created to help consumers prepare themselves in case of an emergency situation.

Before you hit the road, be sure you've prepared yourself, your car, and your family for the adventure ahead. And when you're on the road, make sure everybody in the car is properly restrained by their seatbelt or child safety seat!

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January 01, 2015

Happy New Year from AskPatty!

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Father Time has booted out 2014 and we celebrate the arrival of Baby New Year. Raise a glass of bubbly to 2015 and make some resolutions: Eat healthier? Go to the gym? Spend less, save more? Speed less and drive more carefully?  Whatever you do, do it with gusto!

And one more thought: "Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?" We don't know! According to Grammarly.com, “Auld Lang Syne” was originally written as a Scottish poem and was later set to music. The phrase “auld lang syne” translates in English as “old long since” or something akin to “times gone by.”

"Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne?" I still don't get it.

Regardless, we at AskPatty wish you all a happy new year filled with health and happiness -- and no speeding tickets!

December 29, 2014

Self-Driving Cars are Closer Than You Think

Hyundai-empty_car_convoySelf-driving cars are not science fiction.

In fact, you might be surprised at how sophisticated the cars on the road already are. Automatic distance sensing cruise control works with automatic braking to keep cars at a specific distance from each other, regardless of speed, and some systems can even bring the car to a full stop when necessary to prevent impact with the vehicle ahead.

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December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas From Everyone At AskPatty

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We Hope Your Holidays Will Be Filled With Joy And Laughter Through The New Year.

December 24, 2014

AskPatty’s Holiday Shopping Guide - Last-Minute Car Gifts and Stocking Stuffers for Anybody!

In this last installment of our holiday shopping guides, we're focusing on great gifts for the car. Whether you're shopping for him, her, a teen driver, or are just looking for a practical stocking stuffer, we've got lots of great choices here.

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December 22, 2014

Follow Santa’s Christmas Adventures with OnStar and NORAD

Santa_in_car-onstar-norad-santa_trackerAs kids across the country anxiously await Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve, OnStar can keep your family aware of jolly Ol’ St. Nick’s whereabouts with a simple press of the “blue button.” If your kids are especially anxious to know what Kris Kringle is up to, OnStar Advisors can provide specific location-based updates on Santa Claus’ annual trek around the world based on data received in partnership with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

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December 19, 2014

10 Tips to Solve Foggy Lighting This Holiday Season

SYLVANIA_zXe_Fog_lifestyle_sDriving in heavy fog, even for the experienced driver can be a daunting experience. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation,  an average of 31,385 crashes, resulting in 11,812 persons injured and 511 deaths, occur each year – all due to fog.

Given the dangerous circumstances of driving in fog, it's important to keep as safe as is possible and this can be achieved by installing high-quality fog lights and using them properly.

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December 18, 2014

AskPatty’s Holiday Shopping Guide - Great Automotive Gifts for Guys

Christmas_gift_man_car-thinkstock-100118082In this installment of our holiday shopping guides, we're focusing on great gifts for the car-loving guy in your life. Father, son, brother, husband, boyfriend, or buddy: no matter whether he wants to drive them or wrench on them -- if your guy loves cars, we know you'll find something here that's perfect for him.

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