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August 23, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Take Action to Save Lives

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KidsAndCars.org reminds everybody if you see a child or pet alone in a car, don't wait more than a few minutes for the driver to return: immediately call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

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August 22, 2016

Wacky Driving Laws

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Nothing can be more embarrassing than having to phone your attorney from Alaska for legal assistance in escaping a fine for lashing your Irish Setter to the roof of your car. Mitt Romney may have gotten away with it in Massachusetts in 1983, but that behavior would get him a hefty fine in Alaska where it is illegal to tether a dog onto the roof of a car. Laws about traveling with animals are common, but why does Massachusetts make it illegal to drive with a gorilla in the back seat of your car?

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First Look: 2017 Genesis G90 Luxury Sedan

519_2017_Genesis_G90-front_beautyHyundai formally launched its new Genesis luxury brand at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show in January, with its first car -- the 2017 G90 flagship sedan -- a redesigned version of its previous Hyundai Equus.

Outside, Genesis calls its new design language "Athletic Elegance," highlighting the full-size sedan with an imposing, flat-nosed grille crowned with the winged Genesis emblem, LED daytime running lights, a bold arcing profile with elegantly creased sidelines, and standard 19-inch alloy wheels. In back, chrome dual asymmetrical exhaust tips are integrated in the lower bumper to balance the vertical LED taillights.

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August 19, 2016

E-Harmony Connection Gone Bad…

Eharmony_gone_bad-Kelly_Williams-iStock_72275221-EpicStockMediaOnline dating, have you tried it? You’re probably wondering what this has to do with anything since I’m supposed to be writing about all things automotive. Continue reading and you’ll find out.

More and more people are trying online dating and I’m no different. Although I am in a committed relationship now, a few years ago I was using eHarmony. In fact, this is how I met my current boyfriend! However, prior to meeting him I met other people through eHarmony.

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Five Essential Tips for Your Teen Driver

Five_Essential_Tips_for_Your_Teen_DriverOMG. Your teenager just got a driver’s license! Now what? 

Stay calm, and check out these five tips that can help your teen drive safely (and help you put your worries to rest). And always remember the general rule: Driving is a privilege, not a right. Let your teen earn driving freedom by building a stellar driving record.

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August 18, 2016

Hyundai Launches New Genesis Brand With Premium Features and Luxury

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Maybe you've seen, driven, or even own one of the Hyundai Genesis models. From their top-of-the-line Equus sedan to the spritely little Genesis coupe, they're sporty, sexy, and offer more luxury features than other models in the Hyundai lineup.

Following the example set by Toyota and Nissan -- who have already successfully extended their practical reputation with their own upscale offerings via their Lexus and Infiniti brands -- Hyundai seeks to expand beyond its value-driven personality into the luxury segment with its new upscale Genesis brand intended to compete against such premium German brands as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.

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AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Create Reminders

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Put something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse, or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.

Today's electronic devices make it easy for you to create a calendar reminder to make sure you dropped your child off at daycare. And as a backup, ask your babysitter or childcare provider to call you if your child hasn't arrived on time.

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August 17, 2016

Choosing Your Next Car Color -- Could It Affect Resale Value?

2011-ford-fiesta-selx590When I was anticipating buying my Ford Fiesta in 2011, I had a hard time deciding between a cute girlie magenta hue, or a bright metallic shade called “Blaze Yellow.”

Six years later, both colors are uncommon on the road, but I especially appreciate having chosen my car’s eye-searing shade of yellow because makes it easy to find in any parking lot.

Turns out, that color yellow has additional value!

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August 16, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Humidity Is Also A Killer

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Heat is not the only concern; humidity can also severely affect pets.

"It's important to remember that it's not just the ambient temperature but also the humidity that can affect your pet," says Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD, of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

"Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly."

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August 15, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Makes Latex an Automotive Fashion

Mercedes-Benz_SL-Latex_Obsession_with_an_icon-15C1139_66-sMercedes-Benz highlighted its the new SL roadster in a 2016 Fashion Campaign and Film shot by American photographer Jeff Bark. The promotional film features Russian supermodel Natasha Poly and latex works by Japanese designer Atsuko Kudo.

The campaign, Obsession with an Icon, puts the luxurious new SLs’ distinctive design in the spotlight, highlighting its sinuous lines and sensual curves in precise detail by wrapping the car in latex. The car is photographed alongside Natasha Poly, who wears matching body-hugging latex.

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