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October 31, 2014

Halloween Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips from AskPatty

Thinkstock-Halloween-139542892-sAccording to and the CDC, children are more than four times as likely to be killed by a car while trick-or-treating on Halloween night than at any other time of the year, and two-thirds of Halloween highway fatalities are alcohol related. 

Halloween is a dangerous night, but it doesn't have to be that way if you follow some simple safety tips. 

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October 30, 2014

OnStar Can Help You Escape When Monsters Attack

Chevy_OnStar_Halloween_SafetyIf your car gets swarmed by zombies, would you know what to do? While that question may seem far-fetched, Halloween car safety is an integral part of ensuring every little vampire and mummy gets home safely after trick-or-treating. 

Chevrolet and OnStar are sharing Halloween safety tips and three “Hey, they could happen!” OnStar calls for encounters with monsters and other creepy characters. 

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October 29, 2014

How NOT to Sell Your Used Car: Examples of Photos that Kill Car Sales

Sunshine-upside_downSo, you want to sell your used car? Whether you’re posting your used car on Craigslist or through a more commercial used-car service, outlets to sell your used car online are easy to find.

But you can easily ruin your chances for success if you choose bad photos. It doesn't matter how great your car actually looks in real life, if you want to attract a buyer for your car, you need to ensure your photos don’t look like these.

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October 27, 2014

What I Did on my Summer Road Trip Vacation

Lead-IMG_6521-sunset-LEADI’ve been in the automotive industry for more than 25 years and have driven many cars at media events all across the country. From my Los Angeles home base, I’ve driven through much of California, and into Nevada and Arizona, but I’ve never actually taken a cross-country road trip in my own car. After some ribbing from a friend, who in those same 25 years has driven throughout most of the US, we decided it was time for me to undertake my first substantial multi-state driving adventure. 

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October 25, 2014

Ford’s ‘Drunk Suit’ Teaches Teens Dangers of Driving Under the Influence

DrivingSkillsForLife-drunk_suit-FORD_SV3_9775I’ve worn Ford’s “Drunk Suit,” and let me tell you this: It totally works. It didn’t seem like it would be so difficult when Ford gave me an opportunity to wear the funny-looking goggles and weights, but the lesson I learned was effective. If you've never been stumbling drunk, Ford's "Drunk Suit" will show you what it feels like.

A group of Los Angeles area bloggers were invited for an educational lunch and an opportunity to learn more about Ford’s “Drunk Suit.” While we were gathered, we also learned a bit about Ford’s “Driving Skills for Life” (DSFL) program, which educates teen drivers on the various hazards of operating a vehicle while distracted or impaired. Here’s an interesting factoid we learned from Officer Baldonado, the California Highway Patrolman who led our lunch: Did you know that in many states, ANY amount of alcohol in a teen’s blood system is enough to earn them a citation for driving under the influence?

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October 23, 2014

Chevrolet Honors Mo’ne Davis in World Series Spot “I Throw Like A Girl”

Mone_Davis_Chevrolet-Ad-throw_like_a_girlChevrolet teamed up with film director Spike Lee to create an ad spot starring teen athlete Mo’Ne Davis, which aired Tuesday during the first game of the World Series. Davis is a role model to an untold amount of girls all over the United States, but she’s a reminder to all of us that anything is possible.

The 13-year-old athlete and her 70-mile per hour fastball wowed America this summer. Many people know about her on-field accomplishments, but her story off the field celebrates life’s possibilities not only for herself, but also for millions of girls like her.

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October 22, 2014

Did You Know? The Number One KILLER of Teens is Motor Vehicle CRASHES!

Safe-kids-usa-teen-driver-studyMy son is 21 now and no longer a teen driver, but this is still a subject that is close to my heart: More teens die in motor vehicle crashes than from any other cause of death, about 2,500 per year. Fatalities are split almost equally between teen drivers (56 percent) and passengers (44 percent), and in half of the fatal crashes, the teen was not wearing a seat belt.

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October 20, 2014

Test Drive a Buick to Raise Funds for High School Extracurriculars

BuickDriveForStudentsWV04-sBy Derek Handova

It’s back to school time. Learning is in full swing on campus when the bell rings. And after hours, there’s a full slate of extracurricular activities. Unfortunately, with the state of educational backing in many districts, only the essentials get funded. Many programs could be at risk. That’s why outside resources are vitally important. In that spirit this last September, Buick started a full-scale initiative to help local high schools across the country raise money for after-class programs.

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October 17, 2014

Here’s a New Way to Steal Cars: Stolen IDs

Car_thief-thinkstock-470758427-wsForget hot-wiring. As new technology makes it harder to steal cars the old-fashioned way, today’s thieves are using more sophisticated “white-collar” methods to get their hands on a set of wheels, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB).  

The NICB and its law enforcement partners report a growing number of these cases which, in legal terms, constitute financial fraud. Therefore, these stolen vehicles are not counted as auto thefts -- which may partially account for the steady decline in auto theft crime statistics over the past two decades.

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October 15, 2014

Ladies, Start Your Engines! It's “Dream Car Week” On The Price Is Right

Price_is_right_logoEvery day this week, contestants on "The Price is Right" compete for the chance to win luxury cars. Over the course of the week more than $500,000 worth of cars is up for grabs.

Luxury vehicles featured include the Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Sport SE, Maserati Quattroporte S Q4, Tesla Model S, and Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster.

Click Here To Watch Dream Car Week Episodes Online

Hosted by Drew Carey and broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network, this year's “The Price is Right” Dream Car Week will also feature special guest models Matthew Atkinson and Hunter King from “The Young And The Restless” and Karla Mosley from “The Bold And The Beautiful.”