Last night at my sisters for dinner I learned about "Car Surfing" and it's tragic consequence to a young Agoura Hills girl who lost her life last week to an insanely stupid activity. Our hearts and condolences go out to her family, friends and community of which my sister is a part of. Car Surfing, like the name implies, is standing on top of a moving car in a surfers posture for a thrill ride. If you hear your teen driver mention car surfing in phone conversation, personal engagements or in any other format, it's time to intervene. It could save a life. It's bad enough that new teen drivers get into minor and some major accidents, but it's totally uncalled for to risk their lives and those of their friend or innocent bystanders for a cheap thrill. I have a teenage son and this tragedy hit way to close to home. Read ... read more
Many 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. The study found that a majority of respondents had heard of, been exposed to, or interacted with at least one of the nine vehicle safety features studied, but expressed uncertainty about all of the technologies ... read more
In recognition of National Emergency Preparedness Month in September, AskPatty joins with the non-profit Car Care Council to remind motorists of the importance of the "three Ps of auto care" to make sure their vehicle is ready for the unexpected. Preventative: Reduce the chance of unplanned, costly car trouble by following a vehicle service schedule and performing routine maintenance. The Car Care Council's free personalized schedule and email reminder service is a simple way to help you take better care of your vehicle. Proactive: If you find your vehicle needs repairs, be sure to address them in a timely manner to avoid more extensive work down the road. Before traveling longer distances, perform a pre-trip inspection before your journey begins so you have an op ... read more
I just had a discussion last night about safe seating with the 8-year-old son of a friend of mine who wanted to be moved up to the front seat. (Sorry Hayden, NHTSA recommends children ride in the back seat at least through age 12!) Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13 in the USA? In 2013, a child under 13 was involved in a crash every 33 seconds. Sadly, many of these deaths and injuries could be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts. AskPatty joins with NHTSA and other child safety organizations like SafeKids.org to observe Child Passenger Safety Week from September 13-19, 2015, and National Seat Check Saturday on September 19, 2015. One of the goals of Child Passenger Safety Week is to en ... read more
Great News! The great customer service efforts of my sons and staff at AutoAid in serving the Automotive Repair and Body and Paint needs of our customers has earned us the coveted "People Love Us On Yelp" recognition. Thank you to all who made it possible.