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Jody DeVere, AskPatty.com

Stories by Jody DeVere, AskPatty.com

4 Car Care Tips for Extreme Weather

Nov 3, 2016

Weather across the country this winter, and every year it seems, is behaving just a little strangely. Depending on where in the country you live, if you want to get through the winter months disaster-free, you’ll need to be prepared for anything. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of tips for driving […]

5 Tips to Prepare for Holiday Road Trips with the Kids

Nov 18, 2013

Winter holidays are nearly here! Whether you’re planning a short Thanksgiving outing, or a longer family road trip over the New Year weekend, now is the time to prep your car and make sure the entire family is ready for any journey. If you’ve ever driven more than a few hours straight with kids in […]

Heat Wave: Five Car Components That Can’t Take the Heat

Jul 16, 2013

Getting behind the wheel in the hot summer months is a long-standing tradition. But before you load up the car, make sure you give it a checkup, so you can be safe in the high heat. Topping up your coolant, changing the oil, and making sure the tires are properly inflated is a great start. […]

Winter Driving Hazards (That Aren’t Ice and Snow)

Feb 21, 2013

The weather outside is frightful — or so the song goes — and we don’t need to tell you to be careful out there. Rain, snow and ice are road hazards we’re all familiar with, but they’re not the only insidious forces at work as you brave the winter roads. There are winter driving dangers that […]

Overlooked Car Care You Can Do Yourself

Mar 27, 2012

When it comes to car maintenance, most of us know the broad strokes: oil changes, tire rotations and the like. But there are likely a few pieces you just don’t think about. April is National Car Care Month, and the simplest car components to maintain are sometimes the most critical. Luckily, there are three routine […]

5 Green Car Components That May Surprise You

Oct 17, 2011

A certain little, green felt frog once said that it wasn’t easy being green, “having to spend each day the color of the leaves.” We sure empathize with his plight, poor little guy, mostly because it’s a pretty song, but in the human world, “being green” is easier than you probably thought. Sure, you recycle, […]

Fabric Fouls: Tips to Tackle the Top 5 Auto Stains

Oct 6, 2011

Whoops! Everybody knows it’s not a road trip until there’s a spill. Whether it’s a soda, lipstick, lunch, or coffee—sometimes stains happen! Knowing the best way to deal with them using natural products and without harming your car’s interior will help keep your family ride shipshape. Ask Patty is here to share with you some […]

Find the Fluid: Identifying Your Car’s Drips

Sep 7, 2011

We’ve all done it.  We back out of the garage or parking lot and there it is: a spot!  What is that?  Is your car leaking oil or something else?  How long has that spot been there?  Well, you don’t need to get out the flashlight and try to catch the leak in progress. There […]