Jody DeVere, AskPatty.com

Jody DeVere, AskPatty.com

Stories by Jody DeVere, AskPatty.com

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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Bark & Ride: How to Road Trip Safely with a Pet in the Car

Sep 17, 2012

You understand car safety.  You always make sure people are buckled up, keep your cell phone tucked away, obey traffic laws, and you can secure various models of children’s car seats with your eyes closed (and one hand behind your back). But, here’s a question: what happens when you bring your pet along for the […]

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How To Spot A Shady Auto Mechanic

Jul 23, 2012

Learn the signs of a dishonest car shop and avoid getting scammed when you go in for repairs Taking a car to a new repair shop is an exercise in trust. But, unfortunately, not all car mechanics are as honest as they should be. We all know the stereotype: grease-soaked coveralls, tobacco-filled mouth, oily cap […]

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5 Steps to a Greener Car Wash at Home

May 30, 2012

Whether you drive a perky hybrid or a well-loved clunker, there’s a greener way to wash your own car. Of course, from a standpoint of water use, commercial car washes are the “eco-friendlier” option (they tend to recycle and reuse the water). But there are steps you can take to lower the environmental impact of […]

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Brighten the Night with Proper Headlight Maintenance

Apr 18, 2012

You may think that you’re in good shape as long as your headlights power on when you need them, but that’s only partially true. Sure, working headlights are preferable to the alternative, but riddle me this: Are your headlights bright enough? Is your visibility impaired? Allow me to enlighten you with a few headlight maintenance […]

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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 […]

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4 Car Care Tips for Extreme Weather

Feb 01, 2012

The weather report is in—and it calls for partly crazy skies with an unpredictable front moving in from the Pacific! 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 our winter months disaster-free, […]

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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, […]

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