Dead Battery? 3 Tips on What to Do & How to Avoid It Next Time

Car batteries always die at the wrong time. Not that there’s necessarily any good time for a battery to give up the ghost. But you usually only discover it’s dead when you’re in a rush to get somewhere and your engine won’t turn over. What should you do? Before you freak out, read on. You just might find a quick solution that’ll get you back on the road in short time. Look around you. Depending on where you are and what time of day your battery’s decided to punch the ... (Read More)

9 Tips to Protect Kids from Car Accidents

Ever wonder why hospitals like to inspect an infant car seat before newborn babies leave for home? The facts below are compelling. (Sunglasses optional.) We love cars. But surprisingly, motor vehicles are also far and away the top cause of unnatural death for those under 19-years old. Whether behind the wheel or riding as a passenger, following these nine guidelines (and noting the abundance of supporting evidence to confirm why you should) will go a long way toward ensuring your precious ... (Read More)

4 Tips for Surviving a Skid

Fall is officially here. Leaf-peeping drivers, with eyes on the landscape, may not notice wet leaves on the road that could lead to a potential loss of vehicle traction. Knowing how to handle your vehicle in the event of an unexpected skid, which can happen in any weather, is imperative. Check out our tips below to help decrease your chances of spending a beautiful autumn day in the emergency room, the auto body shop, or both! Don’t panic. Easier said than done, right? Even though you feel totally powerless ... (Read More)

8 Tips on What to Do if You Run Out of Gas

Stranded without gas on a desolate road, like this one in Iceland? Check out our advice on how to handle it. Running out of gas in the middle of nowhere is among drivers’ biggest fears, and it’s also one of the easiest things to prevent. In case you’re stranded, these tips could mean the difference between having to cancel your plans and arriving safely to your destination - albeit a little late. Get to Safety Not everyone has the presence of mind to pull off the road when their car begins ... (Read More)

Get Ready - The Age of the Robocar is Upon Us

Once upon a time in the 80s, a kid named Marty McFly hopped into a time traveling DeLorean and paid a visit to 2015 - a distant age filled with all sorts of insanely futuristic things like weather control, hoverboards… and flying cars. Now that 2015 is just around the corner, you may have asked yourself: “Where’s my flying car?” The reality is, the future dreamed up by a group of Hollywood writers for Back to the Future II was a bit overly ambitious. But that’s not to say that transportation ... (Read More)

The What, How & Why of ESC, Your Car’s Inner Control Freak

ESC helps avoid wicked skids like this one. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is a technology that goes by a variety of different names, depending on the manufacturer. Ford owners know it as AdvanceTrac. GM drivers will likely be more familiar with the term Stabilitrak, which they cleverly refer to as the car’s control freak. Some call it Electronic Stability Control (or ESP, “for electronic stability programme” – we use ESC & ESP interchangeably; they refer to the ... (Read More)

Overcome Aggressive Tailgating with the Three-Second Rule

Football season is in full swing, and tailgating is on the brain. But this American pastime shares a name with a very aggressive and dangerous driving behavior: following other cars too closely. This is important stuff — apparently aggressive drivers kill two to four times more people than drunk drivers — and if you’re a tailgater, you should heed the following advice on how to stop. Here’s a quick quiz to determine whether you might be a candidate for ... (Read More)

Teen Wheels Don't Have to be Pricey to be Safe: 11 Reasons Why Not

Teen drivers have a notorious reputation for driving dangerously, but that’s not without reason – according to the LA Times, drivers ages 16 to 19 are about three times more likely than drivers age 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. These days, most new cars are equipped with high-tech safety features that save lives. But for many people, buying a sweet new back-to-school car is a cost-prohibitive luxury. If you’re the parent of a teenage driver - or a teen ... (Read More)

Car #Haters: Top 7 Most Hated Cars in America

We’re sure you’re spending each morning brushing up on the local news and reading the Wall Street Journal.   But just in case you missed it, MarketWatch (which covered Openbay earlier this year) published a fascinating article today, called "The most hated car in America is" and we couldn’t resist sharing the rankings with you. In case you’re on the go and don’t have time to read the whole piece, here are the brands people hate ... (Read More)

A Conscientious Driver’s Pedestrian Rulebook - 6 Important Tips

Of all the hazards you face on a daily basis when you’re behind the wheel of your car, pedestrians represent the greatest danger, though not necessarily to you. Not physically, anyway. Let’s face it – a pedestrian is no match against a moving car. But the damage that you’re capable of inflicting upon another human being by failing to look out for and yield to pedestrians could land you in serious emotional, legal and financial trouble. Here are a few helpful tips and ... (Read More)