Warning to parents during ‘riskiest’ teen driving season; distracted driving growing worry
Summer, with its fun in the sun and warm nights, is the riskiest teen driving season of the year. And that flies in the face of most parents’ perceptions that winter is the most dangerous for teen driving, according to a new survey conducted by Penn Schoen Berland and commissioned by the Ford Motor Company. “As summer begins, what can be the most fun season of the year for teens can also be the riskiest,” said the survey, which revealed new insights about teen driving habits and perceptions. Summer months had the highest number of teen driver fatalities from 2007… Read More

GM, Chrysler, two other manufacturers top 2013 satisfaction awards
General Motors. Chrysler. Toyota. Lexus. The four manufacturers were named in multiple categories in 2013 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards by AutoPacific marketing and product-consulting firm. The company, which seeks to identify “the most satisfying cars on the market and help consumers make informed vehicle purchase decisions,” selected vehicles from the three manufacturers in 11 of 24 categories, General Motors in four and Chrysler Group, Toyota and Lexus in three each. Chrysler Group is the only manufacturer which won with three different nameplates. Three other manufacturers – Kia, Hyundai and Ford – each… Read More

Chrysler, other U.S. vehicle manufacturers favored by non-prime buyers
Three pickup trucks and eight U.S.-produced products are among the Top 10 used-vehicle choices for non-prime buyers, says a recent report. The three trucks, which were among the Top 5 used vehicles, were the Ram 1500 (No. 1), the Ford F-150 (No. 3) and the Chevy Silverado 1500 (No. 5). Only one of the Top 10 used vehicles – the Ram 1500 pickup – made the Top 10 new-vehicle list, the report said. Vehicles produced by foreign manufacturers fared better among new-vehicle choices for non-prime buyers, splitting the Top 10 evenly with U.S. produced vehicles. Non-prime buyers are those with… Read More

SRT Vipers back on track at 24 Hours of Le Mans
SRT Vipers returned to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, after an absence of 10 years, with a successful test day Sunday at Circuit de la Sarthe. The two Vipers finished with the ninth and 10th fastest times during the second session on the course, reported newspress USA. The No. 93 Pennzoil Ultra SRT Viper GTS-R driven by Jonathan Bomarito, Kuno Wittmer and Tommy Kendall had the ninth quickest time of the session – 4:01.734. The No. 53 SRT Viper driven by Marc Goossens, Dominik Farnbacher and Ryan Dalziel finished at 4:03.281. The No. 93 finished just behind three Aston… Read More

‘Man of Steel’ inspires special edition Ram truck
With the wide release of the new Superman movie "Man of Steel" this week, watch out for the new TV commercials and print ads for the Ram of steel. The Ram Truck brand and Warner Bros. launched a new co-branded commercial for the Ram 1500, Motor Trend magazine’s 2013 Truck of the Year, as part of a partnership promoting the highly anticipated summer action adventure movie in theaters June 14. The Chrysler Group also provided vintage trucks and other vehicles to Warner Bros. for integration into key scenes in the movie, according to a report in newspress USA. The first… Read More

Road Trip: AAA advice on hitting the road safely this summer
Don’t be one of the millions of motorists stranded on the roadside this summer road trip season when you should be vacationing instead. To help ensure that you aren’t stranded, in need of rescue by a roadside assistance provider, AAA is offering a checklist for getting prepared for the road. "The best way to avoid a breakdown during a (road) trip is to ensure your car is properly maintained before hitting the road," said John Nielsen, AAA's Managing Director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. "But unexpected breakdowns can still occur.” AAA recommends that you: service your battery; check your air… Read More

New car sales strong, but demand near plateau in U.S.?
The auto industry has been positively giddy lately with month-by-month results that suggest sales of more than 15 million units this year. That would be the best year for U.S. new car and light truck sales since 2007 by a significant margin. It’s also more than last year’s 14.5 million unit sales, which represented the highest percentage volume increase in nearly three decades, according to CNN. Last year’s increase of 1.7 million, or 13 percent, from 2011 was the biggest rise in annual auto sales since 1984. But not all… Read More

A few steps to getting a good deal on new car or used car price
Poking around the Internet recently, we came across some ideas that seemed worth passing along to readers of The Open Road who are looking for a new car or used. The ideas are more straightforward than you might expect for such a large purchase. “Buying a new car doesn’t have to be a stressful (or wallet draining) experience,” writes Eric Peters in his story “Car Shopping Rules – 6 steps to get the best deal on new car prices” on Autos. “Just be sure you follow the rules,” according to Peters. First, buy a car “when you don’t have… Read More

Road Trip: Ten fun facts for road warriors [Infographic]
Road trips can be a blast, especially when you're traveling with passengers that you know and love. That's why we've enlisted the help of Clark (aka "Sparky"), Ellen, Rusty and Audrey to tag along as we explore some fun facts about road trips. I mean, who knows road trips better than the first family of vacations, the Griswolds? Their family fun is well-documented in the 1983 classic National Lampoon's Vacation, as the fearless foursome traveled cross-country from Chicago to the mecca that is "Walley World" in California. We all know how that ended, but it's the journey, not the destination,… Read More

Road Trips and Restaurants: Eating your way across America
Road trips are about more than just getting from one place to another. Road trips are about the experiences along the way.  They are about the people, the culture and the food you encounter while traveling to your destination. If you haven’t stopped at a roadside diner or two, you’ve missed out on one of the best parts of driving the open road – tasting the colorful cuisine that defines different parts of the country. I know what you’re thinking. Most roadside restaurants are a little short on quality and low… Read More

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