Roadside Assistance

Disappearing spare tires, keyless systems cause spike in roadside assistance calls
Disappearing spare tires, keyless systems cause spike in roadside assistance calls

In America, the average car on the road is over 11 years old. You might think that all those "senior" vehicles would cause a spike in roadside assistance calls, but you'd only be half right. AAA says that it has, in fact, seen a sharp increase in the number of roadside assistance requests it...Read More»

Screencap from Urgent.ly demo video
MapQuest Is Still A Thing, And It Wants To Rescue Stranded Drivers

Remember AOL? Remember its subsidiary, MapQuest? One of the two wants to become relevant again by helping stranded drivers. (Hint: it's not AOL, which is probably beyond help.) MapQuest won't be towing cars or fixing flats itself. Instead, it's partnered with Urgent.ly to provide those services...Read More»

OnStar FMV
Would You Buy OnStar From A Dealer Or Best Buy?

Earlier this year, General Motors announced plans to sell OnStar as an aftermarket system called OnStar FMV (or "For My Vehicle"). The company recently made good on its promise, shipping OnStar FMV kits to select dealerships across the country, as well as other shops like Best Buy. Which raises at...Read More»

AAA's Mobile Electric Vehicle Charging truck
AAA To Offer Quick Charging For Stranded Electric Car Drivers

For years, AAA has been the very first call made by drivers with car trouble. Whether it was a dead battery, a flat tire or an empty gas tank, help from a AAA representative was just a phone call away. Now, as electric cars begin to increase in popularity, AAA is unveiling new tools to aid the...Read More»

Flat tire, by Flickr user Lissalou66
Spare Me Not: Some New Cars Leave You To Fix Your Own Flat

In recent years, run-flat tires have become increasingly common as standard equipment in new vehicles. In theory, they provide the security of letting you limp to a safe place, even with no pressure in the tires, for a short distance. But how would you feel if you bought a new car that didn't have...Read More»

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon burnout, Michelin man
Buy Michelin Tires, Get Free Roadside Assistance And Towing

You might already have roadside assistance and towing coverage through an auto club or insurer—or because you drive a nearly new vehicle—but now there's another way you could be covered: by buying a particular brand of tires. Under the so-called Michelin Promise Plan, those who buy a...Read More»

Ford SYNC
Ford SYNC Hits The 3 Million Mark

Ford SYNC hit an important milestone this week: the popular telematics and infotainment system has now been installed in 3,000,000 Ford vehicles. Though impressive, that figure shouldn't be too surprising. Consumers and critics alike have been impressed with SYNC since its debut in 2007. Over time...Read More»

Mini Roadside Assistance app
Mini Releases First-Ever Roadside Assistance App

So you ran over a log with your new Mini and you're stuck at the side of the road with nothing but your iPhone and a bag of Cheetos? Yeah, there's an app for that. Mini has just announced availability of an app that it's billing as the first of its kind: a roadside assistance app that phones home...Read More»

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