The Open Road

Offering news, views, and tips for independent car rentals

How to Handle a Rental Car Accident

The last thing you’d expect to happen during a road trip or vacation is to get into an accident. A lot of what you’ll do during a rental accident is the same that you’d do during an accident with your regular car.

4 Great Spring Time Road Trips

Is there any season more ideal for a road trip than spring? Temperatures rise and vibrant flowers bloom, making the landscape especially gorgeous. Whether you love the mountains or prefer the desert, there are cheap car rentals and a U.S. road trip meant just for you.

What You Should Know About Pre-Paid Auto Rentals

For most of the travel industry, pre-paid reservations are the norm - you can’t book a hotel room or a plane ticket without paying at least part of the price upfront.

The Drawbacks of Renting a Fast Sports Car

Car rental companies know that crashes are bound to happen. The cars most likely to crash? It’s not the cheap car rentals - it’s the too-fast-to-handle sports cars that have some auto-loving renters chomping at the bit. 

What You Should Know About Rental Car Insurance

If you’ve ever rented a car, you’re familiar with the insurance-pushing the agent will do before you leave the counter.

Tips for Staying Safe While Driving on Icy Roads

Getting snowed in during the wintertime can be fun - you have a day off of work or school, you can curl up under a blanket with hot chocolate, and you may even head outside to build a snowman or get into a snowball fight.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day Whether You’re in a Couple or Flying Solo

Whether you’re a romantic or a cynic (or a little of both), Valentine’s Day just passed and you can’t escape the lovey dovey sentiment. This year, I hope you were creative, adventurous, and in love, and on the hunt for a date...

Traveling With a Service Animal: What You Should Know

Traveling with a service dog is possible thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the United States Department of Transportation. People with disabilities can travel, explore new areas of the world, and visit far away family members while accompanied by a service animal.

Travel and Auto Rental Trends for 2015

When it comes to the car rental market, one change seems to create several changes thereafter and all of the moving parts are affected by each other. Analysts have taken what they saw throughout 2014 (and the years prior) to predict what 2015 will look like for the rental car industry.