5 Essential Things to Know About Roadside Assistance

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While you may think you won’t use it since you’re such a stickler about making sure you maintain your vehicle properly, roadside assistance can be a major benefit. Keep reading to find out the five essential things you need to know about it.

Why You Need It

There are just some things in life you can’t plan for – running over a nail, a battery dying for no apparent reason and a sudden issue with the engine, transmission or cooling system. No matter how often you have a vehicle inspection done, there are going to be things that happen. If you have roadside assistance, you’ll be able to have someone on his or her way to you quickly. If you don’t, have fun sitting on the side of the road until someone can find the time to help.

What It Includes

Roadside assistance programs vary from one provider to another. While the most common options include tire replacement, jump-starts, gasoline and towing, others offer additional services and options. You’ll want to read over what each plan provides to see what is available, as well as whether there are additional charges for certain services.

Research Is Key

You will need to plan to put some effort into finding a roadside assistance plan. Make sure you read what each plan offers for the fee charged, as well as what isn’t included. Don’t assume that every provider offers the same options, as this could leave you stranded.

Towing Radius

It may seem like a small thing, but always check the towing radius. This is the number of miles that the service will tow your vehicle before charging you. Some only offer three miles before a fee per mile is added. This can get very expensive, so consider where you normally drive and where potential garages are located near you.

Check Reviews

Reviews are always helpful in choosing the right roadside assistance. Read several of them to get a feel for how other customers like the service. Don’t forget to run a check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) or the Attorney General as well – a low rating is a good indication you should look elsewhere.

Roadside assistance can be a major benefit as it ensures you always have peace of mind that someone is just a phone call away if you have a problem while driving.


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