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Traveling Across The Country? Get Roadside Assistance Before You Leave

If you are traveling across the country and are driving your car, you should get roadside assistance before you leave.  Keep reading to learn about this feature so you can get signed up before you start your trip. 

Reasons to Have Roadside Assistance 

There are many reasons to have roadside assistance. Imagine driving in an area you are not familiar with at night and having a flat tire or your car breaking down in another way. This can be scary but if you have roadside assistance simply get into your car, lock the doors, and call the service you have. You can then stay there until help arrives.  This is much safer than standing on the side of the road at night. You may not be seen well and hit by a car or worse. 

The most common reasons people use roadside assistance is for flat tires, dead batteries, or locking themselves out of their car. Some providers will even help you if you run out of gas. For example, they can bring enough gas to put into your car to get you to a gas station. If your car is broken down and cannot be repaired on the road, roadside assistance will cover towing it to the nearest car mechanic. This can save you a lot of money as towing can get expensive. 

It is important for everyone to have this assistance but especially if you are elderly. If you have young people to ever drive your car, they may need assistance. If you are younger and have small children or an infant with you, roadside assistance is important. 

Where to Purchase Roadside Assistance

When it comes to roadside assistance you can purchase it in many ways. One common way is through your insurance company. This is something you generally have to add to your policy so it may raise your premiums. Some insurance companies provide this if you have full coverage on your vehicle. 

There are many member organizations that you can contact to sign up for roadside assistance. These organizations will likely have many more perks than what your insurance will provide. This may cost you more money but may be worth the cost, especially if you travel a lot. 

If you use a credit card, check with your credit card company to see if they offer roadside assistance to their customers. You may have to pay a fee for this depending on your credit card company. This is something that may be useful to have in addition to getting roadside assistance through your insurance company or through a member organization.

Talk with a roadside assistance program to learn more about how they can help you and the services they offer.