Sooner or later, odds are you’ll experience a flat tire, dead battery, lockout, or another roadblock – pun intended. In situations like these, it’s easy to panic. Who do you call for help? And how do you pay for it?
That’s where Emergency Roadside Assistance can come in handy.
Roadside Assistance doesn’t come standard on most auto insurance policies, and it may not even be something you think you really need – until you do. So, how can Roadside Assistance keep you cruising? Keep reading for situations where Emergency Roadside Assistance can come to your rescue.
1. You ran out of gas.
Are you the type of driver who fills up their tank as soon as it dips below a quarter tank, or do you like to test your luck and see how far that quarter tank can get you?
If you ever run out of gas and there’s no gas station nearby, you can call on Roadside Assistance to come to your rescue. Roadside Assistance plans typically include emergency fuel delivery, as well as fluid delivery if you run out of radiator or brake fluid.
In most cases, a Roadside Assistance pro will deliver just enough fuel to get your car to the closest gas station. Some plans don’t charge extra for fuel, while others charge and determine the cost using the area’s pump price.
2. You got a flat tire.
Nothing brings a road trip to a screeching halt like a flat. If you don’t know how to change a flat tire or you aren’t in a place where you can change it safely, a Roadside Assistance technician can help install your spare tire so you can get back on the road.
Just remember that your spare tire is meant for temporary use only, and you should replace the spare as soon as possible. Roadside Assistance can at least help you drive around safely until then.
3. Your battery died.
A dead battery is a major inconvenience, and it seems like it always occurs at the worst time. Don’t have a set of jumper cables handy or know how to jump-start a battery? Roadside Assistance can help with a jump or replacement.
If you’re ever stranded in the middle of nowhere without a jump, a Roadside Assistance technician can give you a jump or deliver and install a brand new battery for you. You’d just have to pay for the cost of the new battery.
4. You’re locked out.
Locking yourself out of your car is a little embarrassing, but we’ve all been there – and that’s exactly what Roadside Assistance is for! Roadside Assistance plans typically include a lockout service that uses a reach tool or pump wedge to unlock the door and get you back into your car.
5. You need a tow.
What would happen if your car broke down altogether? Don’t panic – Emergency Roadside Assistance can come to your rescue with a tow. Most plans can take you and your car to the closest garage.
Towing service can be seriously expensive if you don’t have Roadside Assistance. The time of day, distance to the nearest garage, and the type of vehicle you have affect the price you pay. A 5-mile tow could easily cost over $100, but not if you have Roadside Assistance. Just note that some Roadside Assistance plans have mileage limitations. Should you go over your plan’s limit, you would be responsible for paying the difference.
6. You’re stuck.
If your car ever gets stuck in mud, snow, or a ditch and you can’t get it out, rely on Roadside Assistance. Most plans include vehicle extrication service, which means a tow truck will come to your rescue to get your vehicle out.
What to Do While You’re Waiting for Emergency Roadside Assistance to Arrive
If you ever call on Roadside Assistance for your car troubles, keep these important safety tips in mind while you wait for help to arrive:
- Pull your vehicle over on the shoulder or the side of the road if you can do it safely.
- Turn on your vehicle’s hazards to signal to other drivers. If you’ve got emergency reflectors or flares in your emergency car kit, put those out too, as long as you can do it safely.
- Never attempt to make a repair or examine damage if you’re on a busy roadway.
- If it’s dangerous to stay where you are and you can make it to a safe location, leave a note on your dashboard that includes your contact information, the date, and when you plan to return to your car. It’s also wise to tie or fly something white if you have it. Lock your car and call for help once you’re in a safe location.
- If you cannot safely walk to a different location, stay inside your car, lock your doors, and keep your seatbelt fastened while you wait for them to arrive.
Add Roadside Assistance to Your Auto Insurance Policy
Stay safe wherever the road takes you! Roadside Assistance is not a part of the standard auto insurance policy, but it’s easy to add. Bundle a Roadside Assistance plan with your existing car insurance policy with ABC Insurance Agencies. Just call 1-800-708-0123, click, or visit a friendly ABC Insurance Agent to get started.
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