Roadside assistance isn’t something you think about until you need it. The fact that many people pass on this program is a real shame because it can get you out of a difficult jam without having to spend a fortune. For example, if you ever lock your keys in the car, you can bet the locksmith is going to charge you a pretty penny. However, this is something that most roadside assistance plans cover. If you’d like the peace of mind that this program can offer, here are just a few things to look for in a roadside assistance plan.
A tow isn’t something you normally set aside money for. Unfortunately, a tow can cost hundreds, depending on how far your car needs to go and what time it is. However, a towing service usually covers a distance of at least 30 miles and it’s covered in most plans. This can be such a relief when your car breaks down and you’re low on cash. With most plans costing less than $20 per month, this is something you can’t be without.
Flat Tire Service
You may know how to change a tire, but does your daughter? More importantly, do you want her or your wife to have to get out in bad weather or the dark of night to change a tire? It can be dangerous and depending on the help of strangers can be even more dangerous. When looking for a roadside assistance plan, make sure they offer 24-hour flat tire service.
Lost Key and Lockout Service
Another great service to look for in a roadside assistance plan is the lost key and lockout service. While no one ever means to lock themselves out of the car, it happens. If your car is equipped with OnStar, that’s not a problem – unless you also locked your cell phone in the car. In other words, this is something that every driver may need from time to time.
You didn’t mean to leave your lights on, but you were in a hurry. The next thing you know your car won’t start. This is why you need to find a plan that offers jumpstart service. This is an especially good service to have in the winter.
Last, but not least, with the rising cost of gas prices, people are pushing their cars further and further, hoping they make it to the next gas station. Unfortunately, sometimes you don’t make it. With a good roadside assistance plan, you can have fuel delivered to the location where your car broke down instead of having to walk to the nearest gas station.
A roadside assistance plan is necessary for any driver. The ability to have someone there 24/7 to change your tire or bring you a can of gas is priceless. Thankfully though, these plans are usually available for less than $20 a month.
About the Author: Tom Shadow purchased his first new car last month. He opted to buy a roadside assistance plan from the dealership to ensure he’ll never be without aid should he need it.