Should You Sign Up for Roadside Assistance?


If you have recently purchased your first car, you may be wondering if you should join a roadside assistance plan. Owning a vehicle can be expensive. After you have paid your insurance, paid the road tax and put gas in the tank, you may think that joining roadside assistance plans is just another cost which you cannot afford. However, it can be vital. Below is a guide to everything you need to know about roadside assistance.

What Is Roadside Assistance?

Roadside assistance plans are designed to provide emergency help for drivers who have become stranded on the side of the road. There are many ways you can become stranded by the side of the road such as running low on gas, hitting a nail that punctures a tyre or leaving your lights on and draining your battery.

If you have roadside assistance, you can call the number on your policy documents and request that they send a mobile mechanic out to help you. The mobile mechanic will usually drive a tow truck that is fully-equipped with tools, spare parts and fuel. The mechanic will assess your vehicle to establish the cause of the problem. If the problem can be repaired at the roadside by adding fuel to the fuel tank, jump starting the battery or by carrying out a simple repair, the mechanic will complete the job so you can continue your journey.

If the mechanic cannot fix your vehicle by the roadside, they will attach the car to the back of the tow truck and transport it to the nearest auto repair shop.

What Are the Benefits of Roadside Assistance?

Roadside assistance provides many benefits, such as:

Fast Response: The majority of roadside assistance plans provide a guarantee that they will reach you within a set time. If the mechanic cannot reach you within this timeframe, you will usually receive some form of compensation.

All-in-one Service: It will give you access to all of the repair services you need for one low price. If you have not signed up for roadside assistance, you may find you have to make separate payments for a mobile mechanic, a mobile locksmith, a tow truck and the cost of any auto repair bills. These payments can amount to much more than your monthly fee to the roadside assistance plan.

Transportation and Accommodation: If you become stranded far away from home or in the middle of a journey, some roadside assistance plans will offer to pay for a hire car or a night in a local hotel. 

If you would like to find out more about roadside assistance, contact a tow truck company today.


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