Acquire Peace of Mind with Roadside Service

February 3, 2015

You never know when your car might suddenly stop working or why. The cause could be a flat tire, leaving the lights on and killing the battery, locking yourself out or running out of gas. And there never is a good time for your car to stop functioning, which could leave you stranded at the wrong time of night or day or in the wrong kind of place. Fortunately, roadside service can be your savior.

Standard Types of Service

When you sign up for roadside service, you generally can have help available in about half an hour or less, depending on your distance from the service provider. That service usually will include jump starting your battery if it is too low to start your car, changing out your spare tire, helping you get back into your locked car or giving you a couple gallons of gas.

If you are stuck and have given up on getting your car out, a good provider will send a tow truck to pull you out. Many roadside service plans vary in cost and the types of service provided, but the best ones are those that arrive in a short time, help you get out of a tight spot and get you back on the road as soon as possible.

General Towing Options

Sometimes there just isn't anything that can be done to get you and your car back on the road right away. If the alternator has died, your engine broke down or you have a flat and no spare, your next best option is a tow. Some service providers won’t include towing services, but the best ones will.

Those that don’t offer towing services generally will send someone with jumper cables, extra gas, a lockout kit, a jack and other items that can take care of most roadside emergencies. But those services can’t pull you out if you are stuck or give you a tow if they can’t get your car back on the road. Instead, they will give you a ride or possibly wait with you until a towing service arrives.

General Limits to Service

There are some things you can’t get from roadside service for generally obvious reasons. If you have a flat tire, your service provider will jack up your car, remove the wheel with the bad tire and put on your spare. They don’t carry a supply of new tires, so a roadside service can’t replace your bad tire with a new one. It only can put on your spare, so long as that is in good condition.

A service also can’t diagnose any engine or other mechanical problems and fix them on the spot. They generally will give you enough gas to get to a gas station, top off your cooling system if your car overheated and swap a bad tire for your spare. If you need a tow, your service likely will take you to the nearest designated repair facility.

Nominal Cost for Additional Security

The best thing about roadside service is that is mostly an affordable way to ensure you and your loved ones won’t be stranded along the roadside if your car breaks down. Instead, you can place a quick phone call.

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