With so much time spent in our cars, purchasing a roadside assistance membership has become an essential part of owning a car. Many people feel that having it is only necessary if you live in an area where there is a lot of snow and it is very cold. It is not just necessary for winter time. The following details why road side assistance is necessary all year long:

Vehicle Battery Problems: Batteries do not die just in the winter. Batteries die for a number of reasons such as alternator failure, headlights left on, and the inside light not left on. It can help with a tow or even jump your battery.

Flat Tires: A tire can go flat at any time of the year. You might run over a nail or have worn tires. They will be there to change your flat tire to the spare.

Locked Out Of Vehicle: Each year, many people lose their keys or lock themselves out of their vehicle with the keys still inside. It can send someone out to unlock the door. Locksmiths are usually a part of a the plan.

Vehicle Stuck: If your vehicle is stuck in the mud or a ditch, road side assistance will have someone come out and pull you out.

Out of Gas: If you are low on gas and traveling on a long stretch of highway with no gas stations close by, you may run out of gas. It will send someone out with enough gas to get you to the next gas station.

Towing: You never know what is gong on under the hood of a vehicle that may result in a vehicle breaking down. If you do break down, roadside assistance will provide you with a towing service. It is included in the price of the package.

Roadside assistance companies provide a toll free number that is listed on the membership card. Members can call for emergency assistance 24 hours a day 7 days a week. They will even provide assistance on holidays. A membership covers emergency services that are listed on the provider’s contract.

Depending on which roadside provider you choose, a membership will have a number of other benefits that include:

Trip Planning: Many companies will provide free state, city, and regional maps. Current maps will be sent out free of charge. They will also provide driving directions for any trips you will be taking. They can send them to you by standard mail fax, phone, or email.

Hotel Discounts: Many providers will provide discounts on hotels and motels. Many of the discounts are for hotel chains such as Best Western..

Car Rental Discounts: If you need to rent a car, many plans will provide discounts for major car rental companies.

Emergency Travel Expenses: If you have a collision while on vacation, many companies will provide reimbursement for certain expenses.

Legal Expenses: There are providers who will reimburse you for attorney fees if you have to appear in court as a result of a traffic violation

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