We have a friend named Daniel, who will show up and help you with anything. Moving? Call Daniel. Out of donuts? Call Daniel. Car trouble? Daniel is on his way. Even when we're halfway across the world and encounter some kind of inconvenience, our first thought is "Call Daniel!"
Sadly, when we moved to Vancouver from Toronto, Daniel did not move with us. And when you're new in town, finding a reliable friend, who has their own vehicle and jumper cables and great taste in pastries, can be a challenge. So when we moved here, one of the first things we did is sign up for a program that offers roadside assistance.
Of course, being new in town isn't the only reason to invest in roadside assistance. Here are five other reasons why signing up for roadside assistance is worth your money:
Knowing how to change your own flat tire is an important skill. But there are times when you are sick or dressed up for an event or dealing with stroppy passengers and you just don't want to get dirty. So why not leave it to the professionals?
Out of Gas
Running out of gas in town is pretty rare, but things can get dicey on the road. You may find yourself low on fuel if the one gas station for miles is closed or you were paying more attention to the kids fighting in the back than to your fuel gauge. Fortunately, roadside assistance means that someone will bring the gas to you, so that you can make it to the next gas station to fill the tank.
You locked your keys in the car. You left your keys on the plane. Your kids flushed your keys down the toilet. There are plenty of situations in which having someone on call to come open your vehicle is useful.
A dead battery in your garage might be a quick fix. But a dead battery out at the cottage is another story. With no nearby Daniel to give you a jump, roadside assistance is your best bet for getting back on the road.
Stuck in a Rut
Hopefully, if you get stuck in a deep snow drift or deep in the mud, you'll be able to get out yourself. But sometimes conditions are so bad that you need to call for some help. Roadside assistance will come and free your vehicle so that you can get where you're going.
I find that having roadside assistance offers great peace of mind - every time we head out on a roadtrip, I know we're covered. So how do you sign up for roadside assistance? There are plenty of programs out there, depending on your area and vehicle. Some manufacturers offer a roadside assistance add-on when you buy a vehicle, or you can go with your regional CAA.
Be aware that not all roadside assistance programs are created equal! Do some research to see what's available in your area and which plans best suit your family. Some plans offer a limited number of roadside assistance calls - others offer extra benefits, such as helping you replace your ID if your car is broken into and your wallet or purse is stolen.
Do you have roadside assistance? Have you ever had to call them? Leave your stories in the comments.
- Rose R.