Have you ever had the thought of changing a broken vehicle part along a busy road? If no, then you need not rejoice, because it can happen. Emergencies on the road can never be fun. You need to protect yourself and other passengers from being stranded by a broken down car. When your vehicle accidentally breaks down, you need to call roadside assistance to come for your remedy. Adding roadside assistance to your car insurance will cost you some few dollars per month. You should weigh the pros and cons of having one, and decide on what side to choose.
If you are driving and something unfortunate happens to your car, the first thing you need to do is to move off the road as quick as possible and in a safe manner. Get out of the traffic flow and look out for an emergency lane or a parking lot. You will always need to move towards the furthest right lane, even if it means further damaging a blown tire in the process, just do it. Always remember not to stop in traffic or places that are hardly visible such as blind corners and over hills. You may need to mark your location with the use of flares and triangles to alert other road users. Let everyone know that you are having car problems and you are in need of help.
What’s Roadside Assistance?
Roadside assistance coverage comes to the aid of drivers when their vehicles break down. This coverage is an option for almost every auto policy insurance. With this coverage, your insurance company typically partners with an existing network of business that offers roadside assistance. The insurance company may also employ a team to contact and arrange service on behalf of their customers.
Which towing service provider is sent to a driver depends on totality on their location, circumstances, and vehicle. The most appropriate and closest service providers are dispatched to come to the aid of the client. In most cases, roadside assistance covers issues ranging from battery service, towing, fuel delivery, flat tire service, lockout service among others.
Roadside assistance is the attempt by service professionals to conduct minor mechanical adjustments and repairs with an effort to restore back the driving conditions of your vehicle. There are seemingly indefinite lists of things which can make your car go wrong. It makes it viable to add this coverage to your car insurance policy. If you can’t drive your car for whatever reasons, the service professionals can restore the vehicle to a state in which it can safely be driven.
When you are faced with a breakdown in the middle of the road, let people know that there’s something wrong. Find the hazard button in your vehicle and put on the hazard lights. Let people know you have got a serious issue and its not just a parking problem. Do not leave the car until you are out of traffic. If you are not able to get your car to a safe place, it is better not to get out. When the appropriate time to get out comes, safely exit the vehicle on the opposite side of the traffic, even if it will involve crawling over the passenger’s seat.