When your car breaks down and you find yourself stuck on the side of the road you can look to roadside assistance for help. If your vehicle is insured, the chances are that you can access some form of assistance through your insurance company. However, if you’re not insured or your car insurance doesn’t cover roadside assistance you’ll likely have to pay out of pocket for help. Here are a few options available to you when you find yourself and your car stuck on the side of the road.
Call A Friend or Family Member
One of the first things you can try is contacting a nearby friend or family member. Sometimes the problem might be your battery is dead and needs a jump, or some other simple mechanical fix they might be able to help with. This might include simple supplies they might be able to led you. They might also be able to put you in contact with someone else who might be able to assist you.
Failing that, you can at least ask them to come get you if you find you have to leave your car on the side of the road for the time being.
Call Your Insurance Company
Another method you can try is contacting your insurance company. Either you’re covered and they’ll be able to send someone out to meet you, or you’ll be able to ask them to direct you towards a roadside service they’d recommend. Your insurance will only cover certain companies after all, so it’s important to contact the right one to come help you.
Contact a Roadside Assistance Company
If you don’t have roadside assistance with your insurance company, then it might benefit you to do research on roadside assistance services you can call if there’s a problem. That way you know which service offers the lowest rates and who is likely to get to your car the fastest. This is also where reading the reviews of different companies can come in handy, since you’re able to see what other people’s experiences might say about the company and what you really should expect.
Call A Towing Company
After everything, you may just find you have to call a towing company. If you find yourself in need of towing services, you can check what companies are covered by your insurance, or if you did research beforehand, which would cost the least. Contact them and let them know what type of vehicle you are driving and where you are located, as well as possibly what the problem is. They will be able to send out a tow truck for your vehicle and bring it back to their shop, where hopefully they can get it working again.
Finally, roadside assistance companies are not just for emergencies. They can also be a great service to use when you need new tires or other minor repairs to your vehicle. If you have an issue with your tires, then contact a company like Goodyear or Firestone, and they will help you out. If you are not sure what the problem is with your vehicle, then it may be time to contact a mechanic.