What's Covered Under Roadside Assistance?

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Auto insurance is a great way to help pay for damages and injuries related to a car collision. Even if you caused the accident, depending on your policy, you may be reimbursed. However, insurance doesn't cover everything, such as breaking down on the side of the road. If this happens, however, roadside assistance can help provide many valuable services. If you would like to know more, keep reading.

Auto Towing and Extrication

If your car breaks down on the side of the road, roadside assistance can tow your car to a repair shop. Depending on the policy and company you choose, roadside assistance may offer some roadside labor for minor issues, which can prevent the need for a tow.

In most cases, the technician delivers your vehicle to the closest repair shop, but you may be able to request a specific repair shop. Depending on the distance and your policy, however, you may need to pay an extra fee.

In extreme cases, your vehicle may get stuck somewhere (such as in a ditch or mud). Regardless of the cause, roadside assistance can pull your vehicle back onto the road.

Changing a Flat Tire

A flat tire makes it impossible to drive without causing damage to your vehicle, especially the wheels. Many people carry their own jack, lug wrench, and a spare tire, but if you don't have the tools or the strength to remove and firmly reattach the lugs, you may not be able to change the tire yourself. Even if you do, the lugs may not be tight enough.

Roadside assistance will come to you to change your tire. Depending on the policy, you may need to have a spare tire of your own.

Bringing Necessary Fluids  

Your vehicle needs many fluids to run, including gasoline, oil, coolant, and much more. Some fluids aren't as important as others. For example, if you run out of window cleaner, your car won't stop working, but if you run out of gasoline or oil, your car could break down.

Roadside assistance brings you any fluids you need. You will probably need to pay for the cost of the fluids yourself, but the service is usually included in your roadside assistance policy.

Jump-Start/Charge the Battery

Besides gasoline and other oils to run, your vehicle also needs a battery. Some issues, such as problems with the alternator prevent the battery from recharging while you drive. In other cases, you may accidentally waste the battery power by using lights, music, etc. without the engine running.

In the case of electric vehicles, you need to manually charge the battery, so if you forget, it can run out of juice. Luckily, roadside assistance will come and jump-start your battery or charge your electric vehicle.

Roadside assistance is incredibly important to consider. It can help you when you're stuck on the side of the road, even in the middle of the night. If you would like to know more, contact a roadside assistance provider in your area today.

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