Are you making plans for a road trip later in the year? Have you been making sure that you have everything planned and ready to go for this trip? Whether you're planning on going on vacation or just traveling to visit family for the holidays, going by car is often less expensive and easier to plan out than traveling by any other method. However, there is one aspect of traveling that is often overlooked during the planning stage: what you'll do if your vehicle suffers from a breakdown. While it's a good idea to get your vehicle checked out by a mechanic before you go, this isn't a guarantee. It's a good idea to get a roadside assistance plan before you go anywhere. Some reasons for this include:
Running out of gas: Even though you might think that you know how far your vehicle can go before it runs out of gas, it's easy to overestimate things, especially on a route that you've never traveled before. Guides might say that there is a gas station at a certain spot but then when you arrive it's closed down for one reason or another. If there is no other station nearby, you could run out of gas before you are able to locate one. The most basic roadside assistance plans typically will bring you between one and five gallons of gas at-cost so that you can get back on the road again.
Flat tires: You've got a spare in the back, along with a jack and a tire iron. You think you're ready for anything. Then you hit a nail in the road and find out that not only has your spare gone partially flat but also that you can't get the lug nuts off the wheel. Without a roadside assistance plan, you could find yourself stuck for many hours and wind up spending a significant amount of money to have your vehicle towed somewhere that can fix it instead of having it taken care of right where you are.
Discounts: Some roadside assistance plans aren't just insurance for when things go wrong. They may also provide discounts at various hotels and attractions across the country. If you do a lot of traveling, these savings can easily add up to be more than you're paying for the policy that you've chosen. Sometimes, you might even find that the savings during just one trip are sufficient to cover the cost of the plan you've purchased.