Category: Road Safety

Benefits of Emergency Roadside Assistance

this is an image of an emergency road side assitance

Do you need roadside assistance (RSA), are you not sure? To start out with you should know that many companies offer RSA some are independent; others would be car dealerships where you get your car or even your car insurance company. There are things you should look for in a roadside assistance plan, and they will be addressed below so read on!

Towing for So Many Miles

Most RSA programs will tow your car for so many miles, it just depends on the plan and agreement you have with your company and who has issued it to you. If you got your plan through the dealership you purchased your car from, as long as it is a brand new car, then they will tow it to the dealership for you. Now if it is an independent company that you got your RSA through them will usually have plan levels like basic, moderate, and VIP. In that even they will usually tow your car from point A about 50-100 miles respectively and after that, they would charge per mile. With your car insurance company, they will charge per mile for almost any distance within reason, but it will be discounted tremendously from just calling a tow truck company.

Flat Tires/Out of Gas

this is an image of tire repair on the side of the road in case you get stuck

Now the next thing to look for in an RSA plan would be whether or not they will bring you gas if you run out or even come and fix a flat tire. Most companies that offer RSA plans will do something like this. For example, some companies will bring you a predetermined amount of gas that is factored into the monthly payment plan, other companies will bring you gas for a discounted price per gallon. That being said most if not all RSA plans do offer a service to come out and fix your tire, granted if you need to have a new tire put on you will need to have a spare or a donut spare in your car. This will allow your company to help you replace the tire.

Dead Battery/Lock Outs

One thing that should be a staple service offered it is not, would be jump starting your battery. If your battery dies or needs to be jump started for any other reason, calling your RSA company would be the best solution. They will come ready to jump start your car and get you on your way. They almost all offer lock out assistance as well. Have you ever locked your keys in your trunk or just inside the car? Well if you have, sometimes you have to come up with a crafty way to get them out.

Most RSA plans offer a program that will dispatch an individual to come and get you out of sticky situations just like this. Now that you know what to look for in an RSA company, you may want to look into getting your own plan or even see if your car insurance offers it!

Dummies Guide For What To Do If Your Car Breaks Down

this is an image of car stuck on the roadside assess the issues

There is always a fear when you drive a car. Will you break down today? Some people prepare for that; they learn how to do patchwork fixes so that if that does happen, they can make it to an auto shop. Others don’t bother learning and spend the money on roadside assistance, and still, others have no idea. Now if you are going to drive a car, you should be amongst the first two groups of people. Even still your best bet is to be amongst the first. To be a part of that elite group read on and learn a little of what you can do.

Assess The Damage

The first step to take when you break down is to pull over and figure out what happened or get a basic idea of the reason you broke down. To do this before you pull over, check your dashboard and take note of any lights that came on or went off. For instance the check engine light, or the low fuel gauge. That being said the next step is to turn the car off and get out to look at the outside of the car. The problem could be as simple as a flat tire. Look for visible damage such as a flat tire, leaks, and smoking.

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How to Prepare in Case Your Car is Ever Stuck On the Side of the Road

It is important to upkeep the maintenance on your vehicle. However, sometimes even the best vehicle owners experience car troubles. There may eventually be a case where you find yourself getting stuck on the side of the road with your dash lights blinking or a flat tire. There are a few precautions you can take in order to make this stressful experience a little easier to handle.

Consider Roadside Assistance

You may want to consider signing up for a roadside assistance subscription. These can be incredibly helpful. Generally, these companies will handle the situation for you. This can include calling a towing company, contacting your insurance, contacting a mechanic, and finding you a ride to a local destination or booking you a cab to get you home. Sometimes, these companies also offer other helpful assistance, such as guiding you through navigation issues or finding the closest gas station in the event that your fuel is low. Most of these companies charge monthly for your subscription, but some have a yearly fee that will save you money on this convenience.

this is a picture of road side assistance if ever you are stuck on the side of the road

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Things To Remember When Your Car Breaks Down

In the United States, almost 90 percent of the driving age population holds a driver’s license. With so many cars driving around, you would think that knowing what to do when your car breaks down would be common knowledge. That is not always the case. However, there are a few easy rules you can follow to make an already inconvenient situation a little less stressful.

Safety First

When you begin to notice car troubles, it is important to react quickly. Usually, cars don’t just come to an immediate stop, which means you may have time to move your car out of the road. If you can, try to move to the median or onto the roadside, far enough that you are not blocking any of the lanes. As soon as you get into a stopped position, be sure to turn on your hazard lights. This can provide a warning to everyone surrounding you, and keep you and others safe. Do not step out of your car into traffic. It is especially dangerous to break down on the highway, and because it is not always avoidable, it is incredibly important to watch for traffic when exiting a roadside vehicle.

I recently had a major roadside accident because I had stopped on the side of the highway. I noticed a bedbug crawling on my leg and it had freaked me out to no end and I nearly swerved towards the right side of the freeway to park on the side. I called a company for the city I was in for pest control Pleasanton to see if I could take care of this problem. I wasn’t sure if I had bed bugs at home, but since they were home, I wasn’t sure how to handle it. Just a few moments later, a car slammed into my back. Luckily I had a seatbelt on or I could have been terribly hurt. Always exit the freeway and never stop on the side of it, you might not have a chance to learn a lesson.

Try To Determine The Issue

Once you are safely pulled out of traffic’s way and have engaged your emergency lights, you need to try to determine the issue your car is having. In some newer model cars, the dashboard may have indicator lights to help you determine the type of problem you may be having. 

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TIPS: What To Do If You’re Stuck on the Side of the Highway

this is a picture of a car on a road side

The inevitable happens: cars break down. Sometimes, you’ll walk outside in the morning to head to work, and your car won’t crank. Other times, your car decides to malfunction while you’re driving 65 mph down the highway. If this is the case, there are a few tips you can follow to help ensure your safety and help make the situation easier to handle.

1. Pull Over (Way Over)

If you can manage, drive your car to the nearest exit. In many cases, however, the car will not make it that far, so just be sure to move your car as far away from the road as you can safely manage. You should use signal lights if you switch lanes or to communicate your intentions to merge into the emergency lane or onto the median. Turn on your hazard lights to warn other drivers that you are having car troubles and are parked.

2. Be Aware of Your Surroundings

If you have moved your car safely away from traffic, be sure to check your mirrors and inspect your surroundings for various safety hazards before stepping out of your vehicle. If the situation looks particularly dangerous, or if a stranger pulls up behind you, remain in your vehicle and lock your doors. If you feel unsafe, you should always call the police.

3. You May Be Able to Determine the Issue

Sometimes, newer model cars will have sensors attached to indicator lights on your dashboard. This could help you understand if the problem is with your battery, engine, fuel levels, or if you have a problem with your tire pressure. You may need to reference your manual to determine what the lights mean. If your car is smoking or inflamed, exit the vehicle calmly and quickly and move as far away from it as you can.

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What To Do if Stuck in Car on the Side of the Road?

this is a picture of one stuck in the car on the side of the road

Car breakdown is one of the worst incidences that travelers do not wish to encounter. Everybody expected to rich their destination as a plan with no challenges, however, to be on the safe side, always prepare for the worst but expect the best. Getting stuck in car on the road side especially at night is among the many fears along the road. However, if your car broke down, there are some steps measure you can take to keep you going within the shortest time possible.

Exit from the Highway

In a case of any malfunction in your car, your car doesn’t come to a standstill immediately. This is due to the momentum gains as the car speeds. Maximize your momentum to put your car on the side on the road, especially on the spots designated for such along the highway, a safer distance from the main road. Make sure you do not stop across an entrance exit, junction or in a road bend. However, if they engine fail and you cannot get your car off the road, don’t   get out of the car since crossing a high-speed freeway is dangerous

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