Warm Weather Auto Maintenance Tips

maintain car to keep it runningWarmer weather typically brings an increase in automobile travel as people head for vacation destinations.  While you shouldn’t leave home without having access to emergency roadside assistance, it is also a good idea to perform maintenance services on your car to decrease your chance of needing to use it.  Below are some tips to help your car be ready for your next trip.

1)      Check your tire pressure regularly.  A tire that is over- or under-inflated can be very dangerous in summer weather.  You should be aware that for every increase of 10 degrees in outside air temperature, your tire pressure can vary one to two pounds per square inch (PSI). Continue reading

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Road Trip Essentials

Road trip needs to protect you and your familyIf you plan to be on the road a lot in the coming months, you will of course want to make sure you are prepared by having a membership to an emergency roadside service.  You will also want to be certain you have your car serviced regularly, and possess the proper equipment to handle standard issues, such as a flat tire or a dead battery.  After you have stocked your practical items- jumper cables, Fix-A-Flat, a tire iron and jack, an inflated spare tire, a flashlight, and an updated GPS- you can spend some time thinking about items that can make your road trip a bit more comfortable.  Consider packing the following:

  • Audio books- These can be rented from your local library and will help make the hours pass by more quickly.
  • An item that reminds you of the comfort of home- If you have a favorite blanket, pillow, or stuffed animal, bring it along to remind yourself you won’t be on the road forever. Continue reading
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Items to Keep in Your Car

Plan ahead with all your car essentialsWhile you should never leave home without access to 24 hour roadside assistance, you of course hope you will never need to use it.  Regardless, there are some specific items you want to have in your car to use in the event of an emergency.

The first category of needed items falls under car repair.  These can get you back on the road and help you arrive safely at your intended destination. You should have the following on hand: Continue reading

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Best Roadside Service vs. Your Insurance Company

best roadside assistance v insurance roadside coverageTake a good look at the information you have for the emergency roadside assistance services offered by your insurance company and chances are you will find something you won’t like- restrictions.  A quick online search reveals companies that limit towing services to 15 miles, will only tow to the nearest service station, put monetary limits on how much they will pay for towing, or refuse to tow if you are not within 10 feet of a public paid road.  If you find yourself needing roadside assistance, chances are you are in a stressful situation. At that time, the last thing you want to deal with are restrictions.  Wouldn’t you rather choose a company that could provide you with peace of mind? Continue reading

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Roadside Assist

Someone Famous once said” Get Best Roadside Service when you don’t need it, so you have it when you need it!”

 

We see a lot of customers that call needing roadside service after their vehicle is broken down. Most roadside companies, like us, have a 7 day waiting period. So, be smart and be proactive and get the coverage before you actually break down.

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Best Roadside Service Representative Went Beyond

Around July/August 2013, I lost my car keys. The representative was outstanding. He personally handled my case as if it was he that was experiencing my situation.

My car was parked in an employee parking lot that was dark and I was about 50 miles from home as my commuting distance. I feel that the best roadside service representative went beyond what was required of his position, and I was very pleased with my first experience using your service. Thank you.

Customer name – SM.

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Rescue Service Arrived and Efficiently Opened My Vehicle

It’s 4:00pm in central Florida, my wife and I get out of our vehicle to enter a local restaurant for a bite and YES I lock the car door with my keys sitting on the from seat plainly in view. My wife’s purse is in the back seat with the spare set of keys.

I called Best Roadside service and related my situation to the on duty service desk.

As soon as we had finished our snack, a rescue service arrived and efficiently opened my vehicle .

What a relief. Absolutely worth the cost, many times over.

Thank You.

Stan Stacey

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Day-to-Day Safe Driving

When it comes to our day to day driving habits, most of us don’t really give them a second thought. We get in our car, start her up and take off each day without a care in the world. Few people actually consider the chance of a wreck or break down. Some folks don’t really consider what they might do until it happens. That is a recipe for disaster in the world we currently live in. Here are some things to consider about our daily driving habits:

Do you have a backup plan?

If you did break down, do you have a plan in place to get help? Roadside assistance programs can give you that stability and are very reasonable these days. Make sure you have some plan in place to help you out if you break down, lock up those keys or have a wreck.

Do you have an emergency kit for basic problems?

You would be shocked at how effective duct tape can be if you have a busted hose. Also, having water in jugs can be very helpful if your car overheats or you break down in hot weather. Spare hoses, wipers, flashlights, flares and a basic tool kit are vital. Build your emergency kit based on your conditions. In other words, a spare coat is necessary in Alaska but not necessarily in Florida. Plan your emergency kit accordingly.

Check that spare tire regularly

This is another shockingly bad thing. The number of spare tires that are not even usable is incredible. Everything from dry rot to punctures can be missed if you do not check out your tires on a regular basis. In fact, you should have them checked each time you have your oil checked.

Have a plan ahead of time

Before you ever get behind the wheel of a car, even for daily driving, you should make sure you have a plan in place for emergencies. Who would you call if you broke down? Where is the nearest mechanic that I can trust? Do I know how to change a tire?

All of these steps seem like common sense and they are. Those are the types of things that get passed over because they seem so obvious. If you ever break down in the middle of nowhere with no plan, then you will quickly see the value in common sense. Implement these simple steps and you can do your driving with confidence.

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Don’t Travel for the Holidays without Road Protection

Road protection has really started to be a part of our driving culture. Much like GPS systems, it is something that many people are looking at as a must-have. When you travel around the holidays, road protection becomes even more important. Holidays mean an increase in traffic, but they also mean possibly traveling to unfamiliar areas. Here are some very good reasons to consider getting a road protection plan in place before your holiday travel:

Travel means crazy traffic

When you get out on the road to travel for the holidays, you notice quickly that virtually every other human being on the planet has the same idea. Increased numbers of people on the road means an increase in potential problems. When you have roadside assistance, you can be sure that someone will be there to help in an emergency. That is rather important when you are neck deep in traffic with a car problem.

Holidays mean going to new places

When you are broken down at home, you generally have a plan in place. When you have problems out of town, then the risk factors are increased big time. You may not know where you are, and you almost certainly will not know who to contact about getting some help…unless you have roadside assistance.

Roadside protection provides you peace of mind

When you know that you have someone at your fingertips in an emergency, it changes the entire tempo of the trip. The last thing you want to worry about on a holiday road trip is the car. If you have some protective measures in place, then you can be certain that you will be safe in an emergency on the road.

Roadside assistance could save you big time money

Towing fees are only the start of it. Imagine you lock your keys in the car or otherwise lose your keys. Can you get a picture in your mind what it might cost to call a random lock picker? Now how much will he charge you on Christmas Eve or Thanksgiving during his meal? Roadside assistance is a far superior option.

Each of these things are great reasons to invest in roadside protection, but the bottom line is that it makes you safer. If you really want to travel with peace of mind during the holidays, this is a great investment of your money.

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Is Progressive Roadside Assistance All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Many people feel that roadside assistance is the way to go when it comes to insurance and one of the largest insurance companies that offer this is Progressive.  Progressive roadside assistance is not, however, all that it is cracked up to be and there are a few reasons for this.  There are many other insurance agencies that also offer this plan and they are much different than what is offered by Progressive.

Is it Free?

This is one of the huge downsides to Progressive; they do not offer this service as a part of their regular insurance coverage.  Anyone who wants this is required to pay more monthly for the service.  There is no deductible however but with the high cost, many feel that it is not worth extra money.  With other agencies, there may be a small fee to add this and in some cases, it is a part of the policy whether it is requested or not.

What is Covered

With this addition to your insurance policy, your vehicle will be towed if it breaks down to the nearest qualified service center.  That means if you have a normal repair person that you want to work on your car, if they are across town, you cannot use them.  You can only go to the repair shop that Progressive deems is the closest and who they consider qualified.  Your flat tires will be changed, battery can be jump started, emergency fuel and fluids will be delivered and there is also a locksmith service.  Again, you have to take what you are given rather than being able to choose where the tires or fluids come from and you are stuck with the locksmith of Progressive’s choosing.  In most states there is no charge but there are states that limit the coverage.

What Vehicles are Covered?

You can get roadside coverage for any vehicle, recreational or road, that you want it to cover and which you want to pay for.  This includes boats, motorcycles, off road and on road, off road recreational vehicles, recreational vehicles, toy haulers and any other on or off road vehicle.  Of course the price is greatly different for those that are considered off road because they can be more dangerous than on road vehicles.  Keep in mind that when you are off road and have no phone coverage you will not be able to call for this service until you have coverage.

All in all it seems that there is a huge charge for a service that may not be necessary for those who simply do normal every day driving.  The cost for those on a budget can be more than it is worth if the service is never used.  There are other insurance companies that offer the same services and yet do not charge quite as much as Progressive roadside assistance costs so they are a better option for most people.

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