Roadside Assistance? Avoid Preventable Problems

The ABCs of Roadside Assistance

If you have ever been stuck on the side of the road, you know how frustrating it can be. You may also know that this frustration is compounded by not knowing what to do next. The best thing to do is call for roadside assistance if your car breaks down at least 10 miles from home or work. But there are other things we can all do to prevent these types of problems in the first place and save ourselves a lot of headache and money!

Carry a spare tire and jack with you in the car: You never know when the unthinkable will happen. It’s always best to be prepared, so carry these items around whenever possible. The space they take up is minimal compared to how much hassle it would be if your tire goes flat on the side of an interstate at night!


Check your tires regularly: Tires should have about ¼ inch tread remaining before replacement is necessary. If there isn’t enough tread left, or even if you think that they are starting to look worn down, get them replaced as soon as possible–it can significantly reduce your chance for getting stranded by poor traction during winter weather.

Check the levels of all fluids in the car: Check your oil, transmission fluid and brake fluid. You may be surprised at how many people just change their oil when they remember–this is not enough!

Make sure to always bring a full gas tank: Running out of fuel can happen quickly, and it’s never good to be surprise by a car that won’t run. Make sure your levels are always up! If you’re going on long road trips or driving in the mountains, go ahead and top them off at filling stations along the way too–it will save you from having to resort to turning onto side streets for an emergency stop.