School’s out for summer, which means two things: no more school zones to slow you down during your morning commute and more time to plan the most epic summer road trip. When it comes to driving longer distances, though, you want to be sure that you have your bases covered, no matter what pops up… or just pops–like a tire! There are many road trip woes that could set you back a few hours during your travels. But with Roadside Assistance from Direct Auto Insurance, you may be able to get back on the road faster. Check out a few of the benefits below!
“Has anyone seen my keys?”
Ah, classic. Between packing the car, keeping track of the kids, and taking in the scenery, it’s not surprising when keys get misplaced on a trip. Whether they’re lost in a waterpark or accidentally thrown down a ravine in the Grand Canyon (whoops), it’s definitely possible.
Or, perhaps you get out of the car to snap an awesome picture of the horizon (#nofilter) for your growing Instagram fan base, and, oops! The car is locked and the keys are inside. Despite the security and convenience of today’s “smart” keys, AAA reports that motorists aren’t keeping pace; in 2012, AAA reported coming to the rescue of over four million drivers who locked themselves out of their cars, a number that has hardly changed over the previous five years.
Luckily, our Roadside Assistance program can help out with both of those situations! Lost key and lockout service? Check! Give us a call and we’ll be at your service.
“It won’t go and I don’t know why.”
Something under the hood is steaming and there’s a strange clacking sound coming from your car’s exhaust pipe. You pull over to the side of the road to check things out, but no luck. Your trusty ride won’t start again. You could call your road trip quits and head home for a summer-long marathon of infomercials, or you could call for Direct’s 24-hour emergency towing service. Whether you find yourself stranded at 2AM or 2PM, we’ll dispatch a tow truck to help you get your car back in working order and back on the road!
Next Gas Station: 435 Miles Away
We’ve all seen this scary sign; if you’re low on gas and in the middle of nowhere, it’s safe to say you won’t be going far without a refuel. As it turns out, running out of gas isn’t just a minor annoyance. AAA warns that running out of fuel can result in costly repair bills. It may cause sediment in the bottom of the tank to clog the fuel pump pickup, the fuel filter, or the fuel injectors. The cost to replace even one of these pieces? $500 or more in parts and labor, says AAA.
When you’re a member of our Roadside Assistance program, you can bet we’ll dispatch someone to deliver fuel when you need it, though we hope your tank stays full for the health of your car!
“I’m feeling a bit low…”
It’s dark. Your grandmother’s house is maybe 50 miles away. You’re so close! Avoid driving on a flat tire, even a short distance. According to Goodyear and AutoGuide.com, doing so could cause internal structural damage to the tire and lead to wheel and vehicle damage.
Thinking about changing it yourself? Sure, you might have the skill level of a NASCAR pit crew member, but changing a tire can be extremely dangerous, especially if you’re on a busy road. That’s the beauty of Direct’s 24/7 roadside assistance–you don’t have to risk your safety or lift a finger (except to call us, of course). We’ll help your vehicle get back on the road quickly and safely.
Actually enjoy your vacation!
Say it with us now… “Ahhhhh.” The number one benefit of Direct’s Roadside Assistance program? Peace of mind. Not only do you have 24/7 emergency roadside service at your fingertips, but the plan pays for itself after just one use.
Ready to add Roadside Assistance to your plan? Stop by your nearby Direct Auto location to talk to an agent, or call 1-877-GO-DIRECT (1-877-463-4732) today!
P.S. If you’re the parent of a teen driver, you may want to take a second look at purchasing Roadside Assistance. According to a study shared by U.S. News, two in three teens don’t know how to change a flat tire, check or change the oil, or jumpstart a battery! When’s the last time you talked to your teen about basic car maintenance?
**Roadside Assistance and Emergency Protection Plans is through NationSafeDriver, Boca Raton, FL
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