Protect Yourself with Roadside Cover

Anyone who owns a car should have roadside cover, whether you use your vehicle for commuting to work on a daily basis or for trips to the countryside on your days off. Without roadside cover, you could break down in a storm and be stranded as you wait for help to arrive – you might even have to leave your vehicle by the side of the road and go for help in the dark. Take a few moments to read our handy guide to roadside cover to see whether this product is right for you.


Invaluable Cover


The protection that roadside cover offers is invaluable. If your car fails to start and you’re stranded away from home, roadside cover can help. Some providers even offer a ‘home start’ service as an optional extra, so if you wake up to find your car battery flat and you’re late for work, your roadside cover provider can send a technician to help. Single women or those who drive long distances on a regular basis really benefit from roadside cover – nobody wants to be wandering for help in the dark when they break down on a long distance journey!


What’s on Offer?


Roadside cover policies vary, but most will offer to tow your vehicle to the nearest garage or to your home, and you’ll also usually get a lift either to the garage or your place of residence. Most providers offer assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so even if you break down on Christmas Day, help will be at hand! Policies vary and some will cover you only if you’re driving your own vehicle, whilst others will cover you for any car you’re driving, which can be handy if you regularly drive a company car or partner’s vehicle. Optional extras with some providers include onward travel assistance such as a couple of days of car hire, costs for public transport or overnight bed and breakfast accommodation if you break down. Of course, the more extras your policy includes, the more it will cost!

You could save on the breakdown cover expenses when combining it with your car insurance. Just check with your insurer.


What Does it Cost?


The costs for roadside cover vary, and there are many different providers to choose from – the AA and RAC are two of the leading breakdown specialists who offer roadside cover at competitive prices. The AA offer policies starting at around £12 per month for basic cover. Standart RAC's breakdown package costs £9 per month and includes cover on the road and at home with 5 callouts per year.

Roadside cover is definitely worth taking out if you travel a lot for business or in your free time. For peace of mind whilst you’re travelling, a basic policy will protect you should your car break down.


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