Avoiding Trouble on the Road

Auto RepairBruce and I recently returned home from a cross country trip where we had a bit of vehicle trouble.  With our troubles behind us, we’d like to take this opportunity to stress the importance of engine maintenance and roadside assistance. 

Your RV or tow vehicle is the only thing between you and the road, so proper maintenance is key to ensuring that you arrive safely at your destination.  Every vehicle is a bit different, so following your manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule is key.  Time for a tune up?  Don’t put it off until after the trip or you may find yourself spending part of your vacation at the repair shop instead of having fun.  Get in the habit of giving your vehicle a once over when you stop for fuel.  Check the tires for any obvious problems and check the lights and the oil and fluid levels.  It only takes a minute, but on the road is a bad place to find out you are out of windshield washer fluid.

Even with regular maintenance sometimes problems still happen, especially with older vehicles.  For piece of mind on the road, a good roadside assistance plan is key.  You may never to have to use it, but if you are stranded on the side of the road, it is a comfort to know that help is only a phone call away.  Roadside assistance is available through a variety of sources, so you will want to shop around to find out what is right for you.  There are also different plans available depending on what you would like to pay, but most will fix your flat tire, deliver fuel, jump start a dead battery, and even provide a locksmith if you lock your keys in the vehicle.  Until this trip we never had to use ours, but we were glad to have it.  So make sure you do regular maintenance on your RV or tow vehicle and even if you think your vehicle is in tip top shape…  ‘just in case’, make sure you have a good roadside assistance plan.