Do you have friends or family in Australia? When I was looking up all of the cool things to do in Australia--one of my dream destinations, it said that driving in some places could be treacherous. This "gift" seems like a very good idea! We have roadside assistance here in the US, and I love the peace of mind that it affords me.
The Gift that Offers a Lift
Australia is a vast country; in fact, it is the largest island in the world. The miles and miles of open road are extremely alluring to those who want to explore this fantastic country. However, exploring all that Australia has to offer is not without some danger. A car breakdown is always a stressful event, but it is potentially dangerous in remote parts of the country. A reliable breakdown service is essential for all car-owners, yet far too many drivers simply believe a breakdown will never happen to them - until it is too late. People who are looking for an original gift idea this festive season should consider giving a loved one roadside assistance cover.
Roadside assistance comes in many forms; however, its primary goal is to ensure that drivers are not left stranded when their car breaks down. For many people, this essential service comes with their insurance or it can also be included in a deal to buy a new car. However, thousands of people are currently driving on the roads of Australia without any cover at all, and some of them could be your loved ones! It is almost too horrifying to contemplate, but there is a chance that a close friend or a relative is taking a daily risk with their own safety. There can surely be no better gift than a roadside assistance package as it ensures peace of mind for both the giver and the receiver.
What is Included?
Roadside assistance differs depending on the provider and the level of cover. The basic service will include attendance to a breakdown anywhere other than the home. Should the car be irreparable, the breakdown service will tow the car to the nearest affiliated garage, and the passengers will be taken to their destination. However, most providers offer a higher level of assistance that includes attendance at the policy-holder's home. It may also be possible to include extras such as a courtesy car and transport to anywhere in the country. Some of the premium services will include parts and labour for subsequent repairs, but these services will be relatively expensive.
Coverage depends on the provider and the level of cover; however, drivers can make long journeys in their cars without the constant worry of being left stranded in the remote wilderness of Australia. Car mechanics will do everything in their power to get the car fixed at the roadside, but even the most basic levels of cover will ensure that the passengers make it to safety if the vehicle needs specialist attention. Breakdown mechanics are used to changing tyres, so drivers don't need to feel embarrassed when they ask for help. However, one of the main benefits of having roadside assistance cover is the help and advice that is available. These companies don't want drivers to breakdown at all, so they offer free advice on preventative maintenance and the common warning signs of impending trouble.
Breakdown packages bought on an annual basis save drivers money when compared to those paid for on a monthly basis, so having year-round peace of mind is actually cheaper. The gift of roadside assistance cover is a practical one, yet it can really show someone the affection and esteem they are held in.
Taylor Ritchie enjoys traveling around Australia with her kids by car. She loves sharing her tips and insights on various travel blogs. Visit MyNRMA to find out more about roadside assistance.
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