How do I call a tow truck if my car breaks down?

I drive a 1999 Ford F-150. I'm nervous about it breaking down. How would I call a tow truck if something happened?

Answer
If you’re worried about your car breaking down, you may want to invest in roadside assistance.
Depending on your car insurance company, you may be able to add this to your current policy. Most car insurance companies offer either towing and labor coverage or roadside assistance. This is optional coverage that you could add to your current policy.
If your vehicle breaks down or you need a tow after an accident, you can call the roadside assistance number to request assistance. Some companies also allow you to request assistance through their mobile app.
If you don’t want to add additional coverage to your car insurance policy, you may want to consider a AAA membership. A membership with AAA includes towing coverage when your vehicle breaks down. Just call the number on your membership card for assistance.
Roadside assistance memberships also typically include other coverages. If you need a jumpstart, gas, or flat tire repair, many memberships will cover it. Since you have an older vehicle, it may be worth the extra cost for peace of mind.
If you decide to add towing and labor coverage, don’t forget to shop around. Use the Jerry app to compare quotes from dozens of insurers so you always get the best rate for your coverage needs.
Emily Maracle
Answered on Oct 20, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.
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