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The Best Ghost Towns to Visit in Alaska
Alaska has some of the eeriest ghost towns in the entire country. Learn what to see and how to get there.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
New Orleans to Grand Canyon Road Trip
From the Gulf of Mexico to America’s most famous natural landmark, this New Orleans to Grand Canyon road trip will show you the country in a whole new way.
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Jerry
Jan 31, 2022
Car Battery Keeps Dying? Here’s What To Check
If your car battery keeps dying, you'll need to get to the root cause of the problem.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Urban Legends of the Road
For as long as people have traveled on roads, even since the 1600’s, there have been all sorts of ghost stories. Read here to learn of some of our more modern urban legends.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Do You Tip Tow Truck Drivers?
Tipping your tow truck driver is not expected, but it’s appreciated. The amount can vary depending on their service, professionalism, and the size of the job.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
The Best Road Trip From San Francisco to Death Valley
Take a trip from the Bay to the hottest place on earth on this trip from San Francisco to Death Valley—but not before you get roadside assistance from Jerry.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
The Best Baby Car Seat Covers for Winter
Some of the best infant car seat covers for winter come from brands JJ Cole, 7AM Enfant, and Cozy Cover.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
GM Is Expanding Some of Its Premium Services Beyond GM Owners
GM will soon be offering Onstar subscriptions services to anyone regardless of what car they own. GM is also expanding to offer car insurance.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
How to Join AAA and Make Sure You Have Roadside Assistance Coverage
AAA offers a variety of services to members, including insurance, travel planning, and roadside assistance. Prospective members can get an AAA membership at in-person locations or online.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
What to Do if You Have a Car Breakdown Away From Home
If your car breaks down, make sure you pull over to a safe location before you call roadside assistance services or a towing company. Handle out-of-town breakdowns by following these steps.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
How To Jump-Start a Car Back to Life
Sometimes, car batteries die—but most of the time, all you need to jolt it back to life is a working car and some jumper cables. Here's how to jump-start a car battery.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Dallas to Missouri Road Trip
Start in Dallas and make your way through Oklahoma and Kansas to end in Missouri for the ideal multi-day road trip.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
An Epic Denver to San Francisco Road Trip
From the Mile High City to the beautiful Great Salt Lake and across the Golden Gate Bridge, your Denver to San Francisco road trip will be unforgettable.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Denver to Sedona Road Trip: The Grand Canyon Route
From the Moab Desert to national forests, there’s lots to see on a Denver to Sedona road trip—and a scenic detour can turn it into a Grand Canyon trip, too!
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Jerry
Apr 25, 2022
Exploring Florida with a Pensacola to Key West Road Trip
From cities to beaches to theme parks, this Pensacola to Key West road trip will showcase nearly everything the Sunshine State has to offer.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Best Foodie Road Trips in Texas
Here’s everything you need to know for the best foodie road trips Texas has to offer! Tex-Mex, oysters, and wine are on the menu.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Salt Lake City to Denver Road Trip
Eight hours in the Rockies? That’s our idea of heaven! Here are the best stops on a Salt Lake City to Denver road trip.
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Jerry
Mar 09, 2022
San Diego to Sedona Road Trip
Take your pick from dunes, rivers, and ancient indigenous architecture. Here are the best stops on the seven-hour San Diego to Sedona road trip. Let’s go!
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Jerry
May 05, 2022
Best Stargazing Road Trips in the U.S.
Dark skies beckon! Here are the best stargazing road trips in the U.S., from the forests of Washington State all the way to the southern tip of Florida.
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Jerry
Mar 18, 2022
Los Angeles to Big Sur Road Trip
This six-hour Los Angeles to Big Sur road trip is full of surprising twists and turns. Get ready for a dreamy coastal adventure with these must-see stopovers.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
5 Best Road Trips in Arizona for Outdoor Adventure
The best road trips in Arizona will thrill outdoor enthusiasts, including Havasu Falls, Canyon de Chelly, Vermilion Cliffs, Chiricahua, and Flagstaff.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Eat Your Way Across Arizona: A Food-Lover’s Road Trip
Find the best food in Arizona with this tasty guide!
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
The 5 Best Colorado Road Trips
From Mesa Verde to Aspen to the Garden of the Gods, turn a trek through Colorado into an exciting road trip with this must-drive itinerary.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
The Best Road Trips for Horror Movie Buffs
Take a road trip to scenes from horror movies. These three trips take you around New England, through the Mid-Atlantic, and down the West Coast to spooky sites.
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Jerry
Mar 18, 2022
San Diego to Arizona Road Trip
From the shores of the Pacific to the desert sun, explore national parks and bustling cities on this San Diego to Arizona road trip.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
The Best Road Trips in Virginia
From gorgeous mountain ranges to incredible engineering marvels, these are the best road trips in Virginia!
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Jerry
Mar 18, 2022
9 Best Road Trip Destinations for Music Lovers in the US
There are tons of music landmarks to explore in America. Don’t know where to start? Here are some of the best road trip destinations for music lovers in the US.
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022
Best Stops on a New York to LA Road Trip
From Maryland and Ohio to Oklahoma and Texas, these are the must-see destinations on any New York to LA road trip.
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Jerry
Apr 25, 2022
Best Road Trips in New Mexico
New Mexico is a dazzling state with plenty to see and do. We’ve compiled some of the best road trip destinations you can find in the Land of Enchantment.
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Jerry
Jan 31, 2022
The 5 Best Road Trip Destinations in Connecticut
These Connecticut road trips will take you through dreamy Mystic Country, around classy Fairfield, over the wild fun of Litchfield Hills, and more!
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Jerry
Apr 27, 2022

All Questions on Roadside Assistance

Do I have to pay the towing company if I used OnStar?
I have OnStar Roadside Assistance, but I'm not sure if it covers towing. I might switch to AAA, which will cover towing costs. Does anyone know if OnStar pays for towing?
Eric Schad
Nov 26, 2021
Why does my car feel like it's swaying?
When I’m driving at lower speeds, my car feels like it’s completely normal. As soon as I accelerate and go a little faster, my car feels like it’s swaying in the wind. How can I get my car to stop swaying?
Kaitlin May
May 12, 2022
How long does it take to replace a car battery?
My car needs a battery replacement but I need to pick up my kids from school this afternoon. How long does it take to replace a car battery?
Bonnie Stinson
Mar 24, 2022
Does the Bosch battery jumpstart assistance actually work?
"I bought a Bosch car battery and I saw they have a 36-month jump-start warranty. Is this a reliable service?"
Eric Schad
Jun 22, 2021
How does a car battery die?
My car battery has regular issues. Why do car batteries die?
Will Baldwin
Oct 26, 2021
How do you start a car with a dead battery?
If my battery is dead, what's the best way to start my car? I live in upstate New York. When I went out to my car this morning, I thought it was just too cold to turn on. It’s warmer outside now, so I think the battery is the problem. How can I start a dead car battery to get myself to the auto parts store?
Eric Schad
Sep 02, 2021
Will emergency roadside assistance help me jumpstart a Prius?
Do I need to request special equipment to jumpstart a Prius? Since it's a hybrid vehicle, I'm not sure if it will be the same process.
Sophie Newman
Jul 22, 2021
Does a Progressive auto insurance policy cover towing?
How do I know if my policy covers towing? I have liability coverage with Progressive.
Eric Schad
Jul 20, 2021
How do you make a car key without a key?
My husband is overseas and for some reason took our car keys with him. He didn’t realize until he landed. He won’t be back for a month. How do I get a replacement when I don’t have a key for them to copy?
Lauren Smith
Oct 12, 2021
Will roadside assistance come to my house to change a flat tire?
"I went outside this morning, and my front left tire is flat. Will roadside assistance come to my house to change the tire?"
Eric Schad
Jul 27, 2021
What is the best way to protect yourself after a car accident?
What can I do to make sure I am safe after a car accident? I haven't been in one before, but I don’t want to take any chances—I want to make sure I am as prepared as possible. If I do get into a car accident, how should I protect myself?
Shannon Martin
Oct 21, 2021
How far is Tennessee from New York driving?
I’m a private investigator based out of New York City, and my next case is taking me to Nashville—how far is Tennessee from New York driving?
Jason Tushinski
Mar 14, 2022
How much is a locksmith to open a car door?
My husband locked his keys in the car. He’s freaking out because we don’t have roadside assistance and he thinks it’s going to cost a ton. How much does a locksmith charge to open a car door?
Eric Schad
Mar 01, 2022
What is the best way to get my car started in freezing weather?
What is the safest way to start a car in freezing temperatures? I just moved to Connecticut and this will be my first winter in the snow. I am a little nervous and don't want to do anything that will ruin my car—so how can I get it started safely?
Shannon Martin
Oct 25, 2021
How do you put someone on your car insurance?
What’s the best way to add someone to your car insurance? My 18-year-old daughter and I are going on a weekend road trip. We want to take turns driving.
Phoebe Mah
Sep 24, 2021
How much does it cost for a locksmith to open your car door?
I locked my keys in my car. How much will a locksmith cost?
Liz Jenson
Dec 06, 2021
How often should I get my car serviced?
How will I know when my Ford Explorer is due for service? I have had it for six months now. Thanks in advance!
Jessa Claeys
Oct 14, 2021
How do you unlock a Honda Civic without a key?
How can I unlock my Honda Civic if I locked my keys in the car? I’m honestly not sure what to do, this has never happened to me before.
Liz Jenson
Dec 17, 2021
How far is Pensacola from Miami driving?
I just found my birth mom, and it turns out she’s been in the same state as me this whole time! We’ve agreed to meet up. How far away is Pensacola from Miami if I drive?
Melanie Johnson
Mar 15, 2022
How do you clean bed bugs from your car?
What's the best way to get bed bugs out of your car? After giving one of my kid's friends a ride, I noticed bed bugs in it. Help!
Eric Schad
Aug 30, 2021
What do I do if my Toyota RAV4 ran out of gas on the side of the highway?
I'm stuck on a (relatively rural) highway and my RAV4 ran out of fuel. What should I do?
Sophie Newman
Jul 23, 2021
Is $200 too much for a roadside assistance policy?
"I have a local car insurance company and I wanted to add a roadside assistance policy to my vehicle. They quoted me $200 a year. Is $200 too much for a roadside assistance policy?"
Eric Schad
Jun 22, 2021
Does your car drive better after an oil change?
I know that oil changes are important to keep your enging in peak condition, but I'm not sure what it offers in terms of performance.
Eric Schad
Aug 27, 2021
How far is Texas from Arizona driving?
I live in Tucson, and I was a lifelong vegetarian until I tried meat last Tuesday, and now I can’t stop thinking about brisket. I hear amazing things about Stubbs B-B-Q in Austin, so Jerry please tell me—how far is Texas from Arizona driving?
Jason Tushinski
Mar 14, 2022
Can I call State Farm to help with my flat tire?
I know State Farm will cover a tow, but will it cover a flat tire? I have State Farm's towing package as part of my policy. I have no idea how to change one myself.
Shannon Martin
Jul 08, 2021
Will AAA auto insurance cover towing?
Will AAA auto insurance cover the price of a tow? I currently have AAA car insurance but I'm not a AAA member.
Eric Schad
Jul 20, 2021
How frequently should you take breaks when driving long distances?
I’m planning a cross-country road trip for the summer, and I want to stop the least amount possible. How many breaks should I take when going a really long distance?
Olivia Rose
Jan 20, 2022
What does the tow company do when their truck gets stuck in the mud getting my car out of the ditch?
"What happens if the tow truck pulling my car out of a ditch also got stuck? My car is in the ditch and the tow truck is stuck in the mud trying to get me out."
Shannon Martin
Jul 28, 2021
How many times will GEICO emergency road service tow my car?
"I know AAA offers four tows per year but I can’t find on my GEICO policy how many tows they cover. Any idea?"
Shannon Martin
Nov 29, 2021
How do you keep your car cool in the summer?
I have a black interior, and my leather seats are always on fire when I sit down in warm months! How can I keep my car cool in the summer?
Matthew Macgugan
Dec 03, 2021

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