In today’s economy, almost everyone is trying to come up with ways to cut expenses and trim the budget. You might think that enrolling your commercial vehicles in a roadside assistance plan is an unnecessary expense that your company cannot afford. If you take a closer look, you’re likely to come to the conclusion that the expense is well worth the money and can even save your company potentially thousands of dollars over time.
If commercial lock change, fleet, construction or rental vehicles are used in your business, protecting those vehicles and your employees who drive them is one of the most prudent things you can do. But how can it save your bottom line?
How often have you, or someone you’ve known, locked their keys in the car? While older vehicles used to be fairly easy to open and retrieve the keys, with electronic locks it can be nearly impossible without the right equipment. Locking the keys in the car while on a business trip can cause even the calmest person to panic. Locksmiths are expensive. If you have roadside assistance coverage, this expense is typically covered up to $100 and your employee can get back on the road quickly.
What happens when the vehicles’ lights are left on? You know that sinking feeling when you get out to the parking lot and see the headlights are still on. Your heart pounds a little as you try to start the car, but nothing happens. By having a roadside assistance plan, a driver can come out to jumpstart the vehicle, getting the employee back on the road quickly – saving time and money by ensuring the employee can make their schedule appointment or delivery.
Many of us have taken the risk of trying to make it to the next gas station, only to have the vehicle stutter and stop when it runs out of fuel. If you have a commercial roadside assistance plan, fuel can be brought to the vehicle quickly – saving the time and hassle it would take to walk with a gas can to the nearest station, possibly miles away.
A flat tire can happen anytime. Between potholes and objects on the road, a flat tire can quickly disable the vehicle. Your employee shouldn’t have to risk his safety by changing it out on the highway. With roadside assistance, a driver can get to the vehicle quickly and change the tire – putting your employee back on the road in no time.
Towing. Vehicles are not infallible. Even the most well-cared for cars and trucks can breakdown without warning. The cost of towing can often be more than the price of a roadside assistance plan.
Many commercial roadside assistance plans offer maps and trip planning, and can even help an employee find his destination should he become lost. By using this service you’ll save not only on the price of the map, but the cost in the time it would take for your administrative assistant or the driver to organize a trip.