Many years ago, when my oldest son was just a baby (and before cell phones were routinely used…I know, I’m ancient), I realized the importance of having roadside assistance available to you. I was driving home from visiting my parents, which meant an hour long drive on the highway. It was just my infant son and I in the car and it was late at night, but it was something I did regularly so I wasn’t fazed by it at all. That is, until everything in my car started to die. The lights dimmed. The radio stopped. And the car started to slow down. I steered off of the road onto the shoulder and wondered what the heck I was going to do.

Within a short while, two car loads of young guys pulled up and offered to help. They gave me a boost and got the car started, but that only lasted a few minutes. They offered to drive my car (with my infant son in it!) while I rode in one of their cars, and I flatly refused that offer…so they very kindly drove behind me and gave me a boost every few minutes until I reached a gas station with a pay phone.

I had some quarters to use the phone, so I started making calls. I called one friend after another trying to find someone who could help me get home. Of course no one was home and I ended up sitting in the gas station parking lot well into the night while I tried to find some help. I did get home eventually and learned all about alternators in the days following, but nearly twenty years later that experience still stands out in my mind, and it’s the reason I believe that CAA is an absolute necessity for people who commute.

If I were in the same situation today, I would pick up my cell phone and call CAA, and if nothing else…I would have my car towed to a mechanic. CAA offers roadside service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. There is never a time when they would not be able to take my call, and that is very reassuring.

CAA offers many roadside services including boosting your battery; attempting to gain access to your vehicle if you locked your keys inside (and arranging for a locksmith for you if they can’t gain access); bringing you gas if you run out; changing a tire; pulling a car out of a ditch; and towing services. I think the only thing on this list that I haven’t needed is being pulled out of a ditch!  That is why I look at CAA as my own personal security blanket.

Disclosure – “I am participating in the CAA program by ShesConnected.  I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign.  The opinions on this blog are my own.”



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Sheri McDonald is a family lifestyle blogger who has been sharing her parenting and travel adventures online for the past eight years. You can find her discovering the world with her children when she's not at home enjoying a good book.


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