With travel increasing this time of year, it’s important to note an increasing trend in the car and truck rental business: an absence of a spare tire and/or tools to change a flat tire included in the vehicle.
This isn’t entirely without reason. Many vehicle rental companies will offer free roadside assistance in place of the spare tire. However, this can leave you and your family on the side of the road while you await help. Rental companies are also wary of some customers’ safety and ability to properly change a tire, especially on large vehicles like moving trucks and recreational vehicles (RVs).
Whenever you rent a vehicle, be sure to ask the rental agent if a spare tire and tools are in the vehicle, and then double-check when you visually inspect the vehicle. If company’s policy is to not include a spare tire, be sure to carefully note the number you call in case of an emergency, and ask how long the average response time is. If you are a member of AAA, call or check their website for information to see if they provide roadside assistance for rental vehicles, and which type of vehicles they cover.
Whichever scenario you encounter in your travels, be sure to have a plan in place on how to handle the emergency in advance.
With increased travel during this time of year, it is even more important to drive safely. If you become injured during your travels due to someone else’s negligence, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you pursue a claim for compensation. Call 1-888-BURNETTI with questions regarding your legal needs.