This week I have seen a number of articles about how to save money with your car and how to do basic tasks such as change your flat tyre. Tips such as using E10 fuel or sweating in the rain to loosen a wheel nut were all offered up. To be honest they all seemed a bit painful to me.
I am reminded of the many articles that advise me to pack my lunch rather than buy it so I can save $3 per day. I don’t use E10 in my cars because I love them. I don’t change flat tyres because I don’t like doing it.
My best advice to save you money in the long run and avoid basic tasks like changing tyres is to invest in a membership with a roadside assistance provider like RACQ or NRMA. For the cost of approximately $130 per year they will come out and change your flat tyre, they will rescue you if you run out of fuel and if you break down they will be beside the road with you to fix the basic problems. If you need a lift home they will tow you and your beloved car, they will pay for accommodation and they will provide a hire car.
Membership will come with other advantages such as discounts and deals. For me the peace of mind of knowing there is a trained mechanic with the tools at hand ready to assist in rain, hail or shine is well worth the investment. Plus I never need to get dirty, or wet, or sweaty again. So if you want to invest in your next adventure on the road, explore the options with your state based road side assistance provider. I wouldn’t be without them, would you?