In my opinion, if you have a car then AAA membership is a must have in your emergency preparedness plan. This is one of those spend money to save money ideas. Over the years I’ve run out gas, locked my keys in the car, had a flat, broke down for whatever reason, and needed a tow, and had my battery go dead more than once. It feels good knowing that I always have someone to call for help.
I do believe it’s important to always stay safe if you find you need to use your AAA membership then ALWAYS call a friend or family member to let them know you are calling AAA, and inform them of your location.
If you need a tow and are close enough, ask a friend to pick you up and follow the tow truck driver. I’m not comfortable getting into a car with a stranger even if it’s AAA truck driver, sorry guys no offense I just like to play it UBER safer, no pun intended.
AAA Membership Cost and Benefits
You can also use your membership when riding along with a friend, the car does not need to be registered in your name, but you do need to be present to use your benefits.
Check out the AAA website for details. AAA has a website for each region, this link will take you to the California site.
AAA Memebership Types
Classic membership is the cheapest and costs $52 a year. Including four roadside assistance calls and no charge for towing up to 7 miles in any direction from the point of breakdown. You’ll get up to $60 per year in locksmith services and mobile battery service and jumpstart.
As of writing the Plus membership is $80 a year. Includes four roadside assistance calls and no charge for towing up to 100 miles in any direction from the point of breakdown. You’ll get up to $100 per year in locksmith services and mobile battery service and jump start.
As of writing the Premier membership is $106 a year. No charge tow to the destination of their choice up to 200 driving miles for one tow per member per membership year and up to 100 driving miles for the remaining service calls.
More Advantages to AAA Membership
AAA Membership also comes with discounts on hotels, car rentals and movie tickets. I routinely save a few dollars a night on hotels when I use my AAA membership. AAA is more than roadside assistance so please visit the discounts page on the AAA website for more information.
The cost breaks down to anywhere from $4 to $9 a month depending on the plan you choose. I say it’s money well spent.