I’ve had a AAA membership for years now. My own membership is $57 (currently paying $82 for two), and admittedly, it’s not
something I leverage every day. In fact, I don’t use it very often at all. Therefore, it seems fair to ask the question: is a AAA membership worth it?
I say yes, and a big part of this is the roadside assistance service. Now, I haven’t been prone to too many car fiascoes over the years, so it’s not something that has been used too frequently. But there have been several situations where I needed their help with roadside assistance:
- A time where I was in a blizzard, away from home, and somehow lost my keys in the stormy weather. Don’t ask, as I don’t know how I could possibly lose a car key that was in my hand, but it happened. Anyway, it was freezing and I was stranded, so AAA helped.
- During a snowstorm, and while driving on a busy highway, my car tire blew out. I made it to the shoulder, but it was very narrow and in a highly urban, trafficked area. Thus, nobody would be too keen on trying to change a tire. Never mind that my spare was actually not in working order as it was. Anyway, it was a perfect time for AAA to help.
- A situation where my car battery died, when I was far from home and in an area where I didn’t know anyone to give me a jump. Plus, there weren’t too many other folks around I could ask. I gave them a call, and got help.
I’m sure others have had far worse, even dangerous situations where they needed help.
Anyway, for me, the roadside assistance equals peace of mind. This is especially good if you have children driving with you, or if your spouse or a loved one are often driving alone. Or, if you’re often traveling with someone who is elderly or has a disability. You don’t want anyone to be in danger, or even highly stressed by situations. You can often get this other places, perhaps your insurance policy, but I’m not sure the benefits will line up as well for the price. I have found that AAA roadside assistance is worth it.
There are other benefits to having AAA as well:
- Hotel Discounts
- Retailer Discounts
- Travel Information (guides, maps, etc)
Bottom line: If you drive a lot, and are periodically a good distance from home, AAA membership might very well be worth every penny and then some. It is for me.
My Questions for You
Do you currently have AAA, or have you had it in the past?
What is your opinion on its value?