The insurance company Allstate has announced it was launching the first pay-per-use, free-to-join roadside assistance program. Good Hands Roadside Assistance is available too all drivers, not just those who have their car insurance through All State.
The company said in a statement it was launching the program to help protect the 35 million American households that do not already have access to roadside assistance services. The company said it also hopes to give an alternative service to the 52 million homes with roadside assistance services that require annual fees. Studies have shown that the average subscriber uses the service only once every three years.
“With the launch of Good Hands Roadside, Allstate continues to broaden the definition of protection with new products and services consumers want in the ways they want them,” said Chuck Paul, group vice president of emerging businesses at Allstate. “This is just another option individuals can use to protect what matters most.”
Anyone can sign up for the service by going to www.goodhandsroadside.com. Customers in need to roadside help can then call 1-800-ALLSTATE at any time and get access to the company’s nationwide towing network. A tow up to 10 miles will cost a flat rate of $75. Other roadside services such as flat tires, lockouts and a dead battery will cost $50.
Allstate is recommending drivers take a few minutes to register for the program before the busy holiday driving season gets underway.
The company is promoting its roadside assistance program through various events, including a sponsorship of Everyday Should Be Saturday, the college football blog by Spencer Hall.