Do-It-Yourself Roadside Assistance
Key Lockout or Broken Key
This is an occurrence that happens usually when you least expect it or at the most inopportune times. While most roadside assistance plans cover a mobile locksmith, it’s a easy matter to always carry an extra key with you that is actually on your person. I used to carry a “valet key” in my wallet. This was a key that only started the ignition and opened the drivers side door but didn’t give access to the trunk or glove box. It’s simply a good idea and once saved me from having to call AAA, who I had purchased a roadside assistance plan from.
This happens more often than you would think. And the reasons are many for how a car battery dies. A bad alternator, accidentally leaving your inside dome or parking lights on, or even extreme temperatures can drain a car battery. Just having a very short commute to work and not taking your car on periodic long drives can also wear out a battery more quickly than usual.
The solution is fairly easy: keep jumper cables in your car. It’s a quick solution, easy to do and you only need another car to help you charge your battery. And you actually don’t even need another car if you have a battery charger which you can get for $30-$100 at most big box stores like Walmart or an auto parts store.