We’ve all been there at one point or another while traveling when our vehicle happens to stop running, leaving us stranded at the side of the road. When it’s something serious like a solid state electrical failure, there’s really nothing you can do but wait for replacement. So what do you do in the meantime? Well, there’s a reason you have that AAA Plus Card.
Why AAA Plus? In this great vast state that is Arizona, not much aside from the metro areas falls within AAA’s towing range. By upgrading to AAA Plus, the towing range expands to within 100 miles. For those who brave traveling the wild lands of the Rez, I-8, or I-10 east of Tucson, there’s always the next step up with AAA Platinum.
While that AAA Plus card might very well be the most important tool in your travel arsenal, Denny also supplied a general list of “tools” he likes to take with him when he travels:
- Water. Drinking water of course, but also just plain ol’ tap water in case of that very real “oh crud” moment when the temperature gauge starts to climb (sometimes shooting way up into the stratosphere).
- A good Leatherman Tool.
- First-Aid kit
- Jumper cables, in the event of needing to jump your vehicle
- “Glow sticks” - red and white, kept in the glove box. Flashlights seldom work when you most need them, and flares can be dangerous. With glow sticks, you have a dependable flashlight for several hours as well as a way to alert your presence to other vehicles passing on the road.
Another preventative measure you can take if you’re going on a long trip is to bring your vehicle over to us at the shop for a trip inspection. At Canyon Automotive Repair & Service, we do a full check-over on the vehicle during our trip inspections to ensure a safe long distance drive for our customers. We also do routine inspections during all of our oil changes. So if your vehicle is in need of an oil change as well, just let us know when scheduling an appointment and we’ll provide your vehicle with a courtesy safety inspection. Call the shop at (928) 282-4424, or make an appointment online right here on our website.