Living in Canada is great (hello, world’s best poutine) but driving here has its hassles. We face icy commutes and blizzardy road trips, and have to tackle flat tires in the sleet or dead batteries on a freezing day. Luckily, it’s a breeze to ensure your peace of mind despite it all; protect yourself from potential headaches with a CAA Membership. The not-for-profit association has its Members’ interests at heart, offering scores of services to help keep you safe, with plans starting at just $72 a year. If you haven’t read up on all the advantages lately, here are four especially cool perks that you can’t get with the roadside assistance plans offered with new cars.
You’ll get a faster fix. Stranded in the middle of nowhere? Chances are help is closer than you think, since CAA has the largest network of tow trucks in North America, in partnership with AAA. You can keep track of your service call too: The Service Tracker tool, available on the CAA Mobile App and Online, will even show a real-time map of your service vehicle’s location as it’s heading over. If the problem can’t be fixed right then and there, CAA will get you and your ride where you want to go (based on the limits allowed by your membership type)—not just back to the dealership like with other roadside providers.
You’re covered, even beyond your car. Whether you’re motoring around in a rental or just riding shotgun in your friend’s lemon, you can still call for roadside assistance if mishaps happen. That’s because your CAA privileges belong to you, not to your vehicle, so you’re always protected as a driver or as a passenger. (By comparison, most new car roadside plans will only cover your vehicle.)
You don’t have to guess the problem. If your ride suddenly gives up midway through your morning commute, the last thing you want to do is gamble on whether you need just a boost or a whole new battery; after all, you’ve got a meeting to get to. CAA’s mobile Battery Service will come to you for on-the-spot testing, and if needed, install a new battery and off you go.
Your bike is included, too. Prefer to pedal around town? CAA isn’t just for car lovers. All memberships include Bike Assist, which is basically roadside assistance for your bicycle—at no extra cost—24/7, all year round. Motorcycles are covered, too, if you choose a Plus or Premier Membership. So, no matter what your wheels of choice are, it’s worth taking CAA along for the ride.