Q: Is it cost effective to be enrolled in an auto club?
A: Auto clubs, such as AAA, can provide piece of mind if you drive an older car or do lots of traveling. Most clubs cover tows (up to a certain distance), jump starts, lockout services, and recoveries (e.g., being pulled from a ditch). However, memberships commonly cost between $50-100 a year depending on the extent of the services. Some auto clubs also provide free maps and discounts on travel related services (e.g., hotels and rental cars). Another alternative is to check with your automotive insurance company. You can often add emergency roadside service to your policy for minimal cost.