Wed | 25.08.2021
Mobility news by Autonom, August 2021
Autonom tries to be very active in raising awareness about the challenges of drivers in case of unforeseen events and the solution to keep the costs and stress level low. Read below the interview with Dan Toma, Manager of Autonom Assistance, part of Autonom Group.
What is the impact of unforeseen events for drivers in Romania?
Every year, a significant number of accidents happen on the Romanian roads and none of the is ever expected or budgeted. In 2020 over 320,000* RCA claims have been filed and 22,836** accidents with injures have been reported. Our mission to contribute to a safer life on the road is driven by care, as safety is one of the main values at the core of everything we do. Our goal is to provide the means for all people on the move to reach their destination safely and with minimum of discomfort or delay. We strive to be proactive through all the solutions we are offering, with transparency and prudency at heart, as to us, safety and comfort represent the main priority. Our mobility products and solutions are created with care for people and for cars.
What are the challenges that a driver faces in case of an unfortunate driving event?
Whenever someone leaves on a holiday or for a business trip by car, no matter how good or big the car is, they must be prepared for any unforeseen event that might occur. It could be a failure of the engine, or an accident caused by a collision. In such situations, a driver always faces some challenges, and we mention two of them: what is the reliable, safe, but also fast solution to transport the vehicle to the service, and also, how can he continue the journey? Of course, the immediate concern is how much the towing will cost (especially during a long-distance trip) and how soon the replacement car can get to him so that he can continue the journey.
What are the costs in the event of a road accident?
There are more aspects that a driver should keep in mind when thinking about costs. For example, if we talk only about towing the car involved in an accident and ensuring the transport back home, for instance from Constanta to Bucharest, the charge is around 1500 lei. And if the driver wants to continue his journey, the costs for the rental of a compact car for a maximum of 7 days, amounts is approximately 1400 lei. So, the total amount for this event it will be 2900. This is, of course, on top of the costs directly related to the accident – be it engine failure or collision.
Is there a way to reduce these costs?
Yes, there is a way that significantly reduces the costs involved in an unforeseen road accident and saves drivers times and nerves during a stressful event on the road.
For example, with a road assistance subscription a driver or a company, instead of paying 2900 lei for the towing service and rental of a small car for a maximum of 7 days, would pay only 179 lei per year for a road assistance subscription that includes all those services. Not to mention that the subscription holders are covered for an unlimited no of events and always have priority, which comes in handy, especially during the summer period when finding a rental car can prove to be a challenge.
What are other benefits offered by a road assistance subscription for drivers and for companies?
At Autonom Assistance we offer a mobility services integrator that solves all the issues for drivers and their cars involved in an accident and, on top of it, provides a solution to continue the journey. For companies we can provide custom tailored fleet services and optimization of the cost.
This type of subscription includes towing and transport services, replacement of the driver's car during the repair period and the possibility of cost settlement for an unlimited number of events during a year. We have a national network off 40 agencies present in all important cities across Romania and a dedicated call center available 24/7. Also, an important feature is offered through our mobile application where our clients can track in real-time information regarding the location of the towing car and monitor the true cost of the intervention.
*As per ASF latest 4 reported trimesters
**National Institute of Statistics
This article was provided by our Mobility Partner, Autonom.