She got her driver’s permit! Be prepared

Well, it happened.


She grew baby wings…………Allison got her drivers permit.    I knew this day was coming, and I’ve been shoving all of my feelings into the Land of Denial.  We’ve been thru this once before with her sister, I thought it would be easier the second time around.  I may never sleep again!


When the day comes that she grows her ‘big girl wings’ and is out driving on her own, Allstate has found a way to take one worry off my list.

The Good Hands® Roadside Assistance service from Allstate gives us access to the Allstate 24/7 Nationwide Roadside network, with no annual fee.  Allstate wants every driver to be safe on the road, Good Hands® Roadside Assistance is the first free-to-join, pay-per-use, roadside assistance service that is available to all drivers, not just Allstate customers. you can be in Good Hands® even if you’re not an Allstate policy holder. I LOVE that peace of mind.

If you’ve ever been stranded on the side with a flat tire or burned out transmission, you know how valuable roadside assistance can be.  Earlier this summer our oldest left a restaurant with a girl friend at 10:30pm to find that her car would not start, and they were 45 mins. from home.  Not having roadside assistance, she was left wondering what to do.  Of course  she had a few offers to try and jump start the car, to no avail (and who wants to think about strange men coming to offer help to their daughter in a parking lot at night!–see why I don’t sleep), the next step was looking up numbers for towing service.

late night with a tow truck

All of this could have been made much easier with Allstate’s Good Hands® Roadside Assistance. 

You can get pre-registered with Allstate today using my widget below and you’ll receive a Welcome Kit with a wallet card, key fob and window cling so you always have the information handy! and remember, it can be used by any driver in any car! Music to my ears!!

Benefits of Allstate Good Hands® Roadside Assistance

  • You do not need to have Allstate insurance to use this assistance. Available to everyone in the U.S.
  • Only pay for the service as you need it and when you need it – in most cases just $75 per tow and $50 per other service. No monthly fee {sweet!}
  • Service covers any driver, any car, any time, just dial 1-800-ALLSTATE
  • Download the Good HandsSM Roadside mobile app to your smartphone for faster, easier service. Available now on iPhone®. BlackBerry® and Android®
  • You can have a total of 5 users on your account

Register for Allstate Good Hands® Roadside Assistance on TidyMom



Services Included:

  • Towing
  • Tire changes
  • Jump Starts
  • Lock Outs
  • Refueling

 What a relief this program is…….knowing that help is just a phone call away and I don’t have to worry about a monthly bill to pay for “just in case”. Knowing that any of us could be stranded on the highway with a flat tire or worse and not have to run thru our contacts to see who’s around to come help, THAT kind of service is priceless.

5 Rules for driving teens

 Have you ever been stranded on the side of the road?  What did you do?

Disclaimer:  This post was sponsored by Allstate.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. I remember seeing the tweets that Allison was going for her test but then we lost our internet service at home due to an upgrade and I never realized that she did get it! Congratulations to her, this is such a milestone and she will never regret having gotten her driver’s license.

  2. WOO hoo, Allison! Congrats to you, prayers for your mom. LOL!

  3. Yikes. My oldest daughter is taking driver’s ed this year, and soon she’ll have her driver’s license too!

  4. My daughter got her learners permit in March – it’s nerve racking enough to drive with her, I don’t think I can stand it when she’s on her own. You have my prayers.

  5. Congratulations! My daughter got hers last year and it was nice to sit in the passenger seat with my phone while she drove. Then, while she got her license, I didn’t have to go everywhere with her and she would call me on her way hone from school, asking if we needed anything from the store. It was great!
    I know it is sad too.

  6. Yeah!
    Yeah for Allison!
    Look at that HAPPY smile!
    And look how careful she’s driving in that picture!
    Way to go sweet~girl!

  7. Im deleting you from my frequently read blog list now. I know you are trying to make a quick buck, or whatever, but if I want to read advertisements I’ll go watch t.v. You sound like a robot. You’re impersonal and it’s a major turn off. Goodbye.

    • Sorry you feel that way Kiera
      I was excited to share my experience about my daughter getting her drivers permit.
      And yes, it was tied in with a sponsored post with Allstate, but I truly believe it’s a great program and I am signed up with them and plan to use it should the need arise.

      Running my blog is a full time job, so I do carefully accept offers that I think will benefit my readers.

      Have a great night.

  8. YAY Alison!!!! I know you are so proud of her! I don’t even want to *think* about when the time comes for my son to get his learner’s permit. I’ll probably be in total denial until the day!

    While we haven’t used AllState’s Roadside Assistance, I remember when I had to call for Roadside Assistance when my son was a baby. My husband was out of town on business, I had a three month old baby and my car had a flat. Within about a half hour I was back on the road and headed home. It’s a definite must-have in my book!!!

  9. Congrats Alison!

    And Cheryl, maybe you and I could commiserate on having a teen driver. I’m a nervous Nelly.

    Here’s a tip for the day: If you have nothing but hateful snark to offer, don’t bother leaving a comment here or on any other blog that you don’t care for. If you don’t like it, leave. No one is making you visit, and no on is making you take the time to type out a comment. Why waste your time sniping all over the place? It just ain’t nice.

    • Totally and completely agree with you, Amy. This is Cheryl’s “home” if you will. It is completely disrespectful to come into her space and leave a comment as rude as that. If you don’t like what you are reading, then simply leave. What has happened to human kindness anymore?

      Cheryl I have come across so many useful tools, gadgets, services, etc. thanks to you taking the time to research and carefully choose which companies and deals you share with us.

      Don’t let someone who obviously has no tact at all change what you are doing.

  10. Thanks for sharing this Cheryl. Too bad some people have to be rude. I hope she didn’t make you feel badly. Don’t give her the time of day. It’s her loss that she deleted you and honestly, you don’t need readers like that anyways. I’ll have to look into this service, I love that it’s a pay as you use it. Have a great night!

  11. Lurker coming out, here. I like this site, very much and had to try to counteract the negative influence, above.

  12. Allison is just adorable! You *are* making her wear a helmet, right? 😉

    And i think roadside assistance it such a blessing to drivers…especially with YOUNG drivers in the family. Thanks for letting us know about it!

  13. Congrats to Allison and prayers to Mom!! I’m honestly not looking forward to that day here in this household. Step by step, right?! Thanks also for all your great tips and cheerful willingness to share your knowledge. Some bloggers are just plain unwilling to share anything they know, and I always appreciate your smarts and helpfulness. Have a great weekend!

  14. My oldest daughter got her permit in July and just completed Drivers Ed. WOW, what a crazy mixture of emotions! Remembering back to when I took Drivers Ed and learned to drive, thinking about her safety, thinking about my safety..LOL…I’ve actually done most of the “teaching” and it went well with only a few potentially hair raising incidences. She always knew when I was getting a bit nervous because I’d grab the edge of my seat or the door and she’d say “Mom! Why do you keep doing that?” I mean really it wasn’t even anything that bad, but just that “oh my gosh is she going to slow down”…(C:

  15. I just joined their dispatching service a little over a month ago. Awesome and professional company. My roadside assistance company is thriving because of smart members who join instead of waiting last minute… although I’m not complaining for the extra business doesn’t hurt either.

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