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College Student Disrupts Roadside Assistance Industry with Innovative Company
Entrepreneur Develops Creative Solutions for Drivers in Need of Roadside Assistance
The 24-year-old college student is recharging the entire industry through his company Drive Roadside, LLC, an emergency roadside service provider on a mission to make roadside assistance more simple and affordable through the development of innovative coverage plans such as their traditional Family Assurance Plan with a “cancel-any-
"I have always been an anxious driver," said the enthused entrepreneur, Ryan Wells, while surrounded by dry-erase boards in his office, “but as a person who couldn’t afford expensive roadside coverage plans with casual ‘fees’, I wanted to develop a program that was economically friendly and convenient.”
Ryan came up with the business idea following an attempt to launch a lead generation service for locksmiths with his brother, Nick. Although, they were able to provide leads to locksmiths, Ryan never felt comfortable with the disparity between the prices that people were quoted on the phone and the end costs they were charged upon receiving service.
“We couldn’t control what the locksmiths would actually charge after they purchased the lead from us,” explained Ryan, “It was quickly out-of-our-hands;
The young entrepreneur has an advantage that has helped him to break into the industry: his successful mentor, entrepreneur and now equitable partner, Jake Schroader. In just over a year, the two men with a team of employees, have developed a nationwide network of over 36,000 service providers and a call center that dispatches those providers to service every zip code in the U.S. including Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico.
In addition to the originality of their prices and coverage plans, the company is also engaged to make the roads more safe by donating a percentage of all customer purchases to charities that promote safer driving.
“I have seen first-hand the devastating impact that distracted driving has caused on the road,” said Ryan regarding the charitable division of his company called, DriveCares, “so it just made sense to get involved from the beginning and help in any way we can.”
Drive Roadside will officially launch in June, 2014.
About Drive Roadside
Drive Roadside is a professional motor club that offers simple, affordable roadside assistance. As an early adopter of less restrictive ERS coverage plans, Drive Roadside services, invests, and supports a tow-network of over 36,000 service providers nationwide. The company provides high-quality service and support while saving customers money and promoting road safety through their donations known as, DriveCares. For more information, visit www.driveroadside.com or follow us @driveroadside on Twitter.
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