Driving in Sri Lanka is not only a pleasant experience, but also an extremely safe one and roadside assistance is something you will most likely never have to worry about.
Sri Lankans by nature are genuinely warm and friendly and are known for their exceptional hospitality often extended towards visitors. Should you ever need roadside assistance of any kind while you are traveling in Sri Lanka, there are a number of formal and informal means of obtaining help.
You can check on the availability of roadside assistance as part of your rental agreement or if your rental company recommends any assistance options. Older, more established car rental companies like Malkey Rent A Car are tied up with a network of auto shops (also known as garages in Sri lanka) for roadside assistance. They also retain a team available for 24/7/365 roadside assistance, across the island. Going with a rental company providing roadside assistance as a value added service can certainly go a long way in giving you that peace of mind as you set off on your journey.
If you are a member of the Automobile Association, you will have access to their emergency breakdown services that include varied mechanical services and even a towing service.
Each town you pass through in Sri Lanka will offer basic mechanical services including tyre repairs, which is the most common reason for needing roadside assistance.
If the assistance you require is navigational help, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that most Sri Lankans speak some amount of English. Locals are able to give you directions to your destination and perhaps even suggest some interesting sights to spot on the way.
There are state hospitals in every district as well as smaller private hospitals and numerous clinics if you require any medical assistance.
Read our post on what it’s like to drive in Sri Lanka for more tips and look forward to your journey as much as your destination!