AAA Texas Offers Free Service to Curb Drunk Driving
In anticipation of New Year’s celebrations, AAA Texas is offering a free service aimed at keeping roads free of drunk drivers.
Considered a last resort, the Tipsy Tow is a free towing service provided by AAA Texas that will give a free tow and ride home for up to 10 miles from the pickup location.
Those who cannot designate a non-drinking driver, call a cab or ride-sharing service, may utilize Tipsy Tow by calling 1-800-222-4357 or 1-800-AAA-HELP.
If called, a regular AAA Texas-contracted roadside service truck will be dispatched to assist. The AAA Tipsy Tow service will be available statewide from 6:00 p.m. on Dec. 31, through 6:00 a.m. Jan. 1.
For rides that last more than 10 miles, drivers should expect to pay the rate charged by the tow truck contractor. The passenger and tow truck driver should agree in advance what the excess mileage charges will be and the method of payment, prior to the tow.
You do not have to be a AAA member to use the Tipsy Tow service however it is only for a one-way, one-time ride for a driver and tow for that driver’s vehicle.
The following situations do not qualify for a Tipsy Tow:
- A request to tow an inoperable vehicle.
- A request to tow to another drinking establishment, repair facility or any other location other than the driver’s home or hotel where they are a registered guest.
- A request to start a vehicle, change a flat tire or deliver gas.
- A request for a “taxi” service or to transport anyone other than the driver of the vehicle.