We’ve noticed a lot of people sharing information and misinformation about AAA’s “Tipsy Tow” program on social media leading up to New Year’s Eve, so we thought we’d do our part to clear things up. They’ll tow you and your car home for free, but it’s not available everywhere. Here’s how to find out if it’s available in your area.
AAA themselves put out this handy map as a general guide for where the program is in effect:
As you can see, that’s a whole lot of places where the program isn’t offered, and your plan for ringing in the new year really shouldn’t count on this service even if you happen to live in a state where it’s offered. The AAA site notes that the areas are subject to change without notice, and even if your area is covered you could be waiting hours for a tow truck while they’re busy dragging some other drunk person home.
For other options, AAA also has a site listing other “Sober Ride” programs. They’re available in more areas, though some do cost money.
If you’re going out drinking to celebrate New Year’s Eve, or any other holiday, assign a designated driver, take a cab, grossly overpay Uber, or just stay the night somewhere. Be responsible, Internet. Happy New Year.
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