AAA activates ‘tow to go’ for Thanksgiving holiday weekend

AAA plans to rescue more than 360,000 drivers with car trouble this holiday weekend and will also work to keep impaired drivers off the road.

The club will activate its Tow to Go campaign on Wednesday.

The program offers would-be-impaired drivers and their vehicles a safe ride. It is available in Charlotte, North Carolina; Fort Wayne/South Bend, Indiana; Denver, Colorado; Georgia; Florida; Iowa; Michigan, North Dakota; Nebraska; Tennessee; and Wisconsin.

Tow to Go is active at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, to 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27. Its phone number is (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246. AAA requests that the program be used as a last resort, yet it is free to those who need it.

Nationwide, AAA projects this to be the third-busiest Thanksgiving on record, with an estimated 49.1 million Americans forecast to take a road trip. During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, from 2017-2021, more than 830 people died in crashes involving a drunk driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

“Tow to Go serves as that last line of defense in keeping impaired drivers off the road,” Montrae Waiters, a spokeswoman for AAA – The Auto Club Group, said in a news release. “If you plan to consume alcohol or drugs this weekend, make plans for a reliable ride home first. If your plans fall through, you can call AAA and we’ll get you to a safe place.”

This is the 25th year The Auto Club Group has provided the Tow to Go program. When called upon, The Auto Club Group dispatches a tow truck to transport the impaired person and their vehicle to a safe location within a 10-mile radius for free.

Since its inception, Tow to Go has removed more than 25,000 impaired drivers from the road.

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