How to Get Roadside Assistance in Michigan

Just $10 to $20 per year can ensure you have roadside assistance anywhere you need it in Michigan.
Written by Jessica Gibson
Edited by Sarah Gray
Department of Transportation runs a Safety Service Patrol that monitors some highways. If you want roadside assistance anywhere in the state, purchase a roadside assistance plan through an auto club,
car insurance
company, credit card, or vehicle manufacturer.
  • It costs an average of $10 to $20 per year to add roadside assistance to your full coverage policy, but check your car’s warranty or service contract, your credit card services, and your cell provider contract to see if they include roadside assistance.
  • Michigan’s Freeway Courtesy Patrol only offers free roadside assistance on certain major Michigan highways.
  • Michigan drivers often choose auto clubs like AAA or GoodSam for their roadside assistance needs.
  • Roadside assistance is already super-affordable, but shopping on the
    AllCar™ app can make it downright cheap!

How to get roadside assistance in Michigan

You’ve got plenty of options when it comes to getting roadside assistance in the Great Lakes State! We’ll cover some of the most popular options.

Roadside assistance clubs in Michigan

You’ve probably already heard of
, one of the most popular roadside assistance clubs in the U.S. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most expensive options, with membership plans costing between $65 and $165 per year.
However, a basic membership comes with all of these roadside benefits:
  • Car lockout services
  • Battery jump starts or new battery replacement
  • Flat tire services (tire changes)
  • Towing services up to seven miles (4x per year)
  • Fuel delivery
More expensive membership plans will usually include tow truck benefits up to 200 miles, trip disruption coverage, and even free car rental so that you can get back on the road quickly. Roadside assistance clubs are good choices for motorists with older cars that might have very basic auto insurance plans and dwindling reliability.

Manufacturers that offer roadside assistance

If you’ve recently purchased a new vehicle, the automaker might provide roadside assistance to you. Here are some major car manufacturers that offer roadside assistance plans for new cars:
  • Ford:
    Five years or 60,000 miles
  • Honda
    : Three years or 36,000 miles 
  • Hyundai
    : Five years with unlimited mileage
  • Kia
    : Five years or 60,000 miles 
  • Nissan
    : Three years or 36,000 miles
  • Tesla:
    Four years of 50,000 miles 
  • Toyota
    : Two years with unlimited mileage

Credit card companies that offer roadside assistance

If you’ve got a credit card in your wallet, check with your provider—you might already have free roadside assistance benefits! Here are some major credit card companies that offer emergency roadside assistance:
  • Bank of America
  • Capital One
  • Chase
  • Citi
  • Wells Fargo (through
  • U.S. Bank 
The benefits you’re entitled to vary from company to company. For instance, some cards, like Visa, offer services but charge a small fee. Read the terms and conditions of your credit cards to learn what benefits you can access.

Insurance companies that offer roadside assistance

In some cases, you’ll find that you can get the best roadside assistance deal through your car insurance provider, especially if you have
full coverage
Major insurers like
, and
all offer roadside assistance as an additional coverage option—your company might refer to it as “
towing and labor coverage
.” It’s essentially the same as roadside assistance. Regardless of what your insurer calls it, adding roadside assistance to your full-coverage plan only adds $10 to $20 per year.

How to find free roadside assistance in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) runs a Safety Service Patrol known as the Freeway Courtesy Patrol. They assist motorists and respond to accidents along these stretches of Michigan highways:
  • US-131 from 100th St. to 10 Mile Road
  • I-96 from Fruit Ridge Avenue to M-50
  • I-196 from 44th St. to I-96
While operators can help you move your vehicle to the side of the road, deliver fuel, or help with a flat tire, you can’t directly call in to request help. The Safety Service Patrol drives along these highways on Monday through Thursday from 6 am to 7 pm and Friday from 6 am to 8 pm.


The Michigan Department of Transportation operates a Safety Service Patrol throughout certain highways. The patrol runs Monday through Friday from 6 am until 7 pm or 8 pm.
Yes, dial (800) 222-4357 for AAA roadside assistance 24/7.
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