How to Get Roadside Assistance in Missouri

Missouri only offers free basic roadside assistance on interstates around St. Louis, so you’ll need to pay a roadside assistance provider if you want reliable service.
Written by Andrew Biro
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Department of Transportation (MoDOT) offers free basic roadside assistance through their Emergency Response Program on interstates in the St. Louis region, but if you want to be able to access roadside assistance anywhere in Missouri, you’ll need to purchase it through a club, credit card company, or
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How to get roadside assistance in Missouri

If you don’t fancy being stranded on the side of the road just outside of St. Louis or breaking down in the middle of the Ozarks, take some time to consider what your roadside assistance options are. Regardless of whether you get it through your car’s manufacturer, a club like
, your credit card company, or your insurance provider, roadside assistance typically isn’t too expensive—and it’ll cover you outside of the range of MoDOT’s Emergency Response operators.

Roadside assistance clubs in Missouri

In terms of reliability, speed, and quality, your best bet for roadside assistance in Missouri is joining a dedicated club like Better World Club or AAA, as they tend to offer a wider array of benefits than any other assistance option. There is, of course, a trade-off—the price. Most roadside assistance clubs have annual membership fees ranging between $60 and $170.
Let’s take a look at what an entry-level membership with AAA—the biggest name in roadside assistance—gets you:
  • Flat tire services
  • Car lockout
  • Dead battery services
  • Towing services up to seven miles (4x per year)
If that doesn’t seem like enough, you might consider purchasing a more expensive plan that provides free car rentals, towing services up to 200 miles, and even trip disruption coverage. If you want to cover all your bases or just happen to drive an unreliable vehicle, a roadside assistance club may very well be
worth the additional cost

Manufacturers that offer roadside assistance

If you purchased a new vehicle off the lot within the last five years, you may have roadside assistance through your car’s manufacturer, as many automakers offer varying levels of roadside assistance services alongside their vehicles’ limited warranties. A few companies who do this include:
  • Toyota
    : Two years with unlimited mileage
  • Nissan
    : Three years or 36,000 miles
  • Honda: Three years or 36,000 miles
  • Tesla
    : Four years or 50,000 miles
  • Kia
    : Five years or 60,000 miles
  • Ford
    : Five years or 60,000 miles
  • Hyundai
    : Five years with unlimited mileage

Credit card companies that offer roadside assistance

Believe it or not, there are actually quite a few credit card companies that automatically offer roadside assistance to their customers—these include:
  • U.S. Bank
  • Wells Fargo
  • Capital One
  • Citi
  • Bank of America
  • Chase
All Visa credit cards also offer roadside assistance benefits, but they come at an additional cost—and for non-Visa credit cards, roadside assistance options vary greatly. If you’re unsure of whether you’re eligible for roadside assistance services through your credit card company or how to access them, check the terms of your credit card.

Insurance companies that offer roadside assistance

Similarly, a number of insurance providers also provide roadside assistance services to their customers, usually at very little additional cost—companies like Progressive, Allstate, and Nationwide all offer roadside assistance for between $10 and $20 per to policyholders with full coverage.
Depending on the company, you may see roadside assistance services referred to as “
towing and labor coverage
,” but the benefits generally stay the same: spare tires and tire repair, fuel delivery, lockout assistance, jump starting a dead battery, tow trucks, etc. 
So before signing up with AAA, check with your insurance provider to see whether they offer roadside assistance as an optional policy add-on. You’ll also want to compare quotes from a few different companies, as the exact benefits included in roadside assistance coverage can vary from provider to provider.

How to find free roadside assistance in Missouri

MoDOT’s Emergency Response operators work hand in hand with local towing companies, fire departments, and law enforcement to provide emergency aid to drivers stranded on interstates in the St. Louis region.
Some—but not all—of the roadside assistance services they provide are free, and drivers can call MoDOT at 1-888-275-6636 to request an operator be sent to their location. Unless other emergencies are happening at the same time, average response time is 20 minutes.
MoDOT’s Emergency Response operators provide four basic services:
  • Assisting fire, police, and EMT crews during major crashes
  • Emergency roadway cleanups and debris clearing
  • Offering basic roadside assistance to motorists
  • Patching potholes
If you’re stranded on an interstate outside of St. Louis, an MoDOT Emergency Response operator can provide fuel, help change a tire, and/or perform minor repairs if necessary. All in all, however, the Emergency Response Program is more focused on interstate maintenance and safety, which means you won’t have access to all the services offered by other Missouri roadside assistance providers.
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The roadside assistance number for AAA is (800)-222-4357. If you have a membership with them, you can call 24/7 for assistance.
Sort of—some of the interstates surrounding the St. Louis area are patrolled by MoDOT's Emergency Response operators, who are capable of providing some roadside assistance. If you are in an accident or are stranded, you can call MoDOT at 1-888-275-6636 and they’ll send one of their operators to your location. These operators can help with basic roadside assistance tasks like changing a tire, providing fuel, or minor repairs, but overall their services are pretty limited.
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