How to Get Roadside Assistance in Nevada

Nevada offers free roadside assistance to Las Vegas and Reno, but we’ll show you how to get coverage throughout the state. Keep reading to learn more!
Written by Jessica Gibson
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
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The state of
Nevada
offers free
roadside assistance
through the Department of Transportation. You can also get help through an auto club, car insurance company, or vehicle manufacturer.
Roadside assistance, also called
towing and labor coverage
, covers any number of things. We’re talking fuel delivery, changing a flat tire, towing your vehicle, giving a jump start, and more. 
If you’re stuck on the side of the road in Nevada, you want to get on your way quickly. Here are a few ways to get roadside assistance, which could really come in handy!

How to get roadside assistance in Nevada

As a driver, you probably worry about getting stuck on the side of a busy road. To put your mind at ease, be prepared! You’ve got several roadside assistance options from auto clubs like
AAA
to credit card companies, your car’s manufacturer, your insurance provider, and the state-run Freeway Service Patrol. 

Roadside assistance clubs in Nevada

When you think of roadside assistance, AAA probably comes to mind first. AAA has been around since 1902! While you do have to pay an annual membership fee of $60 to $120 per year, you’ll get more than just roadside assistance, so a
AAA membership is probably worth it
.
Here’s the roadside assistance that you get with a basic ($60) AAA membership:
If you splurge for an upgraded Plus or Premium membership, you can get up to 200 miles of towing services, emergency fuel delivery at no cost, and increased locksmith reimbursement. 
Don’t forget that joining an auto club comes with other perks like auto repair, identity protection, and widespread discounts.
For another roadside assistance program that also helps the environment, check out
Better World Club
. It offers comparable benefits but is a carbon-neutral company that donates 1% of proceeds to environmental causes. 
MORE: How to join AAA and make sure you have roadside assistance coverage
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Manufacturers that offer roadside assistance

Did you buy a new car? If so, chances are you’ve got roadside coverage. Many manufacturers include this assistance along with their warranty. 
Usually, you get roadside assistance coverage for a certain amount of time or mileage:
  • 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 or 50,000 miles 
  • Toyota
    : Two years with unlimited mileage 
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Credit card companies that offer roadside assistance

Read through your credit card perks. You might actually have roadside assistance benefits! Here are just some of the big credit card companies that have this automatic benefit:
  • Bank of America through Visa
  • Capital One through Visa or Mastercard
  • Chase through Visa or Mastercard
  • Wells Fargo through Visa
  • U.S. Bank through Visa
Visa and Mastercard usually charge a small fee to use roadside assistance, so check your account for details. If you’ve got a Discover card, they typically work with Visa to offer roadside assistance. Unfortunately, American Express stopped offering this service back in 2019.
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Insurance companies that offer roadside assistance

If you don’t like the hassle of joining a roadside assistance club or you don’t have a credit card with these benefits, talk with your car insurance provider. Almost all the major car insurance companies, like
State Farm
,
Farmers
, and
GEICO
allow you to add roadside assistance.
You’ve usually got to have full coverage already in place, but adding roadside coverage only costs about $10 to $20 a year. You might see it listed on your statement as “towing and labor coverage,” but don’t worry—it’s the same thing as roadside assistance.
This might be a good time to do a quick insurance coverage check. If it’s been a while since you shopped for
car insurance
, you might qualify for discounts or find cheaper coverage with a different provider.

How to find free roadside assistance in Nevada

If you live in
Las Vegas
or the Reno/Sparks area, you’re in luck! The Department of Transportation (DOT) operates the Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) program in these metro areas, so roadside assistance is free!
The DOT partnered with GEICO who funds the FSP program. The FSP’s mission is to reduce highway congestion and improve highway safety in Nevada. To accomplish this, the FSP offers free roadside assistance to drivers in the Las Vegas and Reno/Sparks metro areas.
If you’re outside of these areas, Nevada still has you covered. Call “511” to get free roadside assistance through the Department of Transportation. Keep in mind that if you are in a metro area, the DOT may direct FSP workers to help you out.
FSP workers fulfill these basic services:
  • Clearing debris from the highway after an accident 
  • Moving stalled vehicles
  • Extinguishing vehicle fires
  • Offering first aid to injured motorists
  • Working with law enforcement to make incident reports
As you can probably guess, the FSP has been very successful, responding to 55,000 incidents every year! On average, the FSP workers clear up most accidents within fifteen minutes.
How do you get FSP to come to your aid? It’s simple. Just dial “647” or “911” and FSP workers or the highway patrol will come to your exact location.
FSP operators aren’t allowed to accept tips, but many would appreciate it if you’d leave a favorable review on their survey website. 
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FAQs

To contact AAA’s roadside assistance, call (800) 222-4357 for roadside assistance. This number is available 24/7, although if you’re not a member of AAA, you’ll have to sign up over the phone to get roadside assistance.
Yes—Nevada’s Department of Transportation runs the Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) program sponsored by GEICO. Although it only operates in the Las Vegas and Reno/Sparks metro areas, it’s free!
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