Will the tow truck driver give me a ride?

If my car breaks down, can I catch a lift home with the tow truck?

Answer provided by
Shannon Martin
Answered on Jul 13, 2021
Shannon is an expert in personal lines liability insurance with 13 + years of insurance industry experience. She also served as a special insurance liaison to AARP members for 6 of those years. She is a graduate of UL Lafayette and currently resides in NY with her family. Shannon is also an amateur juggler, ukulele player, and is a time travel paradox theory enthusiast.
“This used to be an easy question to answer, as the answer was usually yes. It has always been up to the tow company or the driver your towing coverage contracted to make that decision, but the answer now has become increasingly complicated.
Even before Covid entered our lives, the liability risk to a tow truck driver started to become too great for them to have a customer in their truck.
I would err on the side of caution and assume that the driver or company would decline to take a passenger due to safety and liability reasons. You can always ask, though. He or she will probably wait with you for your Uber or Lyft if you are concerned about being alone.
You can also call your roadside assistance company, such as AAA, to see if they offer transportation assistance in the event of a towing.”

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