Thanksgiving weekend is the busiest travel time of the year, and not just through the air. According to some estimates, some 42 million people are expected to take a road trip this Turkey Day weekend, and while that sounds like the same amount of cars you run into during a regular day's rush hour, it's actually a lot larger. There's also the fact that many are driving to their dinners. Unfortunately that also means the likelihood of being tempted to drive while intoxicated will go up after you've had too much of Dad's rum in your coffee to go along with your pumpkin pie. But there's a solution to that. Free towing. All weekend. Because AAA's "Tow to Go" program is back to help you get home safely.
AAA is offering free towing from wherever you are throughout Thanksgiving weekend, and you don't even have to be a AAA member to take advantage.
The tow company's "Tow to Go" program will run from Thanksgiving Day to 6 a.m. Sunday morning.
So, anytime this weekend starting Thursday, you and your car can get a free ride within ten miles of wherever you are if you're too smashed to get behind the wheel. It's like getting an Uber for you and your vehicle.
You can get the service by calling 855-2-TOW-2 GO (or 855-286-9246) and AAA will send a tow truck your way. The truck will then bring both car and driver to a safe place within a ten-mile radius.
The ride is free and the ride is confidential.
Here are the only guidelines to using the program: tow trucks can take up to two people home. So, if there are more than two people in your party, the others are going to have to hit the Uber app to get home. Also, you can't call ahead and schedule a ride. The Tow to Go program is designed as a last-minute resort when you or your ride have had a few too many, or if your designated driver flaked on you. AAA would prefer you set up a designated driver first. But, if you don't have one, hit them up.
AAA also says that it might be necessary for them to call a cab for you, or call local law enforcement to assist with getting you home, "in certain situations." — i.e. if you're a drunken mess and are too hammered to recall where you live.
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“The Tow to Go program is an effective way to promote the use of designated drivers and help prevent impaired driving,” says Bill Bradley, senior director of corporate social responsibility for Anheuser-Busch. “We are proud to partner with AAA and their roadside assistance drivers to help keep our roads safe.”
So as you get ready for Mom's carved ham, along with the buckets of stuffing you're going to shove in your face, along with all the beer and spirits, be sure you have a plan. Be it having a designated driver or taking a cab or Uber, get home from the big dinner safe.
Don't be a dolt. Don't get behind the wheel if you're sloshed, or in a car with someone who's been boozing.
If you can't get home sober, give AAA a call and have them drive you and your car home. It's free. You're fresh out of excuses now for driving home after a night out drinking this weekend. Now go stuff yourself, drink, and watch all of the football.