An SUV being loaded on a flatbed in downtown San Diego. This vehicle broke down on the side of the road off of Market St. and 5th Ave.

The owner of the vehicle called the San Diego Towing Network and had a tow truck show up in 20 minuted to help. The vehicle was loaded onto a flatbed tow truck and then transported to a nearby mechanic shop for repairs. The owners had previously contacted SANDAG to request a free tow service, however, was a tow truck was not dispatched because the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) does not provide free towing services to San Diego. SANDAG does provide Freeway Service Patrol which will help motorist stranded on San Diego freeways during peak traffic hours.

San Diego’s Free Towing Service

Cal Trans, CHP and SANDAG work together to provide traveling motorist with free emergency roadside assistance during traffic hours. Freeway Service Patrol is a road service comprising of several San Diego Tow Truck companies that rotate service hours coordinated by the City of San Diego. The towing companies provide several types of towing services: flatbed towing, wrecker towing, flat tire service, jump start service, and fuel delivery for. The Freeway Service Patrol fleet includes flatbed tow trucks, wheel lift tow trucks and pick up trucks outfitted as ERS (emergency road service) vehicles.