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Thanksgiving weekend is a time for both merriment and travel, and AAA is helping to make sure everyone and their cars get home safely — whether they're a member or not.

The roadside-assistance provider is activating Tow to Go this weekend, its program to keep impaired drivers off the road. If you've found that you've imbibed too much and cannot get to where you need to go at the end of the night, AAA will tow your vehicle and take you home or somewhere safe within 10 miles of your pickup location. 

The service is free whether you have a AAA membership or not (if you do, towing and transportation at any time are included in your membership). Tow to Go is available starting at 6 p.m. local time Wednesday, Nov. 23, and runs until 6 a.m., Monday, Nov. 28.

Tow to Go isn't available everywhere, but it covers all or part of 11 states

  • Colorado (Denver)
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Indiana (Fort Wayne/South Bend)
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • North Carolina (Charlotte)
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Tennessee
  • Wisconsin

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Though AAA wants to reduce the number of impaired-driving incidents, it also asks that you not use Tow to Go unless it's necessary. Scheduling isn't available, and if you plan to drink, a better plan is to take public transportation, hire an Uber, Lyft, or cab, or designate a driver who's not drinking. Tow to Go is an important service that can save lives, but it's meant to be a safety net.

AAA has operated Tow to Go for almost 25 years helping to take 25,000 impaired drivers off the road. If you need its services this holiday weekend, call 855-286-9246.

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