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Fourth of July: Too tipsy to drive? Get your car towed home — for free

A tow truck driver prepares to tow an SUV.
A tow truck driver prepares to tow an SUV.
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The 4th of July is one of the most dangerous holidays on the road. The Automobile Club of Southern California wants to make it a little safer.

If you knock back a few too many libations while celebrating liberty on the 4th of July, you can call AAA at 1-800-400-4222. They'll send one of their drivers to tow your vehicle home.  

Towing is free within seven miles. You don't need to be a AAA member. From July 4th at 6 p.m. until July 5th at 6 a.m., the Tipsy Tow service is available to anyone.

But Tipsy Tow shouldn't be your first option, warns AAA spokesperson Marie Montgomery.

"It's not a reservation service. It's meant to be a lat resort. We encourage all partygoers to make a plan before they are drinking and find themselves in a situation where they need a ride home," she tells KPCC.

You can designate someone to be a sober driver. Or don't drive in the first  place and take public transit or use a car service instead.