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How the Freeway Service Patrol Can Help You
If you frequent Los Angeles County roadways, you have likely seen the Metro Freeway Service Patrol trucks. In fact, you may be one of the more than seven million drivers the Freeway Service Patrol has assisted over the past five years.
In partnership with Caltrans, Metro, and the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the Freeway Service Patrol continues to help around 25,000 drivers each month. If you drive around Los Angeles County, here is a rundown of how the Freeway Service Patrol can help you if you have difficulties on the road.
How the Freeway Service Patrol Helps Drivers
If you have a problem while driving on I -210, I-605, I-105, I-10, or State Route 101, you can call 511 to get help from the Freeway Service Patrol. Their trucks are equipped to help motorists with common problems including:
- Changing a flat tire (using the motorists spare tire)
- Jump-starting dead batteries
- Temporary repairs of leaking hoses
- Re-filling radiator tanks
- Providing up to one gallon of gasoline
- Towing vehicles off the roadway to a safe location (during peak hours, there are around 149 tow trucks servicing patrol areas)
The Freeway Service Patrol operates several “beats”, or routes, on roadways across Los Angeles County. They operate on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Service is limited on holidays, but motorists may still utilize 511 to find out how to get assistance.
The Freeway Service Patrol operates free of charge for California motorists. They are not allowed to accept tips, though many operators have reported receiving hugs from grateful drivers. With so many possible incidents involving motorists, services like this one are truly an asset.