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Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: September 27, 2021 02:53PM
Went out to my truck this morning to see a completely flat front passenger side tire. I checked my Progressive policy and sure enough, I had roadside assistance coverage that covered about every scenario including fixing a flat.

I wasn't sure I could do it myself with my weak knees and bouts of gout this year. I would have to climb under the pickup to retrieve the tire after cranking it to the ground. That's a big nope.

I contacted Progressive, explained the problem, and was assured the problem would be resolved and the agent dispatched the nearest available local tow truck. I received a call from the driver in less than ten minutes and he was here within a half hour, took about twenty minutes to swap tires and pack up after I signed the receipt. A very smooth, trouble free experience! Driver was pleasant and efficient. He even showed me where the nail was in my tire.

I didn't think until after he left if I should have tipped him. I haven't had to deal with a flat tire in a lot of years, and usually took care of changing them myself. In fact, I don't think I've ever had to use R.A. for anything in the past. (Maybe a tow a few dozen years ago).

So, after all this rambling, Tip yes, or Tip no?



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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: Acer
Date: September 27, 2021 02:57PM
I tip waiters, pizza delivery and the hotel cleaning staff. Everyone else is on their own.
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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: September 27, 2021 02:58PM
I never have. Hadn't thought of it.



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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: PizzaGod
Date: September 27, 2021 03:05PM
If it's exceptional I'll give him a $10, thank him profusely and tell him to have lunch on me.
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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: September 27, 2021 03:46PM
No. I assume tow truck drivers are paid considerably better than waitstaff and food delivery personnel. Yes we tip for service but traditionally in lower wage jobs where the minimum wage is legally, considerably about 1/3 of regular federal MW.



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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 27, 2021 03:53PM
No.



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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: September 27, 2021 04:34PM
I'd say no, unless they go out of their way for you. Like if you had the truck dropped at a shop and he dropped you off at home on the way back.



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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: davester
Date: September 27, 2021 04:36PM
Ditto. No unless they go above and beyond the call of duty.



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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: September 27, 2021 04:41PM
The last time I asked AAA for a tow truck, the estimated wait was 4 hours. We unstuck ourselves long before they would have arrived. No tip would have been given.



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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: modelamac
Date: September 27, 2021 04:45PM
Rick-o,

Normally I would say no tip. However you are in a special situation.You knees and gout this time, and next time it may be something else. I'm at the point where I am hiring almost everything done that requires any physical stress. In your position, I think I would track the guy down and give him a $20 for the quick service, especially if he is based nearby. You may need him again, and you want him to remember you. Just don't get on a jury where he might be the defendant.smiley-laughing001



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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: August West
Date: September 27, 2021 06:09PM
I dropped a 20 on the last driver, and I was footing the bill for that one. I try to tip as many of the hard working people I can. It does depend on personal circumstance, there have been times I couldn't rub two quarters together.



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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: September 27, 2021 06:10PM
As a rule, no.

If it's exceptional I'll give him a $10, thank him profusely and tell him to have lunch on me.

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No. I assume tow truck drivers are paid considerably better than waitstaff and food delivery personnel. Yes we tip for service but traditionally in lower wage jobs where the minimum wage is legally, considerably about 1/3 of regular federal MW.

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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: lost in space
Date: September 27, 2021 06:43PM
Only if the service was exceptional. Their wages should cover it. I didn't tip the last tow truck driver who came to jump our dead battery. He had a Glock in a holster. I thought that was just plain weird. It's not like he was doing a repo.



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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: September 27, 2021 07:35PM
If you give someone $1 or $2 for handing over a beer, I'm inclined to say yes, if you can afford it. Sounds like a pleasant experience that was expedient and courteous.
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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: robfilms
Date: September 27, 2021 07:37PM
if the work is done to your liking, absolutely.

everyone needs to make a living.

stay well.

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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: ArtP
Date: September 27, 2021 07:47PM
I had some Car issues during Covid and had to get a Tow. They have a rule that due to Covid, the owner of the car CAN NOT ride with the driver during a tow and pretty much has to find their own way home or to a destination.

First time (early in Covid - May or June 2020), I had to phone a friend. I even asked if I could lie down or seat recline in the car- still was a no for safety reasons.

Earlier this year, had a female tow truck driver, she understood the situation and allowed me to ride with her in the truck.

I gave her a $10 tip even though tow was covered via Progressive.
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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: space-time
Date: September 27, 2021 08:38PM
$20 for one time kid locked the keys in the car, $50 for one time I had to tow the car to the dealer. I regret I didn't tip $100.

EDIT: both times covered by AAA or Insurance.



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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: September 27, 2021 09:12PM
This is how you tip a tow truck...and its driver...
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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: testcase
Date: September 27, 2021 11:24PM
NOT "necessary" but just about always appreciated. Over the the last five years or so, I had a few "service calls" for various reasons. On two of those calls, providers refused to accept the gratuity I offered (both stated it was against company policy). old fogey smiley
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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: Tiki2000
Date: September 28, 2021 09:53AM
I think I tipped the AAA locksmith $10 or $20 for the extra (2) keys he cut when my wife broke off the key in the cylinder.

I think I also tipped the AAA tow truck driver with a W.A.R. tattoo on his arm after he swapped out my flat along the interstate outside of Pigeon Forge. The place he suggested for tire repair was pretty interesting as well..
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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: September 28, 2021 11:12AM
Hey! Thanks for all the input, folks! I appreciate the opinions from everyone.

I need to be more aware of situations like this recent event. I respect what all the blue collar workers do to keep us all moving on with our lives. I shoulda KNOWN better. Hopefully, I can do the proper thing in the future.



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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: September 28, 2021 11:13AM
That was funny, and entirely appropriate for this thread! smiley-laughing001

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This is how you tip a tow truck...and its driver...



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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: fauch
Date: September 28, 2021 05:16PM
I've never tipped a tow truck driver. I didn't realize it was a thing...
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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: chopper
Date: September 28, 2021 05:29PM
Former tow truck operator here.

Handing them a $10 can make your life sooooo much easier.
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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: space-time
Date: September 28, 2021 09:46PM
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chopper
Former tow truck operator here.

Handing them a $10 can make your life sooooo much easier.

You mean tip them before?
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Re: Hmm. Do You Tip A Tow Truck Driver For Insurance Covered Roadside Assistance?
Posted by: Wags
Date: September 28, 2021 10:49PM
I tip everyone for everything if they are trying. Life is short and you can’t take it with you.
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