Useful Tips for CA Drivers

Living in California, means you probably do a good amount of daily driving.  So, the next time your car breaks down on the freeway, try dialing #399 from your cell phone.  The calls are routed to the Freeway Service Patrol (FSP), a free service which patrols designated areas “during peak commute hours, and all day in pre-designated freeway construction zones”.  The purpose of the program is to assist motorists on the freeway with non-emergency roadside difficulties and to quickly repair or remove disabled vehicles to help relieve freeway congestion.  FSP is a joint program provided by Caltrans, the CHP and the local transportation agency and receives funding from the state.

Here are some examples of the types of service that FSP can provide:
•Change flat tires
•Jump start dead car batteries
•Refill radiators and tape leaky hoses
•A gallon of gas (if you run out)

The program provides service for the following areas (by county):
•Border Division (includes: San Diego & Orange)
•Central Division (includes: Fresno)
•Coastal Division (includes: Monterey, Santa Cruz, & Santa Barbara)
•Golden Gate Division (includes: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, & Sonoma)
•Inland Division (includes: Riverside & San Bernardino)
•Southern Division (includes: L.A.)
•Valley Division (includes: Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado, & San Joaquin)

Important notes about the program:
It will not…
•Recommend a tow service company, repair or body shop
•Tow a vehicle to a private residence or repair facility
•Tow motorcycles
•Assist vehicles involved in accidents (unless directed by CHP)
It will…
•Report any accident to the CHP

“If FSP cannot get your car going, it will be towed free of charge to a location approved by the CHP.  The FSP will also contact additional assistance for you.  The CHP will notify an auto club or towing service”. 

To find out more information and to check out the FAQs of this program, visit chp.ca.gov.