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Freeway Service Patrol Offers Free Assistance



VICTOR VALLEY ( Has your vehicle ever stalled while you are driving on the highway? The Freeway Service Patrol (FSP), offers a no-cost service that helps stranded motorists in metropolitan areas with roadside assistance.

The Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) is a joint program provided by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the local transportation agency. The FSP program is a free service of privately owned tow trucks that patrol designated routes on congested urban California freeways. Typically, FSP operates Monday through Friday during peak commute hours, and all day in pre-designated freeway construction zones. In heavily congested freeway corridors it is becoming more commonplace for FSP to operate during the midday and on weekends/holidays in addition to the weekday peak period service.

If you get stuck on the freeway because your automobile stops running, FSP can help. For example, FSP will:

  • Offer you a gallon of gas, if you run out.
  • “Jump start” your car if the battery is dead.
  • Refill your radiator and tape hoses.
  • Even change a flat tire.

Their aid relieves congestion by ensuring stranded vehicles are quickly cleared from the roadway.

The Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) can be contacted from your mobile phone or using a freeway call box in the areas listed above by dialing 5-1-1.

For details and counties served by the FSP, visit

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