Post # 1
This is partially a vent… hehe
So this morning around 5am I left for a 10 hour trek through the mountains of British Columbia to get to my extended family’s for Easter.
About 5 hours into the drive, up one of the steepest grades in BC, my car started to rattle & then within 30 seconds… it died. I barely drive my car because I live in the city, so I couldn’t believe this was happening. The worst part (besides that I had to pee! lol) was that it was snowing hard & there is NO cell reception in the mountains. So I had to flag down other cars, give them my BCAA number & hope they’d call the first chance they got at a resort 60 miles away. Finally after 2 hours in the freezing cold, I got a tow 5 hours back to civilization!
So after he towed me back home, I wondered if I was supposed to tip him? He made over $4500 to tow me to my dealership… but I kind of felt like he was expecting a tip. Would you tip a tow truck driver??
Post # 3
Oh wow, that’s my worst nightmare! I’m glad that you were rescued! As to your question, I’m not sure!
Post # 4
Do you feel he deserved it because he went out of his way to help you when no one else would? If so, then give a tip if you want to. It’s not required though but a thank you of some sort would be appreciated.
Post # 5
Generally, I do not tip them unless they go above and beyond.
Post # 6
I don’t think so. I’m sure they charge BCAA enough as it is.
Post # 7
Nah, I wouldn’t tip a tow truck driver.
Post # 8
I would say no need to tip unless he went especially out of his way for you.
And weird question, but is BCAA in Canada like AAA here in the states?
Post # 9
@babyboo it’s the same thing, just the British Columbian branch, pretty much
Post # 10
Thanks girls! You made me feel so much better 🙂
Yep, BCAA is just like AAA… I paid $120 for the extended coverage & thank goodness I did otherwise I’d be in the poor house because of that lengthy tow!
Post # 11
I’ve been in a similar situation- broke down in the middle of nowhere and used my AAA to get a three hour long tow back to my hometown. We tipped the guy because it was clear that he stayed on the job long after he had intended to for the day just to take us (he was calling his wife and rearranging their dinner plans). He didn’t want to accept the money, but it was only like $40, and we wanted to pay him for the dinner we ruined 😉
So I would say it depends on the situation. I’ve had more tows than I can count in my life, and I’ve never tipped the driver before then.