How Much Do You Tip a Tow Truck Driver?

Tipping a tow truck driver is a common courtesy, especially if the driver has gone above and beyond to get you and your car to safety. You may be wondering how much you should tip – it depends on the level of service received.

If you are in an emergency situation and need assistance right away, it is customary to offer a 20-25% tip for prompt service. This percentage can sometimes be higher depending on the situation and how far out of their way the driver had to go. Furthermore, many drivers are on call 24 hours a day and will often be more than willing to come out in all types of weather conditions, so if they have gone above and beyond particularly in these circumstances, it would be appropriate to increase the tip accordingly.

In general day-to-day operations, an acceptable tip amount would be 10-15%. This could vary depending on the amount of work needed or any special requests that were made. For example, if the tow truck had to winch your car out of a ditch or mud pit, this would require more effort than usual and would warrant an increased tip.

It is important to remember that tipping is not mandatory. However, it is always appreciated by tow truck drivers as it can make up for some of their lost wages due to long hours away from home. A simple thank you also goes a long way!


Tipping a tow truck driver isn’t required but always appreciated. In emergency situations or when extra effort is needed, you can offer 20-25% for prompt service but for typical day-to-day operations 10-15% is an acceptable amount. Thanking your driver will also go a long way!

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Stephen Dunn