Everyone knows you must move over for a police car, ambulance, fire truck or construction workers. But did you know the law in Minnesota requires you to move over for a tow truck as well?
In 2000 Minnesota inacted the Ted Foss Move Over Law.
Minnesota is not alone in this move over law. 49 of the 50 United States require vehicles to vacate the lane closest to the stationary vehicle if safe to do so. Some states require drivers to merge over to the farthest lane away from the stationary vehicle while other states require you slow by a specified number of miles per hour in addition to vacating the lane closest to the tow truck.
Only New Hampshire does not specifically require you to vacate the nearest lane. Instead their law reads, "slow to a safe speed and give wide berth to stationary emergency vehicles" (including tow trucks).
The District of Columbia, though not a state, has no move over law on the books.
On behalf of all tow truck drivers in the Twin Cities we appreciate you moving over in order to provide us with a safer environment to assist drivers who have broken down, been in an accident, had a flat tire, run out of gas, slid into a snow bank or for whatever reason have called us for roadside assistance.