SCDOT roadside assistance is just an app away

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If you are traveling for the holidays, the S.C. Department of Transportation just made life a little easier.

SCDOT has added a new feature on its 511 app to allow motorists to contact SHEP for roadside assistance. Selecting the "SCDOT SHEP Roadside Assistance" tab connects users with the closest dispatch phone number.

SCDOT's State Highway Emergency Program, known as SHEP, has helped about 800,000 motorists across the state since its inception in 1996.

"The motorists in our state know that when they see the blue trucks coming, help is on the way," Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall, said in a news release from SCDOT. "Their impact to the state's economy, the public and the flow of traffic is countless and without measure."

SHEP responders are able to change tires, perform basic repairs, carry small amounts of gasoline and are trained in clearing wrecked vehicles from travel lanes.

SCDOT's 511 app, which is free and available with iOS and Android devices, has current travel information including live streaming traffic cameras. The SCDOT 511 website is http://www.511sc.org/. SHEP can also be reached by dialing *HP.

For more information on SCDOT SHEP, visit http://www.scdot.org/getting/shep.aspx.