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Do My Job: Road Ranger

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Putting others first, while putting your life on the line. Not many people would take a job like that, especially if there was unpredictability.

In this week's Do My Job, I ride alongside one of the FDOT Road Rangers. They'll give you some gas to get to the next exit, fix a flat tire, will look up directions and even provide extras like: water, candy for stressed out kids and a coat to keep you warm. The one thing I noticed in this group of good Samaritans, they're trained to know a lot more than just a map of the city. Knowledge of car engines is important, just in case you run into a situation like I did.

Another important characteristic I noticed Road Rangers have to have patience. On this particular day, we were on the highway for about seven minutes before seeing a stranded motorist.

Since Road Rangers are spread out throughout the Bay area highways, each one has a certain area they're responsible for. It could be hours before seeing a stranded motorist, so keeping alert is just as important as being patient.

Road Rangers have been around since 2000 and have made more than 3.9 million service assists. Last year, Road Rangers made more than 393,405 assists.

Each day in the Bay area, they average about six for each truck. The Road Rangers offer a free service.The number to call is * (star) 347.

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