AAA in the community
Serving motorists for nearly 120 years
It’s not often that a company can remain vital for more than a century, but AAA has survived and thrived because we’ve never lost sight of our mission to help our members – and by extension, our community – meet their ever-changing needs.
 
 

What are our initiatives? 

Traffic safety | Automotive research & information | Advocacy & public policy | Supporting the community

Traffic
Traffic safety

Distracted & impaired driving 

AAA provides public education, conducts research through the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, and works with law enforcement and legislators to help reduce these dangerous and preventable driving behaviors. Our safety research has shown traffic crashes are on the rise after decades of decreasing, partly because drivers are taking more risks behind the wheel. Distractions, impairment by alcohol and drugs, and drowsiness inhibit judgment and delay drivers’ reactions to dangerous situations, increasing the likelihood of killing or injuring themselves or others. For teens, the risks are even higher because of their driving inexperience.

Distracted | Drugged | Drunk | Drowsy

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

AAA strives to improve the driving environment for members and the general public with its support of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, founded in 1947. The foundation conducts groundbreaking research related to top matters of concern for motorists. Recent research has focused on distracted driving, teen driver crashes, vehicle technology, and steps that senior drivers can take to drive safely longer.

Traffic safety programs are available for all ages

Multi-Generational Family
Automotive research & information 

We support environmental & automotive research efforts

Founded in 1965, the Automotive Research Center (ARC) has assisted in establishing practices to reduce vehicle emissions, providing fuel economy information, and informing consumers about the latest vehicle technologies. ARC research initiatives have included:

  • Consumer needs and safety defects reports
  • “Real world” mileage studies
  • Green car guides
  • After-market product testing
  • Educational materials for motorists

Autonomous vehicles

Fully self-driving cars won’t be here for a while, but more and more vehicle features are becoming automated each year.  AAA provides consumers with important information as vehicle technology advances through motorist surveys, autonomous vehicle feature testing, and other research. This research shows the benefits of autonomous vehicles include improved safety, added road capacity due to vehicles’ ability to travel closer together, better fuel efficiency, and for many, an improved quality of life. However, challenges also exist to build needed infrastructure and protect consumers. 

 

 

Advocacy & public policy 

Traffic safety laws & enforcement 

AAA promotes laws that are research-based, improve traffic safety, can be effectively enforced, and are fair to motorists. Research shows that:

  • The primary causes of traffic crash deaths are speed, impairment, and failure to use seat belts or car seats.
  • Teen drivers, because of their inexperience and continuing development, are involved in a disproportionately high number of crashes.
  • Children and infants need special protection when riding in vehicles.
  • Driver distraction is a growing problem.

 

State traffic laws by topic | Teen driving laws | Impaired driving laws | Child passenger safety laws | Distracted driving laws

Improving roads & transportation

One of AAA’s founding principles more than 100 years ago was “Good Roads.” We continue that emphasis today by advocating for effective transportation systems that safely and efficiently meet the needs of vehicle drivers and passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, and transit riders. Taxes and fees paid by motorists should be fair, reasonable, benefit drivers, and support building and maintaining transportation infrastructure.
Supporting the community

AAA promotes a variety of community services & benefits

  • AAA Texas holds a donation campaign every year to benefit United Way and the specific needs of different communities.
  • Our free shredding events give people the chance to dispose of sensitive documents in a secure, environmentally friendly way.
  • This vehicle serves as a highly recognizable base for nationwide claims operations during times of disaster.
  • This free interactive program outlines the requirements teens must fulfill to get their driving permit and driver’s license.
  • We offer free VIN etchings to the public; this process makes vehicles less desirable to thieves and more difficult to disassemble. 
  • Members can learn how to maintain more fuel and energy efficient cars; and get free or discounted vehicle inspections.