Advocacy & Education

AAA represents the interests of motorists and travelers in transportation, safety, environmental and tourism issues at local, state and federal levels.

As the traveler's champion, AAA's public service efforts have long been aimed at improving safety for the motoring public. This is evident in the programs your Club sponsors:
  • School Safety Patrol Program
  • Community Traffic Safety Program
  • School's Open - Drive Carefully
  • Speakers Bureau
  • Brochure and Video Library
Additionally, AAA sponsors programs that encourage high school students to continue their education in automotive technology and travel & tourism related fields. The Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition and the AAA Travel High School Challenge afford students the opportunity to win scholarship funds as well.

The association fights unfair taxes on travelers and continues to lead efforts to improve traffic safety. Moreover, AAA constantly lobbies to close loopholes in safety laws and has worked extensively to encourage vehicle manufacturers to improve their occupant protection systems.

By 2030, one in five people will be age sixty-five or older. AAA's Lifelong SafeMobility campaign is designed to help seniors stay mobile for as long as safely possible. The campaign focuses on senior friendly road design, driver-screening tools, vehicle safety improvements and alternative transportation options. In addition, through its Driver Improvement Program, AAA offers practical advice and guidance for drivers of all ages, including those over age fifty-five.

Regarding the environment, AAA believes the right to travel carries with it the responsibility to use natural resources wisely to help preserve and enhance the environment for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

Decades ago, AAA was among the first organizations to encourage motorists to properly dispose of used motor oil, tires and batteries and to maintain ignition systems to reduce emissions and save fuel. Today, AAA supports high-profile public events like National Car Care Month and the AAA Great Battery Roundup® to help educate consumers on the importance of driving a well-maintained vehicle and how to properly dispose of used vehicle parts, such as batteries.

AAA's past and present advocacy efforts are highlighted on AAA Exchange, a dedicated public affairs website

Traffic Safety
AAA seeks to advance safety measures and allocate funding to maintain and improve highways. Clubs work with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to set safety guidelines and promote School Crossing Guard Programs, an Annual Traffic Safety Poster Contest, drunk driving prevention programs and teen driving safety campaigns.

Driver Programs
AAA’s driver education course, “Licensed to Learn,” teaches teens the basics of safe driving. The course compliments Graduated Driver License requirements and addresses the most common causes of crashes among new drivers. More information.