Since 1902, our mission has been unwavering: the safety and protection of drivers across America. Back when roads were just two ruts in dirt, we were advocating for a national highway system. Since then, we’ve become one of the nation’s most trusted names in insurance services and Roadside Assistance. Today, we continue our commitment to road safety with programs and resources for all ages. You have access to all of it right here. With mindful and cautious roadway use, each one of us can help make a difference. Let’s all be safe out there.
Since its founding, AAA has provided safety education programs for the driving public. Our driver training classes emphasize safe, responsible driving. Whether you’re a new driver preparing to hit the open road, or an experienced driver looking to stay sharp and safe, trust AAA!
At AAA, driving safety is at the heart of all that we do. This certainly applies to new drivers, who are particularly vulnerable to challenges on the road. Before giving your teen the keys to drive, it’s important to ensure that they are safe – and AAA is here to help.
AAA has been involved in teen driver safety for decades. AAA aims to raise awareness about safe teen driving, while giving you the tools and support you will need to prepare your teen for the road ahead.
Teaching your teen to drive can be an overwhelming process, but parental involvement is key. By having open, honest conversations – and personally showing them the ins and outs of navigating the roadway – the path to mastering life behind the wheel will be much safer for your teen, and everyone else around them.
AAA provides tips and tools that will help you evaluate your driving ability, improve your driving skills, understand the effects of aging, maintain your mobility and independence, and much more.
Even the most experienced drivers can improve their performance behind the wheel. Make this interactive website the next stop on your journey. Take the time to plan ahead for safe driving—it’s a leading cause of life.
We are dedicated to keeping seniors driving for as long as safely possible. Tips and tools that will help you evaluate your driving ability, improve your driving skills, understand the effects of aging; maintain your mobility and independence, and much more.
When you ride along with an older driver to look for signs of poor driving, keep in mind it doesn’t necessarily mean the person should not drive. Often, poor driving behaviors can be improved with training or by addressing an underlying medical condition that affects driving. A trained medical professional can help identify treatment options that may help improve – not limit – safe driving ability.
Here are common warning signs:
If you ride with a driver who exhibits one or more of the warning signs, consider discussing the benefits of getting a comprehensive driving assessment to help identify and address any risky driving behaviors and maximize safe driving.
Most people know when their driving skills and abilities aren’t as sharp as they used to be. Two of the most common coping mechanisms used by unsafe senior drivers include:
Because driving is closely tied to freedom and independence, acknowledging the possibility of one day being unable to drive is difficult for almost anybody. This is why it’s important to prepare for a conversation about safe driving.
Initiating a conversation about safe driving with an older driver, especially a parent, is challenging for most people. Concerns about offending or alienating an older driver are normal. There is no simple or easy way to address the subject, but if you want to help preserve the older driver’s personal freedom and mobility, while ensuring safety on the road, there are steps you can take.
Use this Driver Planning Agreement as a guide for your conversation about safe driving. It allows your family to plan together for future changes in driving abilities before they become a concern.
Despite your best efforts to appropriately handle a conversation about driving, some older adults will respond with anger, denial or embarrassment. Review these quick tips to keep the conversation productive.
Sometimes, an older driver’s fear of having to depend on others to get around will override your efforts to be caring and supportive. Alternatively, the older driver you’re trying to help might simply deny having any problems with driving despite a mountain of evidence suggesting otherwise.
If you find yourself dealing with negative reactions like these, review the following tips:
Source: Some of the content on this page was developed using information provided by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Is your parent or another senior in your life ready to limit or stop driving? Depending on where they live, seniors often have many ways to get around without driving, including such transportation services as shuttles, public transport and rides from family and friends. And even if they simply want to drive less often, there might be additional options available besides asking family or friends to help.
Finding out more about local mobility choices – even before they are needed – can allow you to help a senior driver plan for the day when it makes sense to limit or stop driving, just like planning ahead for financial and health care needs in retirement. Check with your local Department of Highway Safety or Area Agency on Aging for local resources.
Carpooling or ridesharing can be a fast and convenient way to get around without driving. All you need is at least one other person headed to the same locations or at least willing to accommodate your destinations if they are along the same route.
If you don’t know anyone interested in ridesharing, try posting a message on your community bulletin board or talking with friends and neighbors to gauge interest.
When available, city buses, trams and subway systems are great ways to get around. Consider helping the older driver in your life build up a comfort level with public transportation services to prepare for a time when he or she may have to limit or stop driving. Learn more >>
If you cannot afford a taxi or it is difficult to walk to a bus stop, get into a shuttle van or go to a physician’s office without assistance, consider using local programs called supplemental transportation programs or STPs. These are low-cost, community-based informal transportation services for seniors and are highly responsive to individual needs.
Most STPs function independently and are not government-affiliated. They are staffed by volunteers and funded through grants and donations.
When selecting a senior-friendly program in your community, look for:
Choose transportation service programs that provide service when you need it. Can you get rides on evenings, weekdays and/or weekends?
Choose transportation service programs that you can reach and navigate. Are bus stairs negotiable? Are seats high enough? Does the vehicle come to your home? Are transit stops reachable?
Choose transportation service programs that are clean and safe. Is the vehicle that picks you up clean? Are transit stops located in safe areas? Are drivers courteous and helpful?
Choose transportation service programs that you can afford. Always ask if vouchers or coupons are available to help reduce out-of-pocket expenses.
Choose transportation service programs that are willing and able to meet your special needs. Can the vehicle accommodate a wheelchair? Will the driver make multiple stops for you? Are escorts available to assist you if necessary?
If a senior has a disability that prevents riding fixed-route buses or other forms of mass transit, paratransit services via specially equipped shuttles might be a solution. Learn more >>
If you have a disability that prevents you from using fixed-route buses or other forms of mass transit, paratransit services might help you get around your community. Specially equipped shuttles pick you up at your doorstep and take you to where you need to go – to the doctor, shopping or even a friend’s home.
In some cases, paratransit services provide an escort who remains at your side throughout your trip and can help carry items and ensure you get back into your home safely.
These transportation services are typically available at reduced fares for older adults and are offered by public transit agencies, aging organizations like senior centers or through private agencies. Contact the Eldercare Locator at www.eldercare.gov to identify these resources in your area.
For more than a century, AAA has worked to foster a safe environment for travelers through education, research and advocacy.
Since its founding, AAA has been a leader in developing and supporting educational and safety programs for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and children. In 2002, AAA launched a campaign called Seated, Safe and Secure to raise awareness of child passenger safety (CPS) and strengthen occupant protection laws for everyone under the age of 18. AAA believes that closing the loopholes in existing state laws and educating about the proper use of safety seats and restraints for all children are essential to preventing child passenger injuries and deaths. Studies have shown that neither of these "fixes," when used independently of the other, is as successful as a combination of the two.
Today, AAA is still promoting the life-saving safety of child restraint systems.
Rear-facing car seats should be used in the back seat as long as possible up to the age and weight limit stated on the seat. (The minimum age and weight for switching to the forward facing position is 1 year and 20 pounds). This position supports the child’s head, neck and back and reduces stress to the neck and spinal cord in a crash. (For optimal protection, the child should ride in a rear-facing seat until they reach the maximum weight recommended for the safety seat.
Use a forward-facing car seat in the back seat until the child reaches the upper height and weight limit stated on the car seat, which can be up to 7-years old. These seats include an internal harness system that keeps children properly restrained and limits forward motion.
Use a belt-positioning booster seat to help ensure proper safety belt placement. The lap portion of the belt should fit snugly across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt should not cross the neck or face. Your child should remain in the back seat while using a booster seat.
A child is ready to switch to an adult belt when they can sit with their back straight against the vehicle’s seat-back cushion and bend their knees over the seat edge without slouching. The safety belt should fit low across the hips and thighs and across the shoulder and chest. It should not cut into the child’s abdomen or neck.